The Fall play:
Hull Wellington Club on 20 March
Wrexham Yales on 21 March
Doncaster Leopard on 22 March
York Fibbers on 23 March
Leeds Duchess of York on 24th March
David Humphries: Passing the Duchess in Leeds last night and I saw a poster advertising a Fall gig there on 24th March, tickets £9. They can be bought from the venue, or by credit card on 0113 245 3929 (from John Carr: Don't waste your time ringing the Duchess direct. They've no tickets left. Ring 01423 521176, Tickets £9, plus £1 booking fee for the first three).
sjroberts: Noticed the following on the Fibbers website at
will be of interest to those unable to attend gigs:-
Lights, Camera, Action!
The famous (and long awaited) Fibbers WebCam is now in action on gig nights - uploading photos of the stage every 15 minutes during the gig. So if you can't make it in the flesh, you can see the next best thing, although sitting in front of a computer doesn't give you quite the same sound, beer, atmosphere, company, etc... There is also a booking number for this venue:-
01423 521 176 (for york fibbers credit card bookings)
ahem: cb power sez:
Tickets £9 from:
Fibbers, The Stonebow, York (01904) 670542. Either in person or through mail only.
MES appears in this month's When Saturday Comes
Toby: I got my copy today and was rather surprised to find an interview with everyone's favourite (almost) boy-band frontman covering nearly an entire three pages, in the "So you call yourself a football fan" series.
mentioned the new Fall compilation, allegedly out soon on Artful. Anyhow, it's called 'A Past Gone Mad' it's the best of the Fall 1990-2000. And it's supposed to be on CD & Vinyl. What I can remember of the tracklisting includes Free Range, The CD In Your Hand, Touch Sensitive, F-Olding Money, Jung Nev's Antidotes(or whatever), Lost In Music, plus more.
There is a limited stock of the Fall covers 12" single available through the official Terry Edwards website - http://www.terryedwards.co.uk
"Bingomaster's Breakout" is on the Birth of The Scapegoats compilation (HUX 014). Check out http://www.huxrecords.com
Live versions of "Totally Wired", "Dice Man" and "Container Drivers" are available on Yesterday's Zeitgeist, also through the official website.
"Plays, Salutes & Executes" will be repressed as and when there is enough interest.
And finally I get round to reviewing (sort of) Dave Haslam's Manchester England book. It's really rather good - the initial section on the history of going out in the city is a bit of social history that you don't run across very often. Then follow decent sections on the 60's and punk/post-punk before the big wodge on the dance scene and its aftermath/future.
As you might expect from a Fall fan, they get properly treated (though Marc Riley - bass player til 82?) but not with excessive deference.
He's really a very good writer - I thought I'd get bored, but he digs up enough background detail, changes the style every so often and introduces allusions which make it obvious he's thought about things a lot. Michael Bracewell he ain't (thank God).
I did get a bit lost in the detail of the Mcr club scene, and it'll take me more than this book to convince me that New Order are any good, but that's partially my problem. That's my only gripe really - since the whole dance scene is written up as uniquely creative, I end up remembering all the indisputably shite and lame dance stuff I've heard. Good always needs bad to compare.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book.
(plus a longer review by someone else:
Subject: <fallnet> How He Wrote Elastica Man mp3
"Proving beyond any doubt that each and every song should contain Mark E. Smith's barking too."
From Uncut, Noel Gallagher:
"Then, when I read Morrissey's first interview, I just fell about the fucking place laughing: it was just the funniest thing I'd ever read in my life. Him, Mark E. Smith and Shaun Ryder should go on the road, man. Like Hinge, Bracket and the other one: fucking hilarious."
In today's Guardian there is an article by Stuart Jeffries about bands reforming. It has a small inset with the subtitle 'Bands I'd pay a fortune to see again'.
£1 bn for original Buzzcocks
£500,000 for The Table
£100, 000 for Dexy's Midnight Runners
£50,000 for The Fall. "I drank a jar of coffee," sneered Smith, memorably. "Then I took some of these." Which may have been a reference to illicit narcotics. Or sprouts.
Mark should send him a ticket for one of the forthcoming gigs.
in article by Tom Cox on Matt Johnson:
"one of British pop's last uncompromising mavericks, alongside Bobby Gillespie, Mark E Smith, that girl out of Steps and the Auteurs' Luke Haines."
(spot the one I added - Al)
last week,in a live review of The The in the Grauniad,the same journalist,I believe,reckoned that the constituents of the audience for The The,The Fall and The Auteurs were the same,except that The The fans were older than Fall fans,who in turn were older than Auteurs fans. Otherwise they were all sad angry loners.
www.kelloggs.co.uk weren't much help:
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I am writing in to say that if anyone has any of the following first editions or mint copies, then I would be more than happy to swap for back issues of PC Know How Parts 12 - 35:-
THE LADYBIRD BOOK OF THE FALL
THE GUINNESS BOOK OF FALL RECORDS
(Norris McWhirter's labour of love)
THE HOW AND WHY WONDER BOOK OF THE FALL
(inc. complete discography pie chart)
THE NAKED FALL BOOTLEG LUNCHER
(beat author William Burroughs details nude Dantaesque descent into nightmare heart of darkness)
FALLHEAD MEETS SUEDEHEAD
(Richard Allen. Superb plot - they discuss The Damned)
THE MAKING OF STEVEN SPEILBERG'S SKINNY RATS GUITAR
(Richard Allen adaptation / film tie-in)
SKINNY RATS GUITAR PHOTONOVEL
(film tie-in / art history)
ME, MYSELF AND I
(Michael Winner biographer autobiography)
THE MES-SPEAK OLD TESTAMENT
(good translation - very accessible)
THE MES-SPEAK NEW TESTAMENT
THE MES-SPEAK BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
(hastily put together cash-in but only 2,750,000 copies ever published)
THE COMPLETE ROGER DEAN
(good colour pics of all Dean Fall sleeves plus fascinating insights into design process - first 1000 copies had free coffee table taped to cover)
THE BLUFFER'S GUIDE TO THE WONDERFUL AND FRIGHTENING WORLD OF THE FALL
(Brix writing debut)
THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR
(inc famous pic of MES receiving OBE and ignoring it)
THE FALL, NIETZSCHE AND RADICAL AMBIGUITY
(Naomi Campbell's 2nd)
THE JOY OF FALL
(essential handbook now in paperback)
THE FALL MICROWAVE CHEF
(book of the Gary Rhodes TV series - rumoured ghostwritten by Irvine Welsh)
IT HAPPENS, INSTINCT'S LOST
(Nick Hornby semi-autobiographical account of effect of Fall obsession on relationships of balding flabby 37 year old during psychotic episode sparked by discovery of mushrooms growing in corner of flat)
IT HAPPENS, INSTINCT'S LOST
(abridged version given away free with Loaded magazine)
WOODWORKING FOR FALL FANS
(step-by-step guide to construction of CD display cabinet, TBLY shelf, new front door etc - classic which spawned a genre now in 6th reprint)
i can trade these for NOTES FROM A FALL ISLAND where Bill Bryson meets school caretakers in Holts' pubs around Britain in an attempt to meet everyone who ever played with the band.
you inexplicably missed...
A CHILD'S TREASURY OF FALL SONGS WITH NAZIS IN
(inc. pop-up Fortress with cut-out accessories for room CH10CH11)
MY FIRST BOOK OF THE FALL
(printed on cloth - includes posable felt figurine of Yvonne Pawlett)
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS I LEARNT FROM FALL SONGS
000130 tour details, Tommy Blake stuff
000120 TBLY #18 details, Hanley in Mojo
000110 Dragnet doylum, New Year message, etc
Old stuff: Nov 1997 - Dec 1999
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