A couple of years ago, when the phenomenon of blogs dedicated to explicating each song of a given artist’s work started appearing (Matthew Perpetua’s “Pop Songs 08,” on R.E.M., was among the first and better examples), I mused aloud about whether I wanted to do one, without naming a particular band (actually I was sorta thinking about XTC). Some joker suggested I do the Fall.
For those who don’t get the joke (five years in a PC camp), the Fall have about 7,392 songs in an incredibly tangled and complex discography, with multiple versions of many tracks, barely distinguishable amongst themselves.
That, however, hasn’t stopped the proprietor of “The Story of the Fall.” He’s spent two years documenting 400-some different songs. I haven’t analyzed my database to eliminate multiple versions of songs, but that sounds about right.