The Fall sign copies of The Frenz Experiment in HMV

New Musical Express, March 1988


Oxford Street was bought to a standstill last Thursday when thousands of pencil necks and weirdos spilled out of the HMV Shop, where they were watching top Mancunian glam terror pop army THE FALL, and into the busy central London shopping area. DETECTIVE INSPECTOR PAT McCAT told Public NME that he was shocked at, a) the popularity of the band, b) the amount of people who queued up to get their copies of 'The Frenz Experiment' signed, and c) how the band didn't perform 'C.R.E.E.P.

Whilst STEVE HANLEY, CRAIG SCANLON, BRIX SMITH, MARCIA SCHOFIELD and SIMON WOOLSTENCROFT signed furiously away at the LPs, the lads looking as relaxed as Emlyn Hughes (Fields Of The Nephilim) and Bill Beaumont (ex- The Alarm on Question Of Sport, MARK SMITH filled us in with the highlights so far: "One girl, she was Polish or something, asked us to sign ten different LPs with eight names on each, and they were all called Mairniea or something. Had to keep asking her how to spell it." Nothing like a bit of cultural exchange is there?


This piece has a couple of nice photos with it. One of the signing with the legend; "'Fall invade Oxford Street HMV for Pop-Star album signing session' shock. Woolstencroft, Brix and Hanley struggle to answer the brain-stomping Question Of Sport teaser 'What is the name of the singer with top rock band The Fall ?"

The other is of MES with the megaphone (I'm sure I've seen this recently so it maybe on the web) with "And if there's any more requests to sign Morrissey singles there'll be trouble.'... Mark E Smith in fetching gold lame hairdryer and camoflage shirt."