This Nation’s Saving Grace cover

This Nation’s Saving Grace


Have you not yet heard this album? Please mark your calendar “best day ever,” because this is not just the best Fall album, it is the best album of the Eighties, it is the album that will eventually make Bezos cry and accept the spirit world. No? Well, it’s perfectly balanced, then, as there is no perfection. John Leckie was the perfect producer for The Fall, as he didn’t want them to be any more normal, he just wanted them to get on with it and present it loud and clear. Brix was the band member brave enough to write riffs that challenged Mark for attention, which is how we got “L.A.” and “Barmy” and “Cruiser’s Creek,” the masterpiece not technically on this album but usually appended to it in reissues. (Make the drums loud enough and Mark E. Smith instantly becomes a pop star.) The feeling here is bright green plastic forks taped to klieg lights and mailed to the ceiling. “My New House”? They actually got a new house! Who says The Fall are surreal! And “I Am Damo Suzuki” is still, as of April 21 2022, the best Can tribute yet recorded.

Sasha Frere-Jones

Christ Child cover

Christ Child

Christ Child
Gun-Shy cover


The Screaming Blue Messiahs
Living in Darkness cover

Living in Darkness

Agent Orange
Punk Rock cover

Punk Rock

The Mekons
On The Rocks cover

On The Rocks

Six Ft Hick
The A’s cover

The A’s

The A's
Friend or Foe cover

Friend or Foe

Adam and the Ants
Trio cover


Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt
Trompe le Monde cover

Trompe le Monde

Pop cover


Tones On Tail
Heathen cover


I Am Kurious Oranj cover

I Am Kurious Oranj

The Fall