Legendary Irish Muso BP Fallon, with a face that you always feel like you’ve seen before, has released one of the most unique 45s this year, be it in the last few days of what’s left of 2009. A spoken word track accompanies a slap-dash hommage/critique of worshipping idols of pop culture and what’s to believe in these days and an interview between Mr. White and Fallon.
Not least the most interesting thing about this 45 is that it is “three-sided”; one side is in full stereo while the other is split into left and right mono tracks both giving you a different listen depending on which speaker you unplug or which way you shift your balance knob. Another stroke of genius from the audiophiles at Third Man who are clearly working closely with the boffins down at Nashville’s United Record Pressing, to push the envelope with what’s possible in redesigning the 45.
Here’s my rundown of the tracks:-
Fallon’s nonchalant musings on the meteoric rise accompanied by star-crossed fall of the worlds most doom-destined icons, are auditory bliss. Boy this guy has a great command of language and the listeners imagination. Having rubbed shoulders with some of music’s most important icons, he has plenty of context for discussing the pitfalls and dizzying heights accompanied with Fame. “Fame #9” is my favourite spoken word track ever and is definitely up there with Lenny Bruce’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” or David Shrigley’s “The Jist”. Especially love the bit about the Memphis Mafia falling over themselves to please the King. ‘Elvis I love you… but you’re a bit fat. Have an apple.’
I Believe In Elvis Presley
This track is pure magic. From the lyrics and unabashed poetic style of singing (right he’s no amazing singer but I don’t think Fallon tries to be), to the great slide and main riff. Just a perfect track. Got this one on constant loop. Could this be the best/first 45 to name drop Oscar Wilde and Lewis Carroll? Could this be the best/first 45 on Third Man Records by an Irishman?
Love the indirect reference to Robert Johnson too ‘So maybe he came to the crossroads/Or Maybe it’s a rascist lie/That no blackman could be so Brilliant/Without the Devil getting his soul when he dies’.
Just love everything this tune encompasses, such a passion and love for music, musicians, icons and culture but stark critical look at these same topics.
BP Fallon Interview
Again this track for me is gold. Crackling with wry wit and nice allusions wandering off in tangents.
I love how you can hear in Jack’s voice the admiration he has for BP. It’s clear that BP can spin a good yarn, bit of a seanchaí for sure. Especially captivating was the stuff about Viv Prince and Jimi Hendrix.
Jack and Fallon also discuss the Blues and the ethics behind a band continuing to make music after an integral member dies.
“I wish I was purple, because I’m feeling Blue. I’m not looking for love but a good fuck’ll do” – BP Fallon
This is not only a track it’s a primary source of a historical account of an amazing era in music. I’d listen to hours of this interview if only the wax would allow it… The booming of Jack’s disembodied voice over the talk-back monitor, to the unassuming listener, is like BP is being interviewed by his own conscious or God himself.
Glad I went straight for the digital single from iTunes, but am still expecting my 45 in the post!