The Fall’s “Borrows” Part 1 (1984-88)

A little added extra… a series of compilations recognising the songs that The Fall took inspiration from (or, to be frank, nicked the riff from).

Part one covers Wonderful & Frightening to The Frenz Experiment.

  • Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog (Elves)
  • The Deviants – Billy The Monster (Mansion)
  • The Monkees – Valleri (Barmy)
  • The Groundhogs – Earth Is Not Room Enough (Spoilt Victorian Child)
  • The Doors – The Changeling/ Jr. Walker & The All-Stars – Shotgun (Gut Of The Quantifier)
  • Can – Oh Yeah (I Am Damo Suzuki)
  • Dusty Springfield – Every Day I Have to Cry (To Nkroachment: Yarbles)
  • Spinal Tap – Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight (Athlete Cured)


5 thoughts on “The Fall’s “Borrows” Part 1 (1984-88)

  1. just wanted to point out a borrow i caught the other day, which is that the riff to “Spoiled Victorian Child” is a direct note-for-note lift from “Men 2nd” on Wire’s “Chairs Missing” album. donning my not-a-copyright-lawyer hat, the LP was released in 1978 and would have been known to anyone in the British post-punk underground.

    there’s also another one where Craig plays the exact chords from the intro to the Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star” while the rest of the gruppe play a slight variation on the timing of the change from G to A, but i can’t recall the song offhand.

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  2. the killer bass riff of “Bremen Nacht” is borrowed from “Over Board” from Dub Syndicate ‎– “Tunes From The Missing Channel” On-U Sound (1984)

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