Fall News is taking a Protein Xmas/New Year's break -- I'll be back
January 5. Happy holidays to all !!
Fall play ...
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham.
Rooms, Cardiff Bay.
Academy, Islington, London N1 (£12 adv). According
to their site: "Mark E. Smith presents The Fall, John
Cooper Clarke, and Heist."
to http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/ tickets
are still available for both London gigs (as of Dec. 5, anyway).
Academy, Islington, London.
Robin 2, Bilston, near Wolverhampton (check out their gig
guide - the Fall fits right in!). Support by Pubic
Sugar Mill, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Tickets
Boardwalk, Sheffield. Tickets
Mill, Preston. Support by The
Wandering Step and Wowzer.
Castle, Oldham. Although their listings "page" is
not much help. Tickets
Festival Hall, London, on the same bill as the Magic Band,
according to this advert in Q
magazine. And they're now confirmed on the RFH website.
Barfly, Chalk Farm Road, London
NW1. With McLusky
and Jarcrew. Tickets available
With Jeffrey Lewis and Ill Ease. Tickets available
With Pink Grease and Selfish Cunt. Many thanks to Graeme for sending
in this Barfly flyer. Tickets available
New Fall L.P. (Formerly Country On The Click) was released
Monday, October 27 on CD (£10.99) and ltd. ed. LP
(£11.99). Full details are on Conway's
handy promo page. There are loads of reviews in the November Fall
news and new ones are cropping up on the message
board all the
A note from Action
"Just to put
you in the picture the first batch of cds had 3 of the middle tracks
jumbled up as did the vinyl pressing. It was solely due to a manufacturing
error the new pressings of the cd will have the tracks in the same order
as stated on the sleeve."
Xmas single, out December 8:
(We Wish) 4 U a Protein Christmas / (We
Are) Mod-Mock.Goth / Girl
in Shop / Recovery Kit 2#
on CD digipak or limited edition gatefold double
copies). You can pre-order for £3.99 each (less the 10% Fall site
discount) at www.action-records.co.uk
Action's press release:
Mark the Herald angels sing!!!!!
After making us wait
all year for the new album which most people agree is The Fall's
best album in 10 years, Mark E Smith decides that being in such a great
mood he feels it only right to share his joy and generosity, and lay
a festive single upon us. Now, we know it is not going to be a threat
to Cliff or Slade, but we see it as being the alternative at this year's
office party. The lead exclusive track is a cut up version of 'Proteinprotection'
with added Christmas lyrics and laughter - see if it brings a little
merriment to you.
The single beat
Headway ("Without A Word") and the Brian Jonestown Massacre ("When
Jokers Attack") on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6FM Rebel Playlist the other day. Apparently
winning encourages the BBC programmers to give the victor a second listen
before compiling the BBC playlists.
couple of recent pieces from the Birmingham Post --
with Mark (Nov. 27) and a RNFLPFCOTC
review (Nov. 29). Many thanks to Jon for sending them in.
5 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham:
Many thanks to Grez for the ticket and
flyer and to Martin for the setlist.
Got to the venue around 6.15 and took advantage of the 2 for the
price of one 'happy hour' in the bar while
playing 'spot the fall fan' amongst all the skateboarders. Nice venue
this. Despite a publicised 10.15 finish the Fall didn't appear until
Can't remember the setlist due to previously mentioned
happy hour but set included:
Open the box / Loco-man / Mountain energy / Sparta / Contraflow / Janet,
Johnny etc / MIDDLEMASS Not
heard this live for years / Mere Pseud / Telephone thing / Walk Like
a Man Yep, the four seasons song - couldn't beleive me ears! / Damo
/ White lightning / Dr. Bucks
and at least one more which I didn't
Thoroughly enjoyed this gig. A lively crowd and the band seemed to
be enjoying it.*
Impressed with the whole band but extra to
ben and the drummer (is it dave) who were feckin awesome.
Only downside was the volume was a bit low and the vocals seemed a bit low
in the mix.
*I think it was at the end of Damo that some twat launched a bottle that
shattered on the drumkit showering glass all over the drummer. This caused
an immediate walk-off but to their credit they came back a few minutes later
(with dave milner doing a great Incredible Hulk impression to the crowd)
and played on.
Also shiny new country on the click t-shirt for a tenner.
'Scuse me while I add my tupence worth.
The band's late entrance was at least partly due to Mark demanding
that some unfortunate Rescue Rooms lackey remove all extraneous gaffer
tape from the stage as it "looks untidy". Have it on good authority
that he behaved like a TOTAL CUNT backstage but, hey, that's showbiz,
Not seen 'em live for a couple of years - nice of HIM to make the effort and
remain vertical for the entire set rather than slumping behind the drum riser
as per the previous TWO times I caught 'em. An apparent refamiliarisation w/period
lyric sheets on Mark's part (Middle Mass!) means Tempo House's reinstatement
to their live set might not be totally out of the question (joke, it'd be a nice
surprise though...). The Rescue Rooms is a smart little venue, they actually
seem to give a shit about the bands they put on (Broadcast earlier in the week
were pretty spectacular) and Ye Fall sounded fine from my balcony vantage point.
Wish they'd sort out some proper air conditioning though.
Anyway, my personal highlight: Walk Like A Man (I laughed out loud - genius!).
Does anyone know if the bouncers got hold of the Phantom Bottlechucker?
One of the best nights out in donkeys years. This is the best I have
seen Mark for ages, the man and the gang played a blinder. And as for
the Tom Hunt lobbing the pots about, we know where you live.
Best I've seen from them in years. "Middlemass" blew
me away. The band have gelled brilliantly, with everyone on top form.
Dingo looks far more the part than Jim ever did (sorry mate, but
ponytails in The Fall??), and some amazing gurning from Ben, who
was obviously having a wonderful time
the name tom hunt? is that rhyming slang or do you actually know
him. he was trying to cause trouble with me before the gig but i kept
good humoured about his rubbish tactics
i m so glad they came back on after the glass throwing incident. feckin idiot
of a man!!!
the fall were great tho'
they kind of were fluffing starts of songs sparta /joke/white lightning
but it didnt matter in the end damo suzuki was fantastic i love dave's drumming
on this. middle mass was a suprise as was walk like a man
took some photos so will post them on here when i get 'em developed. no digital
camera for me matey
top hole gig and mark seemed interested all the way through. I didnt see any
t-shirts on sale i wanted to get one of those badges mentioned on action records
Yes, I got the set list. Ben chucked it at the
audience after they went off the first time & I caught it & shoved
it in my pocket. They really were great on Friday night (just to
echo what everyone here has already said). For the record...
Open the Box / Telephone Thing / Green Eyed Loco Man / Middlemass (how
good was this???) / Mountain / Contraflow / Sparta / Mere Pseud Mag
Ed / Walk Like a Man / Mad Mock Goth / Mr Pharmacist / Janet & Johnny
/ The Joke / I Am Damo Suzuki / White Lightning / Dr Bucks Letter
Am I the only one not to be besotted by the new Fall album and, especially,
tour? Having read reviews posted here of the Nottingham Rescue Rooms
gig, I feel like I am either witnessing the Emperor's New Clothes syndrome
or I have a flawed perception. Let me be frank. I have loved the Fall
since I first heard Live at the Witchtrials almost 25 years ago. I
have tried to explain their appeal to countless friends and acquaintances
who only hear a noisy racket and a tuneless singer. I have believed
them to be on a downward track several times only to be reinvigorated
by a new release. And I have never wanted to look back and watch them
try to regain former glories through repetition of style or content.
Like many followers of MES and his numerous lineups that have constituted
the band over the years, I listened to the new album and thought, not
bad at all, if not great. This might have been because it wasn't as
bad as 'Are You Are Missing Winner', but all things are relative. I
was looking forward to the gig in Nottingham more than I had been for
years. The long delay in coming on stage was irritating but par for
the course. (I once saw them in Edinburgh when MES flounced off mid-set,
only to return after about half an hour and finish off. And that was
a good gig). But this was different. I realised later, after thinking
for a long time over why I was so disappointed, that the one of things
that made the Fall great live was the tension on stage. There seemed
to be a real lack of this now. It was, particularly, a tension caused
by the fact that others who had done a stint in the Fall from almost
the start had an ownership of the music as much as MES. Line-ups since
the departures of Craig Scanlon and Steve Hanley in particular don't
seem to have this history. They seem like hired (and frequently fired)
In fact, I had a horrible feeling towards the end of the gig that
I was watching the equivalent of those bands that go around under the
name of the Searchers or the Four Tops but have one original member
and a pick up band. MES has always been central to the Fall but he
is not the Fall himself. To me the heart of the Fall was always Smith/Hanley/Scanlon.
There have been many interesting line-ups but they have always had
this core. This was really brought home by the pitiful attempts at
Middle Mass and Damo Suzuki. These are great songs and the originals
have fantastic subtlety, which was completely knocked out of them in
Nottingham. This (current) band has no light and shade. The new album
is OK, but I do wonder how much of me gives it even that rating because
of history. Fall albums and gigs never used to be just OK. It's arguable
what the last truly great album is, but it's certainly not any of the
By the way, it wasn't me who threw the bottle at the end. I was at the
back, trying to work out what had happened to a great band, and the answer,
I guess is that some of them at least were sitting at home in Manchester.
6 - Engine Rooms, Cardiff:
Many thanks to Mike for these
photos, Pontypoolie for these
photos, and Matthew for the setlist.
ermmmmmmmmmmmmm REALLY fkn wonderful if you are in any doubt about
seeing them live DO IT NOW can't see them keeping it up for , what,
9 nights in a row?
never seen the fall do 2 encores before my throat is buggered from singing the
FValli high bits to Walk Like A Man MES on absolute .....................
fkn knackered time for bed
went to the City bar to meet people who weren't there - they probably took one
look and walked, like we shouldve - turns out they were the couple piggybacking
on stage at the end - sign of the good spirits that MES didnt barge them back
into the crowd
cracking venue, probably the smallest I've seen them play - really in your face
stuff - was that you picking up the setlist by the drums Maf? got lots of pics
- hope they turn out ok - will pass them on. really really irritated by the music
preFall - something a bit more interesting wouldn't have been difficult
the 2level tinnitus has just about gone but my ears still haven't popped
I was completely mesmerised throughout - couldn't believe it - top 5 ever sort
of gig - said thankyou to Ben & Dingo afterwards and it was really heartfelt
just to cap a fantastic night, got a lift back to Ponty from Gentleman Jens the
German GP - his first time and unlikely to be the last
got up this morning and the nipper asks "was the old lady on drums?" !!!! (quality
was a top gig i agree. good to hear em given a fair crack at the
new stuff which all sounded on top form really.
i think set was pretty much::::::
joke / mountain / sparta / middlemass / boxoctosis / mod mock goth / walk like
a man / janet james johnny / greeneyed / contraflow / protein / mere pseud mag
ed // prinz / dr bucks //
After the support act finished we were made to listen to 'The 2nd
Coming' by the Stone Roses - in it's entirety - TWICE until after a
short burst of PPPanzer the band came on. A few bars into The Joke
and they were joined by a suited MES, not a matching suit, mind. Anyway,
It was well worth the long journey I had to make 'cos it was SUPERB,
a great performance, full of good spirits - no negativities, except
maybe the vocals could of been louder.
I even managed to end up with a setlist. A memorable night.
I agree with Ponty, go and see them if you can.
Ding threw his setlist onto the stagefront and it luckily landed
in front of me. I never bother with things like that usually. I'll
scan it in. This is a transcription of the written setlist;
Joke / Mountain / Sparta / Mid. Mass / Green / Boxoctosis / Mad Mock Goth / Walk
Like Man / Janet / Contraflow / Xmas / Pseud
The venue was alright, it wasn't in the Bay area leisure centre hell - bring
back the docks. The sound was pretty good. Audience was of a certain age - see
Demographics thread. Merchandise stall had plenty of cd's t-shirts etc. Beer
was ok and not overpriced. The choice of music was very irritating but it had
the effect of making the crowd restless - cue the band.
Agree it was a top quality performance - Ben very restrained, focused,
drummer excellent. I struggled to pick out a great deal of Mark's vocals,
probably because I was too close to the monitors, but the whole thing
came across really well. I'd gone with my elder brother and sister,
who'd last seen them at the Royal Festival Hall with the previous-band-but-one.
Other than being a little unsteady on their pins (we'd imbibed in the
pub over the road while waiting to pick up tickets from the box office)
they were both equally v much taken by the new material. Great moment
when it dawned on me, after a long intro, that Middlemass was being
given an airing. Walk Like A Man was a gas also. Top stuff, London
Monday doesn't seem too far away...
7 - Carling Academy, Islington, London:
Many thanks to Paul for these
photos and Jaffoon Jaffoon for these
aerial shots. There's a review of the night on the Idealog
Just got back with The Fall still ringing in one ear and can report up front
that this was a BLINDING GIG. Fully satisfied my expectations built up reading
the US tour reviews here.
Heist were up first in the packed small/medium sized venue and they provided
a nice hors d'oeuvre with their compelling brass section and female vocals. Then
came that other NW veteran John Cooper Clarke to a cheer from the old 'uns amongst
us. Only did three or four of his rapid-fire poem-rants spaced out with a stand-up
comedy turn which seemed to be appreciated.
The short intermission had MES spoken word playing in the background and then
on came the band with The Man following shortly after. Launched into a storming
version of 'The Joke' which had the front rows immediately stoked into frenetic
activity. Clearly an appreciative crowd all geared up. There followed a selection
similar to the US shows but no Xralothep or Xexagon (that I remember!).
MES in generally good mood, drinking only water onstage and a few bits of mischief
- swopping mikes, twiddling amp knobs, knocking over the guitarist's mike and
putting his jacket over the high-hat mike. Poor Ben seemed the main target but
it was taken in apparent good humour! Two encores followed and MES seemed to
be having fun on Prinz singing into two mikes at once. What a bloody relief
High points for me - The Joke, Middle Mass (wow!!) I Am Damo Suzuki, Mere Pseud,
White Lightning, Sparta, Boxoctosis...Oh and I was one of the those who caught
the thrown mike for the Big New Prinz chorus!!!
Hmmm, my poor old addled brain will get this wrong but what I can remember (probably
not in order) is:
The Joke / Middle Mass / Mountain Energei / Sparta FC / Green Eyed Loco Man /
Protein Protection / Open the Boxoctosis / Contraflow / I am Damo Suzuki / Mere
Pseud Mag Ed / White Lightning /Big New Prinz
at least one or two others in there as well - Janet and Johnny? The Past?
joke / mountain energei / sparta / middle mass / loco
man / boxotocsis / mod mock goth / walk like a man / janet v johnny
/ contraflow / protein /mere pseud // damo / lightning // big new prinz
Mark lookin'good,nice pair of Diesels, lot of checking the back of
his hand'specially during Mountain Energei which he messed up, on purpose
I reckon, super-fast version of Mere Pseud Mag,really workin'the string
section....stand out trax for me were Damo Suzuki, Boxoc,and that mad
mock goth dead hypnotic track...Managed to get me mits on the mic as
well...quite a few lads had brought their other halves, very lacklustre
performance on the whole-the audience that is-the Grolsch was v.heavy
on the H2O, nice tiles in the bogs......Heist were inoffensive enough,
JCClarke had the whole place laughing...'I like to eat a third of a
Mars Bar a day, to help me rest'
All in all it were The Fall doin'what they do for an audience that didn't know
what to do...great encore, Mark spittin'out...'He is fuckin' not..... appreciated'....
I'm off to go'n'get the new Xmas single now.....have yerselves a cha-cha-cha-cheeky
little christMES time
Arrived mid-way through John Cooper Clarke into what
was an already packed venue and so we headed to
the upstairs bar. However the only possibility of seeing what was going
on from up there was from two
television screens which had me thinking of Marks interview in 'Perverted
By Language Bis' (where he
goes on about playing The Peppermint Lounge and how half the crowd
would have their back to the band
while watching them on a screen (preferring to look at "flickering
things") I suppose on the plus side
both the John Cooper Clarke & Fall performances were most likely
MES was on top form. Plenty of the usual messing with
microphones / mic stands and occasional turning
up of treble on guitar amp (which worked very well!)The opener was
The Joke (not many surprises here)
and this was followed by Mountain Energi which kicked things off. It
was excellent as were Sparta and
Boxotocsis. The latter having the crowd at the front chanting "Open
The Box...open the box ..open the
God damn BOX" . MES made some comment at one stage along the lines
of " ah the band are a little
tired, after travelling all the way from Wales"
The last number Big New Prinz saw Mark joining in on drums and being
very jovial. He dropped the mic
into the crowd and when a bouncer furiously grabbed it back and put
it back on stage Mark just
casually dropped it in again grinning
Highlights were 'Walk Like A Man'? (Hilarious) and
was that drummer doing improvised drum rolls (and
getting away with it!) and Middle Mass (as soon as I heard the opening
bass line I thought YESSSSS).
My girlfriend enjoying it two was also a definite plus (and she wanted
to know who the cute bass
player was). Unfortunately I've stopped noting band member's names.
Anyway, recommend anyone to catch this line up live. It was very enjoyable
8 - Carling Academy, Islington, London:
photos courtesy Paul Kane. And the following
wonderful photo with many thanks to Nick Gibbons:
A few more of Nick's photos are
Just got back from this gig, and it was brilliant! John Cooper
Clarke was on fine form, even if he's not your average support
act. The Fall played (in no particular order) :
Theme From Sparta FC
Green Eyed Loco Man
(We Wish) 4 U a Protein Christmas (I think. Basically Protein
Protection with different lyrics)
Janet, Johnny and James
New Big Prinz (with a snippet of Secession Man thrown in)
Dr Buck's Letter
Walk Like A Man (!!)
Mere Pseud Mag Ed
Open the Boxoctosis
plus one more I don't recognise, and probably more that I don't remember
besides*. Brilliant stuff!
P.S. Notebooks out, trivia fans: The comedians Stewart Lee and Kevin Eldon
were in the audience.
* White Lightning
Biggest Librarian Yet:
A remarkably good gig, once Heist (an anag of
'shite', I couldn't help but notice) had fucked off. J Cooper
Cluck hasn't changed his appearance since 1979 and... wait for
it... he hasn't changed his act either! He-hey! No, but seriously,
I kept expecting him to say 'Ey, now, 'appen this one's about
them rubic's cubes. Ave yer seen em? I'm so thin, I have to run
around in't shower to get wet. No, no.. eh... now then. Eh?'
etc. But he was DAMN GOOD - anyone can be entertaining with great
material; it takes real talent to be entertaining with material
that's older than yer mam.
The Fall... well, same thing really. Amazing how galvanising MES's presence is.
They come on, play a really basic, locked groove over and over and it's, y'know..
alright. MES comes on and rasps something over the top of it about PC camps or
whatever, while looking like old man Steptoe with a smack habit and suddenly...
it's EPOCHAL. TRANSCENDENT. GOOD AND THAT.
I was knocked out that they did Middlemass. Loved the Walk Like A Man cover.
Hell, loved the whole gig. Terrible venue, but decent sound, surprisingly up-for-it
crowd (the place was packed, and this on the second Fall gig in two days, on
a Monday, in what is - with the best will in the world - a venue in a shopping
mall in fucking Is-ling-ton) and a great deal of beer. I swooned and fell in
love once more with MES's raddled visage. Oh, if only I could be a 20-something
greek goth and feel his manly and mancunian loving. Mmmmm.
A fantastic night! One of the best & I've
seen the Fall countless times over the years. Mark was in
fine form i.e. he walked off stage a few times BUT CAME BACK!!
and looked in better shape than he has
done over the last few years, leaner and healthier. It looked
like the great choons the band have
produced on 'Click' have re-engergised them - the encore in particular
was outstanding - a great crowd
pleaser in 'New Big Prinz' with the mike doing the rounds in
the front row for added electricity as
random shouts of 'check the guy's track record' and 'he is fucking
not appreciated' peppered the song
in all the wrong places but somehow made it 20 times better (and
it's already my fave Fall song).
Dr Buck's Letter was phenomenal - starting off as an unrecognisable
heavy metal stomp as Mark went in
search of a new mike after the first 2 got knackered after a
number of smashes on floors, drum kit,
etc, and then into a reggae trance beat with Ben and the bass
player continuing the groove long after
MES had left the stage for the last time. I've never seen so
many people stay behind afterwards
demanding a 2nd encoure (unsuccessfully as it turned out) but
you could tell they were wowed by the
Fall - a huge crowd as well, great atmosphere.
All in all the Fall played a good mix of new stuff off the new
album plus a couple of tunes that don't
normally get an airing - a good policy to keep the 'haven't seen
them for years' crowd happy. And with
John Cooper Clarke on the bill as well keeping everyone in stitches,
this gig gets a ten out of ten in
my book. Well done boys and girl.
PS - this applies to the Monday night - apparently Sunday night
wasn't as great (according to ...
massive name drop ... Stuart Lee ... who I met at the coatcheck
- MES was more disgruntled and
disjointed - not so on Monday, though - he was DEFINITELY enjoying
the music and the vibe.
ok. the fall.. i'll give you the long and short of it. i went
alone. no tix.
had mirella on stanby for 'the call' after her workout. met a bloke as soon as
i got there selling 2 tix for a tenner each. hoovered them up and made 'the
call'. met me lady in a pub 'round the cona. went to the show. brand new place,
set up like that kitchener mick taylor place. we went upstairs and were right
over top of them. perfect view
you gotta check out 'john cooper clarke'. he's
on the web and kazaa he's this poet dude, been around for a long
time. he opened the show. he's got that fly look. a cross between
ron wood and rick ocasik. hillarious dude. spoken word.. jokes.
very funny. had a little hit song on cfny years ago called 'beasley
street'. you'll recognize it. standing right next to us, we befriended
mario, dom (RIP) and tony mascitelli. they were aaaaaalright!
the fall came on late , about 10. the band is
young and rockin hard. jj on bass. his chick on keys. a really
good guitar player. and a drummer with a 2 piece kit only. of
course. where's he goin'? what he's gonna play moby dick? or
some cream tune? he was doin it straigh up. fall styleee. they'd start a 2
chord song and just hammer it the whole time. sometimes possibly
mark e?? a different story. this guy is mister
laid back in front of these repetitive loud riffs. mirella said
he reminds her of hugh hefner. exactly! it's like hugh hefner
being backed by the stranglers. anyway, mark e did not pick up
an instrument. dressed in silver dress shirt and bbbbblack slacks.
could not understand ONE word he was singing. if you didn't know
the words, you were not going to learn them here. i don't know
exactly how to describe what he
was doing but basically... singing, walking around non chelant all over the
stage. going to the guitar amp and turning 4 or 5 knobs ALL
THE WAY OVER. so now the guitar is cranked and trebley. through
the course of the show, he did this with everyone's amps. turned
the knobs.. ALL THE WAY. fucked up their
settings. in the process, completely tangling his mic up with his mic stand
and then tossed his mic into the hole in the bass drum. takes the guitarist's
mic and stand tangles the fuck out of that..does the same with
his chick's mic and the drummer's mic. the stage was an absolute mess!! and
all these wires are getting pulled into this web and are getting really tight.
from overhead it was a sea of stands and wires from corner to corner. the bass
player switches his bass chord to this super long one and it's coiled as well.
it could probably stretch out to 50 feet. so... the sound guy's goin nuts
right? because every mic's set a different way..different levels. so mark e
tosses a mic into the crowd and these guys are singing along. mark's got one,
two, three mics in his hand..some work, some don't. he pulls the one back out
of the bass drum and gets back on that. he's a funny dude. will not conform and
does not give a fuck about the sound (or does he?) or the sound guy. they
played over time limit 'till about 11:30. and yes, they did, 'walk like a
man', 'mr'pharmacist' and more i'm sure you know. it's totally anti- music ,
anti-lrehearsed live show and a whooooole lot of fun. th!
e fall is...the fall. period.
December 9 - The Robin 2, Bilston:
Well now. I haven't seen The Fall live since the '98 Christmas pantomime
- at that point I decided not
to travel to Fall gigs any more. And the one gig in Birmingham in 2000-ish
at the now-demolished
Foundry was on a night when I was doing something else far more important
(picking my feet, if I
I had low expectations of this gig to be honest. The support act were
great, 60s-garage rock'n'roll
plus Ian Curtis twitching - before the Fall Gruppe came on I honestly
thought they were going to be
upstaged. But no.
MES was the most focused I've ever seen him.
Good humoured, shouty, lots of words. Better still, I
never saw any of the so-called "vintage" band lineups turn
in a performance as strong as last night.
Milner in particular is a terrific drummer - he can obviously play
really well but is disciplined
enough not to go flailing around all over the place. Drums and bass
are great - unfussy, thundering.
Songs played (in no particular order): The Joke, Mountain Energei,
Loco Man, Contraflow, Middlemass,
Mod Mock Goth (long, long introduction, MES barking lyrics out), Open
the Box, Janet Johnny + James
(much better live than on record), Sparta (awesome), Mere Pseud Mag
Ed, Pharmacist (really tight)
Encore: F'oldin Money, White Lightning, a huge long Big New Prinz
(Milner started this too fast, MES
restarted it - but with a smile on his face)
Some good "manual mixing" - fading
Ben in and out, usual extra mics in bass drum antics, vocal mic in
front of bass amp at the end. Sounded like a plane taking off.
We had an "MES walk-off" sweepstake,
which I think I won - two proper walk-offs, and a half-hearted
standing-at-side-of-stage episode. I don't think I've ever enjoyed
a Fall gig as much as this one - I
also can't imagine it will last for long - catch this lineup while
gave it 6/10, don't get me wrong, it WAS good just not outstanding.
But I did have 5 pints and
Oo! got Protein Xmas CD from the gig too, have yet to hear it,
not sure if I'll just keep it till
xmas morn! E.Poulou is indeed very easy on the eye (with associated
grrrrrrrrr noises thrown in for
required effect). Was really happy Prinz made it's return. I hadn't
heard that in years.
I agree with Stuart, erm it was good but me heed ist too fuzzy at
this time to give a proper match
report. Sorry for not shutting me yap in the back seat on way home...
Frankly, the gripes are but threefold;
(1) Stupidly hard to find unless you know precisely where you're going (unprintable
psychedelic map on venue webpage - 2:14)
(2) Expensive entré and drinks
(3) Some guy smoking cigars milling about making everyone smell
Other than that (except (4) awful support, thx) top drawer rockin fab. Amusing
antics and finishes and a bunch of The Greats.
w'lk l'k uh m'n / t'lk l'k uh m'ahahahan!
There's also a review on the BBC's Black
with a couple of photos.
December 10 - Sugar Mill, Hanley:
Only got to see the first half a dozen or so songs last night as
I was up against the injustices of public transport and the whims of
Mark E Smith.
Arrived in good time at 8pm, and then spent the next 2hrs and 20 minutes staring
at an empty stage listening to the same four tracks over and over on the PA.
A small venue with no direct stage access, and we found ourselves positioned
by the door through which the Fall would have to walk through to get on stage.
Shortly before 10 pm, from behind the stage door there came a flurry of "You
fuck off!", "No YOU fuck off!" and various people walking in and out in huffs.
Shortly after 10.15pm security appears to protect the Fall from us on their way
to the stage. The guy tells me Mark E Smith has just turned up.
The Fall minus Smith take to the stage and play for a couple of minutes and then
possibly the most badly dressed man with the worst haircut armed with an A4 writing
pad takes to the stage.
I have always known of the Fall, have realised Smith's genius, but have only
recently begun to take an active interest.
Who is this man? He was alternately fascinating and non-descript. Black school
shoes with light coloured trousers, no arse, tight blue pullover revealing his
slackening midriff, and atop on slightly hunched shoulders this incredible old
man's face fringed with a do it yourself haircut.
No sooner was he on stage than he was twiddling with the volume nob on the guitarist's
amp, blowing his nose on the corner of the back drop, re-postioning his A4 pad,
constantly comparing his own mike with the guitarist's, generally wandering around
as though making mental lists and fiddling, fiddling with the height adjustment
of his own mic stand.
A couple of songs in and he was off stage, re-appearing unflustered after a couple
of minutes with a bottle of water and a beer.
We could only make the first twenty minutes, but I did feel blessed to have been
in his presence, leaving the venue, from outside we could still hear them play
as we walked away and it was good to know that somewhere not too far away Mark
E Smith was still doing what he does.
December 11 - The Boardwalk, Sheffield:
Alarmingly, this is the first time I've seen The Fall in 4 years.
Last time I saw them was also at Sheffield Boardwalk. Not sure why
I've missed them between times.
Now I've always had the impression that MES doesn't like Sheffield
for some reason. Pretty much every time I've seen them here they've
been either utterly shambolic (which, at least, is entertaining) or
thoroughly workmanlike (you can just see them thinking "let's get this over with and get out of this student hell-hole").
The only real exception to this was last time they played the Boardwalk when
they were pretty darn good (all things being relative).
From reading the reviews on this site over the last few months I dared to have
high expectations for once. I turned up at the venue at about 9 pm to be surprised
by the sheer number of people there. Where have all these Fall fans come from?!
I never meet any! An odd mix - you had your been-into-them-since-78 types to
cute young student types with hairgrips that you normally see dancing to Belle & Sebastian
or some such at some indie night or other. Good stuff.
Support band (Leon?) were shite - pedestrian indie rock. We then had about an
hour of the greatest hits of D.Bowie - Mark'll have loved that, I'm sure! - before
a rather muffled recording of PPP began to strain through the PA. And then finally!
Started with the much overplayed "The Joke" (which I've always thought sounded
like the Buzzcocks "Fast Cars"). Sounded better than I've heard it before, but
Smith obviously wasn't happy as the tune came careering to a halt after about
a minute. "Let's have some fuckin' monitors", or some such. He bellowed "hello" into
the mic a few times, the crowd answering back. "This isn't fuckin' pop idols",
he assured us.
Next came "Telephone Thing". A great tune that's always sounded awful live, but
tonight it rocked! I thought so, anyway. MES didn't. Barely a minute into the
track the band walk off stage. My mate, who'd never seen them before, was incredulous: "you're
fuckin' joking, aren't you?" I assured him this was quite the norm, altho' I've
not known them go off this early. Or for as long. Seemed like about 20 minutes
before they reappeared to continue with "Telephone". From thereon in, it just
got better and better.
I can never remember set lists, but tracks included (in no particular order) "Walk
Like A Man" (great - I was really hoping they would play this; glad he didn't
attempt the falsetto), "Mountain Energei", "Middle Mass" (fantastic! one of my
all-time faves and it sounded great), "Sparta", "Loco", "Protein", "Boxoctosis", "Janet,
etc", "Mr Pharmacist" (always gets the crowd goin - one for weddings, parties,
bahmitzvahs, etc), "Mere Pseud Mag Ed" (a brilliant racket - surprisingly funky
too, I thought), and some others... Encore included "White Lightening" (not heard
this in a while, a welcome return), "Big New Prinz", one of the best renditions
I've ever heard, altho' the crowd, myself included, were a little reluctant to
take the mic when he handed it over. Ended with a sludgy version of the tedious
Dr Buck's Letter (sorry, never been keen on this), but it didn't detract from
a great night out for all the family.
Crowd didn't seem to get into it for a while (that's Sheffielders for you) but
there was a bit of a moshpit by the end, with some besuited guy slam-dancing
Other stuff: really impressed by this band. I think Dave, Ben and Ding(o) are
great musicians, but aren't, as far as I can tell, frustrated jazz musos - they
just do their job, keep it simple and tight. Ding's bassplaying cannot be faulted.
Much better than the Wilding/Helal/Head lineup.
And then there's Elini, lovely Elini. Not as glamorous as I'd expected from the
photos, but very cute, with a bit of a wiggle in her walk. Nice polka-dot stilettoes,
for which she deserves respect. She definitely does add something musically,
too - her keyboards and vocals were well up in the mix (more so than in the days
of Bush or Nagle, it seemed) and sounded great. But really, she must be about
a third of her spouse's age.
Mark E Smith must have some great chat-up lines.
On the strength of reviews to date, was really looking
forward to this (not always the best frame of mind for a Fall concert,
but hard to avoid).
Anyway, despite excessive post gig drinking arrived in time to see both supports.
The first of which, who were called somethin like atacus, were surprisingly good
and I was more than happy to accept a free CD. The second band, Leon, were not,
which, in fairness allowed me to concentrate on more drinking.
At the conclusion of the support I purchased two more pints and a COTC tee shirt
and made my way to the front. Waited. Drank first pint. Waited some more and
drank second pint. Eventually (about 10.15) the band emerged and launched into
the Joke. shortly afterwards MES joined them. I have seen in him some states
over the last 20 years but last night must beat all. His eyes were just about
closed and I was amazed he manged to stay vertical.
'From the start trouble with the mike's' so much so that before the half way
point MES drew the song to an abrupt conclusion. The confused ban launched into
the second song which lasted a good 30 seconds before Mark decided it wasn't
working, stopped the song and left the stage beckoning the band to join him -
which they promptly did.
Then followed a good 20 mins of will they won't they return and just when I was
about to bet on the won't option they came back and continued the set (not dissimilar
to Nottingham). MES looked dazed and confused, constantly twiddled everyones
nobs and used every mike going including the one from the bass drum. He eventually
settled for a two mike option. He did not speak at all.On a couple of occasions
he looked like he might be about to say something but each time the band launched
into the next song before he had chance.
He didn't really snarl as he seemed beyond that, but to my amazement got just
about everything right including Walk Like a Man.
They came back for a lengty encore finished by a super version of Dr Bucks letter
with Ben and Dingo continuing long after everone else had finnished with proceedings
ending when Ben nodded he had had enough and it was all over.
Whilst Mr Smith was not at his best, it is the first time I have seen this line
up live and I was very, very impressed. Ben and Dingo were excellent and Dave
Milner, who never seems to get much of a mention, is for me second only to K
K Burns in the long list of Fall drummers and provides good backing vocals. I
hope they all stick around for a while yet.
Given the delayed start and walk off I missed the last bus home which was even
more annoying as I had paid that bit extra for a return ticket. Obviously this
then necessitated a visit to the nearst Kebab House and a £10 taxi jouney.
The knock on effect of this being at 10.15 arrival at work this morning.
Had this been a concert by any other band I would have been a bit fucked off.
But this is not any other band, this is the Fall. I long ago gave up trying to
apply any logic to my feelings for them. It was not my greatest night at a Fall
concert, nor the gratest Fall concert I have seen, but I am glad I was there
and will be first in the queue for tickets when they come back.
12 - The Mill, Preston:
/ telephone thing / mountain energei / green eyed loco-man / mod
mock goth / the joke / middlemass / walk like a man / contraflow
/ mr. pharmacist / janet johnny james / sparta fc / protein protection
/ mere pseud mag // white lightnin' / new big prinz / dr. buck's
// bourgeois town
essence of tong:
1st gig review, bear with me: arrived at 9.20
in time to see end of support group, bought country on the click
t shirt (£10),
world bewitched (£8), bbc sessions (£7), protein
christmas(£4).bought pint of carling and went and stood up by the stage
and waited. and waited. and waited. large crowd start getting restless but
then at 10.40 band enter stage left. "good evening, we are the fall". i was
expecting the joke but got boxoctosis instead.
highlights of the set include
green eyed loco man (better live than recorded), sparta, mountain energei,
last commands, contraflow( hope you're realizing by know that a lot of the
new lp is included, best listen to it before you see them), telephone thing,
mr pharmacist and a suprisingly wonderful walk like a man (complete with
chicago now type organ noise).
mark e. wearing trousers and skinny
fit black jumper over a white shirt ("beware
of lead singers in white shirts")
that had harry hill type collar! his wife (how does he pull them?) youthfully
resplendent in her polka dot high heels and black dress. the worlds tallest
guitarist centre stage. mark e in affable mood turns his wifes knob - she reproachingly
smacks his hand and turns it back. he then alters the other guitarists settings
- cue fond smile and shake of the head from the guitarist (who it must be said
has a slight look of a young mark riley). microphone put inside drum, mark
e crouching on floor searching through crumpled sheets that have fallen out
of an a4 refill pad. soundman bemused. halfway through mark e again says good
evening, we are the fall. then goes on to say "my voice's fucked, i'll do my
back on for encore, white lightening, prinz, dr bucks letter.
back on for another encore. familiar, do know it, name escapes me
- help please [Bourgeois Town]. midnight, the end. great show go
Great concert this... His present band are excellent. Highlights for me were
Big New Prinz, Sparta, Telephone thing, Mr Pharmacist... In fact most were good
or better. The disappointment was Contraflow. It just didn't do much for me.
The sound from bass & drums was immense.
Eleni got some great sounds out of her keyboard when you could hear
them (Mark kept turning her up, but she kept turning it down). Ben's
guitar for Bourgeois town made the most amazing sounds. Wow
A few other thoughts:
I haven't been to many gigs in recent years, in fact the last time I saw The
Fall in 1990 is one of the more recent, but this was easily the oldest and ugliest
audience I've been in, average age comfortably mid-30's. Being mid-40's and bald,
I didn't feel at all out of place. Don't know where the new 17-18 year old Fall
audience that people have talked about were - there were a few near the front
before the start but they had disappeared by the time the predominantly fat elderly
'moshers' gathered just behind me.
It was great to hear Middle Mass, and The
Joke was also well done, but I would have to pick New Big Prinz as the standout
Smith gave the mike to a guy just in front of me, who did a creditable
job for the last minute or so of Dr. Buck's Letter.
a semi-permanent smirk/sneer as Smith wandered about, abandoned lyrics,
bent down to peruse his A4 sheets, messed about with the mikes and
stands, twiddled with his amp etc. You'd have thought he'd be used
to it by now.
MES has a rather mesmerising set of tics and mannerisms
and it's somehow amazing that a skinny, middle-aged, bloke with a
crumpled face and a navy jumper can be so fascinating to watch.
ready for an average show, particularly when they didn't turn up
till 10:40, but this was great ... great to see Smith has pulled it
round too, dead eye stare intact.
13 - The Castle, Oldham:
One of the most tight, well performed and professional gigs since
the infotainment Scan / Middle Class revolt era.
Firstly many thanks
to my g/f whom kindly agreed to drive from Leeds to the gig, and endure
Oldham for one night only. Since everything was running late we were
advised to go for a pint in a real ale Oldham Athletic supporters type
pub opposite. My girlfriends orange juice had a foreign object floating at the
surface, it looked suspiciously like grass. 50p for the lactics supporter's
drinking/social welfare/keep tramps off the street/fighting fund. We settled
down opposite the pool table and amused ourselves by watching The Falls pool
playing skills. Mark E Smith's tactic particularly well observed by Louise,
as every attempt to screw the white ball ended up with the said ball flying
halfway across the pub near or next to our little island table. It was Louise's
first Fall gig.
Anyway, the gig. This was defiantly the smallest
venue I have ever seen the Fall play, the band had to get onto the
postage stamp stage through the crowd. Set list as other gigs, starting
with a joke. Whoever did the vocals for Box? It was very good indeed.
Musicians were tight, PA was very good, sound was smooth, not as
raw as it used to be, but much more disciplined, nothing sloppy.
It would be very nice if the Fall could keep this quality up for
a while. If you really like the Fall's live sound and haven't seen
the Fall on this tour i strongly recommend one of the gigs next year.
It will be worth it, trust me. So what did lou think? "well it was alright".
Fall were 'good' last night, with most of the set played well and
sounding strong, M. Smith was exceptional, (although the group looked
scared of him when he ventured in their direction) best moment was
when a guest (black) soul singer joined him onstage during 'open the
box'? and was there was a stunning duet.
encore was a bit crap I think the initial burst of (drug induced?)
energy had waned after two thirds of the set and the performance was
beginning to deterorate, Dingo got too loud, and M. smith got pissed
off with him justifiably (imho) pulling the plug or turning him down.
drummer is good on most of the songs, and Ben was good (apart from
once when he started going into 'his' solo type stuff on one song),
Elanor's key's were ok, backing vox good, should be more confident
A Literary Review Of A Fall Engagement In The Mode Of A Terminally
Melvyn Bragg On Imbibing A Preparation Of Liquidised Laurel Leaves
The last time I came up north to see the fall I ended up sleeping
bush. This time there was a plan. At least on paper. A4 printouts of
taxi nos, a list of buses to Oldham, and 3 copies of a printed e-ticket
the 12.05am coach back to Birmingham. Also a Manc a-z. I'm not a complete
I had trouble organising all these pieces of paper on the 5.30pm Birmingham
to Manchester coach as the low lighting left the back seat almost pitch
black. My rustling disturbed the slumbers of a hog-like bloke two seats
front. After which he kept turning round and leering every few minutes
Stan Ogden looking for his tea. At couple of times he turned round
enough to make eye contact while I was busy picking my nose.
It was too dark on the coach to read. I had the Jim Thompson omnibus
me. I wished I had brought a smaller book not to read. The concern
that the oversized tome might cuckoo-like force my wallet out of the
pocket after a few pints.
I made a mental note to find a hiding place for the book at the coach
station from which I could collect it again on the way back... then
that I would probably forget anyway after a few pints.
It began to pour with rain as we passed through
Stafford. I managed to skim
through The Independent at Stafford bus station which was brightly
Mick Jagger on the front page collecting his knighthood, Quote Of The
being his qualification that honours are nice if you don't take them
seriously. The Fall gig was listed in the entertainments section with
words along the lines of "the inimitable Mark E Smith".
The Castle Oldham - a small venue approx 120ft
by 100ft. Or probably a lot
bigger or smaller than that. A stage to the right of the front entrance
(raised perhaps a couple of feet from the main floor and this evening
decorated by The Fall cartoon backdrop) and a pool room to the left. "Intimate" concealed
lighting, some brushed aluminium and mirrored surfaces
perhaps meant to evoke a (brewery sponsoredish) nu-rockish feel (the
guess of a born-again philistine). The main floor carefully sectioned
into three by silver crowd barriers, two main halves and a small 4
mosh area at the front of the stage.
Guess what - the place is full of scruffy middle-agedish men. But
were no ordinary tramp-a-likes. Clearly I was privileged to be present
an unprecedented gathering of the cream of Manchester's creative
cognoscenti. A dazzling variety of approaches to every conceivable
hair loss were paraded before the rapacious eyes of the attendant fashion
press mafiosi. These were (literally) met and even exceeded in a few
extreme cases by all possible configurations of facial hair up to but
including a full beard. My kind of people.
Let's just say that IF THERE IS somewhere in Manchester a specialist
design salon for Fall fans only... and IF IT DOES have a window display
soft focus sepia-tinted photos... AND IF THOSE PHOTOS SHOULD show ex-Kays
catalogue menswear models... and IF THOSE MODELS DID sport the hair
that I witnessed last night, then sadly, I personally am not aware
Of those attending, the larger proportion wore glasses. Of that proportion,
the larger proportion wore small rectangular glasses. Of that proportion
the larger proportion wore plain wire-rimmed rectangular glasses (my
personal choice). Of the rest, these ranged from those rimless rectangular
glasses (a bit fussy) to a pair of thin black plastic designerish glasses.
These last were worn with what seemed like great effort by a man in
fifties with a thin, cerebral looking face and long swept back hair.
glanced around the room intensely. The effect of the eyewear was that
semiotic relevance of everything he looked at was being deconstructed
cauldron of his mind, torn apart in the giant clashing gears of his
remorseless James Burke-like mental appendage. He was probably looking
A bloke remarks at about 10 to 10 that we are
being kept waiting. We pass a
few remarks. He says that he met MES in the pub next door earlier that
evening and said to him "I've been a fan ever since the start".
the reply was "Oh, don't start giving me that shit". Which
the bloke said
was spot on, because he hadn't really been a fan from the start at
We swap our claims to fame: he got a cartoon strip about signing on
published in Zit magazine. I saw BA Robertson driving his car in London
when I was 6.
The bloke lets me know that he is happy - he has a wicked bird and
travel a lot. He lifts boxes for a living. I am a caretaker. We both
count ourselves lucky to have escaped the cruel fate of becoming tortured
artists moaning about how nobody realises how difficult it is to create.
He asks me if I am happy. I change the subject. He changes the subject
again - he says would I believe that he had a gay period when he was
younger. I reply that that sounds messy. He says that he found the
Manchester gay scene to be a load of bollocks. I reply that I expected
that would be the case, but was prepared to take his word for it...
seemed to bring us to the end of what we needed to discuss. A genuinely
I can't remember exactly what the warm up music was, but I do remember
was the good stuff, search and destroy for example was played and
The band kicked off with The Joke, followed by
Telephone Thing, nice powerful renditions, satisfying and toothsome.
I lose count then, but recall Green Loco Man (fave line - "you move fast, but I am tight" or
similar), f*cking pharmacist, a bewitching Janet and Johnny, an equally
bewitching mountain energei, a gut rocking protein and Contraflow.
FC converts me from initial indifference towards infatuation with.
outstanding number of the evening was MOD MOCK GOTH, definitely hypnotic,
truly wonderful and frightening. Of the selection of old classics,
Big Prinz was the best. I had to leave during this to head for the
station. I dared to hope to hear Last Commands played live, but left
enough despite this frustration.
Good bass sound last night, a bit of growl, definitely promising.
guitar, better than the album version for example on Boxoctosis, the
rockabilly influence notable. The keyboards are excellent - the fall
think are best when there is enough melody to get the pop angle across,
which there now is. The drummer did an excellent job, on drums and
vocals, in partic Sparta. The vocalist wasn't half bad either.
I managed to make the 12.05am coach back with 10 mins to spare. High
of the return journey was the coach driver's intercom description of
use the toilet facilities:
[crackle pop... breathing sound]
Good evening everybody... Will people please note that there are toilet
facilities with a washbowl and towels to wash yer hands etcetera located
the rear of the vehicle. The way that you use the toilet, there's a
pedal at ground level, down at the left. What you do is, you put a
weight - just a little bit - on the pedal, and what that does is that
clears whatever you have put into the toilet. Just put a bit of weight
it, and hopefully that should stop the back area there stinking through
What poetry - At one point I could have sworn
that i physically heard Ian
Gillan screaming the classic lost Deep Purple B-side "Stinking
Night". But it was probably just the sound of a coach toilet being
repeatedly as i drifted in and out of a drunken sleep on a long ride
the Midlands western quarter.
few Fall bits in this week's NME - many thanks to Mick for
sending them in. I have no idea what it means, but "Netto Superstar" does
score a single hit on Google, which is useful.
"Them from Sparta FC" - the defenders? management?
Fame at last...
to buy the Fall," according to BBC 6FM (it's a real audio file).
Thanks to Mike for spotting the link.
Mark has offered to answer some questions from the Fallnet
fan base (including the forum, the mailing list, and website visitors).
The suggestion is that this could become a regular thing. He has asked
for me to select the "best" three questions each month, which
he will answer.
Please email any questions directly to me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and we'll see how we get on. I'll post the three questions I select
here and on the forum before I send them to MES.
As you've probably gathered from the message
board, Sanctuary has announced
the first two in their series of remastered, expanded Fall studio LPs.
Details courtesy the mighty Conway:
The first two Sanctuary reissues currently being
prepared are Live at the Witch Trials and Dragnet. The most amazing
news is that the original master tapes have been located. Lost in
the vaults of the record company - the vaults at EMI Records, to
Out on Jan. 26, 2004. Tracklistings:
Live At The Witch Trials - CD1 (Total time:
Frightened / Crap Rap 2 / Like To Blow / Rebellious Jukebox / No Xmas
For John Quays / Mother-Sister! / Industrial Estate / Underground
Medecin / Two Steps Back / Live At The Witch Trials / Futures And
Pasts / Music Scene
Step Forward SF7 single
Bingo-Master's Break-Out! / Psycho Mafia / Repetition
Step Forward SF9 single
It's The New Thing / Various Times
Dresden Dolls bootleg single
Electric Circus 10"
Stepping Out / Last Orders
Live At The Witch Trials - CD2 (Total time: 72.59)
Peel sessions 1 & 2
Rebellious Jukebox / Mother-Sister / Industrial Estate / Futures And
Put Away / Mess Of My / No Xmas For John Quays / Like To Blow
Liverpool 78 COGVP118 CD
Like To Blow / Stepping Out / Two Steps Back / Mess Of My / It's The
New Thing / Various Times / Bingo Master's Breakout / Frightened
/ Industrial Estate / Psycho Mafia / Music Scene / Mother-Sister
Dragnet (Total time: 74.25)
Psykick Dancehall / A Figure Walks / Printhead / Dice Man / Before The Moon Falls
/ Your Heart Out / Muzorewi's Daughter / Flat Of Angles / Choc-Stock / Spectre
vs. Rector / Put Away
Step Forward SF11 single
Rowche Rumble / In My Area
Step Forward SF13 single
Fiery Jack / 2nd Dark Age / Psykick Dancehall 2
Unreleased from master tapes
Rowche Rumble Take 2 (4.09)
Rowche Rumble Take 3 (0.33)
Rowche Rumble Take 4 (4.14)
Rowche Rumble Take 5 (1.38)
In My Area Take 1 (0.45)
In My Area Take 2 (5.08)
A combined review by
Rob Hollingworth of the Simon Ford and Mick Middles books from Bullit,
a new UK magazine.
Bending's wonderful The
Fall Multimedia Project website has part two of Diary
of a Madman (featuring Steve Evets and MES) and Brix discussing
the Adult Net on some TV show.
This is the latest news and gossip off FallNet for those with weak stomachs.
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reviews, HMV gig, Unpeeled interview (w/ Ben) details, Smash
Hits '87, Michael Bracewell's most embarrasing moment (and Pseud's
Durutti Colmns vs. The Fall photo exhibition, Permanent Years /
Rebellious Jukebox comp CDs, Fall badges, Reuben's Paintwork title page.
Manchester, Leeds gigs, book reviews, 1997 MES interview, new LP and single
19sep03 Uncut interview, book reviews,
"No Place Like It" transcript, a few old press clippings, Bingo
Master's 25th anniversary, War Against Intelligence cd, Bootleg Box Set
review, book launch party, Masked and Anonymous, Jack magazine, The Lovers
on tour, Johnny Cash
18aug03 Prindle int. w/Ben, Hip Priest reviews, Live at Phoenix
cd, War Against Intelligence cd, Brix int. 1994, Lovers single, web-enabled
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
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 press kit
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
3july02 2G+2 reviews, 6FM mp3, Bourgeois
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 Runner, Pan
13jan02 Timekode, Pan, bad German translations,
NME 2/25/89 interview
02jan02 album reviews, ancient Usenet
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
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