Also, Robert Smith does have a knack of writing pretty, "goofy" love songs. Songs with lots of awkward sentimentality that don't feel too contrived. I found myself walking past three people in Trader Joes this weekend, all of whom were quietly singing along with Love Song, and they all looked like they were close to crying...
So, it may be a lazy choice but it's probably not a bad one.
We still have The Fall, I believe. No smooth session musician drummers, no bass players with "chops", just the usual mess. Not that I've ever listened to them.
Also, Finisterre was a career highlight for the 'Tienne, surely?
On Tracks From A K-Tel Compilation Tape I Purchased When I Was Nine Just So I Could Own The "Greatest American Hero" Theme Song, In Order Of How Frequently And Irritatingly They Pop Into My Head Unbidden Some Thirty Years Later
You were lucky, you didn't buy K-Tel Music Explosion as your first ever record.
Agreed, the F-word needs a bit of a time-out right now.
I too was a victim of the "straight while male" syndrome but everything's different now.
Interesting to see American women clocking in at #2 there (just ahead of the Germans) which, considering how much money they spend on cosmetic procedures and the fact that most Americans don't travel abroad anyway, is actually something of a feat.