Alternative rock band from Cape Town, South Africa

We all know Falling Mirror’s ‘Johnny Calls The Chemist’, a 5FM #1 hit in 1986, still played regularly on radio. Its sound is immediately arresting, like a fantasy of Dylan fronting Dire Straits. This first release of the album on CD is an occasion to rediscover this memorable gem in its proper context; the concept album, described by Andrew Donaldson as “a bent tale about a doomed and twisted suburban love affair”. Both album and title track were inspired by a real-life obsession, a true story of manic fixation, neurotic delusion and unrequited passion.

Above all, it is the product of Falling Mirror’s experiences. Falling Mirror were two first cousins, Allan Faull and Nielen Mirror (born Marais), the band’s name coined by Ian Cowie as a play on their surnames, Faull and Mirror. The two cousins had much in common, both former pupils of the elite private school, Bishops. They were from posh homes yet rebelled against their society’s expectations and chose alternative lifestyles centred on music. As was common in the counter-culture of the time, both also experimented with drugs and non-traditional religions. Independently they were outsiders, but together they created some of the most imaginative and alternative rock music of the day.

- By Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman
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Edited by marmaluke on 28 Apr 2013, 21:44

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