I Am Kurious Oranj
|I Am Kurious Oranj|
|Studio album by The Fall|
|Recorded||1988 at: Suite 16 Studios, Rochdale, England; Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Genre||Post-punk, alternative rock|
|Producer||Ian Broudie, Mark E. Smith|
|The Fall chronology|
The album was written as the soundtrack for the ballet I Am Curious, Orange, produced by contemporary dance group Michael Clark & Company, and themed loosely around the 300th anniversary of William of Orange's accession to the English throne. The album is also notable for its reworking of William Blake's lyrics for the hymn "Jerusalem" by Fall frontman Mark E. Smith.
The album's title is derived from Swedish director Vilgot Sjöman's films I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967) and I Am Curious (Blue) (1968). The title appears as I Am Kurious, Oranj on some parts of the packaging formats.
In common with other albums released through Beggars Banquet Records by The Fall, I Am Kurious Oranj featured a different track listing across the various formats on which it was originally released.
|1.||"New Big Prinz"||Craig Scanlon, Marcia Schofield, Mark E. Smith, Stephen Hanley||3:25|
|2.||"Overture from 'I Am Curious, Orange'"||Brix Smith||2:48|
|3.||"Dog Is Life/Jerusalem"||William Blake, M. Smith||8:54|
|4.||"Kurious Oranj"||Hanley, M. Smith, Simon Wolstencroft||6:20|
|5.||"Wrong Place, Right Time"||M. Smith||2:52|
|6.||"Guide Me Soft"||M. Smith||2:15|
|7.||"C.D. Win Fall 2088 AD"||M. Smith||4:41|
|8.||"Yes, Oh Yes"||B. Smith, M. Smith||3:25|
|9.||"Van Plague?"||B. Smith, M. Smith||4:56|
|10.||"Bad News Girl"||B. Smith, M. Smith||5:22|
|11.||"Cab It Up"||M. Smith||4:54|
|12.||"Last Nacht"||M. Smith, Simon Rogers||3:56|
|13.||"Big New Priest"||Hanley, Scanlon, Schofield, M. Smith||3:08|
|Vinyl version: Side one|
|1.||"New Big Prinz"||3:20|
|2.||"Overture from 'I Am Curious Orange'"||2:48|
|3.||"Dog Is Life / Jerusalem"||7:20|
|5.||"Wrong Place, Right Time"||2:54|
|Vinyl version: Side two|
|1.||"Win Fall C.D. 2080"||2:40|
|2.||"Yes, O Yes"||3:34|
|4.||"Bad News Girl"||5:19|
|5.||"Cab It Up!"||4:53|
- Note: "Van Plague?" is spelled "Van Plague" on the cassette edition.
The release of I Am Kurious Oranj came at the end of a relatively successful year for the group, which had also seen the release of an "accessible" album, The Frenz Experiment, and a handful of singles in the UK singles chart.
A live version of this album recorded during at one of the Edinburgh Festival performances of the ballet was belatedly issued in 2000, under the title I Am As Pure As Oranj. This is now out of print.
|The Village Voice||favourable|
I Am Kurious Oranj was critically well-received at the time. NME wrote "[The Fall have] retained the power to surprise, to provoke and occasionally outrage that only The Smiths could pretend to possess in the '80s."
- The Fall
- Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, production
- Craig Scanlon – rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
- Brix E. Smith – lead guitar, vocals
- Stephen Hanley – bass guitar
- Simon Wolstencroft – drums
- Marcia Schofield – keyboards
- Ian Broudie – production
- Cenzo Townshend – engineering
- C.J. (Chris Jones) – engineering
- Dian Barton – engineering
- Stu (Stuart Hawkes) – mastering
- Kevin Cummins – sleeve photography (band photos)
- Richard Haughton – sleeve photography (stage photos)
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- Brown, Len (1988). "Outspanding". NME. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- Eddy, Chuck (17 January 1989). "End of the Line". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 April 2013.