Trivia: The Fall

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The band:

  • Adored by the Network: The Fall were favorite band of BBC Radio DJ John Peel and its was rather good thing for the band to have one of the most respected, beloved and influential radio DJs in the world as their number one fan, as he continuously played the band's records on his shows, giving them a major Colbert Bump. Even though the band played Peel's radio show many, many times before Peel's 2004 death, he and Mark E. Smith only met face-to-face on two apparently awkward occasions.
    • When the band performed "Eat Y'self Fitter" for the first time on Peel's radio show in March 1983, Peel actually fainted from how awestruck he was by the song and his producer had to resuscitate him.
    • Peel kept a large box of singles under his bed containing his favorite singles just in case he had to leave his house and his massive record collection during an emergency. His fans and friends noted that there were absolutely no Fall singles in the whole box. This is because his favorite Fall singles were housed in a completely separate box because there were too many.
  • Black Sheep Hit: The band's biggest UK chart hit is a cover of The Kinks' "Victoria", which is a bit more poppy than their usual sound.
    • "How I Wrote Elastic Man" is a meta-example - about a rock star pissed off that the only song anyone ever cares about is a Black Sheep Hit where they don't even get the title right.
    Everybody asks me how I wrote "Plastic Man"!
  • Throw It In: "Paintwork" goes through a couple of odd, abrupt sound collage breaks where the music suddenly becomes distant-sounding and gets drowned out by a program about astronomy and later, a brief snippet of classical music. This was because Mark E. Smith accidentally taped over parts of the song.
    • A sample of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" creeps into the intro of "Cowboy George".
  • Word of God: The title of Reformation Post-TLC: the "TLC" part stands for "traitors, liars, and cunts". This was the first album released after most of the Fall Heads Roll lineup quit, so just guess who that was supposed to be referring to...