Fall play ...
Festival, Aarhus, Denmark
Venue: Train, Doors:
18:00, Fall stage time:22:00, Tickets: DKK240 (or DKK400 for 3 day
Casbah, San Diego, CA
Tomorrow's Parties, Los Angeles, CA
3-day tickets ($110) are on sale now at their new website
San Francisco, CA ($21 adv., doors 8 p.m.)
Pan, Portland, OR ($13 adv., $15 door)
Avenue, Minneapolis, MN ($10 adv., $12 door, doors 6 p.m.)
Bottle, Chicago, IL ($18, doors 10 p.m.)
Stick, Detroit, MI
Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Palace, Toronto, ON ($18.50, doors 9 p.m.)
Campus, Montreal, QC
East, Cambridge, MA ($15, doors 8 p.m.)
Factory, New York, NY ($18 adv., $20 door, doors 8:30 p.m.)
Factory, New York, NY ($18 adv., $20 door, doors 8:30 p.m.)
Cat, Washington, DC
Cradle, Carrboro, NC ($13 adv., $15 door, doors 8:30 p.m.)
Lounge, Atlanta, GA ($15, doors 9 p.m.)
Parish at the House of Blues, New Orleans, LA ($12, doors 8 p.m.)
Night Club, Houston, TX
in Dallas, TX (possibly)
do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Billions Bulletin (May 13):
Needs a Tour Manager!
We're seeking an experienced tour manager to work with The Fall on their
much-anticipated summer tour of North America. Those interested must
be available from approximately June 17 through July 21 and willing
to contribute to the driving on what will be either a two-van or one-van-and-trailer
run. Please contact David T. Viecelli (Boche Billions) at email@example.com
for more information.
It looks like the
recent Peel Session will be rebroadcast on John
Peel's show next Thursday (May 22).
"Hope you are
well,just a short note to let you know i will be playing a small set
in Blackburn,North bar 16th May as Ed Blaney/Triggerhappy
on stage around 10pm admission is £5. Its been a while but it
will be good night 2 coaches leaving from Salford full of revellers.Blackburn
will rumble. Maybe the odd guest........"
I asked if the "odd
guest" would include Mark:
"As for the
odd guest,you know me Stefan?/?/??? Who knows"
Ed also says that
the DVD from the 25th Anniversary Fall gig (Blackburn, Sept. 22, 2002)
is still in the works; latest word is that it may be out in October.
From the BBC
6FM newsletter (thanks to David for passing
[stuff about what
they'll be playing on the radio snipped]
The whole thing
will culminate with a special Liz Kershaw programme live from Salford
Lads Club on Friday with live music from Mike Joyce and Bonehead (ex
of Oasis), Factory Records supremo Tony Wilson guesting on "It's
My Party" and cameo appearances from The Buzzcocks and Mark
It looks like the
BBC are giving away 20 tickets to this Salford Lads Club event (Friday,
May 16): email firstname.lastname@example.org
to enter the draw. According to the SLC
the Kershaw programme will be on from 1 - 4 p.m., so there's plenty of
time for Mark to hop over to Blackburn for the Ed Blaney gig if he's so
The magnificent Steven Bending already has an mp3
of Mark's chat with Liz Kershaw from a couple of hours ago. Mark says
the album will be out "in about six weeks" - that would make
it around the end of June.
on the Click is now scheduled to come out on June 9, according
to both Opal Music and Amazon. We shall see. On May 16 Mark said it would
be out "in about six weeks," but who knows for sure?
From the Woog
The Woog Riots are
compiling a Mark E. Smith tribute album, which will be released in cooperation
with the "Superstar" magazine later this year (2003). On this
tribute album artists are free to write something about Mark E. Smith
/ The Fall or record a Fall cover. We will update you on this
page about the release date and distribution. The following artists
have submitted songs:
and the Go-Luckys! (US), I, Ludicrous (GB), Jowe Head (GB), Chris Knox/Tall
Dwarfs (NZ), Preston School of Industry (US), Tocotronic (D), Chris
Cacavas (US), Tom Liwa / No Existe (D), Knarf Rellöm (D), Jeffrey
Lewis (US), Modesty Blaise (GB), Rockformation Diskokugel (D), The Black
Eyed Snakes (US), Viva Las Vegas (E), Steve Wynn (US), Chris Brokaw
(US), The Container Drivers (GB), The Hector Collectors (GB), Les Sourirers
Trompeurs (F), Woog Riots (D).
of Fall tribute band The Hideous Replicas:
Verge is at 147 Kentish Town Road, NW1, it's a Guided
Missile Records evening, seeing as virtually every band on Guided
Missile is a tribute of sorts to early Fall and is fantastic, it
should be a great night.
is followed by the "Louder Than Bombs" club til 2 a.m.,
which promises: Smiths, Fall, Joy Division, Teardrop Explodes, Bunnymen,
PIL, Undertones, sixties, new wave, electro, glam rock, a.o.r, Beatles,
Gang of Four, Bogshed, The Beale, Doris's Boys, Zappa..."
by Language / Live at Leeds DVD (Cherry Red CRDVD30):
Red has listed this DVD on their
website and it should be in the shops (or you can order it direct
Despite what amazon.co.uk
says, the DVD is Region 0 - playable on DVD players worldwide.
Here's the tracklist:
by Language/bis: Wings / Totally Wired / Kicker Conspiracy
/ Hexen Definitive / Eat Y'self Fitter / Tempo House / The Man Whose
Head Expanded / Smile / Draygo's Guilt - Hip Priest (excerpts) / Container
Leeds University (March 17, 1981): Container Drivers / Hip
Priest / Draygo’s Guilt / Impression of J. Temperance / Totally
Wired / C'n'C-s > Hassle Schmuck / Middlemass / English Scheme /
Winter / Jawbone and the Air Rifle / Slates, Slags, Etc (cut) / That
Man / Before the Moon Falls / Prole Art Threat
I have the DVD and
think it's excellent (although I'm probably in the minority - see reviews
below). If you haven't seen the original PBL/bis IKON video you're in
for a treat, and compared to my 1st or 2nd generation copy, this is much
better quality. As for the Leeds gig, it's simply fantastic - it's like
you're right there on stage next to Craig (which is where the videographer
was standing for the most part). The quality is terrific considering the
equipment used and the available light: not the best conditions for video
recording. The only flaw that I noticed is that Slates is cut halfway
through and it jumps into the beginning of That Man - not sure if this
happened with the video master? An essential addition to your Fall collection,
My rave review did
not suit Ian very well:
The PBL disc arrived
and it's *awful* quality, real take-it-back-to-the-shop bad. Granted,
it sounds wonderful but the picture looks like the sort of thing I'd
expect free on a downloaded Real Player file. I'm no expert on the technology,
but the artefacting is hideous and distracting - great big blobs in
the darker live shots and pixellated clumps everywhere you look, MES
ghosting more than his early 80s self has any right to be doing. As
much as I applaud Ikon stuff being reissued, I feel shortchanged by
the effort put into it. I've tried a million different discs to make
sure my machine's not gone weird, but to no avail. My old tapes of both
films, including the Leeds show, still make for preferable viewing.
Is anyone else having the same problem?
I appreciate that
the multi-generation/format issues of the old version may make it hard
to judge accurately, but I was quite surprised by the rave review you
gave on Fall News. What's the verdict on the mailing list? That's the
first time I've used that phrase in over a year, but I'm interested
The DVD popped through
the door a couple of hours ago, and I've just been watching the live
stuff. It's ace. The sound and video quality are a world away from the
bootlegged version doing the rounds. For those that haven't seen it
before, it's all filmed from the left of the stage, and it's a bit murky
as there was no additional lighting - but it's fantastic. A must have.
I couldn't believe
how poor the quality was. At first I'd actually thought I'd got a faulty
copy. The VHS version I have (although old!) is of a much higher quality.
It must be the first DVD which is actually *worse* than the video version.
Although I enjoyed watching the Live in Leeds part I still brought it
back for a refund.
I've just compared
DVD and video copies of PBL and am a bit shocked by the drop in quality
on the DVD version. The sound has a really annoying hiss throughout
and the picture quality has a sort of mottled look about it, colours
are dull and there is a distinct blurriness. Sound probably would score
a 3 out of 10 and picture a 4 out of 10.
The 1981 Leeds concert
is a much better proposition. I haven't seen a bootleg of this concert
but on the evidence of others that I've seen it is fabulous. I'd happily
pay the £15.99 just for this.
To be honest, regardless
of quality, it's a pretty welcome addition - if I were an audio snob
I'd probably be pretty appalled at the audacity of Cherry Red in releasing
this. But I'm not - and the packaging's quite good too and has a satisfying
number of errors in the blurb.
On the whole I'm
very much Pro.
I can't believe
that a Fall DVD finally gets released and there's negative reactions
on FallNet. I tracked it down and (although I've never seen the video
so can't compare the two) found it to be both wonderful and frightening
(to coin a phrase). Having seen very little of the young Mr Smith I
was shocked to see him laughing in interviews and generally mucking
about with the band on the Perverted by Language video. And what a live
band the early Fall were! Totally Wired is just... amazing. I have never
found myself wishing I was older so I could have witnessed these shows
for real. The sound and picture quality is pretty good, I thought. What
did you want - digital special effects and dolby? It's all I wanted
from a Fall DVD.
Well done Cherry
Red who I guess stand to make about £5 from the whole enterprise.
Let's have another one. Looking forward to the Blackburn DVD as well,
though won't be holding my breath. Roll on Country on the Click too.
I'm quite often singing to myself "We're not Galatasaray, we're
Sparta FC" and "you mug old women, in your bobble hats".
If the original
master tapes still exist (with IKON) the resultant transfer could/should
have been so much better in terms of audio and video. It appears to
have been lifted straight from a first generation copy. As an owner
of the VHS original I was disappointed; a bit like the 2G album, it's
certainy better than nothing but not as good as it might have been.
The Leeds gig was good.
I got the DVD yesterday
from those good chaps at Action. For anyone outside the UK, Action is
the best bet - after taking off VAT & fallnet discount it landed
here for 16 quid and 40 pees.
Picture & sound
quality has been widely discussed; I'd say it's about as good as a first
or second generation VHS copy. The live stuff is fairly dark and wanders
in and out of focus a bit (turning the brightness and contrast up a
touch helped). But it is fucking well worth it. The PBL stuff is classic
and the live gig is a real cracker. The sound is fine actually, given
the vintage - no different (and often better) than live audio tapes
Alright I've watched
this a few times now and read all the reviews so that I might blow some
smoke up everyone's ass.
Hard to argue with
PBL. It does look shittier than the vhs, but if you've never seen this
before it must be pretty cool. Plus you can now skip around easily and
show Totally Wired, Kicker, and Eat Y'self fitter to your friends
who like good stuff instead of killing the evening by slogging through
a whole video of a band they probably don't/won't like. And it's still
one of the best miscellaneous band videos in general.
The Leeds gig is
about as good as an authorized bootleg, one-camera video gets. First,
I'm surprised that so few have mentioned how great the audio is. You
can hear everybody. And the shots of the audience are kept to minimum
(I was pretty worried at the beginning when they were still showing
the audience as Containers kicked in). The cameraman is pretty steady
too. I like the way he zooms in on particular players, showing the fretwork;
it's not so dominated by MES. Seems like a pretty strong performance
too, really tight. Overall, there's little available to compare with
a 1981 performance featuring the best lineup playing an outstanding
selection of songs. If there's a 35mm 7-camera shoot of some other early
80's gig, bring it on. But as it is we're lucky to be able to experience
Festival, Aarhus, Denmark, May 1, 2003:
to Thomas and Martin):
Behind the Counter
/ Telephone Thing / And Therein / Green-Eyed Loco Man / Bourgeois Town
/ Mountain Energei / F-'Oldin' Money > Kick the Can / Contraflow
/ Touch Sensitive / Sparta F.C. / Mr. Pharmacist / Big New Prinz / There's
a Ghost in My House / I'm Am Damo Suzuki // White Lightning / Dr. Buck's
The Fall is the
headline on a three day's festival in Aarhus's Train. Last performance
in Europe before headin' the United States of The USA. MES in great
shape....No beer, ('till the encores) just Evian water, no sigarettes.
(He didn't quit smoking, did he??) Audience throw flowers on the stage,
MES doesn't notice. The band sounds great, Ben used new effect pedals,
and the bass-player (give the bloke a name...) [okay - Steve Evets]
seems to fit in well.
Martin kindly sent
in a few photos:
I went to see The
Fall play at the Recession Festival in Arhus, which is only 350 km north
of Hamburg. It was a great show and more than worth the long ride. It
was my first Fall concert in 1 1/2 years, and I was surprised to see
a completely sober and focussed Mark E. Smith. The band seemed very
together and the sound was brilliant.
The Fall started
with Behind the Counter and played a lot of good old favorites. There
was only one track I didn't recognise (and very good it was!), but they
played Sparta FC, Contraflow and Locoman, all of which were brilliant.
The set was quite long, including the encore over 1 1/2 hours. The place
wasn't packed, but the crowd was very enthusiastic and I saw quite a
few people with bright smiles on their faces who obviously were as happy
as I was to see The Fall in such good form. The band seemed to enjoy
the show as much as the audience and there was no sign of tensions between
I wanted to ask the band about the new album, but neither before nor
after the show I was able to spot a band member anywhere. Much to my
regret there was also no sale of CDs or other merchandise.
Sebastian kindly scanned
in the programme:
Enough At Last:
From the notes it looks like the CDs have been remastered, but I haven't
listened to any of them yet. The packaging is similar to the Rough Trade
Singles Box - box (with terrible artwork), CDs in heavy card sleeves,
and fold-out insert with notes by Daryl Easlea from Record Collector
and some nice mid-90s photos of MES & Brix. The highlight was the
note that read: "One can never write about The Fall without tipping
the titfer to the remarkable Fall website, www.visi.com/fall"!
There's a review
of the above on the Drowned in Sound website: read at
your peril. The same writer (Joe Shooman) has also reviewed the Step
Forward compilation and last October's Liverpool
Conway was right about the Peel Sessions 2xcd set: Sessions 6 & 7
are out and 19 & 20 (the two Jet period sessions) are in.
Rebellious Juke Box / Mother Sister / Industrial Estate
/ Futures and Pasts
Put Away / Mess of My / No Xmas for John Quays / Like to
Container Drivers / Jawbone And The Air-Rifle / New Puritan
/ New Face In Hell
Middlemass / Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul / Hip Priest /
Deer Park / Look, Know / Winter / Who Makes The Nazis?
Pep! / Oleano / Chilinist / The City Never Sleeps
D.I.Y. Meat / Spinetrak / Spencer / Beatle Bones 'N' Smokin' Stones
The Guardian, a review of the Step Forward comp:
Friday May 2, 2003
With pop in its
squeakiest state for aeons, the release of this CD collection is a good
time to revisit one of British music's most determinedly cantankerous
characters."We are the Fall. Northern white crap that talks back,"
sneers Mark E Smith here, a manifesto as uncompromising as his wearing
of a "woolly" and flares at the height of punk rock.
The Fall created
a new, still brilliant lo-fi, DIY spiky form of music while Mark E Smith
sent postcards from the edge of his altered mindset and Manchester's
netherworld, and introducing pop to previously unknown wit and worlds
of industrial estates, prescription drug psychosis and supernaturally-possessed
Culled from the
1977-9 period, with original press releases, sleevenotes and tracks
like Rowche Rumble and Rebellious Jukebox, this collection traces the
first explosion of Smith's blowtorch worldview and its impact.
Here's a great interview
with MES (click on the Interviews link) from July
12, 1981 that was intended for a San Francisco fanzine, but was never
printed. Part two of J Neo Marvin's interview will follow
soon, I hope.
There's an article
that distills some not-quite-up-to-date Fall News.
Fall Multimedia Project website has Cab It Up from
an 1988 Edinburgh Festival show, MES talking about Michael Clarke from the
same show, Mark and Brix being interviewed on 1988's "All Points Between,"
a short clip of the Adult Net's Waking up in the Sun, and
Mark's brief chat with Liz Kershaw from the Salford Lads Club (May
Pit (May 16):
THE ORCHESTRA PIT
- the first evening of a new club drawing together strands from experimental
rock and adventurous new music on an every other month basis. Featuring:
NOUGHT- a powerful sonic blend of instrumentalists soldering rock, jazz
and avant garde noise experimentation. Unique!
HIDEOUS REPLICAS - London's finest historical re-enactment society of
The Fall, select interpretations/covers of Mark E Smith's classics circa
POCKET - bright and bouncy pop played noisily and cleverly-fine instrumentals.
'Electrified Sunshine' - Baggage Reclaim.
Spinners of discs include S R Meixner (ex Contrastate), goodvillage,
and a special selection of The Fall's back catalogue spun by Bad CB.
The event will be hosted by Mark Braby.
Friday, 16th May 2003.
The Arts Café (28 commercial street, London E1.)
Nearest tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool Street.
Dean of Rubber Banana:
(May 12), I am presenting a 2 hour mockumentary on my history and
The Fall. Will use a bunch of stuff not usually played, ie gig tapes
and some interviews. Will attempt to cement it together with unlikely
tales of the MES and co.
AFAIK the station
does not have web access but I'll be checking this out more at the
end of the week.
will be aired by a station in New Zealand. ]
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PoSR review, Peel Session & Step Forward CDs, Made in the NW, Jeremy
Vine show, bits
28mar03 Jim Watts sacked, Country on the
Click details, Peel Session, Turkey gig, 85 & 88 gig photos, Luz's
"The Joke" comic, Pascal LeGras new work, MES T-shirt, Fall
on emusic, Fall Tattooing rip
24feb03 news about books, Mojo top 50,
Claus Fall guitar, Beggars vids, Corsa ad link, 9feb83 + 88oct8 photos,
'78 So It Goes clip, Hanley bros interview, several early music press
scans, other bits
9jan03 Independent interview, Early Singles,
Listening In, UK chart placing history, Razor Cuts, Pascal LeGras video,
Record Collector, ring tones, Blue Orchids CDs, Peel's Fabriclive
4dec02 Electric Ballroom gig, Virgin Radio,
Fall vs. 2003, MES death row picks, Conway's wallpaper
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,
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
older news: Nov 1997 - Dec 1999