11 Oct 2000
This is the latest news and gossip off FallNet for those with weak stomachs.
000912 DOSE interview, etc
000912 DOSE interview, etc
Voiceprint/Cog Sinister release three historical albums in October:
Live In Cambridge 1988 features:
Then there's the excellent Live in Reykjavik 1983:
And finally the Backdrop bootleg gets a legit release:
Royal Festival Hall, 22 September 2000
Dick Dale was a right showbiz tart crowdpleaser, playing the bass while the bass player was still wearing his instrument, ditto the drums, playing a not bad trumpet, appearing among the crowd playing "smoke on the water" (really, but it wasn't as awful as you'd think), talking to the audience...still, all this was forgiveable because when our Dick plays a guitar it *stays* played (left handed and with the thin string at the top).
As for the mighty Fall...well, I'm not qualified to be objective. Having frothed with anticipation all day I was delighted to find that despite the RFH being a nice, seated venue it WAS possible to lurch around in front of the stage, lose both shoes and receive a pint of horrible beer over one's horrible clothing, all this without being stared down by wankers in tight T shirts. Fair took me back to my drug-crazed youth, that did. The noise was gratifyingly distorted, the moshpit satisfyingly argybargesque, but the standout was "Hey! Student!". There weren't any new tunes that grabbed me. MES was neither out of order (he turned Neville's amp up once, and moved one drum mic) nor finger-pointing and charismatic. Still The Fall, though, absolutely no chance of being embarassed by a bass player attempting to dance or a vocalist being chummy with the audience. That counts for a lot. 9/10 by anyone else's standards, 5/10 by their own.
Sorry, no proper gig report - can't be arsed. Just a few impressions. Terry Edwards was rather brilliant, Dick Dale was fun despite Pete Wilson's protestations of Status Quoism (but yes, Smoke on the Water was a bit much), and The Fall - well, they were The Fall. Very good, obviously. Not sure what I was expecting really. Think some of the new material will take a little while to get. MES looked well, and was well-behaved. Julia was present, and acquitted herself well, especially with the vocoder. The best stuff was the encore - Levitate, a gloriously batty 10 Houses, and Hands Off (up?) Billy which really is a good 'un. For some unaccountable reason, they did I'm Going to Spain. All I can think is that it's a joke - they're challenging the cognoscenti to try to find something worthwhile in this unlistenable piece of crap, and then they can have a good laugh Pseud's Corner style when we do.
I actually thought the sound was really good for Terry Edwards - the boomy sound of the big hall seemed to suit him better than it did the Fall. Perhaps it depended on where you were stood/sat.
I was sat behind the mixing desk, which was manned by Grant Showbiz, who was clearly v.excited to be working with The Fall again and quite possibly the most animated person in the entire hall. Personally I thought it was a satisfactory but not vintage Fall performance, the band didn't seem to be functioning as a unit. Or, as Deb put it, they didn't appear to be quite as passionate about their product as were the Fall of old.
Dick Dale - what an appalling spectacle, quite shameful!
Oh what a gig.... Absolutely breathtaking natch (but why "I'm Going To Spain"???), and I sincerely hope they concentrate on playing 99% NEW material on the forthcoming tour. "The Joke" had its day now, and sounds, well, nowhere near as good as "Hands Up Billy", "Cyber Insekt" or "Two Librans".
But as Fall gigs go, this one was simply AMAZING.
Way Round *
? (new ones? either of them could be WB, according to Julia's description/ could be one single track in two parts cuz the 1st one sort of "flowed" into the 2nd)
Going To Spain
Sons Of Temperance
The Joke *
On My Own *
Ketamine Sons *
Dr Buck's Letter *
Ten Houses Of Eve *
Hands Off Billy
Asterisks for the ones I enjoyed the most.
Simon Christian took some pics:
Ta to Paul Saxton:
Usual sort of review from today's NME:
The Fall/Dick Dale
Pete retrieves the rest of the 1989 calendar from behind the radiator:
August - A group of 6 year olds spontaneously burst into tears as Smith throws his mic stand at the drum kit. The group are doing a charity performance at the local community centre and Smith is furious with the band for sulking because he's ordered them all to wear party hats (Smith is without hat)September - Smith leans drunkenly over a urinal in the M11 motorway service station. Particles of pastry are visible on his trouser bottom where he sat on a blackcurrant pop tart in the tour bus. October - Smith stands at the entrance to a spooky church, pointing to a bruise on his arm. It is in the shape of a dead airman saying "alright love, got any nuts?"
November - Smith approving art work for the Imp Utensil 12"
December - Xmas dinner at the Burns household. Hands full with a huge tray of spuds, Karl can only roll his eyes and tut as Smith fiddles randomly with the knobs on the cooker
I thought this might be amusing to some - the I Hate Music site with specifically, hate for the Fall:
: ...heisted from an old issue of Sonic Death:
This is bloody ace:
Check out the rest of the site, this guy knows everything - how gravity works, how to build a teleport device, how to LIVE FOREVER. He even knows "what is inside a matter." Why isn't he president of a unified world government, eh?