The Wonderful and Frightening World Of...

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The Wonderful and Frightening World Of...
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall.jpg
Studio album by The Fall
Released 8 October 1984 (1984-10-08)
Genre Post-punk
Length 40:09
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer John Leckie
The Fall chronology
Perverted by Language
The Wonderful and Frightening World Of...
This Nation's Saving Grace

The Wonderful and Frightening World Of... is the 7th album by The Fall, released in October 1984. It was the band's first album with the successful Beggars Banquet label who put them with name producer John Leckie. Brix Smith co-wrote around half the tracks. Paul Hanley left the band immediately after the accompanying UK tour, ending the group's distinctive "twin drummers" period.[1]


The album was produced by John Leckie.[2]

Three older, previously abandoned songs were returned to during these sessions. "Oh! Brother" and "Copped It" dated back to the group's earliest incarnation (they can be heard on Live 1977 issued by Voiceprint Records in 2000) and "Draygo's Guilt" was being performed live in 1981 (it can be heard on the Live in Leeds section of the Perverted by Language Bis DVD, issued by Cherry Red in 2003).

The album's cover artwork (like that of its predecessor Perverted by Language) was painted by Danish-born artist Claus Castenskiold.[3]


Ned Raggett in a retrospective Allmusic review feels that the album is not aimed at the commercial market, describing Mark E. Smith's vocals in "Elves" as "audible, tape-distorting spit", Craig Scanlon's guitar work in "Lay of the Land" as "feedback ... over the clattering din", and Smith's lyrics in places as "coruscating and side-splittingly hilarious" and "portray[ing] a Disneyland scenario in hell"; overall his view is that it is a "smart, varied album".[2]

Ryan Schreiber in a Pitchfork Media review described it as one the highlights of The Fall's career full of "artsy and other-worldly" songs ranging from "bouncy and insane ... Sex Pistols- meets- Plastic Bertrand new-waviness" to "refreshing pop rock".[4]

The album reached 62 in the UK charts on September 1984.[5]

Track listing[edit]


  • The Fall:
  • Gavin Friday – vocals on "Copped It", "Clear Off!" and "Stephen Song" (credited as a "friendly visitor")
  • John Leckie – production, backing vocals on "Lay of the Land"
  • Joe Gillingham – engineering
  • Claus Castenskiold – cover painting


  1. ^ "The Fall gigography: 1984". The Fall Online. 29 October 2008. Accessed 16 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ned Raggett (2012). "The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall – The Fall: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: AllMusic". Retrieved 18 June 2012. Brix Smith 
  3. ^ Amy Britton (17 November 2011). Revolution Rock: The Albums Which Defined Two Ages. AuthorHouse. p. 71. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Ryan Schreiber. com/record-reviews/f/fall/wonderful-and-frightening. shtml "The Fall: The Wonderful and<BR>Frightening World of...: Pitchfork Review" Check |url= value (help). Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Dave Simpson (18 September 2008). The Fallen: Searching for the Missing Members of The Fall. Canongate Books. p. 147. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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