The Fall – Room To Live [Expanded Edition] (1982/2022)

Posted by Green on April 22, 2022as

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Room to Live originally appeared in 1982 and remains as essential to the Fall’s discography as the previous year’s Slates EP. Room to Live was similarly one of the great Fall collections of this era that was too short to be called an album and too long to be an EP or single. Its seven tracks epitomize the “Undilutable Slang Truth!” the phrase scrawled across the cover which in Mark E. Smith dialect translates as possibly the most archly political and scathing collection of diatribes the Manchester legend spewed forth onto record during what is arguably the group’s creative peak. Room to Live marks one of the most inspired periods of the group, the era that produced the masterful Hex Enduction Hour and was in part fueled in by the political upheaval in England circa 1982 during the Falklands War (the subject became a bone of contention with many artists, yet few railed so spitefully as the Fall). Mark E. Smith is at his very best lyrically when getting riled up against the middle class, such as on “Hard Life in Country” and the hilarious “Solicitor in Studio.” The latter track gathers a chugging momentum until peaking in uncontrollable feedback, and contains some of the most experimental and risky instrumental behavior his supporting cast ever brought to the studio. Room to Live may be a short, sharp stab of chaos, yet it remains undeniably one of the greatest pieces of post-punk genius the group ever recorded.


01. The Fall – Joker Hysterical Face
02. The Fall – Marquis Cha Cha
03. The Fall – Hard Life in the Country
04. The Fall – Room to Live
05. The Fall – Detective Instinct
06. The Fall – Solicitor in Studio
07. The Fall – Papal Visit
08. The Fall – Joker Hysterical Face (Live, Derby Hall, Bury, 27 April 1982)
09. The Fall – Town Called Crappy/Solicitor In Studio (Live, Hammersmith Palais, London, 25 March 19)
10. The Fall – Hard Life In Country (Live, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 19 August 1982)
11. The Fall – Detective Instinct (Live, Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 22 December 1982)
12. The Fall – Room To Live (Live, Arena, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 12 February 1983)
13. The Fall – Words Of Expectation (Live, Larry’s Hideaway, Toronto, Canada, 21 April 1983)

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