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gigography 1983

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January - September 1983 : lineup # 17: Mark E. Smith (vocals), Craig Scanlon (guitar), Steve Hanley (bass), Paul Hanley (drums), Karl Burns (drums).

Sunday, 16 January 1983   Warehouse, Leeds

Words of Expectation / Room to Live / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Ludd Gang / Tempo House / Wings / Kicker Conspiracy / Detective Instinct / And This Day / Pilsner Trail / Garden / Mere Pseud Mag Ed

First version of the new version of "Wings", still quite embryonic.

- "I'm a head wrangler... OK boys, wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up." during "Words of Expectation")
- Punter, shouting to the band: "Where's Marc Riley? Where's Marc Riley gone to? Where is he? Is he ill? Is he on holiday?" (before "Mere Pseud Mag Ed")

Great photos in the Fall News archive, thanks to Ian Ellis.

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Monday, 17 January 1983   Manhattan Club, Bradford

Words of Expectation / Room to Live / Marquis Cha-Cha / Tempo House / Ludd Gang / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Solicitor in Studio / Kicker Conspiracy > And This Day / Pilsner Trail / Garden / I Feel Voxish / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul

More great photos in the Fall News archive, again thanks to Ian Ellis.

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Switzerland / Belgium / The Netherlands : ca. 1 - 15 February

Tuesday, 1 February 1983   Biel, Switzerland

Words of Expectation / Ludd Gang / Middle Mass / Tempo House / Kicker Conspiracy / I Feel Voxish / Hip Priest / Pilsner Trail / Garden / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul

- "These are the words of dead disorientation... a return to the innocence and cheek of former years." (during "Words of Expectation")
- "If we carry on like this, we're gonna end up like King Crimson... Echo And The Bunnymen... I'm a head wrangler... Joy Division... Crass..." (during "Words of Expectation")

Possibly the wrong date and venue for this one; might be Kino Walches, Zurich?

Zingapoor: "If this concert is from Biel, then the venue most probably was the infamous "Gaskessel", the only place in town where such a concert could be held back in 1983."

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Friday, 4 February 1983   Totentanz, Basel, Switzerland

Thanks to Adrian for the flyer

Words of Expectation / Room to Live / Middle Mass / Tempo House / Kicker Conspiracy / And This Day / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Ludd Gang / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Pilsner Trail / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Garden

- "Explanation: there are two gods." (during the introduction to "Garden")

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Saturday, 5 February 1983   Salle St. John, Lausanne, Switzerland

flier

Words of Expectation / Room to Live / Kicker Conspiracy / Ludd Gang / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / I Feel Voxish / Garden

Incomplete? Thanks to Peppe for the flier

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Tuesday, 8 February 1983   Kombi, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Words of Expectation / Room to Live / Ludd Gang / Tempo House / Kicker Conspiracy / And This Day / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / I Feel Voxish / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Pilsner Trail / Garden / Marquis Cha-Cha / Container Drivers / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / The Man Whose Head Expanded

Turns out the Kombi was in Maastricht, not Amsterdam, as previously reported

- "A return to the intellect and cheek of former years." (during "Words of Expectation")
- "A superior knowledge of the Far East gives one a certain double vision. These are the words of drunken disorientation." (during "Words of Expectation")
- "Taxi driver asks why I'm not at home with my feet well up. Canned veins run amock. Audio and virtual sock. Monochromed photographs, silver backed, of victorious chaps. Housing Association, there were men in grey in the rain. For this the huddled are truly grateful." (alternative lyrics to "Ludd Gang")
- "I'd sing 'Solitaire' for the RAF but who wants to be with them, anyway?" (alternative lyrics to "Tempo House")
- "Ipswich Town team conspiracy." (alternative lyrics to "Kicker Conspiracy")
- "Ariba! Ariba! Ariba! Ariba! Ariba! For all the fans of romantic music, (the festival) and all that. James Dean fans. Hitch-hikers." (during the introduction to "Marquis Cha-Cha")

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Wednesday, 9 February 1983   Plan K, Brussels, Belgium

Words of Expectation / Room to Live / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Tempo House / Kicker Conspiracy / Middle Mass / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / I Feel Voxish / Ludd Gang (?) / Wings / Backdrop // Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / Solicitor in Studio

- "Turn everything up." (during "Words of Expectation")
- "Round it up! Round it up! Round it up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!" (during "Words of Expectation")

Some great shots by Philippe Carly at http://www.newwavephotos.com/Fall1.htm.

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Thursday, 10 February 1983   Tivoli, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Middle Mass / Words of Expectation / Room to Live / Kicker Conspiracy / And This Day / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Ludd Gang / Wings / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Pilsner Trail / Garden / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / Tempo House / Solicitor in Studio

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Friday, 11 February 1983   Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Words of Expectation / I Feel Voxish / Wings / Kicker Conspiracy / And This Day / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Ludd Gang / Room to Live / Tempo House / Middle Mass / Backdrop / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / Marquis Cha-Cha

- "Good evening, we are The Fall and these are the words of expectation. Of success and expectation, to be precise." (during "Words of Expectation")
- "These are the words... these are the words of adult fucking bastard disorientate." (during "Words of Expectation")
- "If we carry on like this, we're gonna end up like King Crimson... Echo and the Bunnymen... Wah Heat. Same old joke again every night. What a good city Amsterdam is!" (during "Words of Expectation")
- "Like tech computer with light-speed blown up! Ludd Gang! Wash him out! Watch soccer trash and die by eyes closed! Get rid of damp vicarage! Driftwood of Brits rot bishops down line sold words! Ludd gang! (Drench span)! Quads back! Lorry-like!" (before "Ludd Gang")
- "This is for all the freedom lovers in the world: James Dean, hitch-hikers, Hell's Angels." (during the introduction to "Marquis Cha-Cha")

Thanks to Hans for sending in the poster, which was designed by Martin Kaye.

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Saturday, 12 February 1983   Arena, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Room to Live / Words of Expectation / Wings / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / And This Day / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / I Feel Voxish / Ludd Gang / Garden / Kicker Conspiracy / Backdrop / Middle Mass / Pilsner Trail

- "If we carry on like this, we'll end up like King Crimson. King Crimson - you like them? Echo and the Bunnymen... Joy Division... Fad Gadget... Wah Heat." [In Liverpudlian accent] "It's really great to be
in your little country." (during "Words of Expectation")
- "Jew on a motorbike! All right, you don't all have to play it!" (during "Garden")

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Monday, 14 February 1983   Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The Classical / Words of Expectation / Wings / And This Day / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Solicitor in Studio / Ludd Gang / Tempo House / Kicker Conspiracy / Backdrop / Room to Live / Pilsner Trail

- "(...) die. Wash Socrates out. Don't use locks. My eyes closed. Ludd gang. Get rid of damp vicarage. Driftwood of grit rock bishops down line sold words. Ludd gang." (lyrics of "Ludd Gang" when the music stops.)

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Tuesday, 15 February 1983   Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

No tape exists?

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Monday, 21 March 1983   John Peel Session #6 (broadcast Wednesday, 23 March)

Smile / Garden / Hex Knot [sic] / Eat Yourself Fitter

Mark E. Smith - vocals; Craig Scanlon - guitar, backing vocals; Steve Hanley - bass; Paul Hanley - drums; Karl Burns - drums, bass. Produced by John Porter, engineered by Dave Dade, recorded in Maida Vale 4.

fitter

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Monday, 21 March 1983   The Venue, London

Soundcheck: Solicitor in Studio (instr.) / Kicker Conspiracy / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Ludd Gang

Gig: Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Words of Expectation / Ludd Gang / Wings / Kicker Conspiracy / Tempo House / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Smile / Pilsner Trail / Garden / Room to Live / Eat Y'self Fitter / Middlemass

Middlemass is not on the tape that's circulating, or at least it's not on mine.

- "If we carry on like this, we're gonna end up like King Crimson. Echo and the Bunnymen... Wah Heat... and the band think it's that fucking joke again! He's gonna tell that joke again! And they're right!" (during "Words of Expectation")
- "Okay, sports fiends..." (before Kicker Conspiracy)
- "This is one I wrote after my last facelift." (before "The Man Whose Head Expanded")
- "The soap opera writer would follow him around. Of this he was convinced. Would steal all of his jewels and put them in Sounds magazine." (amended lyrics to "The Man Whose Head Expanded")

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Tuesday, 22 March 1983   The Venue, London

No tape exists?

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USA / Canada / Iceland : 4 April - 6 May 1983

Monday, 4 April 1983   Dirt Club, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Room to Live / Wings / Smile / Eat Y'self Fitter / Hip Priest / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Ludd Gang / Garden / Fantastic Life / Kicker Conspiracy

Incomplete? Photos from this gig on the back of the CREEP 12-inch.

- "Recreation and degradation." (to the tune of Cliff Richard's "Congratulations", before "Room to Live")
- "I'm in the furniture trade... stop! Stop! Stop! Stop! I can't hear the monitors (...). Can you turn the monitors up? Thanks. Or do you want us to turn down, Rick? Pardon? Turn the instruments down, yeah. Right. Turn down..." (during the first attempt at "Eat Y'self Fitter")

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Thursday, 7 April 1983   Network, Island Park, Long Island, New York

Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Tempo House / Ludd Gang / Wings / Eat Y'self Fitter / Middle Mass / Smile / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Marquis Cha-Cha / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Backdrop / Room to Live / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul

Many thanks to Bill McDermott for these three photos.

- "Can you leave the lights on between songs; you can't see what's in the list next." (before Middle Mass)

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Saturday, 9 April 1983   9:30 Club, Washington D.C.

No tape exists? Reviewed in the fanzine Truly Needy (Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 42-43).

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ca. Thursday, 14 April 1983   Spit, Boston, Massachusetts

No tape exists? Ludd Gang played during the soundcheck.

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Friday, 15 April 1983   Danceteria, New York City, New York

Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Tempo House / Solicitor in Studio / Wings / Eat Y'self Fitter / Middle Mass / Smile / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Ludd Gang / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Room to Live / Backdrop

"Would ask for a fag in the town of Texas. Visitor city, not!" (during "Smile")

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Sunday, 17 April 1983   The Rathskeller, Boston, Massachusetts

No tape exists? This was an afternoon all-ages gig. Tempo House played during the soundcheck. Supported by Christmas and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

According to Simon Ford's book (p. 116), after the gig the band went to a local bar for drinks and Kay Carroll, the Fall's manager since late 1977, was refused service. She wanted to go to a different bar, but Mark wanted to stay. When the band got on the minibus for Montreal, Kay decided not to accompany them, and severed all ties with the band from that moment. She eventually moved to Hoboken, New Jersey and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Steve G. wrote in to correct the above. It turns out that the split between Mark and Kay happened the next day, 18 April, sometime after lunch, since Steve had met Mark and Kay at a sandwich shop on Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain (a Boston neighborhood a few miles from the Rat) that day. Kay stayed on in Boston for a while and considered moving into the basement of the building Steve was living in at the time, but in the end chose not to.

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Tuesday, 19 April 1983   Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec

No tape exists? Many thanks to Ras for sending in this photo of Mark being interviewed backstage and to Francois for the poster.

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Wednesday, 20 April 1983   The Roxy, Ottawa, Ontario

Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Tempo House / Ludd Gang / Wings / Eat Y'self Fitter / Middle Mass / Smile / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Marquis Cha-Cha / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Backdrop // Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / Room to Live

Many thanks to Francois for the setlist and ticket.

Edward: "The following day the gig was noticed in the Ottawa Citizen (our local daily) under Evelyn Erskine's 'Nights Out' column. She seems to have felt roundly ticked off by it: 'The capacity crowd was forced to wait around until midnight when The Fall chose to grace them with its presence. Over a half hour after it was due to perform, three of its members were nowhere to be found.' Erskine provides no particulars of the performance itself.

"It was the only time I saw The Fall play live. This is what I recall of the gig: (a) the band were tight, a lot more than I expected; (b) I thought I was a pretty up-to-date Fall fan, but the set was more or less completely unfamiliar to me, and MES didn't help us out by introducing any of the songs; (c) he was wearing a baggy acrylic sweater in some unnaturally bright variety of blue, I think. It was so uncool as to be positively impressive.

"On my way back from the library, where I got that Citizen quote, I stopped by what used to be the Roxy and had a look inside. I would guess 'capacity crowd' means something over 100. I know of no tapes of the event; I regret that I have no memorabilia of it."

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Thursday, 21 April 1983   Larry's Hideaway, Toronto, Ontario

Words of Expectation / Ludd Gang / Wings / The Classical / Kicker Conspiracy / Hexen Definitive > Solicitor in Studio / Eat Y'self Fitter / I'm into C.B. / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Garden / Middle Mass / Room to Live

- "These are the words of so-called exploitation. Ist scheissen. Ist scheissen. You've heard them before. But can you tell? Can you tell? I would like to take a change of musical direction and it will be laid on you tonight." [pause] "That was the change - a one-armed drummer." (during "Words of Expectation"; Paul Hanley dropped a drumstick)
- "Can you turn the monitors up, please?"(during "Words of Expectation")
- [In gentle voice] "This next number is called 'Kicker Conspiracy'." [Shouts] "Kicker! Kicker conspiracy!" (before "Kicker Conspiracy")
- "We must be getting a (...). The word wouldn't crystallise that fast. The word wouldn't crystallise that fast!" (amended lyrics to "I'm into C.B.")

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Friday, 22 April 1983   Traxx, Detroit, Michigan

set

Words of Expectation / Ludd Gang / Wings / Tempo House / Kicker Conspiracy / The Classical / Hexen Definitive > Solicitor in Studio / I'm into C.B. / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Garden / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul

Thanks to Eric Brands for the setlist.

- "We'll do 'Kicker' all right, lads?" (before "Kicker Conspiracy")
- "We are Men At Work, by the way. From Australia. Men At Work. That's us. You wouldn't have guessed it, would you, eh?" (before "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul")

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Saturday, 23 April 1983   Metro, Chicago, Illinois

No tape exists? Brix introduced herself to MES in the Smart Bar (downstairs from the Metro) after the gig. Thanks to Fallchase for the ticket.

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Wednesday, 27 April 1983   First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

calendar

The Classical / Words of Expectation / Ludd Gang / Wings / Middle Mass / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Solicitor in Studio / Eat Y'self Fitter / I'm into C.B. / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Backdrop / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul

Thanks to Mike Ziegler for the calendar.

- "If you come a bit (...), go and boil a chicken." (during "Strife Knot")

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Friday, 29 April 1983   Pop Shop, Cleveland, Ohio

The Classical / Ludd Gang / Tempo House / Eat Y'self Fitter / Middle Mass / Hexen Definitive > Smile / Kicker Conspiracy / Marquis Cha-Cha / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Wings / Garden / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Room To Live / Solicitor in Studio

- "Can you turn the monitors up, please? Monitors!" (during "The Classical")
- "Can yer take it easy on the lights, please? I'm sweating and I've done nothing yet." (before "Eat Y'self Fitter")
- [Shouts] "Can you make the fucking mix (...)? Hey! Mixer! Mixer!" [throws down microphone] (during "Middle Mass")
- "OK, this is for all the freedom lovers, fans of James Dean." (during the introduction to "Marquis Cha-Cha")
- Punter 1, shouting to band: "'Psykick Dancehall', Mark E!" Punter 2: "Come on, ya Nazis!" (before "Mere Pseud Mag Ed")

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Saturday, 30 April 1983   City Gardens, Trenton, New Jersey

Words of Expectation / Ludd Gang / The Classical / Eat Y'self Fitter / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Room to Live / Garden / Kicker Conspiracy / Backdrop // I'm Into C.B. / Mere Pseud Mag Ed

- "Thank you. Can I have a bit more on the monitors, please?" (before "Eat Y'self Fitter")
- "My step-sister's got a horrible growth. Reads the New York Rocker when she's eating her tea. Well, it's certainly bunk - that's fine by me." (amended lyrics to "I'm Into C.B.")

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Wednesday, 4 May 1983   White Columns, New York City, New York

Tempo House / Smile / Ludd Gang / Wings / The Classical / Hexen Definitive / I Feel Voxish / The Man Whose Head Expanded (aborted, twice!) / Kicker Conspiracy / Look, Know // Backdrop

Tempo House and Smile appear on the 1984 Speed Trials LP on Homestead and Sanctuary's expanded Perverted By Language 2xCD (2005)

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Friday, 6 May 1983   Austurbæjarbíó, Reykjavik, Iceland

Many thanks to GLH for the poster, and Jon for the ticket (front and back):

Tempo House / Ludd Gang / Wings / The Classical / Eat Yerself Fitter / Hexen Definitive / I Feel Voxish / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Garden / Kicker Conspiracy / Look, Know / Backdrop

- "Had to sleep with his friend in chains. Hahahaha! Hahahaha! Hahahaha! Hahahaha! You wouldn't laugh... you wouldn't laugh if you
had to take an offer." (during "Backdrop")

Excellent soundboard recording released on Voiceprint in 2001, sadly missing Ludd Gang and Wings.

Opinions on the Austurbæjarbíó CD vary, from Required Fields's:

"Just received Austurbæjarbíó this week and it's fucking great!!! I love In A Hole and Totale's but this one's a real contender for best live album. I was stunned by the quality of performance and recording therein."

to David's:

"I nominate the Reykjavik 83 CD as the worst-sounding 'live' album ... it is the most lifeless live album by anyone ever, the sound is teeth-gratingly arid, no atmosphere, no ambience, no energy, no buzz, no oomph, just cannon-fire drums and what sounds like a performance by the living dead. Never been able to play it all the way through. It's 'good quality' in terms of no hiss or audience noise etc, but it's like a night in a bloody morgue ... ugh! This isn't what music should be like!!"

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Saturday, 21 May 1983   Electric Ballroom, London

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Tempo House / Look, Know / Ludd Gang / Wings / The Classical / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Eat Y'self Fitter / Hard Life in Country / Pilsner Trail / Garden / Kicker Conspiracy / Middle Mass

There's a brief power cut during "Pilsner Trail"; the band play through regardless.

- "Can you dim the lights down, please? Hello? Yeah, thanks, a bit hot." (before "The Classical")
- "There's a (...)" (before "Hexen Definitive")
- "New Jersey car-park lookalikes, grab the churches while you can. Let us not kid around. Your home town is like New Jersey in ten, fifteen years' time." (amended lyrics to "Hard Life in Country")

Thanks to Steven G. for the ticket and the Manchester District Music Archive for the listing. The Smiths' seventh gig, apparently.

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June 1983 : "In a Hole" LP released in New Zealand

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Austria / Germany : ca. 5 - 15 June, 1983

Sunday, 5 June 1983   Arena D, Vienna, Austria

Garden / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Fiery Jack / Kicker Conspiracy / Hexen Definitive (Strife Knot?) / I Feel Voxish / Wings / Middle Mass / Eat Y'self Fitter / Ludd Gang / The Classical / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / Tempo House

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Friday, 10 June 1983   Loft Club, Berlin, Germany

Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Ludd Gang / The Classical / Room to Live / Wings / Smile / Hexen Definitive > I Feel Voxish / Kicker Conspiracy / Hard Life in Country / The Man Whose Head Expanded

- "It's much too clean, the sound up here, Heather." (before "Mere Pseud Mag Ed")

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Monday, 13 June 1983   Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Garden / Fiery Jack / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Ludd Gang / Wings / Kicker Conspiracy / Hard Life in Country / The Man Whose Head Expanded / I Feel Voxish / Eat Y'self Fitter // Mere Pseud Mag Ed

- "The (first god) had such a large slate record collection." (amended lyrics to "Garden")
- [Whilst singing] "Hexen rule... turn the vocal monitor down... the vocal monitor down." (during "Hexen Definitive")

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Wednesday, 15 June 1983   Odeon, Muenster, Germany

The Classical / Room to Live / Ludd Gang / Wings / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / I Feel Voxish / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Kicker Conspiracy / Tempo House / Smile / Middle Mass / Eat Y'self Fitter

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July 1983 : "The Man Whose Head Expanded / Ludd Gang" single released

Note glaring typo on the right... back to school, Rough Trade!

Thursday, 14 July 1983   Tiffany's, Babington Lane, Derby

Kicker Conspiracy / Neighbourhood of Infinity / Hard Life in Country / Ludd Gang / Wings / I'm into CB / Smile / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Eat Y'self Fitter / Backdrop / Middle Mass / I Feel Voxish

A BBC Derby "Barbed Wire" gig, partially broadcast the next day. £2

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Friday, 15 July 1983   Ace, Brixton, London

Garden / Ludd Gang / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Wings / Kicker Conspiracy / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / I Feel Voxish / The Classical / Eat Y'self Fitter / Tempo House / Prole Art Threat / Solicitor in Studio / Neighborhood of Infinity

Supported by the Box and Headhunters.

- "His stupid hair was like a nest from the back. A nest from the back. Tanned chest. Tattoo. Circle with a cross. Cross, cross, cross. The opposition was down. The opposition was down. A Midlands Polytechnic piece. Kellogg's piece. Kellogg's piece." (amended lyrics to "Hexen Definitive")

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Wednesday, 27 July 1983   FAC51 Hacienda, 11-13 Whitworth Street, Manchester

Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Ludd Gang / Wings / Prole Art Threat / Tempo House / Eat Y'self Fitter / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Neighbourhood of Infinity / Kicker Conspiracy / Hip Priest / I Feel Voxish / Mere Pseud Mag Ed

- "His heart organ was where it should be, it was in the right place, his psyche was well disordered, his (greetings)." (amended lyrics to "Mere Pseud Mag Ed")

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Friday, 29 July 1983   Fforde Green, Leeds

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Garden / Ludd Gang / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Smile / Hexen Definitive > I Feel Voxish / Eat Y'self Fitter / Neighborhood of Infinity / Wings / Kicker Conspiracy / Backdrop / Prole Art Threat

- "From his slushy pen, contrived like the lights in here... spotlights! Spotlights! Imaginative lights!" (during "Garden")
- "I don't think you need all these lights here... turn a couple of them off." (before "Smile")
- Punter 1: "Bingo Masters!" Punter 2: "Fuck off, you old fool!" (before "Kicker Conspiracy")

Supported by Shake Appeal. £3. Great photos in the Fall News archive, thanks to Ian Ellis, and thanks to Michael Bloomfield for the ticket.

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Sunday, 4 September 1983   Night Club, Washington

Solicitor in Studio / Ludd Gang / Garden / Middle Mass / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / I Feel Voxish / Marquis Cha-Cha / Kicker Conspiracy

Incomplete?

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late September 1983 : "Kicker Conspiracy / Wings / Container Drivers / New Puritan" single released

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Thanks to David Flavell for the clipping.

September 1983 - November 1984: lineup # 18: Mark E. Smith (vocals), Brix E. Smith (guitar, vocals), Craig Scanlon (guitar), Steve Hanley (bass), Paul Hanley (keyboards, drums), Karl Burns (drums).

UK : ca. 21 September - 19 November

Wednesday, 21 September 1983   Hellfire Club, Wakefield

Soundcheck: Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Kicker Conspiracy / I Feel Voxish / C.R.E.E.P.

Gig: Kicker Conspiracy / Middle Mass / Eat Y'self Fitter / Garden / I Feel Voxish / Ludd Gang / Wings / Tempo House / C.R.E.E.P. / Fiery Jack / Smile / Room To Live

- "The middle mass. Too late, in fact. Kraut, in fact. Soft Cell, in fact. The middle mass. The middle mass. It's the one who gets you in theback!" (amended lyrics to "Middle Mass")
- "It's been a long, long t ime but the Wehrmacht never got in here. It's 1940 from ear to ear." (amended lyrics to "Middle Mass")
- "Wild Bill Hick shaves and charts at last. Everybody was telling him, 'do this', 'do that'." (amended lyrics to "Garden")
- Punter: "'This Old House'!" (after "Ludd Gang", presumably inspired by the Shakin' Stevens line)

Brix's first gig? Probably only on for C.R.E.E.P.

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Tuesday, 27 September 1983   Rock City, Nottingham

Thanks to Michael for the pass.

Garden / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Wings / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Kicker Conspiracy / Words of Expection / I Feel Voxish / 2 x 4 / Eat Y'self Fitter / Clear off / Smile / Fiery Jack / C.R.E.E.P.

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Friday, 30 September 1983   North London Polytechnic

Wings / Kicker Conspiracy / Hex Definitive-Strife Knot / I Feel Voxish / Words of Expectation / Garden / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Smile / 2 x 4 / Eat Y'self Fitter / Clear Off / Fiery Jack / C.R.E.E.P.

Many thanks to Eric for the ticket. Lavolta Lakota replaced the Moodists as support.

- "While Greenpeace looked like Camden market on Saturday - brown, shrivelled." (amended lyrics to "Hexen Definitive")

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Saturday, 1 October 1983   Boys' Club, Bradgate Road, Bedford

Kicker Conspiracy / I Feel Voxish / Hexen Definitive > Middle Mass / Tempo House / 2 x 4 / Eat Y'self Fitter / Clear Off / Neighbourhood of Infinity / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Pilsner Trail / Ludd Gang / C.R.E.E.P. / Mere Pseud Mag Ed

Many thanks to Dec Hickey for these photos. There's another photo in the Rough Trade/Scout Chaos Tape (Acklam Hall 1980) CD reissue (1996). £2.50.

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Monday, 3 October 1983   Mayfair Ballroom, Glasgow

No tape exists?

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Tuesday, 4 October 1983   Buster Brown's, Edinburgh

set

Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Tempo House / 2 x 4 / Kicker Conspiracy / Smile / Ludd Gang / Eat Y'self Fitter / Clear Off / I Feel Voxish / C.R.E.E.P. / Fiery Jack / Wings / Middle Mass

- "So now they turn up." (before "Kicker Conspiracy")
- "For this, the huddled were truly grateful, for not having to listen to Steve." (during "Ludd Gang")
- "Dumb fuckers! Get this next chord change... right!" (during "Fiery Jack")

Thanks to Improvisational Karaoke-ist for these photos, Kevin Williamson for the setlist, and Alan "Sas" Lawson for the ticket.

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Thursday, 6 October 1983   Bay Hotel, Gourock (near Glasgow)

The Man Whose Head Expanded / Hard Life in Country / C.R.E.E.P. / 2 x 4 (w/unknown 2nd vocalist) / Eat Y'Self Fitter / Totally Wired / I Feel Voxish / Kicker Conspiracy / Garden

Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Tempo House / 2 x 4 / Man Whose Head Expanded / Smile / Kicker Conspiracy / Pat Trip Dispenser / Wings / Eat Y'self Fitter / C.R.E.E.P. / Clear Off

Michael wrote in to clear up the confusion over the two different setlists for Gourock. The Fall played two gigs at Gourock -- either on the same night or, as Michael thinks more likely, on consecutive nights. One gig for 18s and older and the other for under 18s.

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Thursday, 13 October 1983   Trinity Hall, Bristol

poster

No tape exists? Thanks to Paul Clarke for the poster.

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Saturday, 15 October 1983   University of Surrey, Guildford

Kicker Conspiracy / Tempo House / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / I Feel Voxish / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Smile / C.R.E.E.P. / 2 x 4 / Eat Y'self Fitter / Totally Wired / Clear Off / Ludd Gang

Tim: "Myself, a mate called David, and his girlfriend attended this gig. At first we couldn’t find our way inside and a few members of The Fall, viewed through the building’s rear window, pointed us in the right direction. There were two support bands I remember. One being Serious Drinking: a kind of fringe rock’n’roll indie band who wore matching blue flat caps, and another mob called Shadow Planet, who were a bit more gothic punk. I enjoyed Shadow Planet’s set more, but the audience was somewhat apathetic towards them. During Serious Drinking’s performance, a group of Skinheads started mouthing off and doing Nazi salutes, to which their lead singer retorted: “we have always been an anti-Fascist band” - which gained the approval of the audience. When The Fall appeared, Brix Smith also came on stage with them - it was the first time I had seen her, or knew of her existence. I have the feeling she might have not been on stage the whole time though. During Mere Psued Mag Ed (I think it was) some idiot threw a full pint glass of lager onto Mark E. Smith from a distance of just a few feet. I’m surprised nobody hit the guy. Poor M.E.S. was instantly soaked, he stopped singing, and for a minute just stood there motionless blinking in utter disgust; the band kept on playing the tune regardless, then Mark grabbed a towel and started wiping clean a nearby keyboard which he probably feared would break if it remained wet. The cleaning of the keys caused a discordant howl above and beneath which Mere Psued Mag Ed continued: wordless and unabated. I also remember it was the first time I ever heard C.R.E.E.P., and I was quite taken with it at the time. At the end of the concert, during Totally Wired, the aforementioned skinheads invaded the stage and started doing the cancan (for some reason) to which the audience screamed “f*** off” and such like. I am sure The Fall hated the gig for all the agro, but it was certainly memorable and musically they seemed well on form."

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Sunday, 16 October 1983   Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage

Garden / The Man Whose Head Expanded / I Feel Voxish / Hard Life in Country / Kicker Conspiracy / 2 x 4 / Hexen / C.R.E.E.P. / Totally Wired / Wings / Eat Y'self Fitter

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Wednesday, 19 October 1983   Huddersfield Polytechnic

Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Hexen Definitive-Strife Knot / Ludd Gang / Room To Live / Tempo House / 2 x 4 / Eat Y'self Fitter / Kicker Conspiracy / C.R.E.E.P.

Incomplete?

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Saturday, 22 October 1983   Sheffield University

Pat Trip Dispenser / Wings / Eat Y'self Fitter / Words of Expectation / 2 x 4 / Smile / C.R.E.E.P. / Totally Wired / The Classical / Clear Off / Kicker Conspiracy / I Feel Voxish / Room to Live / Ludd Gang / Mere Pseud Mag Ed

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Wednesday, 26 October 1983   Concord Bar, Brighton

Soundcheck: 2 x 4 / I Feel Voxish / Garden

Gig: Garden / The Man Whose Head Expanded / I Feel Voxish / Words of Expectation / 2 x 4 / Kicker Conspiracy / Clear Off / C.R.E.E.P. / Backdrop / Ludd Gang / Eat Y'self Fitter

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Thursday, 27 October 1983   Concord Bar, Brighton

Hexen Definitive / I Feel Voxish / Pat Trip Dispenser / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Garden / English Scheme / Words of Expectation / Wings / 2 x 4 / C.R.E.E.P. / Backdrop // Kicker Conspiracy / Ludd Gang

Many thanks to Mark Howard for the ticket and set list.

- "Down pokey quaint streets in Guildford was our distant mongol heritage. It's dull red, round head, Army career, Actifed. If we were smart, we'd emigrate. Down pokey quaint corridors and channels crawl mobile lords, ladies, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, (...), the (...)." (amended lyrics to "English Scheme")
- "And yes it is a bloody flag and yes, the last of your pride. Good team of goody-goodies and OK, OK, it's a kicker conspiracy." (amended lyrics to "Kicker Conspiracy")

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Saturday, 29 October 1983   Polytechnic, Portsmouth

Soundcheck: Pat Trip Dispenser (instr.) / 2 x 4 (instr.) / Wings / I Feel Voxish

Gig: Perverted by Language / Garden / Prole Art Threat / The Man Whose Head Expanded / 2 x 4 / Pat Trip Dispenser / Wings / I Feel Voxish / Eat Y'self Fitter / Clear Off / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Kicker Conspiracy / The Classical

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Sunday, 30 October 1983   North London Polytechnic, London

According to a listing in Melody Maker. No tape exists?

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October ?? 1983   Trinity Hall, Bristol

No tape exists? Did not occur on a Friday, Saturday, or probably Sunday, says James (if it had, he couldn't have attended). Perhaps it was Monday the 31st?

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Tuesday, 1 November 1983   Madison, Middlesborough

Words of Expectation / Ludd Gang / Eat Y'self Fitter / 2 x 4 / Tempo House / Hexen Definitive / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Wings / Oh Brother / CREEP / Backdrop / Kicker Conspiracy / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Fiery Jack

- "The knowledge of the Far East and vegetarianism gives one a certain double vision. These are the words of the (Holy Jones) vegetarianism. Is shit! Ist scheissen!" (during "Words of Expectation")
- "And I know they (...) on the rock... what do you with a worthless culture?" (during "Words of Expectation")
- "Welcome to the Channel Four Rock School. How to play guitar on the right!" (before "Backdrop")
- Venue DJ: "Yeah, straight from their UK tour to appear here at the Madison. (...) That's the sound there of The Fall. (...) Soft Cell and 'Tainted Love'" [plays record; band come back out] MES: "We came back so they'd turn the faggot music off!" (between "Backdrop" and "Kicker Conspiracy")
- Venue DJ: "Yes indeed, that's the sound there of The Fall. Well, what can you compare with the sound of that, this faggot music? It's New Order and 'The Beach'." (between "Mere Pseud Mag Ed" and "Fiery Jack")
- "Fiery Jack and relation to container drivers. RO, RO. It's long ago." (during "Fiery Jack")
- "And I can sing 'Ring Of Fire' better than any of those jerks. I can sing 'Ring Of Fire' better than any of those American jerks." (during "Fiery Jack")

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Wednesday, 9 November 1983   Reading University

Wings / Perverted by Language (instr.) / Garden / The Man Whose Head Expanded / 2 x 4 / Words of Expectation / Prole Art Threat / C.R.E.E.P. / Oh! Brother / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Backdrop / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / Eat Y'self Fitter

- "Mimickers are pretty slick. They'll work it out right tonight (...) so stuff it up yer fucking arse." (during "Words of Expectation")
- "It's awful. Look (...)" (before "C.R.E.E.P.")
- "(...) pop star fucker with homosexual sex." (during "Oh! Brother")
- "His heart organ was where it should be, but his mouth was in his arse. His hand was well out of his pocket, he had Tourette's disease of the tongue." (amended introduction to "Mere Pseud Mag Ed")

Oh! Brother not on all circulating versions of this gig.

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Thursday, 10 November 1983   Main Hall, Barking Project, Northeast London Polytechnic

I Feel Voxish / Kicker Conspiracy / 2 x 4 / Tempo House / English Scheme / Oh! Brother / C.R.E.E.P. / Eat Y'self Fitter / Totally Wired / Ludd Gang / Pat Trip Dispenser

Supported by Alan Pellay. £2.50

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Friday, 11 November 1983    Alcuin College, University of York

RLYL ticket

I Feel Voxish / Garden / Kicker Conspiracy / 2 x 4 / Hard Life in Country / English Scheme / Oh! Brother / C.R.E.E.P. / Eat Y'self Fitter / Totally Wired / Pat Trip Dispenser / Ludd Gang / Neighbourhood of Infinity

With (or without?) Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry. Thanks to Pete for the fax and ticket.

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Saturday, 12 November 1983   Royal Court, Liverpool

Tempo House / 2 x 4 / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Hexen Definitive / Smile / English Scheme / Oh! Brother / C.R.E.E.P. / Eat Y'self Fitter / Totally Wired / Pat Trip Dispenser / Mere Pseud Mag Ed

- "What else is it?" (to heckler before "Hexen Definitive")

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Wednesday, 16 November 1983   Students' Union Ballroom, Keele University

Thanks to Hugh for the ticket.

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Thursday, 17 November 1983   Warwick University, Coventry

Thanks to Ian for the poster

Neighbourhood of Infinity / Tempo House / Wings / 2 x 4 / Word of Expectation / Draygo's Guilt / Oh! Brother / Hexen Definitive (Strife Knot?) / Ludd Gang / Pat Trip Dispenser / Lie Dream of a Casino Soul / C.R.E.E.P. / Eat Y'self Fitter

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Friday, 18 November 1983   Gala Ballroom, Norwich

2 x 4 / Smile / Kicker Conspiracy / Draygo's Guilt / English Scheme / Pat Trip Dispenser / Eat Y'self Fitter / I Feel Voxish / The Man Whose Head Expanded

Thanks to Mark and ebay for the blurry ticket and Shaun for help with the setlist.

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Saturday, 19 November 1983   Leicester Polytechnic

Garden / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Draygo's Guilt / 2 x 4 / Smile / Oh! Brother / Clear Off / Eat Y'self Fitter / Marquis Cha Cha / C.R.E.E.P. / Backdrop / Ludd Gang / Fiery Jack / Pat Trip Dispenser / Kicker Conspiracy

Many thanks to Andy Cunnell for sending in several photos of this gig.

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Thanks to David Flavell for the clipping.

Friday, 25 November 1983   The Tube, Newcastle

Smile / 2 x 4

Live TV broadcast on Channel 4, hosted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates.

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Saturday, 26 November 1983   Manchester Polytechnic

No tape exists?

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Tuesday, 29 November 1983   l'Exo 7, Petit Quevilly, Rouen, France

flier

No tape exists?

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Wednesday, 30 November 1983  120 Nuits, Paris, France

flier

No tape exists? 120 Nuits was open three nights a week for forty weeks (Sept. 83 - June 84).

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December 1983 : "Perverted by Language" LP released

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Thursday, 8 December 1983   Electric Ballroom, London

ticketPerverted by Language /

Tempo House / Marquis Cha-Cha / Neighbourhood of Infinity / Draygo's Guilt / 2 x 4 / Smile / The Man Whose Head Expanded / Words of Expectation / Eat Y'self Fitter / Pat Trip Dispenser / C.R.E.E.P. / English Scheme / Kicker Conspiracy / Oh! Brother

Thanks to John Walker for the ticket.

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Monday, 12 December 1983   John Peel Session #7 (broadcast Tuesday, 3 January 1984)

Pat Trip Dispenser / 2 by 4 / Words of Expectation / Creep

Mark E. Smith - vocals; Brix Smith - guitar, vocals; Craig Scanlon - guitar, backing vocals; Steve Hanley - bass; Paul Hanley - drums; Karl Burns - drums, bass. Produced by Tony Wilson, engineered by Martin Colley, recorded in Maida Vale 4.

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Friday, 16 December 1983   Hacienda, Manchester

flyer

Perverted by Language / Garden / Marquis Cha-Cha / 2 x 4 / Words of Expectation / Ludd Gang / Smile (x2) / Draygo's Guilt / Oh! Brother / Clear Off / Eat Y'self Fitter / I Feel Voxish / Kicker Conspiracy / Wings / Totally Wired

Thanks to the Manchester District Music Archive for the flyer.

- "Stop... stop. Right, try again. Has that fucked up the (...)?" (between attempts at "Smile")
- "Photo Draygo! Guitar Draygo! Love with guitar Draygo! Dream!" (after the ending of "Draygo's Guilt")
- "Stop turning these lights off in between songs, please." (before "Oh! Brother")
- "A load of pop star (...) in the homo sense." (during "Oh! Brother")

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