Is the Fall's 'Bill is dead' the most romantic song ever written?

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Or is it's strength in revealing that legendary grouch Mark E Smith is just a pussycat after all?

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 19:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It is an astonishingly beautiful song, especially in the context of the Fall's customary raucousness.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 19:47 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

No. It can be the second most romantic song ever written if you'd like.

(I think it's rubbish, actually.)

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 20:13 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"You dress today as if for riding school
Your legs are so cool"
-those lines always hit the spot for me. Wholeheartedly agree with Martin, a fantastic, unexpected classic.

Conor, Thursday, 3 October 2002 03:29 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

an anomaly in the fall back catalogue
but, a great song regardless. something different from them. not of the class of the 80-82 stuff, but its very good, and, yes, romantic

gareth (gareth), Thursday, 3 October 2002 07:57 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I think it's crap too. It's only real stength seems to be that it's so unexpected coming from Mr. Smith.

Enid Roach (Enid Roach), Thursday, 3 October 2002 17:54 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

what's up with him, anyway? why's he so mad? what's his problem?

this is a serious answer. a curt, glib response will suit it fine.

famous athlete, Friday, 4 October 2002 00:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I lurve it, but I don't really regard it as romantic so much as it is just kind of wistful and sad.

Nicole (Nicole), Friday, 4 October 2002 00:51 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Agreed- an amazing tune. "Birthday" from The Marshall Suite album is the only other Fall 'love'song I can think of, but in terms of being wistful & sad I think "Edinburgh Man" comes closest.

tacit (tacit), Friday, 4 October 2002 10:32 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

What about "Rose"? That's kind of lovely, but mainly I think as yes it's coming from MES.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 4 October 2002 14:33 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

fifteen years pass...

kind of fascinated by this song

treeship 2, Sunday, 4 February 2018 13:53 (one year ago) Permalink

treeship 2, Sunday, 4 February 2018 13:54 (one year ago) Permalink

it is a cover though.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:30 (one year ago) Permalink

The effect of the fall version is very different though. What stands out are the modesty of this dreama and how unconvicing it is that the narrator will ever go to spain

treeship 2, Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:33 (one year ago) Permalink


Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Sunday, 4 February 2018 15:32 (one year ago) Permalink

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