Just before I get to the very final YMGTA album post, it seems appropriate to do a final round-up of the tunes that MES and The Fall ‘borrowed’ from in their last couple of decades.
I should point out that I spotted only a few of these myself: many thanks go to all the assorted contributors to The Annotated Fall and Reformation who did most of the hard work.
The last few relate to songs on New Facts Emerge which, obviously, I haven’t covered yet. However, it felt like it was more appropriate to do this little off-shoot before the post on the group’s final album. Apologies for any perceived chronological incoherence.
Another Unutterable track, Hot Runes, seemed to have taken the riff from Cream’s Spoonful and sped it up considerably. The Cream song (from their 1966 debut album Fresh Cream) was in turn a cover of a Willie Dixon tune that was first recorded in 1960 by Howlin’ Wolf.
Moving to a rather different sphere of influence, the famous Blindness bass riff is not a million miles away from that deployed by Roots Manuva on his 2001 single Witness (1 Hope). According to this 2013 Guardian interview, the rapper was himself inspired by the Dr Who theme tune.
Another slightly unlikely source, but Tami Lynn’s Northern Soul track has some distinct similarities to Fall Heads Roll opener Ride Away.
Scenario is also indebted to Captain Beefheart’s Veteran’s Day Poppy, from Trout Mask Replica.
Another YOFC track, Bury, bears some resemblance to Now, We’re Gonna Sing by The Howling Hex from their 2005 album All-Night Fox.
Greenway, from Ersatz GB, is lifted pretty directly from Greek metal band Anorimol’s Gameboy.
Slightly more tenuous than many of the other ‘borrows’, but Laptop Dog‘s riff does bear some resemblance to the title track of Thin Lizzy’s 1976 album.
The most unlikely Fall ‘borrow’ of all, but the melody of The Remainderer really does sound like the chorus of the theme from Baywatch. Honestly.
Add fat men pushing prams = Stout Man.
The sequencers are very reminiscent of Dedication Not Medication. Paradox Obscur are a Greek duo, so they may possibly have come to Smith’s attention via Eleni.
It feels a little unconvincing to me, but some people have pointed out a similarity between this and New Facts Emerge.
No denying this one, however: Fol de Rol‘s bludgeoning riff is clearly closely related to Rocket From The Crypt’s 1995 single. However, they had in turn lifted the riff from Zero The Hero, taken from the 1983 Black Sabbath album Born Again, the only one they recorded with Ian Gillan on vocals.