Music Notes: Globo take on The Fall
Kingsley HarrisThis week I was at the Globo vs The Fall gig at the Arts Centre. For those not up with the news, top Norwich electro band Globo, with a history as long as my arm, have remade The Fall album This Nations Saving Grace.Further listening: GloboKingsley Harris
This week I was at the Globo vs The Fall gig at the Arts Centre. For those not up with the news, top Norwich electro band Globo, with a history as long as my arm, have remade The Fall album This Nations Saving Grace.
Formed in the early 90's the band has been one of Norwich's leading and foremost electronic/experimental bands producing modern groundbreaking sounds akin to those of Kraftwerk in their heyday. This is not the first time they've delved into post punk plagiarism as a cover of Devo's Whip It is also among their catalogue.
The Fall were considered one of the earliest post punk bands to come out of the sleeping giant, Manchester. It's widely acknowledge now that post punk is a large all encompassing genre that came along during a hyper productive period within the music industry, in what is seen as the garage band insurrection. The point most purists of the genre will struggle to argue with is that This Nations Saving Grace is a masterpiece. Only rivalled in my opinion by other post punk gems like the Gang Of Four's Entertainment!, The Cure's Pornography, The Smith's The Queen Is Dead, Joy Division's Closer and I'm sure between us we could add a few more.
Monkey Boy, a solo acoustic artist, with great poise and a good sense of humour opens the evening. It was then that the evening stalled, as presumably the gap to build atmosphere and tension only built frustration, because it was far too long. Not quite living up to the rumoured multimedia extravaganza; it takes more than a bit of back projection and a couple of plasma screens in this day and age, just as a box of sparklers doesn't constitute a firework display.
I suspect my disappointment is that I really wanted them to go to town on this production; it was something different, a great idea! However, the reality is just getting this idea with all its guest artists to the stage was spectacular enough. I loved the show, it was on the nose for me the songs, the delivery and the things that they had made their own came off.
As we know The Fall are renowned for their horizontal approach and that's the one thing you can't fake about them, so tracks like LA and Paintwork had a curious bounce about them, and the added drama of guest artists almost made the album seem conceptual.
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The band's version of the album does stand on its own two feet but not in comparison to The Fall's.
The Fall captured something you can't describe, as most classic albums invariably do.
Only time will tell how Globos version is regarded in the grand scheme of Fall tributes. However, it is a must for all Globo fans and certainly comes recommended to the more broad-minded of the Fall's fanbase. Globo's This Nations Saving Grace is out now on Comuse records.