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Editors’ Notes

You can thank the Internet for bringing about this version of the album. As its subtitle (Formerly "Country on the Click") suggests, that album had been readied for release when a mix escaped to the Internet that prompted leader Mark E. Smith to partially re-record, remix, and resequence the album. This U.S version is slightly different from the U.K. edition. Such is the tortured life of the hardcore Fall fanatic. This is the Ben Pritchard/Jim Watts/Dave Milner version of the group, along with Smith's wife Elena Poulou on keyboards. They further evolve The Fall with a swirling sound that's smoother in tone if not execution. "Green Eyed Loco Man" works into a psychedelic tizzy. "Mountain" adds a country vibe while Smith tells a shaggy-dog story that insists "Dolly Parton and Lord Byron, they said patriotism is the last refuge" and concludes "water is flowing down the mountain, but a tree is blocking the water flowing." "Sparta 2XX" is an alternate version of the uber-catchy "Theme from Sparta F.C.," and "Recover Kit #2" is an alternate version of "Recovery Kit." The original versions can be found on the U.K. edition of the album. 

Customer Reviews

No. 25 on my list of 25 Favorite Rock Albums of the 2000s

Another confounding bullseye from Mark E. Smith after several arrow-in-foot attempts. The U.S. mix of "Theme From Sparta FC," here called "Sparta 2XX," is probably the best Fall song of the 2000s or the 1990s.


Formed: 1977 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the late-'70s punk and post-punk bands, none are longer lived or more prolific than the Fall. Throughout their career, the band underwent myriad lineup changes, but at the center of it all was vocalist Mark E. Smith. With his snarling, nearly incomprehensible vocals and consuming, bitter cynicism, Smith became a cult legend in indie and alternative rock. Over the course of their career, the Fall went through a number of shifts in musical style, yet the foundation of their sound was a near-cacophonous,...
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