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Middle Class Revolt

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A mixture of lackluster performances and songs filled with vigor and fury, Middle Class Revolt is a puzzling proposition from the Fall. After two opening tracks that seem ready to convince worried fans that Smith couldn't care less ("15 Ways" and "Reckoning") there follows the poppish "Behind the Counter" and their devilish cover of Henry Cow's "War," with Smith making up half the lyrics. Other highlights include the furious "Hey! Student" (a rewrite of a 1977 tune, "Hey! Fascist"), and yet another Monks cover: "Shut Up!" All find Smith in fine form, impassioned and deeply sarcastic. The band experiments with some techno, some tape manipulation, and sparse rock arrangements, though the vocals on this disc are the most layered of any Fall release. There's also some local (Manchester, that is) social criticism going on in tracks, such as "M5#1" and "City Dweller," which takes on the aborted attempt to hold the Olympic games in Smith's city (the nerve!). ~ Ted Mills

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1
15 Ways
00:03:17

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(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

2
The Reckoning
00:03:37

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

3
Behind the Counter
00:03:10

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

4
M5#1
00:03:30

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

5
Surmount All Obstacles
00:03:55

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

6
Middle Class Revolt
00:03:03

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

7
War
00:02:57

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

8
You're Not up to Much
00:04:04

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

9
Symbol of Mordgan
00:03:08

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

10
Hey! Student
00:04:30

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

11
Junk Man
00:04:23

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

12
The $500 Bottle of Wine
00:02:33

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

13
City Dweller
00:04:12

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

14
Shut Up!
00:03:41

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

DISC 2

1
M5 ((Live) [John Peel Session])
00:03:10

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

2
Behind the Counter ((Live) [John Peel Session])
00:04:04

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

3
Reckoning ((Live) [John Peel Session])
00:03:41

The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

4
Hey! Student ((Live) [John Peel Session])
00:04:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

5
Behind the Counter (Single Mix)
00:03:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

6
War (Single Mix)
00:02:44

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

7
Cab Driver
00:05:23

The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

8
M5 (Permanent Single Perm 13 & 14)
00:03:28

The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

9
Happy Holiday
00:03:26

The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

10
Behind the Counter (Remix)
00:03:07

The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

11
15 Ways (Permanent Single Perm 13 & 14)
00:02:55

The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

12
Happy Holiday (Promo Mix)
00:03:26

The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

13
Middle Class Revolt (The Drum Club Prozac Mix)
00:07:13

The Fall, MainArtist - The Drum Club, Remixer

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

14
Middle Class Revolt (The Drumorange in the Mouth Mix)
00:07:51

The Fall, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

15
Middle Class Revolt (Rex Sargeant Mix)
00:03:45

The Fall, MainArtist - Rex Sargeant, Remixer

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

16
Surmount All Obstacles (Rex Sargeant Mix)
00:04:06

The Fall, MainArtist - Rex Sargeant, Remixer

(C) 2015 Cherry Red Records (P) 2015 Cherry Red Records

Album Description

A mixture of lackluster performances and songs filled with vigor and fury, Middle Class Revolt is a puzzling proposition from the Fall. After two opening tracks that seem ready to convince worried fans that Smith couldn't care less ("15 Ways" and "Reckoning") there follows the poppish "Behind the Counter" and their devilish cover of Henry Cow's "War," with Smith making up half the lyrics. Other highlights include the furious "Hey! Student" (a rewrite of a 1977 tune, "Hey! Fascist"), and yet another Monks cover: "Shut Up!" All find Smith in fine form, impassioned and deeply sarcastic. The band experiments with some techno, some tape manipulation, and sparse rock arrangements, though the vocals on this disc are the most layered of any Fall release. There's also some local (Manchester, that is) social criticism going on in tracks, such as "M5#1" and "City Dweller," which takes on the aborted attempt to hold the Olympic games in Smith's city (the nerve!). ~ Ted Mills

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