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thanks to Conway for keeping the Fall news up to date!
This is the latest
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reviews, 6FM mp3, Bourgeois Blues, bits
13jun02 2G+2, Wire 25th anniversay piece,
custom Fall gig, PDFs of four old articles
16may02 Blackburn, London, ATP gig reviews,
BBC 6FM, Sydney 1990 int., French cartoon
19apr02 US tour cancelled, Mojo article,
Select (June 91), bits & pieces
19mar02 Euro tour reviews, Record Collector
interview., Wire review, new Fall discog., misc.
13feb02 comp results, Athens review, Bournemouth
13jan02 Timekode, Pan, bad German translations,
NME 2/25/89 interview
02jan02 album reviews, ancient Usenet refs
12dec01 MCR gig reviews, album reviews, Pan
28nov01 mammoth US tour edition
13nov01 first batch of AYAMW reviews, London
Forum gig reports
5nov01 Euro gig reports, Knitting Factory
19oct01 UK gig reports, studybees interview
30sep01 tour / booking details, 1979 fanzine
9sep01 not much
28aug01 Flitwick single, 82/83 gig pics
31may01 Dublin pics, Cash for Questions, Guardian
29apr01 IR, UK gig reviews
9apr01 NL gig reviews
3mar01 Dublin gig, Invisible Jukebox
28jan01 World Bewitched details
1jan01 some ace Castlefield pics
19dec00 more reviews
1dec00 tour reviews, crap interviews
10nov00 Unutterable reviews
21oct00 Stanza festival, HighSmith Teeth, comedy
11oct00 RFH reviews, new Cog Sinister releases
12sep00 DOSE interview, Fall calendar
22aug00 Portugal, Manchester gigs
9aug00 bits & pieces
23jul00 Psykick Dance Hall, Pure As Oranj details,
Triple Gang reviews
9jul00 few bits
20jun00 Ashton, Hull, Middlesbrough, Glasgow,
Edinburgh reviews, old Volume piece
30may00 LA2 reviews
22may00 few old LP reviews
2may00 bits & pieces
24apr00 TBLY #19 details, Prop details
8apr00 more Leeds reviews. WSC interview, other
26mar00 Doncaster, York, Leeds reviews, BravEar
interview (plus others)
14mar00 various reviews, old Liz Kershaw i/view
24feb00 Past Gone Mad details
13feb00 few bits & pieces
30jan00 tour details, Tommy Blake stuff
20jan00 TBLY #18 details, Hanley in Mojo
10jan00 Dragnet doylum, New Year message, etc
Old stuff: Nov 1997 - Dec 1999
The Fall play ...
George's Hall, Blackburn (w / The Iinviisiibles supporting)
£14 adv; doors 19:30, Fall
stage time 21:30; info Ronnie 07790-279557 or email@example.com
KGH box office 01254-582582 or Ticketmaster
doors 19:30; Fall stage time 21:30; advance tickets from
or from Wayahead 0115-912-9000,
or from Selectadisc, Nottingham
door; doors 19:00, Fall stage time 20:30.
available on their website or 01865-420042
doors 20:00, Fall stage time 22:15; advance tickets from venue 01206-500900;
Time Records 01206-545174
£10; doors 20:00; Fall stage time
22:00; advance tickets from
or from Rounder Records 01273-325440
"Accompanied over 14s admitted"
door; doors 20:00; Fall stage time 22:00-23:15; advance tickets from
Jumbo Records, St. John's Centre (credit card bookings 0113-2455570;
doors 20:30, Fall stage time 22:00; advance tickets from
Guildhall Box Office 01452-505089/396370
of Liverpool Student Union (160 Mt. Pleasant)
advance; doors 19:30, Fall stage time 21:30 - 22:45; advance tickets
from Virgin Megastore 0151-2565555; Royal Court Theatre 0151-7094321;
Guild of Students Card and Ticket Shop; Wayahead 0115-9129000
the latest from Ed Blaney on the US tour; not sure if more gigs are
going to be added...
American Music Hall, San Francisco (confirmed)
Tickets $20 on sale August 18 from the venue or ticketweb.
shows in Los Angeles at different venues (details forthcoming)
San Diego (confirmed)
21+ show. Tickets $15 on sale August 16 from the
Casbah, Ticketmaster, Off the Record, and M-Theory Records
Congress, Tucson (confirmed)
Austin (to be confirmed)
Bottle, Chicago (confirmed)
Bottle, Chicago (confirmed)
Magic Stick, Detroit (confirmed)
Tickets $15 from the venue or Ticketmaster
Tomorrow's Parties, Camber Sands
Conway says thanks
for all the replies about future releases. A summary has been passed
on to Rob Ayling, the Managing Director of Voiceprint Records. He has been given the green light by
Mark E Smith on a number of projects. An announcement will be made shortly about what's coming
out and when...
of the Sanctuary label (not too mention songwriter and bassist of the
Dictators) is working on releasing Perverted by Language on
DVD-audio. He asks that
anyone with any memorabilia from the 1983 period (posters, flyers, ticket
stubs, photographs, videos, etc.) get in touch with him at AndyShernoff@aol.com.
For vinyl collectors - Live At The Witch Trials and Dragnet are about to be released on 180 gram vinyl in original sleeves on Turning Point (an Italian outfit). We're not sure whether these are legit sub-licensed releases or not; nor do we know the mastering source. If anyone picks them up, please let us know what they sound like.
Castle is to re-reissue The Light User Syndrome on CD on 16 September, including The Chiselers and Chilinist off the Chiselers single. These tracks had been added on the 1999 reissue on Receiver Records.
It seems that Castle is also rereleasing the rest of its Fall catalogue in September, although I don't think anything was ever out of print. The albums in question are: Totale's Turns, Grotesque, Slates/A Part Of America Therein 1981 and Perverted By Language.
The previously reported Bootleg Box Set (4 CDs) and The Step Forward Years, which were also due to be released by Castle on 16 September, have been put back with no confirmed release date. Castle has declined to provide details or tracklistings for these items. The Step Forward Years could only be a rehash of Early Years 77-79, perhaps in a different running order? As for the Bootleg Box Set, who knows?! Except it's interesting to note that Castle's parent company, Sanctuary Records Group, took over the Trojan catalogue last year and Receiver Records was a subsidiary of Trojan (as was Jet Records, which originally put out Light User Syndrome). So maybe the 4 CDs are a repackaging of all those well-loved Receiver compilations...
The follow-up to
"Post Nearly Man" is due to be released by Action
Records on September 23.
Another "Best Of The 1990's" compilation:
Out on Snapper Music's mid-price label Recall on September 23 will be High Tension Line, a 2CD compilation of material sub-licensed from Artful Records. Recall seems to specialise in recompiling compilations, having previously brought us The Less You Look, The More You Find (which recompiled the first 3 Receiver comp's). This one basically recompiles A Past Gone Mad and A World Bewitched.
CD1: Life Just Bounces / Idiot Joy Showland / Behind The Counter / Hey Student / Bonkers In Phoenix / The League Of Bald-Headed Men / A Past Gone Mad / I Come And Stand At Your Door / Middle Class Revolt / Paranoia Man In Cheap Sh*t Room / Hurricane Edward / The Mixer
CD2: War / Free Range / Glam Racket / Immortality / Spencer Must Die / The Birmingham School Of Business School / High Tension Line / Don't Call Me Darling / Levitate / Cloud Of Black / Noel's Chemical Effluence / Why Are People Grudgeful?
Recall sales notes: The Fall started life in Manchester in 1977 as the dark clouds of punkís northern front gathered. At the eye of this particular storm were the scathing pronouncements of Mark E Smith, the frog prince of the provincial punk rock pulpit. The tracks compiled here are drawn from the groupís 90s repertoire, Levitate, A Past Gone Mad, Cerebral Caustic, The Marshall Suite, A World Bewitched and The Twenty-Seven Points. They are an impressive representation of Smithís craft and artistic resilience - far from piloting a course leading to a comfortable middle-age, over the Fallís 20-odd studio albums, he demonstrates time and again that he only has eyes for the jugular.
Ark album & pre-release offer
Ark, featuring Steve & Paul Hanley, are to have their debut album Brainsold released by Voiceprint Records on September 9. Voiceprint has kindly offered us a special pre-release price of GBP 9.99 (pounds sterling). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase, quoting: Ark pre-release offer to fallnet.
By the way, Voiceprint's MD assures me that their mail order delivery is much improved in recent times, after sacking their previous international mail handling company and installing a new mail order system.
Reviews of the
latest Castle repackagings:
Just got the two
new Rough Trade releases, the box set was one I couldn't wait for as
I thought I was finally getting the studio version of New Puritan on
The Rough Trade
Singles Box is superbly presented and is in fact five CD's and not four
as advertised, as the Kicker Conspiracy single is as per the original
with two CD's as opposed to two seven inch singles. Unfortunately, the
Container Drivers and New Puritan versions are not from the original
(perhaps because they were owned by the BBC) and replaced with awful
versions. As I say, it looks great, but as New Puritan is up there with
my favourite Fall songs, it took the gloss off it.
That doesn't matter
though because track 16 on the Totally Wired first CD just says New
Puritan on it and not (live) as the box set does, but it's the same
track unfortunately! Good strong track listing though and a bargain
at £8.99, can't decide yet if I Iike CD 1 or CD 2 best yet.
Both are good in
their own way even if they are compilations, both are also very well
presented - just really disappointed about New Puritan as my original
copy is in the loft as I haven't got a turntable at the moment!!!
Also there is no
poster in the box set as advertised!
Singles Box just
arrived today. I'm pretty sure Container/Puritan are the Grotesque &
Totales Turns versions, despite being called "live" on the disc label
and the accompanying booklet referring to Peel versions. It's a shame
really because this lets down an otherwise excellent package - well
reproduced artwork on good quality card, Kicker is gatefold with 2 discs,
very good sound quality, additional booklet in box, no obvious typos
Sound: The Fall, Old and New," Boston Phoenix, July 19, 2002, p.
23. (Review of Totally Wired box set.)
From the Rocking
THE BARD OF SALFORD
Sister Jody Thompson: "My favourite - of many encounters - with
Mark E Smith was interviewing him because he was doing a live 'mix'
session on Mary-Anne Hobbs 'Breezeblock' show on Radio One a couple
of years ago. As he wasn't on air until midnight or something, I thought
the chances of him getting drunk and misbehaving on-air were fairly
great. How right I was. Almost as soon as he arrived, a starstruck John
Peel came up to him to say hello. 'Yeah whatever John, some of us have
got a radio show to do,' slurred Smith before barging past him. Mark
then started demanding booze, of which Radio One had none. I suggested
to the press officer that we send a taxi over to the nearby hotel and
that I give him the booty in order to butter him up for the later interview.
On furnishing him with a bottle of red wine and a few tins of tramp's
delight, Mark asked me if I would have an affair with him. This was
a theme to be returned to many times during the course of the evening.
During his DJing stint, he careered around the studio terrorising the
producer in the studio by ripping off records before they'd finished,
calling him 'a c**t' for putting on the wrong track, chain-smoking in
a non-smoking studio and sloshing red wine willy-nilly over expensive
control panels. Mary Ann looked on bemused and somewhat horrified from
the adjacent studio. My photographer was thrown out by the star for
'looking at him funny'. After probably one of the most bizarre hours
in Radio One's history (if anyone has a tape, I'll pay good money) it
was decided that if I wanted an interview I'd have to go back to his
hotel. Upon making sure that his press officer and my photographer would
be there to protect me, I agreed. We managed to persuade a cab driver
to take six of us but, as soon as he set off, Mark started swearing
at him to hurry up 'cos he wanted more booze and quickly. Whilst I'm
constantly battling off his wandering right hand which keeps trying
to fondle my leg. Mark E then descends into screaming 'SCHNELL! SCHNELL!'
at the unfortunate driver coupled with an incomprehensible diatribe
about him being unfit to be a cab driver 'cos he hadn't fought in the
Second World War. Over-the-odds payments were agreed upon to prevent
the driver chucking us out on the street there and then. On arrival
at the hotel, the interview started in the breakfast room with Smith
drinking red wine out of a tea cup. He kept answering questions with
another question and an insane giggle until I flipped and told him he
was being unprofessional. To which he replied: "I am being a naughty
boy aren't I? Okay, hit me, and I'll do it properly." I argued that,
as I do kickboxing, I might actually hurt
him, but he insisted. I had to whack him round the chops. REALLY HARD.
Took three goes before he said it was hard enough and would allow the
interview to continue. Mark E was now as co-operative as you like. Interview
over, I ask if my photographer can finally get a picture of him. 'Only
if you come up to my hotel room,' he says, and then attempts to lamp
the photographer. How I love Mark E Smith. He kept faxing me for some
time afterwards. The faxes were always sent from Heaton Post Office."
The Vicar writes:
"Anyone else in the parish - particularly in the Women's Section - got
stories about being propositioned by rock legends?"
"1) Advice from
MES to then-girlfriend and Fall keyboard player Julia Nagle, overheard
by Fall-fan taxi driver and related to friend of friend: 'Always remember,
Julia. You are a member of The Fall, not some continental tramp.'
2) MES at the Blue
Posts II: We did a roundtable for Select in that same pub, featuring
the great man, Peter Hooton of The Farm and Miki from Lush (give us
a break, it was a long time ago). When fellow parishioner Mark Ellen
popped in to see how things were going, MES accosted him with the words
'I know you, you used to do the weather on Granada! Very good, you were.'
Peace be unto you."
and from an earlier
Rocking Vicar newsletter:
WHY ARE PEOPLE GRUDGEFUL?
Greenwood: "I feel I must pre-empt any Mark E Smith stories that
come your way as I can tell you that they will all be almost identical,
following as they will the pattern 'I went to see the Fall in [insert
town] and found Mark E Smith in [insert name of scuzziest pub]'. In
the interest of minimising this repetition, can you ask parishioners
simply for the name of the town and the pub or, for added zest and future
research, suggest a pub in each Fall- bearing town in the British Isles.
The criteria is generally that the pub can supply Kronenberg, still
has something resembling a snug, and is largely populated during the
day by old men who smell of wee. To completely ignore that pattern though,
the last time I saw The Fall was in Northampton in early 1994. They
were still riding high and were still a band - indeed, there was much
excitement abroad that Karl Burns was back in a two-drummer line-up.
They had arrived in The Pope's own tourbus, towards which we had each
paid £8 - not bad for a Wednesday night at The Roadmenders in 1994.
About half an hour before the scheduled showtime the rumour spread around
that MES had been found, with unerring dependability, in the nastiest
pub in Northampton town centre, and we had little reason to doubt it.
This year, while not having been scheduled to witness The Fall tribute
band that MES now fronts, I found myself at the All Tomorrow's Parties
gathering in Camber Sands. Now unless things have changed drastically
in the ensuing decade MES was not witnessed in the site pub at any time
on the first weekend. However Camber has no real pub of its own, so
the image of MES roaming across the Romney marshlands in search of Kronenberg
now lives in my head."
The Vicar's only
encounter with the great man was entirely on the script. He drank eleven
pints of cooking lager in the snug of The Blue Posts off London's swinging
Carnaby Street, chasing each with a single cheap whisky. He constantly
brushed ash from the lapels of his stained jacket and, interestingly,
only went for a wee twice in ninety minutes. Respect."
and from the latest
edition of Rocking Vicar (note: this is Ian's original submission,
which differs slightly from the one published by the Vicar):
THE BARD OF SALFORD
Parishioner Ian Greaves: "Whilst tipping my hat to Jody Thompson's
splendid tales of the MES, I can only suffer flashbacks to my own humble,
though rocky meeting with the great man in 2000, for an as yet and perhaps
never to be published interview. The location was the Old Monkey Inn,
a watering hole for old men near to Manchester's Picaddily Gardens.
Fearing the worst, I sneaked off to a greasy spoon cafe beforehand and
prepared my stomach for the horrors to follow and it can be said that
things initially went very well. Mark told a lovely tale of the bus-bound
mugging that had held up his arrival, spoke warmly of Star Trek theme
bars, his then drummer's appearances in The League Of Gentlemen and,
in short, seemed genuinely friendly. I had arrived. I was meeting him
pint for pint and we were about to tie daisies in each other's hair
when it was decided we would then end this meandering interview on a
high note. "So, I was told you were going to feed me", said Mark as
overcoats were slipped on, he pocketed my lighter and we finished our
drinks. "Who told you that?" "Caroline" [his sister and manager]. "Oh".
I knew nothing about this of course, but, out of good grace and being
fairly solvent, I suggested that he selected the restaurant.
"MES clutched this
gauntlet, deciding on what I recall as being a basement Chinese restaurant
which was far from having its rush hour. It was around this time that
cooking oil, too much food and gassy lager got the better of me and
I drifted into a very peculiar state which, given the awkward situation,
I wasn't keen on confessing to the man who had once sang "too much brandy
for breakfast". The conversation creaked with long periods of time in
which Mark stared at me with a sly grin or just openly laughed. I knew
three important things about MES. One, he was my musical hero. The second
was apocryphal - that he was psychic, having predicted the capture of
Terry Waite - and the other, given to me as a warning, was that he would
be *really* interested in everything I said until the fifth or sixth
pint, at which point he would start using all this information as a
weapon. So, when chatter did happen, he spoke of the local China Town
and mentioned Canal Street - "Don't tell me you don't go there" - and,
come the second dodgy bottled beer and the plate of seaweed that was
not on the menu - "We'll pay extra", he confidently stated - I bolted
for the toilets and vomited my heart out, convinced that the Bard of
Salford had caused this physical state to happen. Perhaps it was the
jokes about my being a student at the time - how could he have guessed?
Was he in fact the pot washer at the greasy spoon cafť only a few hours
ago? I returned, praying that he wouldn't notice that I was whiter than
the last time he saw me. Conversation only became more horrific.
"And then the epilogue.
It was now late on a wet Tuesday evening and we nipped into the local
branch of Oddbins on our way to the tram station. Mark was replete and
the situation had eased off, so we marked the occasion with another
imagined promise that I had given to his sister on the phone. 24 tins
of Skol lager were bought and split equally, the man behind the counter
cheerily calling Mark "son" despite being 30 years his younger, and
so we went off into the night, shook hands and parted. I bolted off
in a mixture of horror, confusion and excitement, and then a shout.
"Oi!", said the toby-jug-faced Fall leader, "Here's your lighter." He's
a better man than me."
Many thanks indeed
to parishiner Ian Greaves for excavating and scanning these old
music press clippings:
AND a stunningly fabulous ad for Hex Enduction Hour from NME, March 6, 1982
December 3, 1977, p. 44
Review of a Band on the Wall, Manchester gig (perhaps November 13)
by Ian Brown
Melody Maker August 12, 1978, p. 18
Review of Bingo Master's Break-out by Colin Irwin
Sounds August 12, 1978, p. 35
Short review of Bingo Master's Break-out by Vivien Goldman
December 16, 1978, p. 30
Review of a late 1978 Bolton gig by Mick Middles
- Sounds, April 21,
1979, pp. 20 & 21
"The Famous Five Fight On: The Fall and Rise of Original Persons"
by Dave McCullough
Sounds, May 5, 1979, p. 2
Short news snippet about band line-up changes
Melody Maker, July 28, 1979, p. 23
Live review of July 20 gig at The Factory, Manchester by Steve Redmond
Sounds, February 23, 1980, p. 26
Single of the week: Fiery Jack - review by Mick Middles
- Sounds, June 21,
1980, pp. 18 & 19
"Totale Turnaround" article by Dave McCullough
July 19, 1980, p. 2
The Fall confirmed to play at the 1980 Deeplydale Peoples' Free Festival;
July 19, 1980, p. 21
Review of How I Wrote Elastic Man by Garry Bushell
July 19, 1980, p. 42
Live review - Edinburgh by Johnny Waller
NME September 6, 1980, p. 21
Review of Totally Wired by Danny Baker
November 29, 1980, p. 37
Review of Grotesque by Graham Lock
May 2, 1981, p. 31
Slates reviewed by Andy Gill
June 27, 1981, p. 47
Live in New York by Richard Grabel
November 21, 1981, p. 21
Lie Dream single review by Richard Cook
March 13, 1982, p. 37
"These Fallish Things" by Richard Cook (review of Hex Enduction Hour)
October 2, 1982, p. 31
Review of Room To Live by Amrik Rai
July 30, 1983, p. 38
Review of the July 15 1983 Brixton gig by Don Watson
January 20, 1990, p. 27
"Ring the Noise" by Stephen Dalton (interview with Coldcut
re: Telephone Thing)
Kyle has kindly
scanned and posted the NME interview from April 7, 1979 that's been reprinted
in NME Originals #2 (the "Punk" issue), pp. 116-117.
John Roberts kindly
scanned in a couple of vintage music press ads and a live review:
of course, alas no Bingo Master's Breakout...
your childs musical taste to chance - indoctrinate now.
"Punk Rock Baby is a collection of punk classics in a lullaby style
- Now you can rock you toddler to sleep with soothing instrumental versions
Down in the Tube
Station at Midnight
Ever Fallen in Love (with someone you shouldn't've)
Smash it Up
Sheena is a Punk Rocker
No More Heroes
Into the Valley
Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll
Hong Kong Garden
Punk Rock Baby is
the first in a series of nursery compilations for judicious parents.
Dance Baby (including
versions of 'Unfinished Sympathy', 'Back to Life' , 'Always There')
Rock Baby (including
versions of 'Black Hole Sun', 'Whole lotta Rosie', 'Sweet Child of Mine')
Terry Edwards &
the Scapegoats ska-cover version EP, seems finally available on CD again.
Got my copy last week although http://www.terryedwards.co.uk
still doesn't list it yet, should be soon though.
live at the Royal Festival Hall : London September 22nd 2000 (8 tracks)
- "Plays the music
of Jim and William Reid": Never Understand, Everything's allright
when you're down, The hardest walk, Break me down
- "Salutes the
Magic of the Fall": Totally wired, bingomasters breakout, The dice
man, Container drivers
- "Executes Miles
Davis Numbers": Eighty-one, Four, Seven steps to heaven, Half nelson
This looks an awful
lot like the membership of the Fall over the years... http://www.orgnet.com/inetindustry.html
A thoughtful review
of Palace of Swords Reversed by Chris Smith of Stylus Magazine:
Tom Hingley (ex-Inspiral
Carpet) and the Lovers (including Steve and Paul Hanley) tour dates:
Aug. 22 New Roscoe, Leeds
Aug. 23 Scooter Rally, Isle of Wight
Sep. 13 Hull Adelphi
Sep. 14 Bridge Street Tavern, Salford
Sep. 16 Barfly, Sheffield
Sep. 19 Little Civic, Wolverhampton
Sep. 28 Blowup Metro, London
Nov. 01 Leopard Club, Doncaster
Nov. 02 Barfly, Cardiff