The Fall ‎– The Infotainment Scan

Permanent Records ‎– PERMLP12
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Ladybird (Green Grass) 3:59
A2 Lost In Music
Producer – Mark E. Smith
A3 Glam Racket
Producer – Simon Rogers
A4 I'm Going To Spain 3:27
A5 It's A Curse 5:19
B1 Paranoia Man In Cheap Shit Room 4:27
B2 Service 4:11
B3 The League Of Bald-Headed Men 4:07
B4 A Past Gone Mad 4:19
B5 Light/Fireworks
Producer – Mark E. Smith



A2 is a cover version of Lost In Music (Nile Rogers/Bernard Edwards) performed by Sister Sledge.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 018524 050215

Other Versions (5 of 22) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PERM MC 12 The Fall The Infotainment Scan(Cass, Album) Permanent Records PERM MC 12 UK & Ireland 1993 Sell This Version
CMQDD1227 The Fall The Infotainment Scan(Exp + CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp) Castle Music, Sanctuary CMQDD1227 UK Unknown Sell This Version
PERM CD12, PERMCD 12 The Fall The Infotainment Scan(CD, Album) Permanent Records, Cog Sinister, Permanent Records, Cog Sinister PERM CD12, PERMCD 12 UK 1993 Sell This Version
GLRK 7208 The Fall The Infotainment Scan(Cass, Album) Gala Records (4) GLRK 7208 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
PERM CD12, D 31000 The Fall The Infotainment Scan(CD, Album) Permanent Records, Festival Records Pty. Ltd. PERM CD12, D 31000 Australia 1993 Sell This Version


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September 10, 2020
The Fall. Do they ever put a foot wrong? Before listeners who experienced 'Ersatz GB' shout out yes, lets take a nostalgic trip to 1993.

John Major was our beloved PM. The comedy world was left reeling at the loss of Les Dawson and Bernard Bresslaw in a 24 hour period and Sonia represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Better the devil you know' (and coming a respectable 2nd)

The Infotainment Scan released in April 93 by The Fall and was a success by Fall standards peaking at No 9 in the UK album chart. Let this fact not put you off!

For me, this is a peak in The Falls hi-tension filled career and the highlight of an exceptional run with Permanent Records that includes the excellent 'Middle Class Revolt, the bruising 'Cerebral Caustic' and the chaotic live double 'The Twenty-Seven Points'

There are so many highlights on The Infotainment Scan you can dip in and out with ease. Ladybird (green grass) kicks off the record in true Fall style. Its a full throttle bass driven killer with regulars Scanlon, Hanley and Wolstencroft proving again that they were a taut and explosive rhythm section. This more than adequately compliments MES' acerbic broadsides on the proliferation of cheap holidays, bald headed men and spangles. 'Its a curse' continues in the same vein sounding like a bastardised U2 in which Bono has been replaced by a local Rochdale live night compere who has a few grudges.

There is also much humour to be found on this record from the exploits of Cousin Norman in 'I'm Going to Spain' and the paranoid shape shifting males that carousel in 'Paranoid Man in Cheap S**t Room ("he shakes-aa in the chemist-aa, while buying his vits-aa")

Add to this a cover of 'Lost In Music' and two class A dance remixes as bonus tracks then you have a classic Fall album. Sure, the synth sounds are pure 90's and this is a fair departure from earlier Fall fare but who cares when The Fall sound this much fun.



June 22, 2020
Looks like this, Middle Class Revolt, Twenty Seven Points and Post Nearly Man are next up for Demon reissues.