Fall Heads Roll

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Fall Heads Roll
The Fall - Fall Heads Roll.jpg
Studio album by The Fall
Released 3 October 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Post-punk
Length 55:54
Label Slogan (UK)
Narnack Records (US)
Producer Mark E. Smith, Simon Archer, Tim Gracielands
The Fall chronology
The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004
Fall Heads Roll
Reformation Post TLC
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[4]

Fall Heads Roll is an album (the 24th) by The Fall, released in 2005. It was recorded at Gracieland Studios in Rochdale, UK and Gigantic Studios in New York, NY. The US vinyl edition of the record is pressed on two discs and contains an alternate version of the track "Blindness". (One version of this tune is heard in the 2007 U.S. television ad campaign for the Mitsubishi Outlander.)[5]

Although the group had reissued several earlier albums and their Peel Sessions box set through the Sanctuary group (on their Castle imprint), this was the first album of new material to be released by them, on this occasion appearing on their Slogan label. In the US, the album was their second with Narnack Records.

In a March 2005 interview with Kitchen Sink magazine, Mark E. Smith cited Heads Are Rolling and If You Assume as two possible titles for the then-unfinished album. The sleeve design and lettering is thought to make reference to the cover of the Van der Graaf Generator album Godbluff.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ride Away" (Poulou, Smith) – 5:01
  2. "Pacifying Joint" (Smith) – 3:46
  3. "What About Us?" (Smith, Poulou) – 5:51
  4. "Midnight in Aspen" (Smith, Trafford) – 3:13
  5. "Assume" (Smith) – 4:07
  6. "Midnight Aspen Reprise" (Smith, Trafford) – 1:52
  7. "Blindness" (Smith, Birtwistle) – 7:23 (7:11 on US 2LP)
  8. "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" (Roy Wood) – 2:49
  9. "Bo Demmick" (Smith, Trafford, Birtwistle, Pritchard) – 4:15
  10. "Youwanner" (Smith, Archer, Pritchard) – 5:02
  11. "Clasp Hands" (Smith, Trafford) – 2:45
  12. "Early Days of Channel Führer" (Smith, Pritchard) – 3:48
  13. "Breaking the Rules" (Walker) – 2:26
  14. "Trust in Me" (Smith, Trafford) – 3:34

On the back cover of the CD, tracks were printed in wrong order:

  1. "Ride Away"
  2. "Blindness"
  3. "What About Us?"
  4. "Pacifying Joint"
  5. "Assume"
  6. "Midnight in Aspen"
  7. "Clasp Hands"
  8. "I Can Hear the Grass Grow"
  9. "Bo Demmick"
  10. "Youwanner"
  11. "Midnight Aspen Reprise"
  12. "Early Days of Channel Führer"
  13. "Breaking the Rules"
  14. "Trust in Me"

The CD also included an additional insert labeled "The Real New Fall Tracklist" (as a reference to the group's previous album, The Real New Fall LP), featuring the correct track order.


The Fall

Additional personnel

  • Simon "Dingo" Archer – production; bass guitar on "Youwanner" and "Trust In Me", banjo on "Clasp Hands", vocals on "Trust in Me"
  • Billy Pavone – engineer, vocals on "Trust in Me", guitar on "Blindness" (US vinyl version)
  • Kenny Cummings – vocals on "Trust in Me"
  • Phil Schuster – vocals on "Trust in Me"
  • Tim Baxter – production


  1. ^ "Fall Heads Roll by The Fall". Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Fall Heads Roll at AllMusic
  3. ^ Blender review
  4. ^ "The Fall: Fall Heads Roll Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Maher, Dave (13 November 2006). "The Fall Ready Reformation, Contribute Song to Car Ad". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 10 July 2008.