Totale's Turns

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Totale's Turns (It's Now or Never)
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Live album by The Fall
Released May 5, 1980
Recorded October 27, 1979 - February 29, 1980
Genre Post punk
Length 43:05
Label Rough Trade
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Totale's Turns (It's Now or Never) is a live album by The Fall, originally released on May 5, 1980. The first of the band's many live and part-live albums, it was mostly recorded at gigs in the north of England, but the track "New Puritan" was recorded at Mark E. Smith's home and "That Man" is a studio recording, an outtake from the recording sessions for the "Fiery Jack" single.

Rather than record themselves in front of a receptive home crowd, the Fall chose to use recordings made in working men's clubs and other less obvious settings; Side 1 of the album was recorded at a leisure centre near Doncaster[2] while the first two tracks on Side 2 are from a February 1980 gig in Bradford. It is clear on the recording that the reception the band received ranged from indifferent to hostile. Even more peculiar is "No Xmas for John Quays", a song originally heard on Live at the Witch Trials; in this version, Mark E. Smith intersperses the lyrics with ferociously worded criticisms of the band's performance.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Intro" (Mark E. Smith) – 0:46
  2. "Fiery Jack" (Smith, Marc Riley, Steve Hanley, Craig Scanlon) – 4:27
  3. "Rowche Rumble" (Smith, Riley, Scanlon) – 4:50
  4. "Muzorewi's Daughter" (Smith, Kay Carroll) – 3:42
  5. "In My Area" (Smith, Yvonne Pawlett, Riley, Scanlon) – 4:31
  6. "Choc Stock" (Smith, Scanlon) – 2:33

Side two[edit]

  1. "Spector Vs Rector 2" (Smith, Mike Leigh, Scanlon, Hanley) – 5:54
  2. "Cary Grant's Wedding" (The Fall) – 3:35
  3. "That Man" (Smith, Riley, Scanlon) – 1:43
  4. "New Puritan" (Smith, Scanlon, Riley, Hanley) – 3:21
  5. "No Xmas for John Quays" (Smith) – 7:43


The album has been issued on CD three times, the most recent edition (Castle Music, 2004) adding the Fall's third Peel session. (see The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 for details).