|Studio album by The Fall|
|Released||17 November 1980|
|Recorded||Cargo Studios, Rochdale, England|
|Genre||Post-punk, art punk|
|Producer||The Fall, Geoff Travis, Grant Showbiz, Mayo Thompson|
|The Fall chronology|
The album was preceded by two acclaimed singles "How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'" and "Totally Wired", which were subsequently included on CD reissues of the album. The eye-catching full colour sleeve (the group's first) was drawn by Mark E. Smith's sister, Suzanne.
The album was much more outward-looking than its predecessor, Dragnet (1979), and Smith's lyrical maturity was striking, reading as a state-of-the-nation address on "English Scheme" and "C'n'C-S Mithering". The album also included the gothic horror of "Impression of J. Temperance" and the conspiracy theory-fuelled "New Face in Hell". In fact, a number of the tracks have particularly idiosyncratic titles: "The N.W.R.A.", representing the track's lyric, "the north will rise again" (not, as some supposed, "The North West Republican Army"); "C'n'C-S Mithering", a reference to cash and carries, specifically two warehouses near Manchester, and "W.M.C. – Blob 59", WMC being a common abbreviation for Working Men's Club.
According to the Slates & Dates press release, this album was, at one point, to be titled After the Gramme – The Grotesque Peasants.
Grotesque was first reissued through Castle Music in 1993. In 1998, Cog Sinister, Mark E. Smith's own imprint, released a poorly-mastered edition with significant vinyl noise. However, an improved edition followed almost immediately through Castle, adding four bonus tracks: "How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'", "City Hobgoblins", "Totally Wired" and "Putta Block", the last of these being slightly edited from the original "Totally Wired" single. The final and current edition, again on Castle, was properly remastered, including the four bonus tracks ("Putta Block" still being slightly cut) and a "self-interview" by Mark E. Smith which had been used for promotional purposes upon the album's original release.
The original ten-track album was reissued on vinyl by the Turning Point label in 2002 with a two-LP edition being issued by Earmark in 2005. The latter edition replicated the definitive tracklisting of the 2004 CD.
All lyrics written by Mark E. Smith.
|1.||"Pay Your Rates"||Smith||2:58|
|2.||"English Scheme"||Marc Riley, Craig Scanlon, Smith||2:06|
|3.||"New Face in Hell"||Riley, Scanlon, Smith||5:40|
|4.||"C'n'C-S Mithering"||Smith, Steve Hanley, Riley, Scanlon||7:36|
|5.||"The Container Drivers"||Riley, Scanlon, Hanley, Smith||3:08|
|1.||"Impression of J. Temperance"||Riley, Scanlon, Smith||4:20|
|2.||"In the Park"||Smith||1:43|
|3.||"W.M.C. – Blob 59"||Smith||1:19|
|4.||"Gramme Friday"||Scanlon, Riley, Smith||3:19|
|5.||"The N.W.R.A."||Scanlon, Hanley, Smith||9:08|
- Mark E. Smith – vocals, tape operation, kazoo, guitar, production
- Marc Riley – guitar, keyboards, production
- Craig Scanlon – guitar, production
- Steve Hanley – bass guitar, production
- Paul Hanley – drums, production
- Kay Carroll – "extra vocals"
- Geoff Travis – production
- Grant Showbiz – production ("Pay Your Rates", "The Container Drivers")
- Mayo Thompson – production
- John Brierly – engineering
- George "Porky" Peckham – mastering
- Edge, Brian (1989). Paintwork. Omnibus Press.
- Raggett, Ned. "Grotesque (After the Gramme) – The Fall: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: The Fall". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.