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gigography 2004

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Friday, 23 January 2004    Royal Festival Hall, London

Reviews on the Fall news and forum.

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Monday, 2 February 2004    The Barfly, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1

Boxoctosis / Mountain Energei / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Middle Mass / Mr. Pharmacist / Janet, Johnny &
James / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Contraflow / White Lightning

There's some "Secession Man" lyrics in "Contraflow"
- "So nice for you to allow us into your great Presidetial city." (before "Middle Mass")
- "There's still people here! One, one, one!" (before "Contraflow")

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Tuesday, 3 February 2004    The Barfly, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1

Reviews on the Fall news and forum.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2004    The Barfly, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1

Reviews on the Fall news. Photos by Jaffoon Jaffoon.

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UK : 18 - 26 February (27 February - 5 March gigs postponed/cancelled due to Mark's accident)

Wednesday, 18 February 2004    The Dome, Morecambe

Boxoctosis / Telephone Thing / Mountain Energei / Green Eyed Loco-Man / The Joke / Mr. Pharmacist / Walk Like a Man / Middle Mass / Bourgeois Town / Janet, Johnny & James / Mere Pseud Mag Ed (aborted attempt - MES started Mag Ed whilst the band started playing Sparta) / Mere Pseud Mag Ed // Theme from Sparta F.C. / Big New Prinz

Some "Secession Man" lyrics in "Middle Mass")
- [Sings] "No more Sparta any more." (before the second attempt at "Mere Pseud Mag Ed")

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Thursday, 19 February 2004    The Brickyard, Carlisle

Review on the Fall news.

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Friday, 20 February 2004    Magnum Leisure Centre, Irvine

Boxoctosis / Telephone Thing / Mountain Energei / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mr. Pharmacist / Walk Like a Man / Middle Mass / Janet, Johnny & James / I Am Damo Suzuki / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Contraflow

There's some "Secession Man" lyrics in "Contraflow"
- "Down the long, long, long days of your BT Australian underwater varnish crack." (amended lyrics to "Telephone Thing")

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Saturday, 21 February 2004    Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow

Boxoctosis / Telephone Thing / Mountain Energei / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mr. Pharmacist / Walk Like a Man / Middle Mass / Janet, Johnny & James / The Joke / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Contraflow // Big New Prinz / Dr. Buck's Letter // White Lightning

Reviews on the Fall news. Thanks to Eilidh Short for the photos and Declan for the ticket.

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Sunday, 22 February 2004    The Venue, Edinburgh

thanks to Brian for the ticket

Boxoctosis / Telephone Thing / Mountain Energei / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Theme From Sparta F.C. / Mr. Pharmacist / Walk Like a Man / Middle Mass / Janet, Johnny & James / The Joke / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Contraflow // Big New Prinz / Dr Buck's Letter // White Lightning

Dougie James supplies some vocals on "Big New Prinz".
- "Thank you for allowing us in your wonderful country." (before "Mr. Pharmacist")
- "It's a theatre (flame)!" (before "The Joke")
- "His dream girl sings adverts for Muller Yoghurt and the Weetabix. A fancied wit as mere imitation of 'Not The Nine O'Clock News' and 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks'." (amended lyrics to "Mere Pseud Mag Ed")
- "Gotta meet Jim. He's a dope." (amended lyrics to "Contraflow")
- "Gotta meet Jim. He's an idiot." (more amended lyrics to "Contraflow")

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Monday, 23 February 2004    Lemon Tree, West North Street, Aberdeen

Boxoctosis / Telephone Thing / Mountain Energei / Middle Mass / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mr. Pharmacist / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Janet, Johnny & James / Walk Like a Man / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / The Joke / Contraflow // Big New Prinz

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2004    Blue Nightclub, Rose Street, Inverness

Boxoctosis / Telephone Thing / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Middle Mass / Janet, Johnny & James / Walk Like a Man / Contraflow / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Mr. Pharmacist / Way Round / Mountain Energei / I Am Damo Suzuki // White Lightning

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2004    Fat Sam's, Dundee

Boxoctosis / Telephone Thing / Green Eyed Loco-Man / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Middle Mass / Walk Like a Man / Way Round / Mountain Energei / Mr. Pharmacist / Theme From Sparta F.C. / Janet, Johnny & James / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Contraflow / I Am Damo Suzuki // "....and the fastest ever White Lightning as the solitary encore"

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Thursday, 26 February 2004    Newcastle Opera House, Newcastle

Reviews on the Fall news.

In the early morning hours after the gig, en route for a box of matches, Mark slipped on the icy pavement and broke his thigh bone. A woman tried to help him up but they both slipped and fell; this time Mark's hip was fractured. Needless to say the rest of the tour was postponed, although Mark did appear at the Bridgewater Hall event on 6 March (in a wheelchair), and the Fall played Liverpool and Birmingham before leaving for the United States on 5 April.

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Friday, 27 February 2004    Town Hall Crypt, Middlesborough - postponed/cancelled

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Saturday, 28 February 2004    Ocean Room, Scarborough Spa Complex - postponed/cancelled

poster

Thanks to Steve McG for the poster.

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Sunday, 29 February 2004    Fibbers, Stonebow House, York - postponed until 11 July

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Monday, 1 March 2004    Fibbers, Stonebow House, York - postponed until 12 July

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Wednesday, 3 March 2004    Bierkeller, Bristol - postponed/cancelled

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Thursday, 4 March 2004    Carling Academy 2, Liverpool - postponed until 3 April

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Friday, 5 March 2004    Irish Centre, Birmingham - postponed until 1 April

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Saturday, 6 March 2004    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Theme from Sparta F.C. / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / The CD in Your Hand / Idiot Joy Showland

MES reading from a wheelchair. Howard Devoto, John Cooper Clarke, and Pete Shelley also on the bill. Thanks to Elderford for the ticket. Reviews on the Fall news.

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1 - 3 April 2004 : lineup #50 : Mark E. Smith (vocals), Elenor Poulou (keyboards), Ben Pritchard (guitar), Simon Archer (aka "Ding") (bass), Steve Trafford (bass), Dave Milner (drums).

Thursday, 1 April 2004    Irish Centre, Birmingham

Boxoctosis / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Middle Mass / Mountain Energei / Telephone Thing / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Janet, Johnny & James / Mr. Pharmacist / Contraflow / Mike's Love Xexagon > (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Big New Prinz / I Am Damo Suzuki

Reviews on the Fall news. With a new bassist, Steven Trafford, playing with Dingo. This and Liverpool on 3 April are Ding's last Fall gigs. The idea was to loan him out to Polly Harvey for eight months for her 2004 world tour, but as of this writing in July 2005, Steve is still playing bass for the Fall.

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Saturday, 3 April 2004    Carling Academy 1, Liverpool

Boxoctosis / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green Eyed Loco Man / Middle Mass / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mike's Love Xexagon > (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Contraflow / Telephone Thing / Janet, Johnny & James / Mr. Pharmacist // White Lightning / Dr. Buck's Letter // Big New Prinz // Bourgeois Town (MES off-stage)

May not be in correct order. Reviews and photos on the Fall news.

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7 April - May 2004 : lineup # 51 : Mark E. Smith (vocals), Elenor Poulou (keyboards), Ben Pritchard (guitar), Steve Trafford (bass), Dave Milner (drums).

USA : 7 April - 2 May (Mark unceremoniously cancelled the 5 - 16 May gigs)

Wednesday, 7 April 2004    Ottobar, Baltimore, Maryland

Boxoctosis / Green-Eyed Loco Man / Middle Mass / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Mountain Energei / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Telephone Thing / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Janet, Johnny & James / Mr. Pharmacist / Contraflow / Mike's Love Xexagon > (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / I Am Damo Suzuki / Big New Prinz

That was the planned setlist anyway; not sure if that's what was played. Reviews on the Fall news.

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Thursday, 8 April 2004    Knitting Factory, New York City, New York

Loop 41 intro tape / Boxoctosis / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Middle Mass / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Mountain Energei / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Telephone Thing / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mr. Pharmacist / Janet, Johnny & James / Contraflow / Mike's Love Xexagon > (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / White Lightning // Big New Prinz

Reviews on the Fall news. Photos by Dean.

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Friday, 9 April 2004    Knitting Factory, New York City, New York

Horror in Clay intro tape / Boxoctosis / Contraflow / Middle Mass / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Mountain Energei / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Telephone Thing / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Janet, Johnny & James / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green Eyed Loco-Man / Walk Like a Man / Mr. Pharmacist / Mike's Love Xexagon > (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / I Am Damo Suzuki / Dr. Buck's Letter // White Lightning

- "Come into the back room, Brian. And you've already done that, because you are Brian and you are a (mother and father)." (amended lyrics to "Middle Mass")
- "Nice carpet in the Knitting Factory. They made it especially for us today, as you can see. It's almost like an Oreo with your Grandad. Hup!" (before "Mountain Energei")
- "This is a religious number." (before "Janet, Johnny & James")
- "Hup! Must keep still at all times. At all times." (before "Mike's Love Xexagon")

Reviews on the Fall news. I took some photos.

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Saturday, 10 April 2004    Maxwell's, Hoboken, New Jersey

Loop 41 intro tape / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Contraflow / Middle Mass / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Mountain Energei / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Telephone Thing / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Janet, Johnny & James / Mr. Pharmacist / Walk Like a Man / I Am Damo Suzuki / Dr. Buck's Letter

Reviews on the Fall news. I took some more photos.

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Monday, 12 April 2004    First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA

Boxoctosis / Contraflow / Mountain Energei / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Middle Mass / I Am Damo Suzuki / Walk Like A Man / Janet, Johnny & James / Telephone Thing / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Mike's Love Xexagon > (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Dr. Buck's Letter (interpolating Captain Beefheart's "Dropout Boogie") / Big New Prinz

"In no particular order." Reviews on the Fall news.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2004    Black Cat, Washington, D.C.

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Wednesday, 14 April 2004    Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, North Carolina

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Friday, 16 April 2004    Echo Lounge, Atlanta, Georgia

Boxoctosis / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Walk Like a Man / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Janet, Johnny & James / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mountain Energei / Middle Mass / Mike's Love Xexagon / Contraflow / Dr. Buck's Letter / I Am Damo Suzuki / White Lightning / Big New Prinz / Bourgeois Town

not 100% accurate. Reviews on the Fall news.

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Saturday, 17 April 2004    40 Watt, Athens, Georgia

Boxoctosis / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Mountian Energei / Middle Mass / Protein Protection / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Janet, Johnny & James / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Contraflow / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Mike's Love Xexagon / Dr. Buck's Letter / White Lightning

Possibly not 100% accurate. Reviews on the Fall news.

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Monday, 19 April 2004    Orange Peel, Asheville, North Carolina

Thanks to Foe for the setlist. Reviews on the Fall news.

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Tuesday, 20 April 2004    Southgate House, Newport, Kentucky

poster

Boxoctosis / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green Eyed Loco-Man / Protein Protection / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Janet, Johnny & James / Mountain Energei / 15 Ways / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth > Mike's Love Xexagon / Mr. Pharmacist / Dr. Buck's Letter // White Lightning / Contraflow // Big New Prinz

"Secession Man" lyrics in "Contraflow"
- "Wow, wow, wow! It's working now, by the miracle of engineering.
It's so good to be in Wales." (before "Groovin' with Mr. Bloe")

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Wednesday, 21 April 2004    Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio

poster set

Boxoctosis / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Protein Protection / Theme from Sparta F.C. / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Janet, Johnny & James / Mountain Energei / 15 Ways / (We Are) Mad Mock Goth > Mike's Love Xexagon / Mr. Pharmacist / Dr. Bucks Letter / Contraflow / Walk Like a Man // White Lightning

From the band's setlist - may not be accurate. Reviews on the Fall news. Thanks to Other John for the poster and setlist.

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Thursday, 22 April 2004    Brewhouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

poster poster

Thanks to Ghostly Neutrino for the setlist. Reviews on the Fall news.

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Friday, 23 April 2004    Magic Stick, Detroit, Michigan

Boxoctosis / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green-Eyed Loco Man > / Protein Protection / Theme from Sparta F.C. / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Janet, Johnny & James / Mountain Energei / 15 Ways / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth > Mike's Love Xexagon / Mr. Pharmacist / Dr. Buck's Letter / Contraflow // Walk Like a Man / White Lightning

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Saturday, 24 April 2004    Metro, Chicago, Illinois

poster poster

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Sunday, 25 April 2004    Empty Bottle, Chicago, Illinois

MES poetry recital.

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Monday, 26 April 2004    Creepy Crawl, St. Louis, Missouri

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Wednesday, 28 April 2004    Mojo's, Columbia, Missouri

Cancelled due to Mark's food poisoning in St. Louis.

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Thursday, 29 April 2004    The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

poster

Also cancelled. Posters by Frank Kozik.

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Friday, 30 April 2004    Trees, Dallas, Texas

plus the encores Janet, Johnny & James / Big New Prinz / White Lightning // Bourgeois Town

Reviews on the Fall news. Thanks to Michael for the setlist and Rod for the ticket.

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Saturday, 1 May 2004    Emo's, Austin, Texas

Green Eyed Loco-Man / Middle Mass / Theme from Sparta F.C. / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Boxoctosis / Mountain Energei / Janet, Johnny & James / Walk Like a Man / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Mr. Pharmacist / Dr. Buck's Letter / White Lightnin

Also "F-Oldin' Money" in there somewhere, says Patrick.

Magnificent vocal contribution to "Dr. Buck's Letter" by ex-Fallnetter Sean O'Neal.
- "So I went fishing. I'd just watched the last episode of 'Friends'." (amended lyrics to "Mountain Energei")
- "And the next one is 'Each Little Bird'... 'Honeydripper'." (before "(We Are) Mod Mock Goth", reading the support act's set-list?)
- "And though his pretty voice followed him around on the steel stairs, it was the best air-conditioning he'd ever had in his fucking life." (amended lyrics to "Dr. Buck's Letter")
- "World-highest industry of British incapacity." (during the introduction to "White Lightning")

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Sunday, 2 May 2004    Fitzgerald's, Houston, Texas

Houston / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Middle Mass / Theme from Sparta F.C. / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Boxoctosis / Janet, Johnny & James / Mountain Energei / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Mr. Pharmacist / I Am Damo Suzuki / Dr Buck's Letter

Some "Protein Protection" lyrics in "I Am Damo Suzuki")
- "Sorry we're late tonight... it's due to the dead-damn Yankee agents." (before "I Can Hear the Grass Grow")
- "All that Australian soap rubbish you created coming over the hill in a ragged..." (amended lyrics to "Janet, Johnny & James")
- "And there's an arrow sticking in a tree at the bottom of an open valley." (amended lyrics to "Mountain Energei")
- "In the home of industrial waste, he was so happy to get out of the back of the bay and to come to the home of industrial dust in the
Holiday Inn." (before "Mr. Pharmacist")
- "It's May the first in England and my sister Caroline is watching the fucking 'Wicker Man' again. I don't know how you celebrate it
round here." (before "I Am Damo Suzuki")
- "This is a happy number!" (during the introduction to "Dr Buck's Letter")

This ended up being the last gig of the US tour. On 6 May, Mark issued the following statement to the Fall News:

"The Group / New York Agency + Tour Manager are too lazy to play. 50% refund to all ticket holders. M.E. Smith"

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Wednesday, 5 May 2004    Plush, Tucson, Arizona

cancelled

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Thursday, 6 May 2004    Old Brickhouse, Phoenix, Arizona

cancelled

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Friday, 7 May 2004    Spaceland, Los Angeles, California

cancelled

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Saturday, 8 May 2004    Blank Club, San Jose, California

cancelled

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Sunday, 9 May 2004     Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California

cancelled

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Tuesday, 11 May 2004    Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, California

cancelled

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Thursday, 13 May 2004     Tangiers, Los Angeles, California - MES reading

cancelled

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Friday, 14 May 2004    Echo Lounge, Los Angeles, California

cancelled

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Saturday, 15 May 2004    Echo Lounge, Los Angeles, California

cancelled

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Sunday, 16 May 2004    Casbah, San Diego, California

cancelled

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Saturday, 22 May 2004    Boogaloo Bar, South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Green Eyed Loco-Man / Boxoctosis / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Clasp Hands / Theme From Sparta F.C. / Mountain Energei / Mr. Pharmacist

Set may not be in the correct order; the number of songs (7) is. The new song was written by bassist Steven Trafford, who gave Mark a tape of it a few days before the gig. The band were back in NYC on Narnack business. They also played three songs in the offices of Caroline Records (Narnack distributors) on 20 May. Reviews on the Fall news.

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Friday, 28 May 2004     Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain

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31 May : "50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong - 39 Golden Greats" album released

July - December 2004 : lineup # 52 : Mark E. Smith (vocals), Elenor Poulou (keyboards), Ben Pritchard (guitar), Jim Watts (guitar), Steve Trafford (bass), Spencer Birtwistle (drums).

28 June : "Theme from Sparta F.C. # 2 / My Ex Classmates' Kids (live)" single released

Sunday, 11 July 2004     Fibber's, York (rescheduled from 29 February)

Spoilt Victorian Child / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green Eyed Loco-Man / What About Us / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Clasp Hands / Mr. Pharmacist / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / I Can Hear the Grass Grow (take 2) / Boxoctosis / Contraflow / Wrong Place, Right Time (brief guitar riff only) / Walk Like a Man / White Lightning // Bourgeois Town

"Steve - NYC" = Clasp Hands. Reviews and photos on the Fall news.

- ”Good evening we are The Fall. So nice to be back again in York. When was it last time we were in York? 12AD."
- Punter: "Ben, you're sacked! You're fucking sacked, Ben! Why are you fucking late?" (before "Spoilt Victorian Child")
- "Start! Go on, start! One, two, three, four!" (before the second attempt at "I Can Hear the Grass Grow")
- Punter: "Tell us a story, Mark! Come on!" (before "Boxoctosis")
- "Car fumes and impurity. Thank you, York." (after "Bourgeois Town")

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Monday, 12 July 2004     Fibber's, York (rescheduled from 1 March)

Spoilt Victorian Child / Green Eyed Loco-Man / What About Us / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Clasp Hands / Mr. Pharmacist / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Boxoctosis / Contraflow / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth // Dr. Buck's Letter / White Lightning

Some "(We Are) Mod Mock Goth" lyrics in "Contraflow"
- "And he sees them often... too often." (before "Boxoctosis")
- [sings] "Early in the morning in snow..." (before "Contraflow")

Reviews and a couple of photos on the Fall news.

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Thursday, 29 July 2004    Rock Cafe, Stourbridge

What About Us / Contraflow / Clasp Hands / Boxoctosis / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mountain Energei / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Mr. Pharmacist / Blindness / Wrong Place, Right Time / White Lightning / Spoilt Victorian Child / Dr. Buck's Letter

Reviews and links to two message board threads on the Fall news. Thanks to Derek for the setlist and ticket.

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Wednesday, 4 August 2004     John Peel Session #24 (broadcast Thursday, 12 August)

Clasp Hands / Blindness / What About Us? / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear The Grass Grow / Job Search

Job Search was a special 65th birthday present to John Peel and was first broadcast on 31 August 2004.

Mark E. Smith - vocals; Ben Pritchard - guitar; Jim Watts - guitar, bass; Steven Trafford - bass; Spencer Birtwistle - drums; Eleanor Poulou - keyboards; Ed Blaney - guitar, vocals. Produced by Jerry Smith, engineered by Nick Fountain, recorded in Maida Vale 4.

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Saturday, 7 August 2004    Crawdaddy, Dublin, Ireland

Boxoctosis / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Clasp Hands / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green Eyed Loco-Man / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C. / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / What About Us / Spoilt Victorian Child / Blindness // White Lightning

Reviews on the Fall news.

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Sunday, 8 August 2004     Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland

Boxoctosis / Contraflow / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green-Eyed Loco Man / Clasp Hands / Mountain Energei / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Spoilt Victorian Child / Spoilt Victorian Child (take 2) / What About Us / Blindness (instr. - aborted) // Blindness / White Lightning

- "I'm going down to Buxton. A very nice town where you can have scones and fucking tea!" (amended lyrics to "Contraflow")
- "Half cocked and in your presence." (during the introduction to "Clasp Hands")
- "And I now get the benefit of the afternoon joining in of the singing of the local. Hup!" (during the introduction to "Mountain
Energei")
- "Right, you in tune?" (before the first attempt at "Spoilt Victorian Child")
- "I turned on the TV. I saw Faithless. And do you love me or do you not? Do you love me? I was walking down the street. I turned on MTV when I got home. I turned on MTV when I got home. There were some good groups. They were going, they were going, 'I cannot make it up the hill. I cannot make it down the hill.' Then a black guy comes in and goes, 'Oi oi oi'. I love you or do you love me? You broke my heart." (amended lyrics to "Blindness")

Reviews on Fall news and the message board.

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Saturday, 14 August 2004      Moorfest, Heaton Moor, Stockport

Boxoctosis / Contraflow / Clasp Hands / Mere Pseud Mag. Ed. / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mountain Energei / Mr. Pharmacist / What About Us / Spoilt Victorian Child / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green Eyed Loco-Man / Blindness

Reviews on the message board. Thanks to Michael for these photos.

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Friday, 3 September 2004     Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin, Germany

Boxoctosis / Clasp Hands / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Blindness / Wrong Place, Right Time / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Groovin' with Mr. Bloe > Green Eyed Loco-Man / Touch Sensitive / Mountain Energei / What About Us / Contraflow / White Lightning

Thanks to Robert for the setlist. Robert remembers they played other songs as well, including Mr. Pharmacist. No tape exists?

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Saturday, 18 September 2004   16 Tons, Moscow, Russia

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Sunday, 26 September 2004   Carling Academy, Islington, London

Boxoctosis / Dr. Buck's Letter / Mountain Energei / Theme From Sparta F.C. / What About Us / Clasp Hands / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Mr. Pharmacist / Touch Sensitive / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Contraflow / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Blindness // White Lightning // Big New Prinz

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Monday, 27 September 2004   Carling Academy, Islington, London

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Friday, 1 October 2004   Carling Academy, Liverpool

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Germany / Austria : 3 - 13 October

Sunday, 3 October 2004    Freizeitzentrum West, Dortmund, Germany

Boxoctosis / Dr. Buck's Letter / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C. / What About Us / Clasp Hands / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Mr. Pharmacist / Touch Sensitive / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Contraflow / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Blindness / White Lightning

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Monday, 4 October 2004    Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany

Paintwork (instrumental) / Boxoctosis / Dr. Buck's Letter / Clasp Hands / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mr. Pharmacist / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / What About Us / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Contraflow / Blindness // White Lightning

"Secession Man" lyrics in "Contraflow"
- "Well, now we've got the sound sorted out at last." (before "What About Us")

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Tuesday, 5 October 2004     Gleis 22, Munster, Germany

Thanks to Michael for the setlist

Bo Doodak (nstr.) / Boxoctosis / Dr. Buck's Letter / Clasp Hands / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C./ Mr. Pharmacist / Green Eyed Loco-Man / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / What About Us / Contraflow / Blindness // Paintwork (instrumental) / Big New Prinz / White Lightning // Janet, Johnny & James (Mark sings from backstage)

- "Nice to back in the weather of rain." [gentle voice] "Let it snow in England." [shouts "Hey! Mister Pharmacist!" (before "Mr.
Pharmacist")
- "Your mother-in-law... your mother-in-law lives in a (...) outside the (...) station town. Train station town." (before "What About Us")
- "It's nice to (...) this college of knowledge (...)." (before "White Lightning")

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Wednesday, 6 October 2004     Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, Germany

Boxoctosis / Bo Doodak / Dr. Buck's Letter / Clasp Hands / Mountain Energei / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Mr. Pharmacist / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Theme from Sparta F.C. / What About Us / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Contraflow / Blindness // White Lightning

- "We've got beards at the end of our chin. Look in the Bible!" (amended lyrics to "(We Are) Mod Mock Goth")
- "Mister Pharmacist, I'll be round with (fake) two foxes and a pound." (amended lyrics to "Mr. Pharmacist")
- "See yer." (after "White Lightning")

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Friday, 8 October 2004     Star Club, Dresden, Germany

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Saturday, 9 October 2004     Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany

ticket

Bo Doodak / Boxoctosis / Clasp Hands / Theme from Sparta F.C. / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mr. Pharmacist / Mountain Energei / What About Us / Janet, Johnny & James / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Spoilt Victorian Child / Blindness // Dr. Buck's Letter (instrumental, aborted) / White Lightning

Thanks to Lutz for the ticket.

- "That's the last roadie you'll ever see on this stage." (before "Clasp Hands")
- "Hey pharmacist, I'll be around. I'll fucking knock your head into the ground." (amended lyrics to "Mr. Pharmacist")

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Sunday, 10 October 2004     Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany

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Monday, 11 October 2004     Musikverein, Nuremberg, Germany

Thanks to Michael for the setlist

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Tuesday, 12 October 2004    Szene, Vienna, Austria

Bo Doodak / Boxoctosis / Clasp Hands / Theme from Sparta F.C. / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mr. Pharmacist / Mountain Energei / What About Us / Janet, Johnny & James / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Contraflow / Blindness / Touch Sensitive / White Lightning

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Wednesday, 13 October 2004    Registratur, Munich, Germany

Boxoctosis / Bo Doodak / Clasp Hands / Theme from Sparta F.C. / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mr. Pharmacist / Mountain Energei / What About Us / Janet, Johnny & James / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Contraflow / Blindness // White Lightning / Big New Prinz

- "And there's a fulfilling (...) to my life." (before "Theme from Sparta F.C.")

Broadcast on 23 October 2004 on German radio, minus Boxoctosis, most of Bo Doodak, and Mr. Pharmacist. Thanks to Henning for the ticket.

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Friday, 15 October 2004    Virgin Megastore, Union Square, New York City, New York

Bo Doodak / Boxoctosis / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Blindness / White Lightning

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Friday, 15 October 2004   North 6, Brooklyn, New York

Bo Doodak / Boxoctosis / Clasp Hands / Theme from Sparta F.C. / (We Are) Mad Mock Goth / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mr. Pharmacist / Mountain Energei / What About Us / Janet, Johnny & James / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Contraflow (few bars of guitar only) / Blindness // White Lightning

- "Can I have the vocals up, please? Good evening, we are The Fall. The inner city nominees (...)." (before "Boxoctosis")

The Fall took part in the Narnack showcase for the CMJ Music Marathon

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Saturday, 16 October 2004   Asterisk Art Space, Brooklyn, New York

poster

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Monday, 25 October 2004   John Peel dies of a heart attack whilst on a working holiday with Sheila Ravenscroft in Cuzco, Peru

An impossibly sad day. Newsnight's tribute, including MES's infamous appearance.

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1 November : "Interim" album released

Sunday, 17 November 2004   Austurbær, Reykjavik, Iceland

Thanks to Doko for the setlist, Jon for his brother's (personalized!) ticket, Brian for the poster, and Oskar for these photos.

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Monday, 18 November 2004   Grand Rokk, Reykjavik, Iceland

Clasp Hands / Bo Doodak / Boxoctosis / Mountain Energei / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mr. Pharmacist / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Janet, Johnny & James / Blindness

On the setlist but not played: What About Us / White Lightning / Touch Sensitive / F-'Oldin' Money

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Tuesday, 30 November 2004     Bierkeller, Manchester

Thanks to Country Folk for the photo

Boxoctosis / Bo Doodak / Clasp Hands / Mountain Energei / Green Eyed Loco-Man / What About Us / Theme from Sparta F.C. / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mr. Pharmacist / Blindness // White Lightning / New Big Prinz

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Wednesday, 1 December 2004     Bierkeller, Manchester

Boxoctosis / Dr. Buck's Letter / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C. / What About Us / Protein Protection / Blindness / Mr. Pharmacist / Touch Sensitive / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Wrong Place, Right Time // White Lightning

Guitar riff from "Touch Sensitive" played as "Blindness" starts.
- "This is number (...) 516730 (lastly) dated October last year." (during the introduction to "Dr. Buck's Letter")
- "And the letter said, 'The patient suffers from severe bad DJing at... at the Bierkeller in Manchester.'" (amended lyrics to "Dr. Buck's Letter")
- "This is one that they boys have rehearsed especially for Manchester, their home town." [Heckler shouts something; MES responds] "You get it? 'Ludd Gang'? Fuck off! Haven't you (...)?" (before "Blindness")

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Thursday, 2 December 2004     Boardwalk, Sheffield

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Friday, 3 December 2004     Bierkeller, Bristol

The Joke / Mountain Energei / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Wrong Place, Right Time / Mr. Pharmacist / What About Us? / Big New Prinz / White Lightning / Blindness

- Ben: "Er, we've got Chris from the support band standing in for us this evening on drums." Elena (testing microphone): "Louder! More!" (before "The Joke")
- "Good evening, we are The Fall. We have to be on quickly so the youth club can start at 9.30. So if you want your money back, go to the front desk." (during "Mountain Energei")
- "I will just fill in now, with a poem of my own. But he's never written." (before "What About Us?")
- "I love this old port with its traditional values." (before "White Lightning")
- Elena: "We would like to play more but there's a club night on and we cannot play any longer." (after "White Lightning")

Gig cut short due to heavy metal youth club night at 10:30. Chris, the drummer for Rag Week (support band) filled in for Spencer: he and Steven didn't make it to Bristol in time for the gig due to heavy traffic. Jim filled in on bass.

Thanks to Pontypoolie for these photos.

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Saturday, 4 December 2004    Carling Academy, Liverpool

Boxoctosis / Clasp Hands / Bo Doodak / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta F.C. / What About Us / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Mr. Pharmacist / (We Are) Mod Mock Goth / Green Eyed Loco-Man / Touch Sensitive // Blindness / White Lightning

- "And we all purse the hands." (before "Bo Doodak")
- "So we're waiting for the club night at twelve (...). Twelve at night." (amended lyrics to "(We Are) Mod Mock Goth")
- "This'll have to be the last one because the group love Liverpool." (during the introduction to "Touch Sensitive")
- "I'm wondering and worrying about the milk. And there's a curfew on. Did you not know that?" (amended lyrics to "Touch Sensitive")

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Sunday, 5 December 2004     All Tomorrow's Parties, Camber Sands Holiday Centre, East Sussex

ticketset

Boxoctosis / Bo Demmick / Clasp Hands / Mountain Energei / Theme from Sparta FC / What About Us / Wrong Place, Right Time > I Can Hear the Grass Grow / We Are Mod-Mock Goth / Mr. Pharmacist / Touch Sensitive / Blindness

Jim Watts's last Fall gig; he officially resigned in mid December. Thanks to Andrew for the images.

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