The Infotainment Scan

The Infotainment Scan

Infobox Album |
Name = The Infotainment Scan
Type = Album
Artist = The Fall

Released = 26 April 1993
Recorded = ???
Genre = Rock
Length = 40:59 (LP) 50:08 (CD)
Label = Permanent/Matador
Producer = Rex Sergeant, Simon Rogers, Mark E. Smith
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [ link]
*"Melody Maker" (favourable) [ link]
*"The New York Times" (favourable) [ 11 Jul. 1993]
*"NME" (8/10) [ Apr. 1993]

Last album = "" (1992)
This album = "The Infotainment Scan" (1993)
Next album = "Middle Class Revolt" (1994)

"The Infotainment Scan" is an album by The Fall, released in 1993 on Permanent Records in the UK and by Matador Records in the US. It was considered at the time of its release as the band's most accessible album, and came when the band were experiencing unprecedented recognition in the media. It entered the UK album charts at number 9.

The album features covers of the Sister Sledge disco track "Lost in Music" and of Steve Bent's "I'm Going to Spain", an obscure song which Bent performed on the British talent show "New Faces" in 1974; the track was subsequently included on a compilation entitled "The World's Worst Record" (1978) put together by disc jockey Kenny Everett [] . The CD edition of "The Infotainment Scan" also includes "Why Are People Grudgeful?", the only track to be released as a single. It is based on two reggae songs: People Grudgeful by Joe Gibbs and People Funny Boy by Lee "Scratch" Perry [] .

Of the original compositions on "The Infotainment Scan", "Glam-Racket" drew much attention for its alleged criticism of Britpop band Suede, with the lyric "you are entrenched in suede". At the time, Suede were regarded as a 'nouveau glam rock' band. "The League of Bald-Headed Men", meanwhile — identified variously as a "jokey conspiracy theory" and a "diatribe against gerontocracy" — appears to borrow its riff from Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop", despite claims by Fall front man Mark E. Smith that he had never heard the band's music [] . A remix of "...Bald-Headed Men", retitled "League Moon Monkey Mix", is also included on the CD edition.

Track listing

# "Ladybird (Green Grass)" (Mark E. Smith, Craig Scanlon) – 3:59
# "Lost in Music" (Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards) – 3:49
# "Glam-Racket" (Smith, Steve Hanley, Scanlon) – 3:12
# "I'm Going to Spain" (Steve Bent) – 3:27
# "It's a Curse" (Smith, Scanlon) – 5:19
# "Paranoia Man in Cheap Sh*t Room" (Smith, Scanlon) – 4:27
# "Service" (Smith, Hanley, Scanlon) – 4:11
# "The League of Bald-Headed Men" (Smith, Hanley) – 4:07
# "A Past Gone Mad" (Smith, Dave Bush, Simon Wolstencroft) – 4:19
# "Light" / "Fireworks" (Smith) – 3:46
# "Why Are People Grudgeful?" [*] (Perry, Gibbs) – 4:33
# "League Moon Monkey Mix" [*] (Hanley, Rogers, Smith) – 4:36

* track is exclusive to the CD edition


"The Infortainment Scan" was reissued by Artful in 1999 with the same tracklisting as the original CD editions. It was remastered and expanded to a 2CD set by Castle Music in 2006 in slightly amended artwork. The first disc followed the original CD album programme and the second ran as follows:

#Ladybird (Green Grass)
#Strychnine "(originally by The Sonics)"
#Paranoia man In Cheap Sh*t Room
#Glam Racket
#15 Ways
#A Past Gone Mad
#Why Are People Grudgeful?
#Glam Racket
#The Re-Mixer
#Lost In Music
#A Past Gone Mad (alternate version)
#Instrumental Outtake
#Service (instrumental demo)
#Glam Racket (instrumental demo)
#Lost In Music (mix 3)
#Lost In Music (mix 7)
#Lost In Music (mix 14)

Tracks 1-4 were the group's 16th John Peel session with tracks 5-8 having also been recorded for the BBC, this time for Mark Goodier's evening programme on Radio 1. Tracks 9-12 are slightly alternate mixes from the album incarnations ("The Re-Mixer" being a new version of "The Mixer" from "Shift-Work"). The remaining tracks were all previously unreleased studio outtakes. Persistent rumour had it that The Fall had created as many as 17 different mixes of "Lost In Music"; the numbers given to the previously unissued versions on this edition strongly suggest that this was true.


* Mark E. Smithvocals
* Craig Scanlonguitar
* Steve Hanleybass guitar
* Simon Wolstencroftdrums
* Dave Bush – keyboards

External links

* [ Lyrics]

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