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The Infotainment Scan

The Infotainment Scan

24 May 2006

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  • Original Release Date: 24 May 2006
  • Label: FullFill
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 FullFill
  • Total Length: 50:23
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  • ASIN: B0024OCC1U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,849 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 4 Jan 2006
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After the reissues of 'Room to Live' and 'Perverted by Language' listeners might be expecting 'The Wonderful & Frightning World of the Fall/Escape Route' & 'This Nation's Saving Grace' - instead comes a two-disc reissue of semi-official live album 'In a Hole' (a NZ-only release I recall?) and this LP from 1993.
The original 10-track album followed up 1992's 'Code: Selfish' and the electronic-directions suggested by the 'Ed's Babe'-single ('Pumpkin Head Xscapes' epitomising this). MES & co had been moving in this direction since 'Hit the North' (maybe earlier with 'I'm into CB' & 'The Man Whose Head Expanded'?) through 'Extricate', 'Shiftwork' & 'Code: Selfish.' The production is split between Rex Sargeant, Mark E Smith & Simon Rogers - the latter having been a Fall-member in the 1980s and involved with the classic single 'Everything Begins with an 'E' by E-Zee Possee! This version of the Fall found MES with long-time cohorts Steve Hanley, Craig Scanlon & Simon Wolstencroft with Dave Bush (keyboards/electronics) who would be jettisoned soon after, later to join the expanded/imploding Elastica.
The pre-emptive 'Why are People Grudgeful?'-single is now included, which along with the Peel-single 'Kimble' showed MES was in a Lee Perry state of mind. 'Glam Racket' is probably directed at Suede, though could also have the Auteurs, Blur, or Denim in mind! The cover of Chic's 'Lost in Music' is quite poor and one of the Fall's more amusing cover-versions - the Barry Adamson version with several Bad Seeds works for me more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. MCDERMOTT on 4 Jun 2010
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'The Infotainment Scan' is The Fall at arguably their most polished and accessible, but even though the album has high production values and heavy electronic influences, Mark E Smith's unique style - angry street poet or incoherent ranter? - is impossible to mistake.

Standout tracks are punchy opener 'Ladybird', the sneering 'Glam-Racket' and Smith's, er, "distinctive" take on 'Lost In Music' (his NME cover of 'The Legend Of Xanadu' from the previous year is well worth the listen, by the way), but the best is the brilliant 'A Past Gone Mad', a diatribe against life's petty annoyances ("Kids... in pubs") that sounds as though it was recorded inside a madman's brain. The album was a high point for The Fall in terms of chart success, and it's one of their best musically too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Barrett on 11 Sep 2006
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Is there such thing as a bad Fall album? This is another solid slice of satisfyingly nutricious music, Mark E style. So much better than the stuff that today's new guitar bands push out.

I've seen this album compared to Franz Ferdinand's debut. If you like FF, then certainly you'll like this, but I don't find them at all similar, it's simply that guitar band fans can't fail to like The Fall.

Disc 2 is also well worthwhile, but there's only so much Sister Sledge anyone can take on one disc, Mark.
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Since there were only a handful of reviews, I thought I would add to the acclaim. This might be the Fall at their 90s peak, and should rank high in the context of their (all 50 and counting) career. Ladybird is a brilliant opener, Lost In Music one of the most successful, and original, cross genre cover versions, and the quality doesn't diminish from Suede-baiting Glam Racket to Why Are People Grudgeful? (Service is a particular favourite of mine too). Moreover MES sounds (relatively) coherent, and beady eyed throughout.
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