Friday Fall-ies: "Prole Art Threat"

If you're like me you can't sleep on Thursday nights. You can't sleep because you know that Friday morning brings us the latest installment of Friday Follies, clearly the best thing to ever appear on the Internet. While I could never hope to top Friday Follies, I figured I'd do my best, so today begins Friday Fall-ies. Each Friday, I'll take a look at a single song from the wonderful and frightening world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, the greatest band of all time. (John Peel would back me up if he could.)

Song: "Prole Art Threat"

Album: Slates (1981)

Number of other compilations/live albums it appears on: 12

Possible Band Names Derived From Lyrics to This Song: Pink Press Threats, 100 Years of Sheer Brilliance, Safehouse Time

How-ah many times-ah does MES add his famous suffix-ah: 12 (1 every 9.75 seconds)

Is the entire song just one part repeated over and over again? Pretty much, yes.

Thoughts: In a catalog filled with uncompromising songs, "Prole Art Threat" is near the top of the list. It's jagged, claustrophobic, paranoid, almost militaristic. "Pink press threat!" MES shrieks at the beginning, before double-time drums kick in, along with the gurgling guitar and jumpy bass. There are a few instances of multi-tracked vocals, so it sounds like MES is talking with himself, adding to the clustered feel. It keeps the same insistent rhythm throughout, the bass cutting out for a few seconds at a time to let you catch your breath before the onslaught begins again. If the "Benny Hill" theme was re-written as a bleak, post-punk song, it might sound like this.

By David Malitz |  November 21, 2008; 11:32 AM ET Friday Fall-ies
Previous: "Chinese Democracy" Endurance Test | Next: American Music Awards: The Good, the Bland and the Ugly


Please email us to report offensive comments.

well it just goes to show how good an EP can be when "Prole Art Threat" is the third best song featured on Slates.

Posted by: seannn | November 21, 2008 1:36 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.


© 2010 The Washington Post Company