THE FALL – Are You Are Missing Winner is re-released on 16 July 2021 as a 4CD Digipak
The Fall were an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band existed until 2018 and was essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group’s music went through several stylistic changes over the years, but is often characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith’s distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics. The band is noted for its prolific output and released over 25 studio albums (more than triple that counting live albums and other releases).
The Fall never achieved widespread public success beyond a handful of minor hit singles in the late 1980s, but maintained a strong cult following. The band were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed them from early on in their career and cited The Fall as his favourite band, famously explaining, “They are always different; they are always the same.”
Are You Are Missing Winner is the twenty-second album by British post-punk band the Fall, released in November 2001. Since the bands last record Mark E Smith had replaced the entire line up. The album was recorded very quickly and very much on the cheap and band member Ben Pritchard described it as a very miserable experience. The influence of Rockabilly is very much seen throughout the album and saw them covering Lead Belly’s ‘The Bourgeois Blues’. This re-issue of the 2001 album comes with three bonus discs, live sets recorded at The Knitting Factory, The Garage and the ATP Festival.
As with the other Fall reissues these have notes by Fall guru Daryl Easlea and have been mastered by long time engineer Andy Pearce. This is the latest release in Cherry Red’s series of deluxe Fall reissues –
Fall Sound Archive
Disc One: Original Album: 1. Jim’s “The Fall” 2. Bourgeois Town 3. Crop Dust 4. My Ex-Classmates’ Kids 5. Kick The Can 6. Gotta See Jane 7. Ibis-Afro Man 8. The Acute 9. Hollow Mind 10. Reprise: Jane – Prof Mick – Ey Bastardo Bonus Tracks 11. Rude (All The Time) 12. I Wake Up In The City 13. New Formation Sermon 14. Distilled Mug Art 15. My Ex-Classmates’ Kids (Live In Cologne 23rd October 2001) 16. Where’s The *****n’ Taxi?
Disc Two: Live At The Knitting Factory LA, 14th November 2001 1. The Joke 2. Cyber Insekt 3. And Therein 4. Bourgeois Town 5. Cropdust 6. Kick The Can – F’oldin Money – Kick The Can Pt 2 7. Mr Pharmacist 8. Jim’s The Fall 9. Antidotes 10. Way Round / Dr Bucks Letter
Disc Three: Live At The Garage London, 20th April 2002 1. To Nk Roachment: Yarbles / The Joke 2. Cyber Insekt 3. And Therein 4. Antidotes 5. Kick The Can / F’oldin Money / Kick The Can 6. Bourgeois Town 7. Mr Pharmacist 8. Enigrammatic Dream / Ketamine Sun 9. I Wake Up In The City / My ExClassmates Kids 10. Way Round
Four: Live At The ATP Festival 28th April 2002 1. To Nk Roachment: Yarbles / The Joke 2. 2 Librans 3. The Joke 4. And Therein 5. Cyber Insekt 6. I Wake Up In The City / My ExClassmates Kids 7. Kick The Can / F’oldin Money / Kick The Can 8. Bourgeois Town 9. Mr Pharmacist 10. Shake Off – Enigramatic Dream – Ketamine Sun 11. Way Round