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Album Review

The 77s were still struggling to establish themselves with their second record, an album that, while light years ahead of its predecessors, still evidences some of the pesky drawbacks of youth and naïveté. One thing was clear from the outset: Michael Roe was developing into an astounding pop songwriter. The single-syllable chorus of "Ba Ba Ba Ba" was instantly infectious, and the foreboding "Caught in an Unguarded Moment" is an easy rival to Robyn Hitchcock. But elsewhere the band is too easily constrained by the genre trappings of the day. The Hall & Oates pop of "Your Pretty Baby" and jittery synths of "Under the Heat" very clearly place All Fall Down at the center of the 1980s, and on too many occasions there is a longing for the band to strip off the trappings and play the songs in their barest form. Recorded in a different manner, "Another Nail" might have been a stellar Go-Betweens song — but in its moussed-up, synthed-up form it is thoroughly cringe-inducing. Likewise, "Mercy Mercy" and "You Don't Scare Me" pale when considered alongside their sweaty, superior renderings on 88. All Fall Down proved a promising step for the 77s, but the room for improvement was vast. ~ J. Edward Keyes, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great follow up to Ping Pong Over The Abyss!

I still have the original record I bought when this came out, it is that good! I'm glad to see the bonus tracks on these 77s albums. Thanks,iTUNES! All Fall Down is quite different from Ping Pong but just as good.
It's one of my favorite 80s albums.Every track is a keeper and Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba gets it off to a fast,fun start!

All Fall Down rocks

Absolute Classic 80's rock. Excellent musicianship, Intelligent lyrics, creative composing... It doesn't get any better than this. "Your pretty baby" is stil one of the most haunting songs I can think of. I've been without them for two decades since they never released these on CD (other than Mike's rare bootleg stuff). Thanks iTunes!

Tattoo Me!

One of my favorite songs of all time - now on iTunes! Yes!!


Genre: Alternative

Described by Larry Norman as being "too Christian for the radio, and too radio for the Church," the 77's were formed in Sacramento in the early '80s by Mike Roe (vocals, guitar) Mark Tootle (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Jan Eric Volz (bass, guitar, vocals) and drummer Mark Proctor. Known at first as the Savage Young Scratch Band, the Christian band changed their name and released Ping Pong over the Abyss in 1982, and then replaced Proctor with Aaron Smith for All Fall Down two years later. Mark Tootle...
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