Fall play ...
do Porto, Porto, Portugal (20 euros, doors 8 p.m., Fall on stage
GIG CANCELLED, apparently
Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (20 euros, doors 8
p.m., Fall on stage 10 p.m.)
Manchester (£12 + booking fee, tickets from Ticketline,
doors 8 p.m.). The Pubic
Fringe to open.
Manchester (£12 + booking fee, tickets from Ticketline,
doors 8 p.m.). Supporting are Steve Evets' band Dr.
Freak's Padded Cell.
Centre, Leeds (£12 adv, £14 door)
Hi Stefan, just
wanted to let you know first before we start official promotion on Monday
that Action Records (by the way a label even more Northern than Manchester)
are going to be releasing the new album by The Fall entitled "The
Real New Fall L.P. (Formerly Country On The Click)" -
this is actually the full title.
The track list is similar to the original but has different mixes and
We are aiming to release the album no later than 16 November on cd and
Can you please tell all The Fall fans - where last year we delivered
The Fall single for Christmas, this year we are going for the big present
a full album.
This final version has been agreed by all parties including Jim, as
obviously without this we would never have released it.
And can you please let FALLFANDAVE know that we are all smiling now.
spotted what looks like a seasonal promo
copy in Cleveland the other day (cheap, too!). I'm waiting to hear
about more dates for UK / Europe as well.
to Ben Pritchard the Porto show on Sept. 28 has been
cancelled, but Porto tickets are valid for the Lisbon
show. More news if/when I get it.
here at the Fall News are gutted about the passing of Johnny
Cash -- truly one of the greatest American voices of all
BBC page has lots of information, and if you haven't seen it,
definitely watch the heart-wrenching video for Hurt
(Real / Windows Media available
here; Quicktime here).
I love you, Johnny.
& Smith, "The Fall"
(from the message board):
I've read the Mick
Middles/M.E. Smith book "The Fall" and here's my initial thoughts:
Probably the best
of the 3 books.
Not so much a traditional
auto/biography, more a selection of anecdotes and observations that
flits from era to era-
For example a description
of The fall recording the recent Peel session is followed by a story
regarding Kay Carroll which in turn is followed by a Shiftwork- era
anecdote- then it's back to 2003.
If you have read
his New Order book- he describes the recording of "Shellshock"
and his various meetings with the band - this book is predominately
in that style.
A better selection
of photographs including the young M.E.S- postcards sent to his mum/in
the pub with his dad etc.
A lot more historical
info from Mark regarding the forming of The Fall and his philosophy
behind the band, some of the usual stuff but also a lot of new info
that doesn't sound overblown or exaggerated.
Quite a bit on his
family life which in punctuated with a great interview with Mark's mum.
A nice selection
of lyrics throughout the book.
Treats all eras
and members of The Fall pretty much evenly: a newcomer would have no
idea that Hex or Nations are considered "classics"
I thought the Simon
Ford book was pretty good but more for a newer fan.
This book has the
detail and occasional oddness that i think a lot of people will like.
Mark E. Smith's
name features prominently on the cover
of the October issue of UK
men's mag "Jack", but there's only one short quote from
the great man inside, and it refers to the magazine's cover star Debbie
Harry. It runs as follows:
do with replacing all the old duffers in the group and get some young
blood in, like I did with Salford group Triggerhappy. It worked for
- Mark E Smith, on Blondie and his manager's band
investigated the Jack site further and found this:
Run by Woodhouse founder Philip Start and his wife Brix Smith, former
guitarist in The Fall, who have sourced a great blend of products for
men and women. Go there. Now.
59 Rivington Street,
London, EC2A 3QB. Tel: 020 7739 3636
FIVE BEST SELLERS
1. Re-issued Seventies Adidas tracksuits
2. Comme Des Garcons shirts
3. One True Saxon jeans
4. Maharishi trousers
5. Vintage Lee carpenter jeans
a collective book review in the latest Mojo
by Ian Harrison -- the Middles / Smith book looks interesting.
Anyone else have a copy?
There's a cover
of Winter by The Fiery Furnaces on
the new Rough Trade covers collection "Stop Me If You Think That
You've Heard This One Before."
many thanks to Fallfandave, here's the October
2003 Uncut interview with Mark.
Bending's wonderful The
Fall Multimedia Project website has clips of Wrong Place, Right
Time and Cab It Up from Off Beat Night, Munich, Feb. 14,
was interviewed for the Jan. 1996 issue of Jockey Slut
- here's a transcript.
Mark's (very) short story No Place Like It,
which was published in Penguin's "The City Life Book of Manchester
Short Stories" (1999). I think the book's out of print now.
cameo in "Masked and Anonymous" ?
Excerpted from: http://www.citypages.com/databank/24/1187/article11472.asp:
The film smacks
of 1971, alright, not a year earlier or later. It has that freshly disillusioned
feel. The rebels, we learn from Giovanni Ribisi's soldier, no longer
know which side they're fighting for. The regime is made up of white
hippies in suits, its muscle uniformly men of color. Conceived by Dylan
and director Larry Charles, "Masked and Anonymous" might be
a self-lacerating parody of the counterculture as establishment. But
it's diffuse: Try parsing, in two hours, a fearless leader who resembles
Stalin, a successor played by Mickey Rourke, a cameo by Mark E. Smith
of the Fall, jokes at the expense of banjo players, and Dylan delivering
the line, "Sometimes it's not enough to know the meaning of things...
You have to know what things don't mean as well."
says she saw the film but didn't notice MES at all. Nor is he mentioned
on the IMDB full
continues to make the discography pages
staggeringly great. He's added a Trainspotters' Corner,
timeline of all the live Fall albums, and
about all the songs the Fall have covered over the years
list of "borrowed riffs, melodies, etc." (at the bottom of
the covers page)
Lovers (with Steve and Paul Hanley) on tour:
- Night & Day - tel: 0161 236 4597 Support from The Forrest
- Casbah - tel: 0114 275 6077
- 100 Club - tel: 020 7636 0933
- Barrowlands - tel: 0141 552 4601
Arms - Oxford - tel: 01865 244516
- Georgian Theatre - tel: 01642 674115
to the Manchester gig:
of The Fall and Inspiral Carpets, The Lovers sound like neither but
have managed to create a sound capitalising on the talents and sounds
of each band member. Elements of Rockabilly, Garage Rock and Punk are
three of the sounds heard tonight but The Lovers' sound is more complex
than that as the set drives along on a wave on great rhythm and delightful
It is strange to
see Steve Hanley actually enjoying himself on stage but he clearly is
thriving on being able to play live without some cantankerous bugger
turning his amp down and glaring at him. The bass sound is unmistakeably
his and he pins the songs to the ground with such determination you
cannot fail to realise how important he has been to The Fall sound over
the years. Along with Paul Hanley on drums the rhythm section of the
band has a quality that will be no surprise to Fall fans but it is fascinating
to see the duo operate outside of The Fall. Steve seems to have added
a little bit extra to his playing and whilst maintaining the throbbing
heavy bass sound he has made his own. Paul plays rockabilly like no
other drummer and the two together work like a dream. They could almost
Tom Hingley delivers
his vocals with vigour and passion. Working the stage like a man possessed,
his words have depth but also contain many humorous moments and the
odd swear word which, as we all know, is simultaneously big and clever.
The excellent guitar work provided by Jason Brown sounds like he's been
playing with the Hanleys for years, allowing the rhythm to dominate
for large parts of songs before crashing in with some great sounds.
Kelly Woods' keyboards complete the band and add that little bit extra
to the sound.
The are a few more
dates on this tour so if they are in a town near you I can heartily
recommend a visit. The single ("Yeah") is available if you
ask nicely and as there are only 1000 of them pressed, I'd get a move
on because it is a cracker.
All in all a thoroughly
enjoyable concert. It would appear The Lovers are enjoying themselves
and as a Manchester "super group" of sorts have found a worthwhile
vehicle for the talents of some of Manchester's finest.
Tom on the
Out of 7,172,091
people plus tourists London managed to cough up a Japanese macaroni
and a very distrait Tom to welcome The Lovers. It's the old story, Man
United on the box, London stays at home. The bands made up for it by
bringing their own support - there were Hingleys everywhere, and a couple
of Hanleys as well, of course.
To their great credit
The Lovers bust a gut to squeeze some energy out of the place - in my
book they succeeded too.
Steve and Paul are
not small men. But by dressing in black and standing at the back of
the stage they try to keep themselves away from the action. It is a
bit like a couple of elephants trying to hide behind a drainpipe. Paul
is the craggier of the two, chewing away behind his drumkit, like a
particularly talented ruminant. He'll concentrate intently on a couple
of drums then speculatively throw at an arm in front of him, like a
dartist going for the bull. Steve is more avuncular, rounder. When I
reviewed an embarrassing Ark gig a couple of years ago, I said that
Steve looked like a caged animal. Now, after years of hard toil under
Smith's cudgel, he looks like he has been released to graze on the sunlit
uplands of Tom Hingley's power pop pastures. Both seem to enjoy themselves,
smiling a lot, with Steve jigging about a bit. They are even allowed
to do some backing vocals, although Steve is not given a mike, prudence
perhaps suggesting that atonal long-horn cattle imitations don't go
too well behind the friendly sounds of The Lovers.
I am not very good
at all at judging music from live sets, but the music seemed really
well written - it was structured, varied, but had potency and power.
If that sounds like I am checking boxes, all I can say is that it didn't
blow my mind away, and there were longeurs, but also that I wasn't feeling
at all well, and the place was empty.
I also found Tom
Hingley irritating. His stage presence is that of a toddler trying to
get his mummy to take him to the toilet. The music was powerful, but
not at all unsubtle, Hingley's voice was rather bludgeoning in comparison.
Sometimes it worked perfectly, but other times I just found it a bit
off-putting. They also had a guitarist, and young woman on keys, who
seemed a bit baffled, but both did good jobs.
Going back to Hingley...
In repose, he stands with a hand over his paunch, as if unconsciously
aware of the problem that faces The Lovers, which is their age. In many
ways the problem is bigger for Tom Hingley than for the Hanleys. His
act is, as I have said, a juvenile one that doesn't sit well with burgeoning
tum and receding temples. This may be a problem with society - we don't
allow our Dads to play buzzsawing garage pop rants - this seems to be
Hingley's view anyway, with his songs railing against reality tv and
boy bands. Fair enough, maybe, but it's like trying to fight foam with
The Hanleys look
like artisans from a bygone age, Dickensian somehow, as they should
have a calling card saying something like - The Hanley Bros - Plying
a trade to lost standards of excellence, restrained in manners, unbuttoned
in performance. Steve's bass really is something worth singling out,
gigantic and loping, but somehow nimble and articulate. Even when they
fluff their lines it seems that they are better fluffed than not.
Still, they do not
look a pop group, which can only be a good thing, but which might stand
in their way whithout greater depth to their songs. They perhaps deserve
better, being no worse than a lot of popular rock around at the moment,
in fact being quite a bit better, but the aura of Status Quo or Peter
Stringfellow, or the 'why should I grow old gracefully?' hangs around
them uneasily. Public opinion may often be the enemy of creativity and
freedom of expression, but it won't brook contradiction and the force
of its disdain lies in its suffocating indifference.
The most Fall-like
song, as I think Paul Hanley has pointed out, is the new single, Yeah,
which had a driving guitar riff mildly sinister, and the trademark 'Guest
Informant' drums. The song was fun, with plenty of punch, and unlike
some other songs didn't outstay its welcome. I would have bought the
single, but I didn't see anyone hawking it and I had to nip off sharpish
and collapse on a bus. The Japanese macaroni had left even more quickly,
though he had stayed to the end of the set. He was standing in the entrance
on Oxford Street. He must have been a bit baffled although, inscrutably,
he didn't show it.
Ford celebrates the 25th anniversary of Bingo-Master's
Break-Out in Flux #38 (Aug/Sept
on Hip Priest:
I've just read 'Hip
Priest' which I thought was pretty good, if a little overpriced. There
were one or two glaring errors, obviously, (surely someone could have
told Simon Ford that Lisa Riley isn't really Marc's sister) and I really
think the book would have benefited from an interview with Karl, who
could have given some insight into about 5 different eras of the Fall's
development. Granted, he's not always the easiest person to track down
(especially if he owes you money) but he could have filled in a few
gaps (like the story about John Lydon setting fire to Karl's shirt -
he neglected to mention Karl was wearing it at the time) and l think
the book suffered a bit from certain ex-members trying to big-up their
role. I suppose that's inevitable, but just because Brix is more comfortable
with being interviewed than Craig it doesn't necessarily mean she was
more important musically. (Not that I'm knocking her, but however positive
I think her impact was, it was always more on Mark than the band.)
As I think one
of your reviewers mentioned, you do wonder who the book is pitched at
at times, but there's always a danger when writing about 'cult' bands
that your readership knows more about them than you do. (I think what
we really need is a book about The Fall for people who've never heard
them. Who knows, I might write it myself.) I did get the feeling that
the author's interest starts to tail off after Steve, Tommy and Karl
leave (whose doesn't?) but I'm glad the humour of certain situations
comes through (particularly the fight in Northern Ireland where the
protagonists have to remove their false bits before commencing).
It will be interesting
to compare this book with the forthcoming Mick Middles tome. What impressed
me about his New Order book was his ability to retrospectively imbue
what seemed mundane at the time with almost mystical significance (which
is the essence of good biography I suppose, and something Mark has done
with his lyrics on more than one occasion.) He has been around Mark
for the whole of his career, so he should be well placed to deliver
the goods. I only hope being in The Fall sounds more enjoyable in this
book (which it is sometimes, honest).
under a spell Paul Taylor
EVEN for the devoted
fan, the music of The Fall can sometimes be hard-going. "There
are some albums over the years when the first time I heard them, I thought,
oh my God, what have they gone and done?" says Seattle-based rock
writer Dave Thompson.
writer and ex-M.E.N. columnist Mick Middles, asked whether he has liked
all The Fall's prolific output replies "No, no!" as if perhaps
only a masochist could claim that.
But he adds: "It
is too raw for a lot of people. But I still think that the best 10 per
cent of The Fall is as good as anything we have heard in the last 20
The two writers
agree on another thing: the time is ripe for the book to be written
on The Fall. Each have done that very thing. And they are not alone.
With the 25th anniversary
of The Fall's first single this month, a band which has never had an
authoritative book written about it is suddenly being accorded three
all at once.
Thompson has just
had A User's Guide To The Fall published - a self-confessed train-spotterly
year-by-year guide to the band's recordings and concerts, along with
a substantial biography.
Middles' book, simply
titled The Fall, written with the co-operation of and concentrating
on the band's prime mover Mark E Smith, comes out next Tuesday, while
Hip Priest: Mark E Smith and The Fall by Simon Ford is out tomorrow.
Their subject is
a band which grew from the punk era in Manchester but remained very
much aside from all fad and fashion in rock, with Mark E Smith's tobacco
snarl dispatching frequently indecipherable lyrics to a caustic brand
of rock music.
The output has been
prolific, as has, at times, the turnover of personnel.
For Thompson and
Middles, their books were both labours of love. The Fall engender a
"dedication which beggars belief" says Kent-born Thompson,
who first saw the band in 1977.
Middles knew Smith
even before The Fall. "This book is something I have been writing
for 20 years really over a thousand drunken evenings.
"I took Mark
and his wife to the Lake District last year and put them up in a hotel
and spent a mad few days interviewing him.
"He still lives
with his friends in Prestwich and goes to the local pub. He is a man
of simple tastes. When we went to the Lake District I wanted to go in
the bistros of Ambleside and he wouldn't - he wanted to eat fish and
in a restaurant and telling him not to smoke is impossible. And he loves
Blackpool. It's his favourite place in Britain."
Thompson says: "He
does still give off that image of a dour northerner with a ferret down
his trousers, who sits down to black pudding every night."
But beneath the
often livid swirl of The Fall's music is an intellectualism.
How many other Mancs
inspired to form their own band after seeing the Sex Pistols appearance
at the Free Trade Hall in 1976 chose to title themselves after a novel
by Albert Camus?
most interesting aspect of him is that he is not highly educated but
he is highly intelligent and widely read," says Middles of Smith.
"When he was
14 he would be lying around reading about the French revolution. It
sounds ridiculous but it's true."
Yet, Thompson says,
"The Fall are one of those bands which breed the most remarkable
"I have met
people who have been to a dozen shows on a US tour, and travelling around
America is not like getting a coach and going down the motorway. There
is a dedication which beggars belief."
Asked what sort
of person is a Fall fan, Middles says: "There isn't a sort of person.
In the old days, the core audience was students and black Levi-clad
people. Now it is bank managers, plumbers...a very disparate audience."
Review: Simon Ford, Hip Priest: The Story of Mark E Smith and
The Fall, 2003 (Quartet)
else of note required a younger actor to play them, Mark E Smith played
himself during the 1977 parts of Madchester biopic 24 Hour Party People.
In itself, that says a lot about the man.
Named after the
Camus novel (they themselves later spawned a literary style, the 'New
Puritans'), The Fall have long offered the opportunity for show-offs
to demonstrate their pure dedication and devotion to an act by releasing
28 albums since 1979. This being the first book on The Fall since Brian
Edge's 1989's Paintwork: A Portrait of The Fall, from the cover on in,
it is clearly an attempt to provide the world with another Johnny Rogan-esque
Manchester band of yore biography (cf. Simon Goddard's more recent The
Smiths/Morrissey effort). And on that level it works (ironically, The
Smiths owe their name to, in part, Mark E Smith). Ford is also the biographer
of Sheffield noiseniks Throbbing Gristle (as we're discussing names,
named after the Yorkshire vernacular for an erection) and from the outset
the use of footnotes at the bottom of each page (for chrissake, that's
what the back of the book's for!) really spoils it. There is also the
pedestrian use of quotes from late 1970s NME which are just strung together
in the first few chapters.
with, Ford's account is readable in the extreme and provides the same
reader with some useful background about one of rock's most enduring,
dysfunctional and controversial figures, from the Prestwich beginnings
through Brix Smith and on to the student/ Peel-championed 1990s. We
are regaled with tales of Smith dragging Cramps vocalist Lux Interior
to a dressing room mirror during an early 80s co-headlining tour to
"take a fucking good look at yourself" ("What's there
not to like?" was Lux's response). This deserves to take its place
within the upper echelons of the idiosyncratic genre of rock biography
and Ford should be pleased with himself. I mean, what's there not to
like about it?
Luther Blissett, Rockscene
Fans of The Fall
and abrasive-rock'n'roll-sector information fetishists alike will delight
in the labyrinthine autobahn of data that Simon Ford opens up in his
latest book. Hip Priest takes on the 50s garage band, punk + pulp fiction
influences that inspired Mark E. Smith to write & perform, The Fall's
experiences of touring with other bands caught up in the dissolution
of punk (such as 80s freakazoid veterans The Cramps) and Smith's enthusiastic
refusal of education, work, the music 'business' and of being in a band
itself in dead-pan style. Background noise to the alienated experience
of youth-hood from the late 1970s onwards, The Fall have always been
the soundtrack to the snapping of pencils, the stop-start of the fingers
on keyboards, of cardboard boxes collapsing in backyards, pavements
stamped under angry youthful feet. Hip Priest is a definitive story
of The Fall and another facet of context to the upsurge of post-punk
-LoFi- phenomena in contemporary music, writing & art.
A User's Guide
review from Record Collector,
Sept. 2003, p. 131 (thanks to Jon for scanning it in)
thanks to Stuart Newman for the following press clippings.
on The War Against Intelligence:
The War Against
Intelligence - The Fontana Years
(p)&© Universal Music Operations Ltd, catalogue no. 0770002
The Fontana imprint is shown on the back cover.
This CD is now due
out on 22 October in the UK. The final tracklisting order is (changed
slightly from the initial sequencing I saw):
Telephone Thing (album version)
2. The War Against Intelligence
3. Free Range (single version)
4. The Littlest Rebel
5. High Tension Line
6. Popcorn Double Feature
7. The Book of Lies
10. Blood Outta Stone
12. Ed's Babe
13. Gentlemen's Agreement
14. Bill Is Dead
15. Time Enough at Last
16. You Haven't Found It Yet
17. The Mixer
18. White Lightning
time 67:05. All tracks previously released on CD.
In a cardboard slipcase
with foldout sleeve like the recent Sanctuary releases. Notes by Daryl
Easlea, in his usual style. Nothing very new after my Listening
In sleevenotes, which cover the same period, and the recent
books. Very nice design layout: Paper stock is heavy matt finish, feels
like recycled. Very organic with the tan/orange colouring.
Sound quality is
excellent throughout. Sounds like it's 24-bit remastered - waiting to
hear from Daryl what the audio source was, but probably the earlier
CDs (assuming master tapes are nowhere to be seen, like usual). (Daryl
says the original master tapes were indeed used.)
No doubt aimed at
more recent Fall converts rather than the fanatics who frequent this
place! Not much overlap with Listening In (2 tracks) & designed
to be complementary to, and specifically refers to, Sanctuary's Step
Forward Years & Rough Trade Anthology
Daryl also once
again tips the titfer to the website - good lad.
Just heard this
Pavilion have used the opening of Rowche Rumble
on their song New Materiology
Here's the mp3 from
the band's website: http://chumpco.com/~fototag/bp/mp3s/new_materiology.mp3
(or try http://www.barcelonapavilion.cjb.net/)
reviews the Bootleg Box Set:
Last week I bought
the 'Touch Sensitive - bootleg box set'. I had been looking forward
to this release, since I went to the Amsterdam gig which is on CD 4.
It must be said
that this new item is for Fall-fans only, and then maybe only for those
who went to any of the five concerts it covers. Who else would pick
a 45 Euros / 50 Dollar / 30 Pounds-costing box, containing five very
comparable discs, none of which meets the possibilities of modern day
recording techniques, not even by far? Someone who's won a minute's
worth of free shopping perhaps.
Daryl Easlea's sleeve
notes are an impressive attempt to make up for the unimportence of this
box in addition to the Fall-catalogue, even though it captures well
over 5 hours of material. Quote: '(This box) also is a marvellous opportunity
to catch up with the fantastic Fall introduction tapes, which for years
now have whetted the appetite and raised expectations with their collages
of sound'. I mean, if that's the best reason you can come up with when
trying to talk a guy into buying this, I wouldn't be convinced. The
introduction tapes are on 2 of the 5 CD's only, are, added up, of 4
minutes duration, and above all that, are nothing special really. Bear
in mind that the 2001 tours have already been pretty well documented
on 2G+2 (with better sound quality), and decide for yourself.
Anyway I bought
it, without reading the notes nor listening to any of it in advance,
cool as I thought it was to own a live concert on disc I visited myself.
Having it around the house for over a week now, I especially listened
to that particular CD, and I must say it's the previously mentioned
sound quality that bothers me the most here. I also bootlegged this
gig with a worn-out Sony memo-recorder, and the tape that came out of
that sounds nearly as good as what is presented here. Though I had a
good time that 7th April 2001, The Fall were not in the shape they were
in on for instance the Brighton or the U.S. gigs as I gather from listening
to those shows. Especially Mark wasn't. The guy from the audience shouting
'Get it fucking together' after Two Librans was right, MES wasn't making
very much sense at all, throwing his mic into the bass drum several
times and watching his hand more than absolutely necessary to make sure
it was still there. David Easlea: 'Smith is on mellow form'. Mellow
as in 'a bit merry', he must be meaning.
versions of Serum and Birthday Song were mere walk-offs with Julia Nagle's
keyboards on auto-pilot, as was Midwatch 1953, although it doesn't say
'instrumental' on the cover, since Ed Blaney avoided it from becoming
that by babbling through the mic.
Some people did
some serious drinking during the time they had to wait for The Fall
to enter the stage, which was about an hour and a half, so by Serum
they were drunk enough not to feel ashamed about their yelling, which
is annoyingly audible on the CD, as well as it was audible and annoying
at the time. Did they know this show was being recorded for later release?
One starts to wonder...
Maybe I'm judging
this one too hard since the record doesn't meet the expectations I had,
based on my memory of that night. I thought I'd seen a good show, but
this CD brings back mainly the lesser aspects of it.
Far better, in my
view, are the U.S. gigs, although these recordings also honour the qualification
'bootleg'. Still, they are very listenable and sometimes funny. The
American audience surely seems to have had a good time. The Brighton-CD
has an absolutely beautiful version of Ketamine Sun on it, and any Ibis-Afro
Man version on this collection is better than the one on Are You Are
Missing Winner, to name some plusses. And I didn't know they practised
Paintwork as well, a shame they didn't play it in Amsterdam. Or: I should
have gone to the Haarlem gig too. Still, it's hard to really enjoy anything,
let alone listen to an entire disc without skipping.
For Fall-fans, it
may be interesting to hear MES improvise on such songs as Two Librans
and Dr. Bucks Letter during various occasions. Other music lovers will
be totally left cold by any of these recordings, my guess would be.
I know some people
have been complaining on Fallnews about the endless stream of live Fall-CD's.
To me now also the first ever possible (and maybe worrying) comparison
between The Fall and Pearl Jam occurred: they make every fart they let
in front of an audience commercially available.
Next time, I'll
bring my memo-recorder again. For now, if you'll excuse me, I'll write
'I will not buy any Fall live releases ever again' on the blackboard,
once for every time I did just that.
be a Fall Tribute Night at the Cube
Cinema in Bristol on Friday, September 26. Nought
and the Country Teasers are scheduled to play, and they
hope to show some Fall video on the big screen.
4 Princess Row
tel (0117) 9074190
From Q Magazine
(October 2003, p. 127) (thanks to Mick for sending it
Words of Expectation: BBC Sessions
* * * *
John Peel quite liked them
Mark E Smith's always-changing,
always-the-same collective have recorded more Peel sessions than any
other band, and this double CD brings together 28 tracks from this long,
symbiotic association. While two sessions from the mid-nineties are
featured here, it's the raw early material that will excite fans. The
band's first stab from 15 June 1978 kicks things off in scabrous style
while the subsequent selections spanning December 1978 toSeptember 1981,
take in invigorating variants on Containers Drivers, New Puritan and
No Xmas for John Key. A fine old testament.
and...on p. 139:
A USER'S GUIDE TO
HELTER SKELTER PUBLISHING £12.99
* * *
Wizened Fall leader
Mark E. Smith is famously wary of giving away his secrets, lest any
revelations puncture the mystique of this most fascinating of cult groups.
Odds are AS User's Guide To The Fall won't cause him too much worry,
though. A solid chronology of incomprehensible lyrics, band sackings
and the odd ballet, with an album-by-album appreciation and quotes lifted
from the music press. It's ideal for the novice but is somewhat short
on insight or surprise. Proof that Mark E. Smith secretly rules the
world, however, comes with the fact that two more Fall biographies are
due in the next month.
was a party going down Friday (Sept. 19) -- from the organizers:
Hi, this is an invite
to you and your friends to the joint launch party of Mute magazine
no. 26 and the book Hip Priest: The Story of Mark E.
Smith and The Fall (by Simon Ford, published by Quartet Books
and available now in all good bookshops).
Where: St. Aloysius
Social Club, 20 Phoenix Road, London, NW1 (next to Euston train station)
When: Friday 19 September 2003, 7-12 pm
Who: Live sets by Country Teasers and Victim.
Various DJs and videos. Pay bar.
invitation in case you want a hard copy.
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int. w/Ben, Hip Priest reviews, Live at Phoenix cd, War Against Intelligence
cd, Brix int. 1994, Lovers single, web-enabled MES filter
22jul03 US tour reports (second half: Cambridge
> Dallas), New Yorker cartoon, Simon Spencer RIP, "Idiot Joy Show,"
Words of Expectation review
01jul03 US tour reports (first leg, thru
Cleveland), PBL dvd & User Guide reviews, Jim Watts interviews John
French, 1999 MES int., Voiceprint clearance sale
19jun03 Canada, ATP cancelled, the fall
uk, Fall books, Damo vs. USA, MCR's greatest frontman, Meltzer, Bad Man
Wagon, Adult Net debacle, comp reviews, Brix '87int., MES '82 int., "Idiot
27may03 PBL/Leeds DVD reviews, Aarhus gig,
great 1981 MES interview, Smiths Week, Woog Riots tribute, Sanctuary CDs,
Rubber Banana Fall radio show
29apr03 ATP, 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