THE TUESDAY MORNING HI-QUALITY VINYL RIP : Part sixty-five: BOMBAST

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I know that another ICA by The Fall appeared on the blog only a few days ago, and we’re not long removed from an extensive series looking at their many singles.

The thing is, I not too long ago picked up a vinyl copy of This Nation’s Saving Grace, the album released in September 1985. It’s taken me a couple of months, but I finally got round to putting it on the turntable at the same time as hooking everything up to the laptop to create a high-quality digital copy of its songs.

I can’t help but use the words written by Steve Pringle in his excellent new book, You Must Get Them All – The Fall On Record, as he’s captured perfectly all that makes today’s track such an essential and riveting listen.

….Steve Hanley wrote the riff during his paternity leave, (and it) kicks the album into gear in wonderfully boisterous fashion.  Smith gets his megaphone out for the striking introduction. It doesn’t make sense grammatically, but the message is clear : don’t give me any of your bullshit, or you’ll know about it.

What follows is an absolute marvel. It’s like Steve Hanley came up with three great riffs and then thought, what the hell, let’s weld them all together and see what happens. It clashes, it grinds, it thrashes; it almost feels as if the song itself is trying to punch you in the face. There’s no real song as such here, but it’s a glorious slab of music.

mp3: The Fall – Bombast

Now that you’ve reacquainted yourself with Bombast, don’t you reckon Steve Pringle has nailed it?

JC

4 thoughts on “THE TUESDAY MORNING HI-QUALITY VINYL RIP : Part sixty-five: BOMBAST

  1. That, my friends, is the sound of a Fender Precision bass with Rotosound strings played with a pick and the tone knob dialed up!

  2. I take it you like that one JTFL-Aah………you’ve probably played along while listening-aah!!!!

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