In keeping with the
band they cover, the Hideous Replicas gig that was to have taken
place this Friday (October 18) in London has been cancelled.
The US tour has
been cancelled. Here's a note from Elena, who I guess is managing
the band now, to Lisa of the Troubadour in Los Angeles:
"First of all
thanks for your help so far. I'm sorry for not being in touch but only
this week we lost hope and have now decided to cancel the tour, as the
visa-application should have been processed first, and then a tour booked.
I understand this is the correct procedure, but as you know Ed just
booked the tour without making sure we would have a visa. The agency
you recommended seemed hopeful at first, but it soon became clear that
the processing times are too long at the present moment. Why Ed didn't
sort that out beforehand or why none of the promoters reminded him of
the petition that the promoter has to request in your country I don't
"I am very
sorry that due to the strict visa regulations we cannot do anything
else but cancel all shows.
bookings in the future will certainly be made in the correct way.
"Mark E. Smith
apologises to all fans and promoters."
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Tomorrow's Parties, Camber Sands
George's Hall, Blackburn, Sept. 22, 2002:
from Ed Blaney before the gig:
kick off a mini 8-date tour of the UK on the 22nd of September at
King George's Hall in Blackburn. This is going to be an extra special
gig as the show is going to be filmed for a Fall documentary/DVD
due to be released early next year.
will consist of Fall classics drawn from the past 25 years. As this
is the only show in the northwest any Fall fans wishing to be a
part of this event should attend as this is a one-off purely for
the making of the Fall docu/DVD.
will also be looking to interview Fall fans of all ages.
Thanks to Dave Harrop for the photo.
Mansion / 2 Librans
/ Cyber Insekt / And Therein / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Behind The Counter
/ Telephone Thing / Touch Sensitive / Hey Luciani / Free Range /
Poem - ? Says 'Gas' on the setlist, but I don't know. Performed by one
of the roadies.
The Classical / Ghost In My House / Chisellers / Big New Prinz / Jerusalem
/ Mr Pharmacist / Bourgeois Town / Victoria / Ben's > F-'Oldin' Money
> Kick the Can / My Ex-Classmates' Kids / Dr Buck's Letter / White
Lightning / Hit The North
I wasn't taking
notes, but the band, to my memory, stayed pretty much with the setlist,
with a few minor changes towards the end. It took a bit of time to take
off last night -- the audience seemed strangely impassive, and stayed
that way through a lot of the night. Things really took off for me with
an incredible version of Mere Pseud Mag Ed. Other highlights include
a *different* version of The Classical, with no obligatory fuckface
lines that I could hear, Big New Prinz, and White Lightning.
They were on for
about two hours, and it was being filmed, with six cameras that I could
see. There was also an unprecedented in recent years level of security
-- four showsec guys stood between the stage and the audience, more
to protect the camera gear than the band I guess. Lowlight -- the sound
was awful, painfully distorted. Memorabilia junkies will be pleased
to know there were two new T-shirts on sale last night, one with the
2G+2 cover on the front, one all black with "The Fall" in
white over the heart.
These T-shirts are
apparently available on the Action
Records web site as well.
David continued in
a 2nd post:
> Alan (was there
No, but there were
two (count 'em, two) keyboard players, both young females, who started
off alternating on songs, before coming together on some track I can't
remember. One looked like an eighties goth, and stood disconcertingly
to the left of the keyboard.
There were also
two (count 'em, two) members of the management staff who took it upon
themselves to do some sort of call and response thing with MES last
night, much a la Blaney in last year's gigs. One of them might have
been him, but I don't know.
of this was the last song of the night, Hit The North, where there was
one of them either side of the drummer, each with a drumstick, bashing
out their own version of the rhythm on the nearest cymbal available
to them. The drummer, to his credit, stayed smiling, rictusly, throughout.
Expect this to feature
heavily in the Xmas DVD.
I went to Blackburn
looking forward to the gig with two friends who quite like the Fall
in tow. It was almost 2 hour long gig. There seemed to be a new drummer.
He certainly looked older than Dave Milner, and seemed to know all of
the songs extremely well. Two keyboardists as well. One was being happy
and one was being grumpy. Useless security barrier and useless bouncers.
Mansion, Two Librans,
Cyber Insect, And Therein
so, much the same
as usual. Energy seemed to be lagging, although Mark was clearly very
sober and was doing a decent job on the lyrics. Next came a surprise
- Mere Pseud Mag. Ed. which was performed well. I don't remember the
exact order of what came next, but it certainly involved the following;
Behind The Counter (good. Happy Keyboardist appeared. Added some sound
effects to good effect), Hey! Luciani (also good. Fair few lyrics missing
though, but good keyboards), There's A Ghost In My House (Mark did well
on the lyrics, band was good also), Jerusalem (some amusing adlibs throughout.
Mark clearly getting quite itno it), Touch Sensitive (Steve Evets appears,
and after the amusing 'Buy a car' intro, he then twats about shouting
more Fall song titles as Mark tries to sing the song. Evets makes no
attempts at the 'hey hey hey's despite Ben's prompting. Useless), Telephone
Thing (sounded surprisingly good and like the record. Drummer proved
his worth), Enigrammatic Dream (Roadie looking like Catweazle hands
Mark the lyrics. Mark tells him to do it himself and band walks off.
Roadie makes admirable job, looking thoroughly confused before band
arrives back and Mark briefly takes over). Free Range (band played almost
the entire song all the way through before Mark finally found his lyric
sheet and joined in. Cue massively extended version, with a decent amount
of lyrics remembered). The Chiselers (musically good, but Mark sang
about two lines before a half arsed attempt at Brix's lines before walking
off again). Big New Prinz (Evets redeemed himself here, singing almost
the entire song with Jim. An extremely good job was done on this before
Mark wandered on at the end). The Classical (hacked to death. Lyrically
lacking, and a (deliberately?) awful keyboard line was played out by
the grumpy looking player). Mr. Pharmacist (good, as usual). Victoria
(first time 'round, Mark seemed not to notice the song, gazing at the
floor instead. It was tried again a few songs later and it took him
a verse or too but he eventually got quite into it). White Lightning
(another good track). Bourgeois Town (3 adlibbed verses made for another
good track). My Ex-Classmates' Kids/Wake Up In The City (Ed Blaney started
it off pretty well, even if he did lob his microphone at my face. Mark
finished off in good style. Complete with 'little twigs'). Hit The North
(complete with both keyboardists and Ed and Steve attacking the drumkit.
Odd 'partyish' atmosphere going on, but a good version all the same).
Pander Panda Panzer
is an enjoyable listen too. "The former education secretary was blind.
The former former education secretary used the phrase 'more better'..."
being a highlight. Oh, and his foot and mouth joke again...
Well, I haven't
seen The Fall since the current lineup undertook their "phrasebook"
assault on the canon's language, in Macclesfield some 18 months ago.
This band are not unlike my misguided, part-fascist Grandad in continuing
to inspire my loyalty -- though his recent letters are somewhat turgid,
I'm still inclined to visit, just in case he's either got it in him
to show some warmth, or is attitudinally hilarious. So here I am, pleased
to hear him whistling, knocking and muttering as he approaches (great
intro tape) ... we are readied by a beautifully alcohol-smoothed Irish
voice asking us to put our hands together for "the only band in the
The opening Mansion
is fantastic - Sabbath would have been proud of it; the next couple
of offerings less captivating, during which my mind wanders to aesthetic
considerations, which prove to be (I think) quite illuminative. So:
(i) Guitarist: Alan
Partridge mouth and upper-body movements. Worrying
(ii) Bass player:
Arms somewhat unfeasibly thin, though lumpen - "proletarian", perhaps?
(iii) Drummer: A
state of near-panic lurks constantly behind his face, and is occasionally
slightly visible whenever he breaks into one of his semi-gurn grins.
Looks rubbery, like he does good impressions (especially Mickey Dolenz).
Point (i), I feel,
probably fully explains why this guy seems, like a modern middle-class
errant child, to perform well when productively occupied, but otherwise
to cause trouble in rather poxy, irksome ways -- i.e. his penchant for
trying to "convey something through the medium of rock guitar". At the
end of 2 Librans, he goes into some tunnel of wailing wankrock, at which
some extremely tasteful fellow somewhere behind me succinctly self-expresses
by hurling his pint in said guitarist's direction. Such wankrock is
kept within trousers for the rest of the gig. But keep him busy, as
I said, and this guitarist's inoffensive - witness his fine, percussive
contribution to "Telephone Thing", for one. I vote we take half the
strings off his guitar, get it pared down, more primal.
In fact, "streamlined"
is not something this line-up does well (except where it's a calculated
departure from the norm, such as on the excellent, contained-then-unravelling
"And Therein" and "B Blues"), which detracts viciousness from, and adds
ploddingness to, the sound. Librans, Cyber, and Free Range should be
precise and pointed to my ears, but instead sound like they've been
splatted at them by a salad dodger with some kind of slack mediaeval
catapult. Free Range is particularly grimace-inducing in this respect
... Behind The Counter similarly weak, the vacant look on Mr Bass being
matched by the flaccid whiteness of his driveless upper arms.
The longer it went
on, the more disengaged I became. Yeah, they played old stuff like "Mere
Pseud", but it all sounds so contained, so tribute-band, so easy to
predict, like it's being served up in binary blocks - despite the rockisms,
they don't seem capable of cutting loose, or creating even the slightest
diversion. It takes a singing roadie to give it life (nice one on "Wake
Up"). I recall MES reviewing a Morrissey LP in a mag about 10 years
back, noting something like "the guitarist is getting above his station,
and the bassist has too much equipment". Sound familiar?!? MES has often
stated his antipathy for musicians - perhaps he should go back to just
/ 2 Librans / Cyber Insekt / And Therein / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Behind
The Counter / Telephone Thing / Touch Sensitive / Hey! Luciani / Free
Range / Roadie: Enigrammatic Dream / The Classical / Ghost In My House
/ Chiselers / New Big Prinz / Jerusalem / Mr Pharmacist / Bourgeois
Blues / Victoria (aborted) / I Wake Up In The City - Ex-Classmates'
Kids / Victoria / White Lightning / Hit the North
City, Nottingham, Sept. 25, 2002:
brilliant. The best for a long long time. ...and Ben wasn't chewing
gum or wearing a denim jacket.
I can never remember
set lists - they did all the stuff that you might expect but included
a storming version of Mere Pseud Mag Ed, really punking it up. Fantastic
to hear again after a twenty year pause with a more than passable version
of The Classical following a bit later. Some "Dead Ringer" who looked
liked an unhealthy version of MES attempted to read something but Mark
had to intervene with "try learning the words and then come back. Maybe
they won't laugh at you then." Not sure what that was all about but
it did encourage a yell of "gimme the lead" which MES seemed to find
amusing. He was on top form, looking like he was really enjoying himself,
not that I could see a great deal as I only got into Rock City at quarter
to ten from the pub, not expecting them to stick to the "on stage at
9.30pm promise" and so I was stuck at the back of a small but packed
room. It was the best for many years in my opinion - I've been un-subbed
for a bit so I haven't read any other reviews. Is stuff from 1982 typical?
I'm very tempted by The Irish Centre next week.
Agree with this,
the gig was an absolute stormer. I can't remember the setlist but they
Mansion / Two Librans
/ And Therein / Cyber / Mere Pseud (unexpected but brilliant) / Folding
Money / Kick the Can / Enigrammatic Dream (I think) / Touch Sensitive
/ Ketamine Sons / White Lightning / Bourgoise Town / The Classical /
Mr Pharmacist / Dr. Bucks Letter
..and maybe more,
just can't recall.
Good crowd as well,
a good mix of young and old(er).
Don't know if this
is significant but there was no sign of Ed and co. at the gig last night.
I was not looking
forward to this.
It's a funny thing,
but i couldn't for the life of me figure how The Fall were playing at
Rock City, arguably the worst venue in the country, at a time when they
can surely never have been more marginalised in the "music world".
As we walk in to
an at first apparently deserted Hell, immediately wondering if it had
all been a joke, i figure. Upstairs is barriered off; a few more paces
reveal a tiny stage stuck in the corner of the downstairs dancefloor.
i've seen one other band (The Lovers) under these circumstances, and
they were fine, so adjusting our expectations we head for the bar.
Here there are 40
people not being served by young men with strange beards and strange
trousers, and no sense of urgency. Joy unconfined. i resolve for the
thirtieth time that this is the last visit that i shall make to this
dungeon. Twenty minutes along, we make contact with one of the beards
and order a pint of bitter ("Sorry, we've only got Murphy's") and a
pint of cider ("Sorry, the cider's gone but we have cans of Woodpecker)
("That's £5.30 please").
On reflection, the
Murphy's is considerably better than the piss they usually serve, i
smoke a cigarette, and the evening begins to look up.
A cursory scan of
the room confirms my theory of microcosmic Natural Selection among gig-goers,
resulting in none of them being less than 6'2". Spending an hour on
tippytoes is wearing, but i console myself with the fact that i am indeed
still a miserable old bastard.
At 9.30 prompt the
young person's music is replaced. The tape kicks off: "Panda! To pander
..." ... strange what that most peculiar voice can do to one. A little
chuckling and increasing interest in the stage area as the tape and
the voice roll on.
5 minutes in and
i smile to myself at the beginnings of confused impatience from the
crowd. i wonder if this *is* the gig: MES in a box - and if so, how
many will be clamouring for their £11 back thanks.
10 minutes in and
three well-built, mildly greasy youths - they look like the kind of
people who beat me at football every week - stride onstage to interrupt
the recital with a cover version of a Fall song. It's familiar alright,
but the old brain can't access the necessary information anymore ...
is it from TNSG? Mansion? Something like that ... something good and
surprising for sure.
Smith wanders up
just in time to hit his mark and they're away. And sounding *really*
good. Hell, this is at least as good as i'd dared imagine.
The fourth song
of the set is teasing me, because not only does it sound damn fine,
but i *definitely* know this one. The memory is trying its best to match
something with those familiar phrases, with that riff ... God's Wounds!
It's Mere Pseud Mag Ed!
After this, anything
could happen, i wouldn't care. This is The Fall that i'd wanted to see
12 years ago, but they had barely stepped outside Extricate then.
they peak with Mr Pharmacist. A thought jars me - is this The Fall at
Butlins? Living on former glories? Ah, who gives a shit. They still
have records coming out and i wouldn't have missed this for the world.
And sorry but it's true - The Fall from 15 years ago wee-wees all over
anything i'm hearing now. They sound as tight as you'd expect, but hard
and sharp as a four-piece. i like it. Everyone watching likes it too,
On they go at a
level, and not even much buggering about with the slightly nervous-looking
guitarist's amp from Smith, unexpectedly this is kind of *fun*, the
crowd are allowed to bellow "White Lightning" (never a favourite but
fitting in nicely) at the appropriate juncture, we even get an encore,
and what a splendid night it's been.
Then the crowd's
baying brings them back for another ... hey, i know this one too ...
The Classical. Tell you what, if it gets better than *this*, i want
to know where and how much it costs, and i have a kidney for sale if
Borrowed from http://www.rock-city.co.uk/content/EpFFFlVFykpBVtdOiG.shtml:
Mention the name
Mark E Smith and you’re guaranteed a reaction, whether that may be a
snarl of disdain or a cheeky smile of approval, so it was perhaps not
that surprising that the wayward Mancunian’s first visit to Nottingham
for over two years would ensure a near sell out in Rock City’s Disco
Before the arrival
of the man who likes to say “eh” at the end of every sentence, Nottingham
duo CLAMBAKE provide those of us who’ve turned up early with a good
reason for venturing out of the house before the end of Hollyoaks. Their
off kilter blues-tinged countrified rock’n’roll has been compared to
that of The White Stripes, and with songs as catchy as ‘Fuck My Love’
their days of propping up local bills may be about to change full circle,
as their 20 minute set (onslaught more like) left most of the earlybirds
in a spin as to when they’ll be able to get their hands on a more lasting
souvenir than a memory. Don’t despair folks, there’s a single due out
next month, so just be patient.
arrogant, dissonant, grumpy, demanding, difficult – just some of the
phrases that have been used to describe Mark E Smith, although after
spending 25 years in the music business maybe he has every right to
be as abrasive as his media-created persona suggests?
When THE FALL clamber
onstage to the background sounds of Smith’s new spoken word album ‘Pander!
Panda! Panzer!’ without their genial leader, one wonders if they’ve
had one of their infamous pre-gig scuffles and Smith is lying in a pool
of blood backstage.
When Smith finally
does emerge, not looking a day older than in the press photos that accompanied
their classic debut from 1977 ‘Bingo Master’s Breakout’ (which they
sadly didn’t play tonight), looking like your average “Mr Sensible”
dressed in a neatly ironed white cotton shirt and navy blue slacks,
he barely says anything (well, audibly at any rate) to the crowd, instead
choosing to act like an accomplished, professional performer and just
get on with the show.
With such an extensive
back catalogue to choose from and just over an hour in which to deliver
the chosen few, it was perhaps predictable that one or two personal
favourites would be missing this evening, although for the record, we
do get an impeccable reading of ‘Totales Turns’, a beefy rendition of
‘New Face In Hell’ and a supercharged sprint through ‘Mr Pharmacist’.
[The reviewer is mistaken about NFIH, and I have no idea what he
means by "Totales Turns" - Stefan]
What was perhaps
the most surprising aspect was that Smith didn’t seem aggrieved with
any member of his band or in the audience, something of a minor miracle
considering his track record, which will undoubtedly make tonight one
of the least memorable Fall gigs amongst their diehard fans. Maybe old
age has finally mellowed Mark E Smith, yet despite tonight’s almost
too polished performance, you can bet your bottom dollar that won’t
affect ticket sales the next time he’s in town.
Oxford, Sept. 27, 2002:
Same set list as
Nottingham except with the addition of Ketamin Sun (merging from Enigrammatic
Dream), Ghost in my house, and one encore, Big Priest. Band played as
a four piece apart from three songs when the keyboardist came on.
Support band were
Nought who for once weren't bad, playing instrumentals (including a
guitar with a power drill) and kept the audience's interest throughout.
As for the Fall
- awesome. Not one walk off by MES who seemed to enjoy the gig and at
one very short stage, even interacted with the crowd! Cracking set,
great venue and it was absolutely packed and despite the gig starting
early, the crowd were up for it from the start. Apparently before the
gig, MES wasn't happy about the on stage time and was moaning about
a 200 mile round trip - but do the Fall know where Dorset is?
This is second hand,
as I got the match report off James Sedwards who was supporting in the
guise of Nought on Friday.
Smith - fresh white
shirt, black trousers with plumb-line creases, black boots (not wellies).
Set List (from the
actual set list hence spellings) MANSION / 2 LIBRANS / AND THEREIN /
CYBER / PSEUD MAG ED / BENS > F'OLDIN > KICK / TOUCH / BOURJOIS
/ PHARMACIST / ENIGRAMATIC / KETAMINE / GHOST IN MY HOUSE / CLASSICAL
/ WHITE LIGHTENING (and also, but not on the set list) BIG NEW PRINZ
fucking amazing apparently.
Smith very focussed.
Stayed on stage for the whole set. Lots of ferocious adamant hand movements,
including, during 2 Librans, doing a sort of homeboy salute by holding
up crossed forearms in front of the chest.
Best stuff Pseud
and Bourjois, James said, before going on to list each song postcripted
by 'Yeah, and that was fucking great as well.'
Also Dr. Buck's
and maybe one or two others.
It was indeed fantastic,
in a rockabilly fun kind of way. It was good to see young James leaning
on the stage with a big grin on his face - he tends to look a bit serious
during Nought gigs.
Mansion has suddenly
sprouted lyrics - well, I got 'Mansion' and 'Good evening we... ' but
there were plenty more.
During Mere Pseud
Mag Ed I suddenly felt myself propelled to the front - I was... er...
dancing at a Fall gig. First time ever that I can recall. Quite remarkable.
I loved the crossed
arms salute, also at the end of Touch Sensitive when Smith popped up
like a little grinning imp for a couple more TS's.
A few too many covers
but who cares? Five years back at the Zodiac I heard Lie Dream for the
first time - this time MPME and The Classical. What will it be in 2007?
I came to see the
Fall here a couple of years ago, it's a small cosy venue, lots of students
about (freshers week so I'm reminded subsequently).
Rock support band on beforehand but fortunately I came in only to catch
their tail end. The Fall came on not long after 9ish, preceded by a
long muddy spoken tape, references to soccer and Jimmy Armfield (I think?).
Looks like the setlist broadly mirrors Nottingham (not necessarily all
Mansion / 2 Librans
/ Cyber Insekt / And Therein / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Kick The Can>F-oldin
Money>Kick The Can / White Lightening / Bourgeois Town / Mr Pharmacist
/ Dr Bucks Letter / Ghost In My House / Touch Sensitive / Ketamine Sun
(preceded by a poem) / The Classical / Big Prinz (only encore)
Band looked sharp,
not much messing about from MES either. I'd not seen Dave Milner before,
but assume it was him on drums, bit stodgy... only cut loose on The
Classical really. Sound was generally OK, although I missed any off-hand
quips. MES seemed to be enjoying himself, rest of the band very efficient,
joined by an extremely fit looking female playing hastily constructed
keyboards for The Classical and Big Prinz. It was good fun hearing The
Classical and MPME again - and I think the last time I heard Big Prinz
played was the farce at Reading Festival a few years back. The 'renditions'
of the old stuff were faithful enough although (a bit like with The
Joke). Ben has introduced his own touch to the guitar on The Classical,
not bad at all. All in all, a good night out, but could do with some
new songs now!
Arts Centre, Sept. 28, 2002:
Set list pretty
much the same as Oxford except encore was Damo Suzuki. MES seemed
to be in good form - on stage most of the time.
was the appaling keyboards from some woman during The Classical
- who is she?
It was a good
job the Colchester gig wasn't chosen by Fall documentary filmmakers
"looking to interview Fall fans of all ages" because they would
have been hard-pressed to find any youngsters.
of Colchester failed to show for the gig so responsibility for
making up the numbers fell yet again to the largely balding/ greying/
thirty-something male contingent that always seems present at
the Fall concerts I have attended recently. I doubt whether the
merchandise stall did much of a trade in skinny-size Fall t-shirts
to Jon Anderson for the flyer.
Support was provided
by Sneeze who upheld the fine tradition of mediocre/terrible bands getting
the coveted Fall support slot - their wacky brand of indie-pop seemed
more suited to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They adopted an unusual
band-rotation system with regular instrument-swapping, interchangeable
lead vocalists and band members coming on and leaving the stage after
almost every song. Perhaps their "Total Music" approach will do for
them what "Total Football" did for Dutch in the Seventies but I doubt
Excerpts from Pander,
Panda!, Panza! preceded the Fall who took the stage shortly after 10.00pm
- more or less the advertised time. The Fall as a four piece worked
pretty well and they were joined for a couple of numbers by a fifth
member who played keyboards. MES was well turned-out - white shirt (in
need of ironing?); dark-grey trousers; hair combed; sober and up for
it. The band were pretty tight throughout and the new drummer beat the
skins as if his life depended on it which I presume it probably did.
Amp-fiddling was kept to an acceptable minimum and MES was on stage
almost the whole time. A largely crowd-pleasing set - would have preferred
fewer cover versions but the inclusion of Mansion, The Classical etc.
were real treats. I was pleased that there were no vocal contributions
from Fall Management or Roadies - I think that performers should perform
and Management/Roadies should manage (Visa applications?) in case they
get ideas beyond their station. There must be many people who rue the
day Noel Gallagher decided there was more to life than roadie-ing for
the Inspiral Carpets. I enjoyed the grumpy keyboard player's contribution
to Ghost In My House and The Classical - it added a bit of contrast
to the dense guitar, bass and drums sound - Ketamine Sons was bludgeoned
to within an inch of its life. The band performed I am Damo Suzuki as
an encore and left the stage at about 11.20 pm, leaving us just enough
time to get to the nearest curry house for the all-important post-gig
analysis. General consensus - good set with MES on top form
Set List included
Mansion / Two Librans / And Therein / Cyber Insekt / Mere Pseud Mag
Ed / F'oldin Money / Kick the Can / Enigrammatic Dream / Touch Sensitive
/ Ketamine Sons / White Lightning / Bourgeois Town / Ghost In My House/
The Classical / Mr Pharmacist / Dr. Bucks Letter/ I am Damo Suzuki
2, Brighton, Sept. 30, 2002:
Set list virtually
identical to Colchester, Oxford, Nottingham. An absolutely cracking
set, though thanks to the glories of the net no surprises.
Support were (I
think) British Sea Power. For, maybe, 6 songs, OK in a Radiohead/Bunnymen
ilk, but after that 'Don't start improvising' should have been stapled
to the monitors. Fall on at 10.30 after false start. Pre Tape seemed
to refer to Jimmy Bloomfield, not Armfield - certainly Blackpool and
soccer mentioned. He seems to have muddled the ground and its most famous
MES seems to lose
weight every year and there was no meat on him to start with. I think
Jim eats what he leaves like parents do with their children. Light blue
shirt, grey pleated trews. Most affable and relaxed, even smiling, disciplined
and focused. Only worry was before Ketamine when he disappeared for
a bit. Jim's head not quite so skyward-pointy, though wearing a biker
t-shirt. Ben has the same traccy top on with 2 arm stripes a la Johann
Cruyff. I think Ronnie O'Sullivan is the most apt comparison. New drummer
knows his part and gratifyingly thin on top.
Saw them at the
Forum a year ago, and it was a messy tense affair. This time started
slowly with a pedestrian Mansion, and Cyber Insekt didn't really work
either. Rather a nice heliumish vocal effect in Foldin, and plenty of
well drilled guitar additions which now add rather then annoy. MPME
is the pivotal track, much better than the recorded Hex version, after
which there's no going back. (Felt just a little smug imagining the
youngsters eagerly anticipating this new track on the next album - perhaps
I do them a disservice). Ironically I saw them at Scamps (RIP) in Oxford
in 1982 when they played neither MPME nor Classical. 3 encores. At end
of Classical MES hands mike out to audience member who makes rather
a hash of 'I've never felt better in my life' (at least I assume that
was what was happening up front). Gratifyingly free of roady interference,
the only real blemish being the girl who won an opportunity to play
keyboards with The Fall in Jim'll Fix It and despite not knowing how
to play them left squiggly patterns all over Classical. White Lightning
an encore too far - can't really see the point of this track, it is
just Summertime Blues with whisky lyrics and not as good. No Big Prinz.
But Bourgeois and Dr Buck rocked big.
Good mixed crowd,
plenty of goths, students and middle aged accountants. Sound excellent.
This must be the 18th time I've seen them and I'd put it right up there.
Would anyone else agree that they are now a more enjoyable and tight
band to listen to than anything from the last 10 years? The caveat would
be MES's voice which is now a raddled tuneless thing with just the force
keeping it afloat. But this must be his 1000th gig or thereabouts, so
who can complain?
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Leeds , October 2, 2002:
Just back from the
Leeds gig and hmmmm...what a crock of shite basically. Don`t get me
wrong I`ve seen the guys live before but this was terrible, they even
managed to fuck The Classical up royally (just what is it with the lass
trying to play it on the keyboards??). If you`re planning on seeing
em - don`t bother save ya brass.
Just got back too.........and
I have to agree with the overall sentiment, but would like to flesh
it out a bit.
Basically I do not
feel the band are up to it. They started with "Mansion", and immediately
any expectant tension which may have been generated in the audience
was dispelled with a totally mediocre play by numbers performance. Enter
MES. (Not an instruction.) Again, no feel or passion..........into Two
Librans, and And Therein. By now it is apparent that the sound is fine.
The vocals are strong. The band is struggling. The audience is flat.
This is wrong. A Fall audience, more than any other audience I believe,
has turned out desparate to see and hear a good performance and be part
of that performance. This performance more than nullified any potential
for a good time.
Problems : Poor
versions of songs we know should be better, especially Cyber insekt
(just how many times can the words film of book, book of film be repeated?----needs
to have the f vocal and keyboards.), The Classical, and Dr Bucks letter
appears to have lost all the strength which was so right with the Fall
last time i saw them at the Irish Centre 2 years ago.
Drums - My 7 year
old does better.
Guitar - Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
Bass - You should, and probably do, know better - what happened?
Keyboards - Do me a favour! Come back Julia! (Were you behind me on
the balcony, right hand side as you look at the stage?)
Miming - Ketamine sun looked ridiculous.
OK, Moan over. Highpoints.
It has to be said (Ok it doesn't have to, but I will) that the band
and MES sound best with the older songs (lets leave The Classical out
of this for the moment)........Mere Pseud Mag Ed. and Damo Suzuki were
excellent. Mr Pharmacist and White Lightning were OK.
Guinness was good
And I'll probably
be back next year.
I have to disagree.
The Fall live at the moment are better than they've been for donkeys
years, and the storming version of Mere Pseud Mag Ed is worth the admission
last night, with almost no 'young' people in sight. Given that in the
last two weeks we've had 50000 students coming / returning to Leeds,
this seems a bit odd. Then again, I don't remember seeing any publicity
for the gig anywhere in Leeds whatsoever.
I thought it was
really, really good - best I've seen them in ages. Light years away
from last year's Cockpit bash which was rubbish - nearly didn't go this
Great sound, band
got well into it after a shakey start. Smith on really good form and
put on a bit of a performance. The lack of album to promote made for
a good mixed bag of songs from all over the place and the old ones did
Some of us down
at the front were passed the mike by MES to finish off Dr Buck's Letter
- audience not part of the performance my arse.
Loved it - roll
on next year.
Am I the only one
who thinks the Fall were SO much better when they were backed by Craig
Scanlon and Stephen Hanley, or is this just heady nostalgia brought
on by a late night? ... I saw them at the Irish Centre in Leeds last
night (the only venue they seem to play in Leeds these days). Whilst
MES was on fine form (HOW thin is he now?!!), the band were awful, including
a guitarist/session musician with black T-shirt and pony tail. I remember
PIL doing the same thing in the mid-80's, hired band in crap clothes
murdering classics in front of our eyes. The menace of "Mansion" that
should have filled the room during the intro sounded like it was being
played by people from the crowd who had been asked to step in at the
last moment. They just had NO business being there.
Oh well, we were
treated to a number of classics, as seems to be the norm these days
(not like it was 10 years ago when you were treated to one song from
the archives, "Fiery Jack" being a particularly great moment in 1987).
Trouble is, the old songs mostly sound like tributes. Still, "Mere Psed
Mag Ed" and "The Classical" were worth going out for, even if we didn't
get "Hit the North" or "Jerusalem", like they did in Blackburn. Kurious
Oranj remains one of the finest tours after the exhilleration of the
first experience in '81 (Hex). Despite my grumblings, am I the only
one who thought the (minimalist) keyboard contribution on the Classical
was actually rather good and true to the spirit of the Fall circa '82?
A rich mixture of
the good and the bad. And of course I'll be back again next year. Got
to take the kids to see them before the terminal decline into self parody
is complete. Yes, a good night out by Fall standards.
Gloucester, October 3, 2002:
Saw them last night
at Gloucester - well strange. the audience more weird than Smith! Plenty
of mic-stand stealing and shouting. Smith made the reference "We're
not used to paying in cafes".
- Big New Prinz was about the best thing - Mansion was great too as
the opener - he had two cracking looking young and heavily made-up birds
in toe too. One in black on a children keyboard for two songs and another
(her mate) out of her face behind me.
Bang on time at
the crack of 22:12 MES's brave lads appeared on stage at the Gloucester
Guildhall Arts Centre, quite possibly starting with Mansion (although
I don't know it). By 23:27 and one encore, it had all proved too much
and they melted away.
Since I last saw
them at Bristol's Bierkeller, the guitarist has slimmed down (does MES
feed them?), but the bass player can now afford to turn out in jeans
rather than jogging bottoms. Both seem comfortable with the material,
although the band don't seem to interact with each other much apart
from the odd wary glance whenever MES starts to wander about. The new
drummer didn't really seem to come alive until Mere Pseud Mag Ed, after
which he was more exuberant and delivered the sort of momentum I've
come to associate with The Fall. Prior to this 'economy of movement'
would best describe his technique, although he did nothing wrong. After
reading the stirring web-tales of a brace of keyboard players, it was
pleasing to at least see the appearance of the Gothic Princess shrouded
with a headscarf. Whilst the Casiotone on top of a pub table she employed
promised little, she did whisk us back to the Hip Priests and Kamerads
version of Mere Pseud Mag Ed. She only features for about four songs
it would seem. I'm sure she'd be able to assist with a version of And
This Day, thus doubling her stage time each set.
MES appeared sooner
than I expected and apart from a couple of occasions when he neglected
to use the mike, was generally there, or thereabouts. Did appear to
suffer some problems with the stage door at the start of Touch Sensitive
and the poetry corner spot for 'Modernity' was delivered from a crouch
with back to audience, but he did gift us with a 'We are The Fall' at
the start (A Part of America Therein 1981 anyone?) and some acknowledgement
of us being there - which didn't happen last year at Bris'l. I think
Hip Priest lyrics were injected into Big New Prinz - one of the songs
anyway. Knob twiddling was kept to a single isolated incident with the
guitarist's amp. No symbols were interfered with during the performance.
The set list seemed
to be a somewhat edited version of those posted from earlier gigs. Absentees
included Telephone Thing, Hey Luciani, Free Range, Chisellers, Jerusalem,
Victoria, My Ex-Classmates' Kids and Hit The North. Ghost In My House,
Mere Pseud Mag Ed and White Lightning seemed to go down especially well.
I'm certain they played Way Round too. The corporate banner of General
Motors was not unfurled at the start of Touch Sensitive. Hope Corsas
aren't the official tour vehicles - a big lad like the bass player would
have a terrible time.
Crowd was a real
mix: from fat, balding middle-aged pillocks to those probably not born
when Hit The North was bothering the charts, by way of quite a few of
us thirty-somethings. Perhaps 300 people? Most of who seemed to get
something out of the evening.
Hi to the two blokes
I chatted with after the exodus who were highly satisfied Fall Product
customers and to all those wearing Unutterable T-shirts. And to the
A beautiful cameo
from one of the 'fat, balding middle-aged pillocks' during 'The Classical'.
Well built, follically-challenged guy at the front loving every second
of the gig but making a bit of a fool of himself, trying to get MES
to shake hands with him, overdoing the pointing at the band, generally
over-zealous. Basically, due to MES getting his leads in a tangle, one
of the mics and its stand fell into the crowd. Our friend reconstructs
the stand, places mic in the holster and right on cue joins in the singing,
a belting 'This is the home of the vain! This is the home of the vain!'
during 'The Classical'. I loved him for that. Genius. A bit of a ruck
ensued after that as a roadie and a Guildhall employee had a go at him.
However , the well built, follically-challenged guy at the front saw
them both off with style, pushing the Guildhall employee away in cowboy
bar-room brawl style. He remained among us and I thoroughly enjoyed
him. MES did too I felt.
A much bigger auditorium
than I'd expected was pretty much full for that wonderful half-hour
or so when The Fall are lurking backstage and the beer is taking effect
finally. Big velvety drapes hung round the edges and there were chairs
and tables against the walls: like a vast village hall, really. On to
a roar as always, and not much later than his now-anonymous musicians,
MES looked wise and sober, a different man from last October in Derby
to these eyes. His pressed trews and shirt lent him the air of hassled
80s Halfords assistant, though having watched A Part of America Therein
earlier in the day by way of preparation, his appearance will always
be a shock. Mansion kicked it off, there was Two Librans with the lyrics
changes around (Chorus: There were two Librans! Sat on a hill!) and
And Therein to follow. I lost it at this point and did my robotic, lurching
Fall dance for the rest of the set down at the front. I was disappointed
more people didn't come down and groove too - they were probably too
busy cursing w##kers like me. So I sweated and cavorted my way through
Big New Prinz, Bourgeois Town, Way Round, Mere Pseud Mag Ed, The Classical,
an unbelievably good White Lightning (come on, this 'uns a classic!!),
and even the unusual swelling beauty of Ketamine Sun. Kick The Can too,
Dr Buck's Letter and ... I'm sure you know that feeling. There could
have been others, but my hopes and their realisations are now merged.
But I'd still like to see Jawbone live, Hip Priest for what would be
only my 2nd time, and I'm a Mummy. Time will tell if the chance will
come, but this was a stormer of a show, and I still have trouble believing
that it came and has now gone!!
Anyone else remember
the plaggy bage given away (I think?) by Wolstencroft at Leadmill in
about 1994 with Cog Sinister shirt and postcards inside?
Student's Union, Oct. 5, 2002:
Quite enjoyed the
gig - I guess it was the usual set - in no order: Mansion / cyber insekt
/ and therin / 2 librans / Bens/folding/can / way round / touch sensitive
/ Mere Pseud Mag Ed / Mr Pharmacist / behind the counter / white lightning
/ Enigrammatic dream / ghost in my house / Classical / bourgoise town
/ ketamine sun / Dr Bucks letter / telephone thing ....
at least I think
they did 2 librans.
MES handed the microphone
into the audience at the end where some wag managed to do a great impression
of MES "string of shattered hits left in their wake-ah" - that should
be on a live LP!
The one thing about
the gig is that it was V predictable - the musicians are very competant
but theres precious little excitement. MES was still getting up to his
old tricks of dismantling the drummers microphones and gettin all tangled
up in the wires - at one point he put his mic in the bass drum - its
sounded excellent. Wifey played the keyboards on a couple of songs.
Poor thing - she's about as good as me on the keys, ie, totally hopeless.
You cant help feeling sorry for her - a slight gothy type in her mid
20's being married to that speed ravaged beer monster! Still I guess
she must know what she's doing. Maybe she can write songs. Somebody
is going to have to!
Mere Pseud Mag Ed
and Classical shone through amongst the mire - I always find it odd
when poeple say that the band couldnt play in thise days - those too
songs are fantastic - Beefheart would have been proud to write them.
Telephone Things was good, Ketamine sun too - (nice bass work Jim).
Did we really need to hear Mr Pharmacist? 5 rockabilly cover versions
- why not do Firey Jack instead?
any FFs there but there was the usual Liverpool crowd - I think its
the same 500 people who have been to all the gigs over the last 20+
years. All the members of all the 80's bands were there - Walking Seeds,
Benny Profane, Barbel and so on.
50 supported - I missed them but everybody said they're brilliant -
their first single is just out on Probe Plus.
Have to disagree
with any criticisms of Saturday night - I've seen them 20-odd times
now and this was right up there. The lack of new material most definitely
made up for by a tightness and professionalism I'd thought long gone,
having seen enough shows ruined or at least detracted from due to Smith's
drunkeness/indifference, not to mention the waste of time and money
which was a 300+ mile round trip to South Shields in 96. Even the Hanley/Scanlon
etc line up never held me captivated like this. From the third track
they were simply superb. Not one dud number. Smith was at his best --
totally focused, delivery clean and crisp, not too much pissing about
on stage/not even being on stage, and if I'm not mistaken sipping water.
This in turn seemed to inspire the band who put in by far the best performance
I've seen from this line up. Trying to pick out highlights but would
simply churn out the set list bar the first two tracks, which was roughly:
Mansion, 2 Librans, And Therein, Cyber, Counter, Mere Pseud, Touch Sensitive,
Ben's/Kick/Foldin', Pharmacist, Enigrammatic, Ghost, Classical, White
Lightning, Bourgoise Town, Ketamine, Telephone Thing. Good sized crowd
also. I know part of the appeal is the unpredictability of what may
happen but I've waited a long time for this...mind Jim did storm out
at the end into a waiting car and was heard to express his disgust at
the way he'd been treated/spoken to. By whom is anyone's guess.
"Whoever it was it wasn't me. I am pretty certain I was the very
last soul to leave the venue and I didn't have a cross word with anyone
all night. In fact Mark was very nice to me."
One of the better
Fall gigs I've ever seen, on balance, out of 55+. I mean, I do agree
that there was a lack of energy in delivery of some songs, and a bit
too much muso guitar fiddling maybe. But it was a quality delivery of
a good set overall, which happened to be what I was in the mood for,
and certainly was streets ahead of all the other gigs I've seen with
the current line-up (except Belfast). After the last few gigs I had
seen, which were pretty lame to say the least, this was a restoration
of faith - in fact if I was smart I'd quit now and draw a line under
my entire fall gigging career and end on this relatively high note.
Word and note perfect rendition of Ghost was a revelation, with Mark
dispelling any doubts I had about the state of his vox. Great alternative
versions of Ketamine and the resurrected Classical (quite poignant,
actually, to hear Smith intone the chorus of 'never felt better in my
In the 'not up to
much' category I would put Mansion, Bucks, Bourgoise, Cyber, Way Round.
White Lightening and Pharmacist together with the Kick/F-Oldin medley
made for a distinctly rockabilly flavour to the night. Telephone thing
was quite a thrill too in its lazy sprawling jazzy hip-hop way, with
Jim reluctantlly chanting 'I hate you telephone thing listening in'
- even the trite audience participation gimmick at the end delivered
some classic comedy moments - a dozen smith wannabes getting their kicks
after years of practicing in their cars and showers (yeah come on we've
all done it!).
We had Mark doing
his usual routines, 'from the start trouble with the mic', feigning
confusion with tangled leads, pulling things over, fiddling with settings
albeit good-naturedly rather than ominously as with past gigs when he
was more 'tired and emotional' - and the oft seen mic-in-the-bass trick
to usual good effect. And poor Jim had a bit of a sulk when somebody
tossed something at his head, but how he saw it coming and dodged it
I can't guess. But the absolute high point for me was Pseud Mag Ed,
sans doubt. I only decided after lunch on saturday to pop across the
pond and was on the road within an hour, and driving onto the ferry
I did have an ominous feeling that this was to be a real dissappointing
weekend - but that track alone made the trip worthwhile.
Picked up Panzer
and 2G+2 plus a Le Gras t-shirt too. Panzer's ok and an easier listen
than was Post Nearly Man, but it's a bit cheeky being composed of only
a small volume of new stuff with some straight readings of song lyrics
and some re-workings of some tracks from PNM to pad it out. I'm convinced
much of the live stuff was from Mark's spoken word gig at Trinity College
here in Dublin, although the liner notes credit the recordings to other
locations. That Tinners show was very good indeed, and a straight recording
of that whole show would have been a better album than PPP turned out
to be. But 2G+2 surprised me by being quite a compelling listen on balance.
I'm a bit suspicious of the metal sound on some of the live tracks,
but overall it's a real nice slice through the several layers that make
up the current incarnation of the fall.
replaced the out-of-synch video clip of the Snub TV Dead Beat Descendant
with (most of) the Inspiral Carpets (with MES) performing I Want You
on Top of the Pops (from March 1994). It's on his site at: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.bending/
(see the previous edition of the Fall News
for details about scads of upcoming re-releases and compilations)
Pander, Panda, Panzer:
The follow-up to
"Post Nearly Man" is due to be released by Action
Records on September 23. Fallnetter Tom Wootton interrogated
John Peel in the pub the other day, as you do, about the new spoken
word album. Peelie said he had just received it and although his general
impression was vaguely favourable he did say that it was going to be
extremely difficult to play on the radio as it was a continuously recorded
CD, ie. one track of approx. 61 minutes length!
was being a little generous: actual running time is 42m 55s (one track
is correct!). According to the back cover, the CD includes the following:
Mount Street Sermon;
PPP/The End; Enigrammatic Dream; Life Just Bounces; Copenhagen "Set-Up";
Dissolute Singer; Lucifer Over Lancashire; Lakeland Opus 1; Sport Duet;
Idiot Joy Showland; "Plus 5 Previously Unreleased Sentences"
Pitchfork Media have
a rave review of the Totally
Receiver's releasing Fiend with a Violin in DVD-Audio! Due
out Sept. 24.</fanfare>
most pointless Fall release of all time? How long before DVD-As
of Sinister Waltz and the rest?
of the Hideous Replicas:
Friday, 18th October,
from 7.30 p.m.
THE HIDEOUS REPLICAS
(all music played by The Hideous Replicas is copyright Mark E Smith
and The Fall circa 77-81)
plus hi-grade support
from excellent guitar instrumental band POCKET:
"If there's any justice in this rotten world, they are going to be enormous"
- Clive Bell - The Wire
- Stuart Newman
- DJ Bad CB
"We're going to
party like its 1979".
The Arts Café
28 Commercial Street
(Nearest tubes: Aldgate East / Liverpool Street)
Full details at
and follow the Hideous Replicas link on the menu.
Cunnell very kindly sent me scans of several
photos of the November 19, 1983 Leicester Polytechnic gig.
spotted some green photos
of MES from the Feb. 19, 2002 Prague gig, as well as an interview
Stopped at your
page to catch up on news and reinitialize Fall-related mindset for upcoming
October US gigs. Spent a few irreplaceable minutes of my life favorably
entranced by the article scans from Ian Greaves, and was inspired to
dig around my harddrive looking for the Fall Review Kit, to throw
any press moles amongst your readership a reminder regarding the correct
procedures for writing Fall articles. Several of the key elements are
very plainly apparent in those classic archival clippings (in comparison
to recent press offerings which sometimes ignore the curmudgeon rule
Hingley (ex-Inspiral Carpet) and the Lovers (including Steve and Paul
Hanley) tour dates:
Sep. 28 Blowup Metro, London
Oct. 19 Fibbers, York
Oct. 24 Barfly, Glasgow
Oct. 25 Club 204, Greenock
Oct. 26 Drummonds,
Nov. 01 Barfly,
Nov. 02 Leopard
details on Tom's website: http://www.tomhingley.co.uk/
This is the latest
news and gossip off FallNet for those with weak stomachs.
If you have anything
to say, you can mail Stefan,
but you can't mail the FallNet mailing list direct anymore. To subscribe
to FallNet, send mail to fallnet-subscribe@
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of upcoming releases, jigsaws, Vauxhall advert, Mark Prindle int., couple
of music press scans, Slates movie clip, Fall Tattooing
23aug02 singles box and Totally Wired reviews,
Rocking Vicar, lots of old music press scans
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