A B Side to the 1988 single Victoria by The Fall, and hence available on the late eighties B Side compilation 458489 B Sides. The single was released by Beggars Banquet in both 7" and 12", though 'Tuff Life Boogie' is the only B side for the 7". Typically, the 7" contains almost no information apart from the tracks; written on the back is; sleeve credits: 7" - none

Part of The Fall's incarnation as new-wave popstars (well, they *tried* to be), the song is the companion to their reasonably successfully charting cover of The Kinks. In my opinion, this and Ludd Gang make some of the best Fall B Sides, and either the single or the compilation are definitely worth adding to your collection, even if you're just a casual Fall listener. The music starts off as a nice jangly guitar pop number, then a bit of a laid back drawl, but once the chorus kicks in the songs' dark intentions are revealed. There is some nice intensive drumming, especially during the chorus, and it is good to see the band backing up Smith with the vocals. Even wife Brix Smith gets in on the act, hamming up the chorus wonderfully, although her vocal levels are very low in the mix. Perhaps Mark got jealous? Anyway, the sone is an enjoyable sub-three minute slice of pop, skewed of course to something slightly strange by The Fall.

TUFF LIFE BOOGIE


You let me down again
And then your goth, slag brain says:
Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!

All you ever say
Is round revival boogie
It's a revival boogie
It's a
It's a small flat baby

Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!
All you ever need
Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!--)
Tuff life yeah baby!--)-- These are sung by Brix
All you ever need----)

With the balding man
You went to the Netherlands
And with a pernicious refrain
You return and say the same

Give it to me baby one more time
Give it to me baby one more time
Give it to me baby one more time
Give it to me baby one more time
Give it to me baby one more time
You forever say

Tuff life yeah baby!
Tuff life yeah baby!


Cheers to Fall Lyrics Parade," by Jonathan Kandell & Jeff Curtis, still the best place for Fall lyrics

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