A high point of the Fall's short and not entirely rewarding tenure at Matador Records, the four-song Why Are People Grudgeful? EP is a clattering post-punk racket in the spirit of the Fall's classic early-'80s period (circa Hip Priest and Kamerads). The title track is a good old-fashioned Mark E. Smith rant, followed by two more in the same vein (the peculiar "The Re-Mixer" ends with Smith reading the instruction booklet for a computer monitor and reciting a list of hotel safety guidelines for no particular reasons) and, completely unexpectedly, a cover of Sister Sledge's Chic-penned hit, "Lost in Music," which Smith and crew transform into a noisy, dub-heavy mutant disco groove with a dialogue segment from an unidentified French film droning on a loop in the background. It's a good-humored, clever cover.
|Why Are People Grudgeful? / Lee "Scratch" Perry||The Fall||4:27|
|Glam Racket / Steve Hanley / Craig Scanlon / Mark E. Smith||The Fall||3:32|
|The Re Mixer / The Fall / Mark E. Smith||The Fall||6:03|
|Lost in Music / Bernard Edwards / Nile Rodgers||The Fall||3:49|