The Fall – Big New Prinz (1988)

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Alternative rocksters, but worried about going stale? Why not record the music for a ‘ballet’? Of course; and that’s exactly what The Fall did in 1988 with the release of I Am Kurious Oranj – a ballet about William of Orange’s accession to the throne. ‘New Big Prinz’ opens the album – and what an opening. A bit like OK Computer‘s ‘Airbag’, the track storms in, simply announcing itself and the album. The edgy guitar rhythm, hand-clapping and Mark E Smith’s catchy vocals make listeners stand up. The track is revisited at the album’s end in the guise of a different cut, ‘Big New Priest’.

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