Fall play ...
The latest on the
U.S. tour. The Fall are waiting for confirmation of dates from June 19
(I'm guessing that's the date they'll play ATP in LLLLAAAA) through July
19. Apparently they're only taking two days off during that time, so this
looks to be the most substantial US tour in several years (1981?).
The Fall will play
"live from the Albert docks in Liverpool" on ITV's Made
in the Northwest (to be aired in the NW corner of England only,
unfortunately) this Thursday (Feb. 27), at 11:30 p.m.
The band recorded
their 23rd John Peel Session on Feb. 19: Theme from Sparta F.C.
/ Contraflow / Green-Eyed Loco Man / Mere Pseud Mag Ed. It'll
be broadcast on March 13.
According to Action
Records, the new album is entitled Country on the Click and will
be out April 14th on vinyl (TAKE21) and CD (TAKE21cd). Tracklisting:
1. Theme From Sparta
2. Protien Protection
3. Mountain Energei
5. Green-Eyed Loco Man
6. Last Commands Of XYRALOTHEP Via M.E.S.
9. The Past
10. Recovery Kit
11. Mike's Love Xexagon
12. Susan Vs. Youth Club
wonderful rotating multimedia
website currently has I'm Frank (from the Late Show), and MES's
appearance on Adam and Joe's "Vinyl Justice."
1. Mick Middles
is writing an official biography of Mark E. Smith - due for release on
Omnibus in November.
A User's Guide to The Fall by Dave Thompson will be published by Helter
Skelter on June 1.
From their website:
track-by-track guide to the extensive, highly idiosyncratic 25 year
oeuvre of one of rock's most enduring cult acts. Of all the late-'70s
punk and post-punk bands, none were longer-lived or more prolific than
The Fall. Mark E Smith, with his snarling, near incomprehensible vocals
bitter cynicism has become a true cult legend. By the mid-'80s, in spite
of their near-cacaphonic, jagged amelodic sound, The Fall's British
following was large enough to result in two U.K. Top 40 hits, but in
essence, the group has always been a cult band - their music was always
too abrasive and dense for the mainstream, yet The Fall, like many cult
bands, inspired a new generation of underground bands. A User's Guide
documents every Fall recording; every significant concert they have
played; and every major radio session. The end result is, in its own
way, a biography, peppered every step of the way with references to
Smith's own loves and hates, thoughts and opinions, taste and talents,
the records he loved while he was still growing up, the music he hated
once he'd grown. A User's Guide gives the obsessive devotee what he
wants, while helping the uninitiated navigate the ins and outs of a
3. Simon Ford
is proofing and indexing his book Hip Priest: Mark E. Smith and The
Fall. He says it should be out on Quartet Books in May.
Another 25th anniversary
of punk retrospective - this time it's Mojo's top 50 punk albums: LATWT
is #46. (March 2003, p. 78, MP = Mark Paytress. Thanks to Jon for the
reviews should keep you amused for a while...
reviewed in the latest Uncut (thanks to Matt Bryden):
Listening In: Lost Singles Tracks 1990-1992
4 stars out of 5
Whereas many recent
Fall compilations have been largely superfluous, as a document of a
hitherto unexplored nook in Mark E Smith's daunting discography this
is invaluable; basically, all the extras from the Extricate and Shiftwork-era
singles plus 1992's Ed's Babe EP and a couple of rare remixes (including
1990's 'Telephone Thing' Coldcut collaboration given the dub treatment).
Worth it alone for all three 'movements' of 'Zagreb' - obscure even
by Fall standards!
Oblique Fall content
in Harry Redknap interview from the Guardian (thanks to Philip Johnson):
"Then his team
was drawn against Manchester United in the FA Cup and after the game
his old chum Sir Alex Ferguson invited Redknapp and his assistant Jim
Smith into a private suite at Old Trafford. "He brought in a special
bottle of wine," says Redknapp. "Said it cost £600. We try to look after
people at Portsmouth but 600-quid bottles of wine we don't stretch to.
He kept it for me and Jim and him, wouldn't let anyone else have a sip
Subject: 1974 Fender
Mustang, owned by The Fall and painted by Claus Castenskiold
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (yooflard)
Date: 08/02/2003 18:13 GMT Standard Time
I have a Fender
Mustang which was once owned by the Fall and has been painted by Fall
artist Claus Castenskiold. The artwork covers the whole body of the
guitar and is mostly red, blue, yellow, green white and depicts numerous
faces, some of which I think resemble Einstien and Marilyn Monroe. I
am told that this guitar was also borrowed by Squeeze to use in one
of their videos.
Can anybody help
me, I am interested in any info at all that may help me prove what it
is because I have no way of knowing except that I trust the guy I got
it off. Would it be collectible by anyone, would it have a value? Although
I don't want to, I need to sell it if possible because I need the money.
Conway followed up
and got the photos:
There are several
low-quality Beggars Banquet-era Fall videos on Insound's website:
and there's one for League of Bald-headed Men at http://launch.yahoo.com/artist/default.asp?artistID=1008793.
Thanks to Spoon-fed:
Click on the link
below to view what the lovely marketing people at Vauxhall describe
as "the extended 'directors' cut of the fantastic new Vauxhall Corsa
Here are the direct
links to various versions of the clip:
has a few great photos from the February 9, 1983 Plan K, Brussels
gig at http://www.newwavephotos.com/Fall1.htm.
Many thanks to Paul
Lewis for these great photos
of last year's Garage gig in London (April 20, 2002), and for these
from the October 8, 1988 performance
of I Am Curious, Orange at Sadler's Wells.
i dunno if you all
have seen this before - but in the light of Mr Bending's recent generosity
i bring you: http://www.sp-jn.co.uk/mp3/The
Fall-Live 1978.mpg its 20mb... seems to be off some tv show or other,
I think it's from
Tony Wilson's "So It Goes" Granada TV show. I'd recommend plugging
the URL into your mpg player of choice rather than a web browser - Stefan.
There's loads of information
about all the recent Fall CDs on Voiceprint / Cog Sinister and
Action Records in the previous edition of the Fall
News. Also, Conway has a few comments on the new version of In
It's a huge improvement
on the original Cog Sin/Voiceprint release. No dropouts, scratches or
jumps. It sounds much fuller, richer, with improved bass presence (which
was tricky as the bass guitar wasn't directly recorded!). The encore
tracks which were from 2 different sources also now sound much closer
sonically to the 4 track taped material.
The bonus tracks
are from other NZ shows on the 1982 tour - Container Drivers, C'n'C-Black
Night, Look Know, Who Makes The Nazis, Gramme Friday, Slags Slates etc.
I have also made
sure the split between CDs is restored to the vinyl LP/45 main gig/encores
split, ie. Fantastic Life is now on CD2. The all new CD booklet is 12
pages with new sleevenotes written by me & Chris Knox (just delightful
the notes he did with about a 3 hour turnaround after I asked him) plus
other material from 1982 NZ magazines. The front cover now says "ten
inches of ninety minutes..." - the previous "four inches..." used to
piss me off something awful! Also, the incorrect band photo with Mike
Hee (sic) has been ditched.
And the flood continues:
- According to Opal
Music, the Touch Sensitive single will be re-released on Feb. 17
-- no doubt to capitalize on the revived Vauxhall Corsa campaign. You
can still get the original from Action
- Opal also says
there's a "BBC Session" 2xCD set out on March 31.
- Also a "Step
Forward Years" 2xCD out on the same day, apparently.
Conway did some research
on these latest two:
Mentioned on the
newspage, scheduled for 31 March (but questionable) "The Step Forward
Years" a 2CD comp from Sanctuary Records Group which includes a selection
of A & B sides from the Step Forward singles and 7 tracks each from
Witch Trials & Dragnet. Why, oh why? I asked Steve at Sanctuary.
He said: "The reason
we have done a similar thing to Voiceprint is that we can do a lot more
with it packaging wise and distribution wise around the world, facilities
that Voiceprint don't have." More
interesting though, a future possibility is a Step Forward singles box,
similar to the Rough Trade one.
Also 31 March (questionable)
from Sanctuary "The BBC Sessions". 2CDs Peel sessions from the period
the Fall were on Rough Trade, which Sanctuary claim to have rights to.
Unfortunately, as I pointed out to Steve, half the tracklisting he sent
me was tracks that came out on Kamera & Beggars Banquet. This one may
be in for a rethink. I suggested to him that if Sanctuary & Voiceprint
can work together, between them they have the rights to everything pre-Beggars
Banquet. So they could do a joint 2CD release of the Peel sessions 1-6...
all the best ones. Of course, will this happen???
the Hanley brothers and posted these excerpts to Fallnet:
[on joining Tom's band]
I've known Tom for
a few years, we used to bump into each other from time to time at launch
parties, gigs and rehearsal rooms during our time with The Fall and
the Inspirals. We met up again when Ark and Tom did a gig at the Night
& Day in Manchester and swapped numbers. I had a call from him a few
months later about the band he was putting together.
[on staying in touch
with Fall members]
I haven't spoken to Mark since New York but I saw The Fall play once
at Castlefield Festival a couple of years ago.
I haven't seen
Craig since I left The Fall which is a shame, so I can't tell you what
he is doing now.
I sort of kept
up with what The Fall were doing for a little while after I left, but
these days it's a totally different band anyway and with Ark, playing
with Tom and everything else, I've moved on. We do get Fall fans at
gigs who I'm always happy to chat to if they buy me a pint.
I formed Kiss the
Blade with 2 of my best friends Pete Keogh & Paul Fletcher who were
playing with Marc Riley at the time (whatever happened to him?)although
we'd been in a band at school before I joined The Fall. We then found
out that there was already a band called Kiss the Blade (Why anyone
would call a band Kiss the Blade, let alone 2 lots of people I don't
know) We then changed our name to Shout Bamalam. We did have a single
out - a cover of Jeepster, which shows how good our own material was!
after nothing came of that (we weren't very good really) I decided I
didn't want to be in a band anymore. That was it for about 8 years I
think, til Steve asked me to join ARK. It wasn't til I started playing
again that I realised how much I missed it!
I was aware of
all the Madchester bands but I didn't follow any of them that closely
(I don't own a copy of the Stone Roses first album. There, I've said
it!!) With the Inspirals I obviously knew & liked the singles and I
knew Clint well enough to say hello to. Happy Mondays I also rated..
I think Shaun Ryders lyrics are fantastic.
[on what he's listening
to at the moment]
Nothing! I'm answering my e-mails!! Ha Ha
Actually I've been
listening to Johnny Cash a lot lately, another lyricist I really admire.
I got the 'Clash on Broadway' anthology a bit back which I've played
to death. As far as new groups are concerned Black Rebel Motor Cycle
Club look pretty good though I don't know much about them... The 'Power
Trio' of just 1 guitar, bass and drums is great if you can pull it off
but it's difficult.. I know, I've tried!!
[on playing with
Steve and on any embarrassing recordings they might have made as kids]
Steve is one of only 2 bass players I've played with for any length
of time (The other being Pete in Shout Bamalam, who moved to singing
when ARK formed) so it feel entirely natural. It's been great to put
a run of gigs together and get the old telepathy going again. We both
instinctively know when not to improvise!!
tapes of me performing as a toddler are available on 'Grotesque'
I definately think
that theres a side to Steve that needs to play - he wouldn't have put
up with being in the Fall as long as he did if that wasn't the case.
I admire the way Tom went out and gigged his arse off with just an acoustic
guitar. I don't think I've got the same determination as them two! I
just love to play the drums, which you can't do in your bedroom. As
for fulfilling egos I think thats a thing for youth really, nothing
wrong with it, but once you know you're not 2 gigs away from being signed
to Geffen then all you've got is the music itself. I don't think any
of us is playing with this band for any other reason than we enjoy it.
Can I plug my novel now?
[on payment for
old Fall records]
I do get royalties from songs I have a writing credit on, although as
drummer these tend to be songs where the whole band is credited and
there was 6 of us in the band at the time, so the percentages are fairly
small!! I suppose between the many members of the Fall there have been
over the years, not all the money has gone exactly where it should,
but I'm sure I'm not the biggest victim. It's just one of those things
really. You could argue that it's the fact that the Fall are still going
that keeps the old stuff selling, so if I'm subsidising that to some
small degree then it's fair enough.
[on old Fall stories]
I have lots... I could tell you the true story of when Marc Riley twatted
MES in Sydney, or when Mark met Brix, but I'm saving them for my autobiography.
The first gig I played with the Fall was at the Electric Ballroom in
London. What a day!! I had just turned 16. They picked me up from School
& I was still in my uniform (Angus Young eat your heart out.) We were
supporting The Cramps (who were fantastic) and Mark introduced me to
Mark Perry (of Sniffin'Glue Magazine & Alternative TV) who was (and
is) a big hero of mine. I was just getting over meeting him when he
put his name forward for the job of drummer. Bastard!! (I don't think
he was serious, but I didn't know that at the time.) I wish I had a
tape of the gig. Being in a band doesn't get any better than that!!
3 days after I was back playing the school youth club with Pete & Paul
to about 20 14 year olds. (When you join a band you have to fulfil your
commitments to your previous outfit!!)
of Toy Factory wrote in:
Check out www.toyfactory.info
- my band. Steve Hanley sent me one of his Gibson guitar straps to use
for the reunion gig. I contacted him through the Lovers site. Steve
is a seriously nice bloke. Money can't buy a Hanley guitar strap."
Toy Factory are reforming
for a reunion gig (first time they've played together in 18 years) on
February 22 at the Empress Suite, 3rd floor of the Connaught Leisure Center,
Worthing. Details available on their site.
I've scanned a few
old press clippings from my archives. Unfortunately most of these are
quite poor photocopies and the scans are far from great; sorry about that.
They should all be legible, I hope. More to come when I get a chance.
Maker, March 24, 1979 - Live at the Witch Trials review (Allan Jones)
Express (Aberdeen), May 9, 1979 - preview of that night's gig (Brian
Aitken and Kevin Knight)
July 28, 1979 - review of Rochdale gig (Mick Middles)
August 11, 1979 - Rowche Rumble review (Dave McCullough)
November 10, 1979 - Dragnet review (Paul Du Noyer)
York Rocker, February 1980 - interview with Mark (Steve Ellman)
- N.M.E., December
20, 1980 - Message from the Fall (MES):
From San Francisco's
The Fall "2G
+ 2" (Action CD - UK import)
When last we checked
in with the so-called Grumpiest Man In British Rock, Mark E. Smith,
he had managed a miraculous personal and creative rebound. A troubled
1998 American tour that would have had Motley Crue advising Smith to
mellow out resulted in our hero limping back to Manchester, in search
of new recruits. This umpteenth version of "Thee Mighty" Fall then proceeded
to vent upon the unsuspecting world 1999's Marshall Suite and 2000's
Unutterable. If Smith was on his last legs, the recorded evidence didn't
show it; both came correct with the sort of mind-bending verbal spew
and pummeling experimental rock that's rightfully earned the Fall a
worldwide following. It couldn't last, of course: soon Smith was rounding
up yet another bunch of dolts to mold in his twisted image, resulting
in the uber-garage delirium of 2001's Are You Are Missing Winner, and
the subsequent Stateside jaunt from which this disc mainly derives.
The current lineup is workmanlike and aggressive where needed - the
way they tear into recent perennials like "The Joke" and "Mr. Pharmacist",
for ex., is righteously hair-raising. There's also four new studio tunes
[three I think - Stefan], including "New Formation Sermon", a
chugging bit of Country and Northern reminiscent of 1980's "Container
Drivers". The set's climax is a hypnotic, live-in-L.A. gallop through
further 80's Fall standard "Damo Suzuki". All told, a keeper for those
wondering what the leader of the most lysergically evolved garage band
on the planet will do next.
- Michael Layne
a German Fall site,
including a list of all the gigs played there, plus a few links.
Tom Hingley (ex-Inspiral
Carpet) and the Lovers (including Steve and Paul Hanley) tour date(s):
Feb. 06 The
Ashton U Lyne (01613305028)
on Tom's website: http://www.tomhingley.co.uk/
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8nov02 PPP review and lyrics, Dave Harrop,
Manchester Online soap opera
15oct02 UK gig reports, 1983 photos, Fall
20sept02 loads 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
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