The Fall

Shift-Work - 2023 Reissue

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Proper Records

About this item

It was all change when The Fall signed to Fontana. Guitarist Martin Bramah, who had founded the group with Smith, returned, replacing Smith's ex-wife Brix, who had been in the group since 1983. There were few cries of sell-out, however, when The Fall signed to a major; it was just part of an evolutionary process. The three Fontana  albums, Extricate, Shift- Work and Code: Selfsh were stunningly consistent.With Martin Bramah and keyboard player Marcia Schofeld dismissed from the band, The Fall worked as a four- piece (Craig Scanlon, guitar; Steve Hanley, bass; Simon 'Funky Si' Wolstencroft on drums) for the frst time in the group's career.

Shift-Work from April 1991 is another commercial Fall high- water mark; it contains Idiot Joy Showland, Smith's rant against bandwagon- jumping Madchester bands ("The shapeless kecks fapping up a storm, look at what they are: a pack of worms."), the one- time album title track, The War Against Intelligence, and the bucolic Edinburgh Man, a love letter to Mark E. Smith's then adopted home city.

This re-issue faithfully replicates the original 1991 Fontana Records UK release and is pressed onto high quality 180g vinyl.


1. So What About It?
2. Idiot Joy Showland
3. Edinburgh Man
4. Pittsville Direkt
5. The Book Of Lies
6. The War Against Intelligence
7. Shift- Work
8. You Haven't Found It Yet
9. The Mixer
10. A Lot Of Wind
11. Rose
12. Sinister Waltz

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