I Am Kurious Oranj

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I Am Kurious Oranj
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Studio album by The Fall
Released 10 October 1988
Recorded 1988 at: Suite 16 Studios, Rochdale, England; Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Genre Post-punk, alternative rock
Length 57:01
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Ian Broudie, Mark E. Smith
The Fall chronology
The Frenz Experiment
(1988)The Frenz Experiment1988
I Am Kurious Oranj
Seminal Live
(1989)Seminal Live1989
Singles from I Am Kurious Oranj
  1. "Jerusalem/Big New Prinz"
    Released: 11 November 1988
  2. "Cab It Up"
    Released: 5 June 1989

I Am Kurious Oranj is the eleventh studio album by English post-punk band The Fall. It was released on 10 October 1988 through record label Beggars Banquet.

The album's release 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 charts. However there was internal strife within the band; Smith was increasingly dependent on alcohol and speed, and his marriage to Fall lead guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Brix Smith was coming to an end. Although she wrote many of the most acclaimed songs on the album, including "Overture from 'I Am Curious Oranj'", "Van Plague?" and "Bad News Girl", she was excluded from the writing and publishing credits.

Considered one of The Fall's strongest, if not cohesive, albums, I Am Kurious Oranj was intended as the soundtrack for the ballet I Am Curious, Orange, a collaboration with the dancer Michael Clark. The music was mostly pre-written by Brix Smith and bassist Steve Hanley. A live version was recorded during an Edinburgh Festival performance of the ballet, and issued in 2000 as I Am as Pure as Oranj.


I Am Kurious Oranj was intended as the soundtrack for the ballet I Am Curious, Orange, produced by contemporary dance group Michael Clark & Company, and loosely based on the 300th anniversary of William of Orange's ascension to the English throne. The album combines studio recordings with tracks recorded live during performances in Edinburgh in June 1988.

The opening track "New Big Prinz" (as well as its alternative version, "Big New Priest") is based on "Hip Priest" from the group's 1982 album Hex Enduction Hour; the original track was also used in the ballet as a backing tape. "Jerusalem" is an adaptation of William Blake's hymn using Hubert Parry's original music (although Parry does not appear in the credits). "Last Nacht" is a remix of "Bremen Nacht" from the group's poorly received previous album, The Frenz Experiment.

"Dead Beat Descendant" was written for the ballet and performed live, but did not make the album. It was later re-recorded and released as a track on the Seminal Live compilation.

I Am Kurious Oranj's title is derived from Swedish director Vilgot Sjöman's films I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967) and I Am Curious (Blue) (1968). It appears as I Am Kurious, Oranj on some packaging formats.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A–[2]
NME 8/10[3]
The Village Voice favourable[4]

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."[3] A later review of the album by AllMusic, however, is more indifferent, opining, "As a cohesive Fall album it fails [...] I Am Kurious Oranj would have been more interesting to see than hear."[1]

Track listing[edit]

As with other Fall albums released through Beggars Banquet Records, I Am Kurious Oranj featured a different track listing across the various formats on which it was originally released. In addition to extra tracks "Guide Me Soft" and "Big New Priest", the UK CD featured several alternative and extended versions of songs (tracks 3, 5, 7, 8 and 12). In 2013, Beggars Banquet remastered and reissued the album on CD as a part of the 5 Albums box set; the new edition used the CD mixes re-ordered according to the vinyl track order with alternate vinyl mixes added as bonus tracks.

Original UK CD/cassette version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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, Schofield 4:41
8. "Yes, O 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
Note: "Van Plague?" is listed as "Van Plague" on the cassette edition.


The Fall


  1. ^ a b Mills, Ted. "I Am Kurious Oranj – The Fall : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: The Fall". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Len (1988). "Outspanding". NME. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Eddy, Chuck (17 January 1989). "End of the Line". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 

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