Tox Tunes #114: Mr. Pharmacist (The Fall)

January 28, 2018, 10:28 pm

Although The Fall had been making music since the late 1970s and is considered one of the most durable and long-lasting groups to emerge from the British post-punk scene, they had really never been on my radar. When the group’s vocalist and founder Mark E. Smith died this week, his obituary in the New York Times noted:

At various points in the band’s four-decade career, the Fall might sound like punk, hard rock, psychedelia, funk, blues-rock, jazz-rock, electropop or sheer noise. “If it’s me and your granny on bongos, it’s the Fall,” Mr. Smith once declared. The BBC disc jockey John Peel, an early and steadfast supporter, said of the Fall that “they are always different, they are always the same.”

“Mr. Pharmacist” is a cover of the 1966 original by the California garage rock band The Other Half:

The New York Times obit also provides links to The Fall’s 12 essential tracks.

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