205, Athens, Greece
Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic
Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
weekends in April (19-21 & 26-28) at All
Tomorrow's Parties, Camber Sands Holiday Centre, East Sussex.
This looks like quite a lineup of bands - very tempting.
A reader in Germany
says there was mention in a local newspaper of a gig in Frankfurt on Feb.
16. I asked Ed Blaney (Fall manager) about it, and he said the band aren't
playing any dates in Germany. Rest assured that as soon as new gigs (if
any) are confirmed, I'll update the web site.
Cog Sinister / Voiceprint
are releasing a limited edition, numbered (1000 copies) vinyl picture
disc of Are You Are Missing Winner, and they've agreed to offer
signed by MES, as competition prizes.
You'll have to work
hard to win a copy by filling in the balloons:
Entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
please. Please send your entry in text form only: don't download the
photo and fill in the balloons!!!
Deadline is round
midnight, Friday, January 25. A crack team of judges (me, and my
wife Resa if she's got a minute or two) will spend the weekend pouring
over the entries, sorting and sifting, analyzing and debating, weeping
with delight and shuddering with horror, finally arriving at the three
winning entries based on originality, wit, (ir)relevance, irreverance,
etc. If it makes us laugh you're in with a good chance of winning.
Voiceprint will also
be selling the pic disc for a reduced price (£9.99 plus p&p)
for Fallnet and website readers. We're working out how you should go about
ordering a copy; I'll post details as soon as I have them. It'll involve
quoting the secret "special code word" EDMUND, that much
Jan. 14 update:
I've received loads of entries already - keep them coming! The judges
will have a tough time of it come January 26.
I've added an article
to the Fall bibliography: the infamous "pop summit" meeting
between MES, Nick Cave, and Shane McGowan ("The Three
Horsemen of the Apocalypse," NME,
Feb. 25, 1989).
Chant" by Timekode: http://www.timekode.co.uk
You can read all about
Timekode and Deni's project with MES in her
very entertaining book (PDF - 1046 kb) on her web site - the stuff
about MES starts on p. 43, and there are a few photos of Mark taken at
his house in 1992. There are some great anecdotes in this book!
with MIT students to build the Mk E Unit - a contraption that simulates
Mark's voice. She writes:
"It's not possible
for me to get hold of The Mk E Unit anymore, as some engineers from
MIT (USA) built the hardware & software at the time & it was disassembled
after use. And all personel scattered afterwards!. (This was because
the engineers - who were students - helped me out instead of doing their
course-work, as my project was a damned sight more interesting!). I
did it for "the crack" & because I wanted too, never for the cash!"
Deni very kindly sent
a tape of the 7" and 12" versions
of "Cheap Space Chant," and here they are in Real Audio.
If you want to buy
a cassette with artwork directly from Deni (6 pounds), write to her at
The Mk E Unit
in the flesh (© Deni c/o Timekode)
More album reviews:
[from the site:
"Agenbyte: Middle English for "remorse." Best known from "Agenbite
of Inwit" ("remorse of conscience"), from Joyce's Ulysses, a phrase
itself borrowed from the title of a "medieval manual of virtues and
vices intended to remind the layman of the ierarchy of sins and the
distinctions among them." (Gifford, Ulysses Annotated). Pretentious?
and a Swedish
added a review to his Fall
had a go at one of the earlier French reviews - thanks Matt!
(10 out of 10)
Take a guess; 3,
4…8, 9, 10. Keep going. 22, 23, continue without interest … 38, 39 and
so to 40. Chucked out from among the dispensables ‘AYAMW’ (on the trusty
Cog Sinister) is, according to the most subjective mathematics, the
40th great disc by The Fall, a figure as rough as MES. If it recalls
scraps of previous albums (The Joke in My Ex-Classmates Kids), it clearly
resembles none of them. At root, the voice of an old alcoholic replunging
into his vice after being poured a shandy, the common thread of their
discography (or more accurately, that of singer / leader / misanthrope
MES), his unique characteristic, your burst eardrums conclude that The
Fall are the best producers of demos in the world. The scraps which
others consider second-rate and relegate to an EP or to fill a hole
on a Best Of ensuring cash for groups in crisis to pay their rates,
these muddled blurred tracks, too short or too long, considered too
crude by the artists, these The Fall make into albums. MES isn’t afraid
to show his naked inspiration, and - continually inspired - perpetually
surprises. He remains himself. A William of Rock of sorts. The Fall
haven’t been banned by the lapdog Blair because ‘we-are-all-American-especially-the-
English’ and must respect events of September 11; with a name like The
Fall one isn’t played (even in France ‘A Plane Without Wings’ and ‘Fallen
from the Sky’ have been boycotted by radio for two weeks! When the banning
of ‘We Are Two Twin Towers’?), and so we hurry to digest AYAMW morsel
1 Jim’s The Fall
seems to be the best fruit of The Unutterable fallen into the basket
of AYAMW. More vigorous than the others but too lacking in the verses
to sit next to ‘2 Librans’.
2 Anyone crossing
‘Bourgeois Town’ will be accosted by the hard looks of its inhabitants
who won’t tolerate trouble at tea-time by the unknown. The fear of lynching.
One may pass through ‘Bourgeois Town’ alive, but will never forget it.
3 Crop Dust’s riff
knocks you about a bit, by way of the Kinks, through Mark’s unpredictable
vocal waves, circular like acute paranoia and throbbing like a happy
person wanting to puke.
4 My Ex-classmates’
Kids will be THE record which is never successful because its lead singer
resembles a monkey and thus search in vain for the clip on MTV. Like
every track and album by The Fall.
5 Kick the Can?
Kurt Cobain would have probably stolen the blueprints if Mark had not
written this after his death. Perhaps why he shot his brains out with
a 38. The twist of the summer! Best enjoyed in snow boots to reheat
your pins in winter. Ensure empty cans to kick but most of all avoid
6 Gotta See Jane
is an R Dean/Taylor cover. Ha. One suspects MES of creating fictional
groups to cover that never existed (See I’m Going to Spain off The Infotainment
7 The joyous surreal
shambles ‘Ibis Afro Man' is credited to one I.Pop. Ignatius? Isabella?
8 For The Fall,
country evokes cowboys shooting up cough mixture astride Jacobean mounts
pursued by Indians wanting backpayment for three months’ rented tipis.
In ‘The Acute’ these relations of Dolly Parton have drooping breasts.
9 Hollow Mind has
the makings of a Fall classic, scaling the heights of their other titles.
10 Reprise: Jane
– Prof Mick – Ey Bastardo - allows us to hear Mark’s first words of
Spanish. Has Mark been influenced by the Cuban wave? Go back to track
glowing German review, translated by Olli Czoske:
Bad news for Fall
fans: The new Fall LP is out/here/released. And for everybody who's
heard it the story of how MES recently broke a leg at a rockabilly concert
and said: "You can't break Mark E. Smith" must have a bitter after/side
taste, something of sinister irony. It's not that the last Fall LPs
were masterpieces throughout. But in the fan's imagination you could
still discover a remnant of the band that John Peel once referred to
as the one by which to judge all others. "Are you are missing winner"
however is a final declaration of bankruptcy. For the first time there's
no company involved apart from (the band's own) Cog Sinister, which
does not result in more artistic freedom or lack of compromise but simply
in worse production, i.e. really bad not: bad as a stylistic means.
The habit of treating personnel like dirt and to sack everything that
can't defend itself nurtures MES's aura of ruthlessness but has by now
gotten him the least colourful and inspired band of all times. And he
simply needs creative potential which to exploit - he just doesn't have
enough himself. Only now it becomes obvious how important people like
Craig Scanlon and Stephen Hanley used to be, and the fact that instead
of Simon Wolstencroft a completely taste- and nameless peasant is doing
his foul work is maybe the biggest impertinence. The Fall - and saying
that hurts me more than you - are finished.
Pan, by Camden
Joy and Colin B. Morton:
It looks like Highwater
Books are issuing a limited edition (200 copies) box set of three
Camden Joy novellas (including "Pan"), as well as printing the
books individually. No sign of "Pan" in my local bookshops and
it's still a pre-order on Amazon.
Here's a piece by
Camden Joy - "Do I Dare to Fireball Atomic," which also mentions
"...Dragnet stank of bad breath, primitives wrestling with the
supernatural. 'His friends are full of evil serum,' went one murder
song. 'The streets are full of mercenary eyes.' It sounded to be recorded
using soup cans and string, in the days before color was invented. What
those spoilt diplomatic children made of such crudeness was anybody's
guess, when their own skin was so soft you could cut it with a butter
knife. It was a record album one of their espionage dads perhaps surreptitiously
picked up through a fuzzy government wiretap."
There's an interview
with Joy here: http://www.gloriousnoise.com/index.php?camden.htm
and he's got a web
Haf found this March
1987 German fanzine interview with MES at http://www.wdp.net/
staubsauger/6/fall1.htm - I used the Google translater to generate
the following. It's not perfect but you can follow along well enough -
plus it's the funniest thing I've read all year (I'm easily amused). Note:
"case" = "Fall"; "plates" = "records."
mark as I The case in the Metropol saw, was it a complete disaster and
exactly the same something I this evening feared. It began already badly,
with (the not usual) delays. Not there Daziablo as vorgruppe pleased
me not so particularly, but ihretwegen was I. And then after long waiting
period The case (1 schlagzeuger, 2 guitars, 1 bass, 1 key board and
Marks an E. Smith) came and with Fiery Jack began, which had I for years
no longer live heard, madly. And further upward, trtz bad Metropol acoustics
went. As the set past truely, the public flippte out and requires three
additions. Mark of E. has itself even thanked you (Cheers), so deeply
it it impressed.
I went arranging
afterwards behind the stage around a breakfast interview for Tuesday.
Also there nod Cave and parts of his bad seed were, but they fled before
the industrious pencil of the vacuum cleaner.
Thus I waited Tuesday
at 13 o'clock for Mr. Mark of E. Smith in the entrance hall Kant of
the hotel. Over after 10 he came down, gave me the hand and apologizes
for the delay (nice, wa?). It had hunger, therefore we went into a correct
granny cafe into the Wilmersdorfer road and ordered coffee, cocoa and
a Croissant with cheese. And now to the discussion:
Mark was quite gene
FFS over the interview of the previous evening with Christine Heise.
It thought, it should something about The case talk instead of questions
about marriage for answering children and household. He meant, it concerns
no somewhat, which he does privately (Christine, it is good that you
placed these questions first, I wanted exactly the same to make.)
David, our companion
presents a double album of the 4 Seasons to Marks, there is pleased
Vacuum cleaner :
What do The case make where it are so popular now?
Mark: It did not
operate, if a group has a rising popularity, thus further so.
S: Or does become
slowly boring will it appear to more plates of The case?
M: This interview
in any case.
S: Well if you mean,
then we can talk about your house.
M: Thus it is in
Manchester, has nearly no garden and it on mortgage is bought.
S: Say approximately
about your play in London.
M: Thus I find,
it well arrived and it terribly much fun brought. My Mrs. Brix wrote
the songs and was for me it a recovery of the normal music scene.
S: Yes, in the tip
they wrote sides here over you and your piece of stage, however they
have always over Pope Paul I written, the at the beginning of the 10ten
or 12ten of century died. (for our readers: Marks play acts of the strange
death of the Pope Johannes Paul I)
M: Hectar, complete
idiots, who have determine the wrong article of possibly someone abkopiert!
S: How is it then
to be married?
M: Not badly.
S: How then does
the future look with you? You will buy a Landrover, shit on the country
pull and to pheasants (?)?
M: Nee, sowas leave
I for the south Englishmen like you.
S: Thus north Englishmen
go working, with 65 into the pension and die with 68 on lung problems,
M: No, we live in
large cities and are no Schafficker like it.
[Dear reader! This
delicate thing really gives it in England. The people, which will live
south of wading Fords as dekadente ass holes of the north Englishmen
regarded and these to become from those from the south still as proletarian
workers stamped. We talked then about the granny cafe, it were so German.
Mark found it very nice.]
S: Where do you
sell then your plates still except in England?
M: Germany and America.
But lately also on the Australian continent.
S: Thus with the
money it looks well?
M: Now already,
but in the past we were too trusting and some did not get.
S: Thus Marks, which
you make, if you are not with The case?
M: I read quite
much and stand on Manchester town center (football), but so often cannot
I not go, because of the tours and in such a way.
S: I go also to
the football here into Berlin.
M: How is the German
S: A little more
slowly like the English, but completely maintenance SAM.
M: Craig, our guitarist,
goes regularly, thus from it wars I the information.
S: You are actually
one week too early, because then is the film celebration here.
M: Actually I do
not like a cinema.
S: How does your
house please you? Are you often in your spare time in the garden?
M: Nee, rather in
S: How then is Manchester
M: Completely nicely,
no dekadente central layer or malicious housing developments. And in
addition I am there born. It is there completely calm and I can there
S: Thus it will
be full in the future from your children.
M: That may perhaps
be, I do not exclude it. Which annoyed me, was this radio ending (in
the SFB). Perhaps Sowas should be brought in the housewife radio in
the afternoon, but by the translations and so little was in such a way
said. In addition it should have played more drop plates. It concerns
the people a shitting dirt, which private I make.
S: How do you imagine
then perfect the radio interview?
M: Simple questions,
the simple answers require and much good music.
S: To the music
again: When does a number 1 come - single of The case?
M: Hey, Luciani
should have been one.
S: You became better.
M: Do not know I,
but it is correct, what you say. On Sunday I was completely ill and
I am surprised that I had held out that.
S: Back to the hit
M: Yes. Do you want
to eat my cheese?
S: No, I had a
Avocado to the breakfast. What is with a hit single?
M: Do you drink
S: Not often, but
if, then correctly! And you?
M: If one becomes
older, one does not stand any longer so much, actually unfortunate.
In England it is still an exception, at to drink four o'clock in the
afternoon a beer, but it is usual here.
S: What do your
buddies in Manchester make?
M: Most are not
unemployed and those work, those have money.
S: What is with
a hit single?
M: Is completely
nicely here in Berlin, but rather many students.
S: Shit to Hippies
mean you, with its expensive bio shops, carrots, brown-spotted apples
verschrumpelten and dry cheese.
M: In so a shop
was not I yet, but it sounds terrible.
S: Is it also. You
should go this afternoon to one. The vegetable looks, as if it was stored
over a central heating.
M: Correctly, in
England at the moment all preservatives from the food are banished.
The chips and the cookies taste any more, softly and pappig. it bring
no more fun to eat such a thing. One does it in the dte and her dissolves
S: Exactly the same
with this fat. One kriegt in suedengland no more greasy breakfast.
M: I find like that
something am a dishonor. Our traditions are destroyed thereby. In the
north is it not yet so far. The south Englishmen look also all ill,
particularly the health minister.
S: How does it look
M: Thus such a thing
I do not like. I was in the USA with Brix ' elstern, but America is
too dekadent me.
S: How waers with
the GDR as a vacation goal?
M: That leave I
Billy Bragg and Tom Robinson, to the rich socialist.
S: I find it simple
to be socialist if one has money in the bag.
M: Is correct, it
is many simpler.
S: Back to vacation.
M: I was in former
times with my parents on the way and that for me everything spoiled.
Perhaps a beautiful week in Skegness, where it in the evening at 6 o'clock
coldly will and one must flee before the weather.
S: Mach nevertheless
' ne week here.
M: Sounds completely
good, but in my house it is like vacation, where I can read much.
M: History, Martin
Amis and Phillip K. Dick.
S: That is me too
bourgeois, I reads gladly northEnglish authors such as Sillitoe and
M: Yes, those are
super, but they do not write now any longer so often.
[As authors exchanged
and book tips to the woman with the calculation came.]
S: Do you pay then
M: No, I have only
one Mark, Mark.
[Our company paid
and we left.]
S: Thank you, Mark,
was much maintenance SAM to talk with you.
M: It also pleased
© 1987 I
and My Vacuum Cleaner (Ich Und Mein Staubsauger)
And a more recent
German interview, from Nov. 15, 2001: http://www.laut.de/vorlaut/interviews/2001/11/15/02244/
drink with Marks of E. Smith
The legend lives!
I met Marks of E. Smith and was not we not Pizza to eat, but but a few
lecker drink beer (I ' sparkling wine drank, for the celebration of
the daily). It was not really gespraechig. It looked also tired. The
excessive Punkrock years did not go past without trace at it.
Hamburg -- a suitable
location for the questions to find, was not simple also. After a quarter
hour, of Smith already easily angenervt, we found finally the suitable
Etablissement. Fortunately participated his dear Mrs. Elli, who functioned
the whole somewhat more loosely arranged and here and there also times
than woman interpreter. The Manchester it has accent already quite in
itself. And one may not forget the Nuscheln of Mr. Smith also. Now a
short interview with the front man the British cult volume The case
follows. On journalists it does not stand in such a way. He speaks rather
freely from the soul. It is already somehow mad, but very nice, in its
The case yesterday
began their Germany route in Cologne. How was the concert?
Shortly give her
also some concerts in New York. For the moment the people react there
very hysterisch. How do you see the American society after 11 September?
How will it be according to your opinion to play there?
is the situation different. But the flights are cheaper! (laughters)
You live still in
Manchester. Can you describe the current music scene there to us? Do
you sound yourself the current Charts music?
I have now no
desire, shit to Manchester scene to judge here. It does not interest
me simply. (late told it us still that predominantly students control
the scene. Manchester has allegedly the world largest university. In
the plain language: Mark of E. Smith likes simply no students. As one
can hear also from its Song "Hey student" out. One finds the Song on
the albums "15 Ways tons of Leave Your one" and "A Past of gone WAD",
notes of the editorship)
Thus, you do not
have a contact to other volume?
Don't you go on
I try to avoid
generally musicians in Manchester. I hardly go on other concerts. I
like Reggae. And Rockabilly.
And is there a certain
interpreter there or certain volume?
I like Jack
Scott. That ' I live also last saw. (Jack Scott is a skirt ' n ' roll
star from the 50ern, note of the editorship).
On your last album
"The Unutterable" gives it to the Song "Cyber insect", which describes
virtual communication. How do you think of the InterNet? Are you interested
No, I have people,
which make that for me. I do not use the InterNet. I make the music.
It gives however some, which write over The case. Sometimes use I mean
whole time, in order to read it. There is real a quantity of entries.
Many people write there, which met me. They maintain that at least!
It's all crap, you know!
Before a few years
you made a very beautiful Coverversion of "Rollin Danny" (originally
of genes Vincent). In addition again and again names of large Rock'n'Rollern
emerge like left Wray and others in your texts. Can you imagine times
a pure Rockabilly plate to make?
No, that is impossible!
With "The post office
Nearly one" you have a LP published on which you the spoken word into
the center place. I read that "Panda Pander tank" will go into the same
direction. Is that correct?
Yes, I try it.
I am surprised that
there is still no book publication of it. Can we shortly expect a Hardcover
of Marks E. Smith?
I do not think.
I would not like to publish it as Prosa. I may it note things which
would be too strange however for a whole book.
But in the broadest
sense this CDs is a kind hearing book nevertheless?
Yes, which is
as a guest interpreter on plates of "Inspiral Carpets", "Long Fin Killie"
and other one. With which volume would you work still gladly together?
I did not want
to really play with this volume together. I made it for the money.
The case gives it
since 1977 and it fights until today against Mainstream, disk label
and journalist. Is it at all still possible in these times to retain
its artistic liberties?
I do not have
problems thereby. You must stop with thinking about such things. Only
then the problems begin.
There is German
volume named Tocotronic. Perhaps you know it. They have a Song written
"I have ' dreamed I would be Pizza to eat with Marks of E. Smith"!
No, I know not
(in addition his Mrs. Elli says: But clearly. Those wanted to take up
a plate with you. She meant later still the fact that Tocotronic a Song
of The case gecovert and in the InterNet published this. Over it they
were however little inspired!)
How do you think
of the fact that you are for many humans a Idol?
That is rather
heavy for me. I go my own ways. I do not like it really, if people me
into this section urge. I would not like to feel responsible for all.
There is a quantity shit there outside. If I die, I must possibly still
pay for it (laughters)!
O.K. Wars. Thank
Well thanks also.
Then we can drink still one now.