Fall play ...
Centre, Birmingham. With John Cooper Clarke and Pubic Fringe. Advance
tickets here (rescheduled from March 5).
Academy 2, Liverpool. With John Cooper Clarke and Pubic Fringe. Advance
tickets £14 (rescheduled from March 4).
Factory, New York, NY
Factory, New York, NY (note: the MES reading originally scheduled
for April 11 is not happening after all)
Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Cat, Washington, DC
Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Lounge, Atlanta, GA
Watt, Athens, GA
Peel, Asheville, NC
House, Newport, KY
Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Stick, Detroit, MI
Bottle, Chicago, IL - MES reading
Crawl, St. Louis, MO
Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
Brickhouse, Phoenix, AZ
Los Angeles, CA
Club, San Jose, CA
American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
Los Angeles, CA - MES reading
Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
off to New York for the shows -- I'll see you at the Knitting Factory
or Maxwell's, perhaps. I won't be updating the Fall News until next
Tuesday (possibly Monday), but I'm sure people will be sending gig
reviews to the message
you want to say hello that's
me on the left with Michael Pinto, who'll be there
tribute to this incomparable
website, Gary's digitized this masterpiece:
1, 2004 - Irish
Thanks to Matt for the setlist and pass:
We arrived at the Irish Centre to see MES being wheeled
across the front of the stage in a fine-looking NHS wheelchair, so
assumed he'd do the gig from the chair. But no, there was a table alongside
the drums on the drum riser, and he did it from behind that, with two
mics. He seemed in really good spirits, definitely really into it,
and threw in a couple of lines about his current condition ("I
am a cripple... when you're tied to a chair, there's no escape").
Two bass line-up tonight -- presumably training up
the next member of the merry Fall platoon, who was great but looked
Set, from Ben's set-list:
Boxoctosis / Loco Man / Middlemass / Mountain Energei
/ Telephone Thing / Mere Pseud Mag Ed / I Can Hear The Grass Grow /
Sparta / Janet & Johnny / Mr. Pharmacist / Contraflow / Mikes Love
Xexagon (with the lyrics from Mod-Mock Goth) / Big New Prinz / Damo
The last two aren't on the list. No encore, as presumably
it was more hassle than it was worth getting on and off stage.
It's hard to talk about highlights as the gig was a
blinder from start to finish -- not a dull moment. Telephone Thing
was marvellous -- it was dead solid and really grooved. Damo and Prinz
both went on for ages, and all the stuff from the new record was as
tight as it was at Bilston before Christmas. There were some entertaining
attempts at amp and drum fiddling given MES's lack of mobility.
John Cooper Clarke was on good form. I laughed,
anyway. And Pubic Fringe were great again -- well worth a trip to
see if you live in the West Midlands.
(I Can Hear the Grass Grow was by the great Birmingham
MES was sat behind desk at back of stage (level with
kit) for 95% set; the other 5% spent clinging to the curtains stage
left and single foray into realm of knob tweaking if you knoworrimean..
dingo and presumably substitute bassist both played for 2/3 of set.
MES shouts "i'm a cripple!" prior to mere pseud. a very good
1. Whoever decided on a £16 door cover.
2a. Whoever made it so that supports took ages to set up and play for too long.
Pubic Mane, more like. etc etc
2b. Whoever decided the last train southbound on the cross city line should be
at 11:15pm meaning I had to leave just as Mod Mock Goth started.
3. Whoever set the price of the Guinness at whatever ridiculously high price
it was. I'd have thought it would be cheap, being the Irish club and all, buying
in bulk etc. Or maybe the Irish don't actually drink the stuff.
4. The guy who went to great pains to illuminé my virgin ears about the
work of John Cooper Clarke shortly before he came on and comprehensively ruin
the surprise of pretty much his entire performance.
5. Whoever had the idea of no-pass-outs meaning I could not go and get more money
after realising the new DVD was on sale without paying another £16 on the
door. Really, exactly how much is a hand stamp in the shape of a shamrock?
6. Mark E Smith for being hugely entertaining, whatever befalls him.
7. Ben P for looking almost exactly like Marc Riley when he purses his lips and
sucks in his cheeks, which he seemed to do a lot.
Fairly bizarre gig, even by Fall standards.in an age
where it seems be becoming ever more fashionable for bands to have
no bass player at all, the Fall play (most of) the gig with two! Presumably
this was a 'training exercise' for the new guy to get grips with the
songs before Dingo's departure (anyone else notice that songs from
PJ Harvey's 'Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea' got a pretty
extensive outing on the PA between the support band and JCC's set!).
Been trying to remember when, if ever, I'd seen a band with two bass players
before. finally remember that I'd seen the Delta 5 once.anyone else remember
I guess any other vocalist who found themselves incapacitated and needing to
sit during a gig would get themselves a nice tall bar stool and position themselves
at the front of the stage in a Perry Como / Val Doonican / 1950s crooner sort
of mode.only Mark E smith would decide that the best place to sit would be right
at the back of the stage almost hidden by the drummer! What a card eh! Still,
after a fairly subdued start he did get into it and spent the last few numbers
standing, hanging onto the stage curtains for support.
I too was mightily impressed with their version of 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow',
have they ever played this before [only in rehearsal - ed.] or is this a new
policy of playing tunes by a 'local hero' in whatever town they happen to be
Ended the set with a fantastic version of 'I am Damo Suzuki'. All in all, a top
Highlights for me -
- An excellent new Oxfordshire beer, Loddons, in the Anchor beforehand.
getting the giggles during the shout-along Sparta.
- Smith pausing during
one tune to look round quizzically at the mural of the
auld country behind him, featuring a man having a solitary game of
on a little island.
- Being probably the only person in the room not to
recognise the Move song --
anyway, it was tremendous.
- That big lad in the orange T-shirt air-drumming
- Smith laboriously putting on his overcoat at the end of the
gig, rather like
my dad preparing to go to the snooker club.
All in all, a very funny gig. Some of it sounded great too.
From the Birmingham Post, April
1, 2004 (p. 15). Many thanks to Jon for sending it in.
Return of the Hip Priest
Birmingham is gearing itself up for one hell of a night
when the chaotic genius that is Mark E Smith rides into Digbeth on
his chariot-like wheelchair tonight. The Fall frontman tells Neil Connor
why nothing could stop him from returning to the city exactly 25 years
after his first flirtation with Brum.
It was confirmed shortly after the interview with Mark E Smith and just
before the news broke about Jordan and Peter Andre.
Shocking news, almost unbelievable. But it was straight from the mouth
of The Fall's promoters so there is doubt of its authenticity.
The Birmingham Post can reveal that Mark E Smith was sober when he broke
his hip after slipping on an icy pavement in Newcastle last month.
Manchester's very own Hip Priest, the clown prince of pop, was down
-but certainly not out.
First thoughts; he must have been sozzled. The interview took so long
to set up after Smith went AWOL when he should have been on the other
end of a phone, so the booze is clearly having an effect on his schedule.
'He was sober. He left his hotel for a packet of matches and he just
went down,' I was reassured.
Then the bad news. A string of gigs cancelled, including the date at
the Birmingham Irish Centre with fellow Mancunian polemicist John Cooper
Clark on March 5.
Would we ever see Smith in action? Wandering around the stage, looking
into nothingness with utter distaste, sporadically fiddling with the
band's instruments, and occasionally lambasting the audience.
The Fall were in the Black Country at The Robin Club as recently as
last December. That night Smith's delivery was as assured as ever, and
his young band were so tight, so flawless, that The Fall have certainly
turned a new corner.
But during the last ten or so years, Mark E Smith has rarely ventured
into Birmingham apart from a couple of stints at The Foundry and The
Carling Academy 2.
But this is a band who tour every nook and cranny of the country non-stop,
so Birmingham is crying out for the hedonism and heroism of The Fall
-especially 25 years after Smith's yelps and groans first shook the foundations
of the Bullring.
Smith knows this and a broken hip will not stop The Fall bandwagon rolling
into the city -albeit on a wheelchair a few weeks late. But although
the legs won't be up to parading and cavorting, the tongue is likely
to be on form for The Fall's first proper gig since the accident.
'I have never played that much in Birmingham. I usually end up in Wolverhampton.
Considering it is the second city, I think we have only played in Birmingham
two or three times.
'That is why I am really looking forward to this gig because it is really
difficult to get gigs in the city. Most bands have to play the NEC, which
is like an aircraft hanger.'
Smith's first waltz into Birmingham, at the same venue and with the
same support act as Thursday's gig, was at a time when he was already
earning a reputation for hiring and firing band members. The Fall are
unrecognisable to what they were then, or indeed five years ago.
Birmingham itself has gone through a massive transformation, one which
surely would not have gone unnoticed on Smith.
After all, this is the man who wrote The Birmingham School of Business
School, a sideways look at subways, inner-ring roads and the city's general
post-modern slump. What do you think of the new Selfridges Mark? 'Haven't
seen it to be honest.' What about the Bullring and the revitalisation
of the city centre? 'Errrrrr.'
It is unfair that a man who has become a cultural phenomenon for his
lyrical wit should be put on the spot over urban regeneration, and so
the conversation changes to local bands.
'I am a massive Move fan and I like Black Sabbath,' said Smith excitably.
'The first album I bought was Paranoid and I always used to listen to
The Move on the radio because we never had a record player in our house.
'The Prefects were a good band as well. 'Birmingham has never had that
much of a scene because it is sort of in between London and the North
so it is difficult for it to get an identity.
'My Grandma was from Dudley and she was nuts. She moved to Salford but
she never changed her attitude.'
While we are on the subject of Smith's local links, it is a little known
fact that The Fall used UB40's Birmingham recording studio for 1991's
'They had a small pub there with two chairs. The drummer of UB40 used
to say to us: 'There were five tea bags there this morning where are
they now?' Back in their native Lancashire, The Fall have played with
(and probably pinched tea-bags from) some of the best artists of the
past 25 years.
But Salford-born Smith is in no way in awe of his local contemporaries.
On this subject, he becomes more serious as he takes a swipe at those
who, unlike him, became seduced by stardom.
He said: 'We always kept ourselves at arm's distance. We never hung
around with any of the other bands and we never went along with the Manchester
scene or the Hacienda scene.
'I do not get on with musicians. They talk to me with respect but then
they talk about me behind my back. But I know everything because I have
some great intelligence.
'When they were starting out, the bands always wanted to play with me
and then they get big and say how crap I am now.'
But Smith has stood the test of time and iscertain to prove to fans
at the Irish Centre why over the past 25 years people just keep coming
back for more.
Although Smith never thought it would turn out like that.
'I always thought it would go on for six to nine months and I am still
like that. Every album we do, I think it is the last,' he said. 'Some
bands plan their careers but we have never done that and this is perhaps
why we are still going. This is the best era of The Fall. I have a good
young band. We are very tight and the music is fresh.'
It's good to see Smith looking optimistic and, for the record, the snake-like
wit is still there.
'I played with Public Enemy just before Christmas,' he throws into the
'They look at you as if to say, 'don't talk to me', like they are professors
'But they just looked like three Will Smiths.'
Tickets for the concert can be bought from the Irish Centre on Deritend
High Street or by calling 0121 622 2314.
and a couple of press reviews
of the gig - again, thanks Jon!
Birmingham Evening Mail (England),
April 5, 2004 p. 22
Shouting to the faithful
Byline: PHIL BARNETT
WELCOME to the wonderful and frightening world of The Fall.
Twenty five years after their first appearance in Birmingham,
the shambolic genius of Mark E Smith showed why he has always
been an unconventional frontman.
While in the past he has berated audiences with a megaphone
and spouted lyrics from behind a lecturn, this time a broken
hip forced him to stay seated some way from the front. A new
fresh-faced Fall ground out a relentless stomping bass guitar
as Mark alternated between microphones and spouted forth to the
Kick in the Box started the show before the band dredged through
a lot of their newer stuff, while during one song Mark careered
off his chair and collided with the drum kit. But it wasn't the
same as Mark prowling around the stage, and the band - probably
the only musicians in Manchester who haven't been sacked by him
yet - looked a bit lost.
Meanwhile the keyboard player (Mark's girlfriend, I think) couldn't
be heard above the din, making it seem a bit like Linda McCartney.
It was only with the older favourites that things really got
A choppy Telephone Thing with wah wah guitars and thundering
Mr Pharmacist were lapped up by the fans who have followed The
Fall through thick and thin.
The Birmingham Post, April 10, 2004 p. 52
Stooped behind a table, Mark E Smith was at his most marvellous
and mischievous on his 25th anniversary return to Birmingham.
He may have been immobile, but a broken hip did not stop one
of music's great frontman strutting his stuff - albeit from the
back of the stage.
Smith said in these pages recently that he loves coming to Birmingham
- and Birmingham will forever welcome him when he is on this
form - especially as he offered us a fantastic rendition of The
Move's classic I Can Hear the Grass Grow. Cheers for the tribute
Mark. Our local musical history might get a slating from most
quarters but it is this sort of appreciation that really matters.
In support, John Cooper Clarke was at his most biting, delivering
both poetry and comedy in a style that is purely his own.
Then The Fall. Open The Boxoctosis #2 - probably the stand-out
track from the latest album - was a lively opener. Green Eyed
Loco-Man followed, which, along with Theme From Sparta F.C.,
sounded as fresh as it did at Bilston's The Robin Club in December.
After 25 years in the business, Smith proved that he has finely-tuned
his own brand of sublime pandemonium.
Standing up or sitting down, The Fall are head and shoulders
above the rest.
3, 2004 - Carling Academy 2, Liverpool:
Many thanks to Stephen for these:
just back to sheffield & too tired to say much
- but blinding gig (after shite first band & much to be expected JCC
2 bassists, 2 encores, 2 guest vocalists.....
MES on good form - much joking & smiling with band looked great on his chair
behind the table - really suited him! minor bits of knob twiddling managed even
whilst seated & usual use of dual mic technique!
new bassist seemed either shy/shit scared or totally lacking in personality.
hope its the first & that he'll warm up a bit...
I've got to agree with generalist. What a great gig.
The portents were bad when I realised that the Grand National was on
ten minutes before I got stuck in the traffic and then at the venue,
the Fall Backdrop banner gradually lost its battle with gravity before
Pubic Fringe took the stage. (Was that a cover of the Scientists'
She's Cracked [The Modern Lovers, surely - ed.] they began
with? ) But I shouldn't have worried the fall were great. Mark was
wheeled on in a wheelchair and sat behind a table for the whole of
the set. He was in good spirits apart from when some no-brainer threw
a glass at him. "You wouldn't
do that if I was standing because you know I would go over and sort
you out!" Graciously
Mark stopped a bouncer from intervening.
Highlights were the two bassists. Their sound drove the band powerfully through
the evening. Doctor Buck's Letter was superb, Big New Prinz is one of my favourite
live fall songs. Middle Mass was a pleasant surprise when it appeared. Other
songs in no particular order were
Mr Pharmasist-Mere Pseud Mag Ed-Middlemass-telephone thing-white lightnin-Dr
Buck's Letter-Mod mock Goth-Groovin with Mister Bloe/Green eyed loco man-The
Move cover-Mountain Energie- Theme from Sparta FC-contraflow-open the boxoctosis-janet & johnny& james-
Mike's love xexagon-Big new Prinz-Bourgious Town.
The last encore was performed with Mark singing backstage with a mike hurriedly
given to him. Aparently it was too difficult to drag him back on stage. A great
end to a wonderful night.
Fantastic gig in Liverpool on Saturday. The academy
2 is a brilliant
venue; the largest place that I've seen the Fall play in years. It
sounds like the same set up as Brum - MES behind a table and 2 bassists
for most of the set.
They did middlemass, mere pseud, telephone thing, white lightening,
pharmacist (why?), box, countryside, loco-man, sparta, dr bucks, ooh
a few oters I'm sure. There was some guest singer on 'grass grow' -
kind of looked like he may be somebody - no idea who. MES did the last
song Bourgoiuse town from off stage - he couldnt get back up the steps.
Despite being chairbound - he still managed to fiddle around wth the
settings...... and threaten members of the audience- "If I was
standing up I fookin come over there and kick your fookin head in.
know I would" - he said to somebody who lobbed a plastic glass.
John Cooper Clarke was good too - twat and beasly street (with Rik
Goldstraw on guitar).
The first band Pubic Fringe were excellent too. Rerall y really good
I think the whole set was covers: they started with 'She Cracked;'
you cant beat that as an opener, then launched into Final Solution
followed that by an Au Pairs song (I think) - I'd love to know what
the tracks were - I'm sure thewre was cramps cover in there as well.
Excellent gig - absolutely excellent. MES is still a genius.
Oh yes - and there some of those 17-year olds that MES is always banging
on about in the audience - about 6 of them!
bass player for the US tour:
Many thanks to Ben for the news:
Dingo has been put on loan
for 8 months to PJ Harvey. He will be playing
Birmingham with us and possibly Liverpool. We all wish him the best
As far as the upcoming US tour is concerned we have a new bass player
coming with us called Steven Trafford. The tour is
going ahead wheelchair or not. We are all looking forward to it.
the help of many of you, Resa made the required goal for participating
in her marathon. She is overjoyed at your generosity, as am I. Many,
many thanks to all who contributed!
Holy guacamole! The Fall
are coming to WFMU! Tune in to The
Cherry Blossom Clinic on Saturday, April 10th, from 3-6 PM to
hear an absolutely live set from the absolutely unpredictable Mark
E. Smith & company. What more can be learned about one of the
more influential bands of the last, hmmm, 25 years? Tune in to find
That'll be the first Fall radio broadcast in the
States since the Boston Channel gig on May 12, 1988.
Update, April 5: The WFMU session was not confirmed by
the band when the station announced it on their site last week. Now they've
taken the announcement off altogether -- I'm not sure that it'll happen.
long last, the
overhauled bibliography is
a long wait, part
two of J. Neo Marvin's great interview with MES from
1981 is on his site. In case you missed it, here's part
couple of reviews from Record Collector, thanks to Jon. Mick
Middles's book (March 2004); LATWT/Dragnet (April 2004).
posted mp3s of the Sonic Youth Fall
covers Peel session from 1988.
understand that TRNFLPFCOTC
will not be coming out on Narnack Records after all. It will be released
on a US label, however -- more information when I get it.
the meantime, the Fall are breaking into the American mainstream.
National Public Radio's "Marketplace" played a bit of
It's the New Thing on their program last night (March 23), and
Walmart has loads of Fall songs (@ 88¢)
available for download on their
Conway, news of the Fall's greatest hits 2xCD.
The Fall's "Best Of" compilation
is due for release in the UK/ Europe on May 31 on Sanctuary Records,
with subsequent North American release on Beggars Banquet (date
to be announced).
Tracklisting by Daryl Easlea with suggested changes
from Conway Paton, with final approval by Mark Smith.
FALL FANS CAN'T BE WRONG: 39 Golden Greats
2. Industrial Estate
3. Rowche Rumble
4. Fiery Jack
5. How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'
6. Totally Wired
7. New Face In Hell
8. Prole Art Threat
9. Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul
10. The Classical
11. Hip Priest
12. The Man Whose Head Expanded
13. Kicker Conspiracy
14. Eat Y'self Fitter
16. No Bulbs
17. Spoilt Victorian Child
18. Cruiser's Creek
1. US 80's-90's
2. Mr Pharmacist
3. Living Too Late
4. Hey Luciani
5. There's A Ghost In My House
6. Hit The North
8. Telephone Thing
9. High Tension Line
10. Free Range
11. Why Are People Grudgeful?
12. Behind The Counter
14. Feeling Numb
15. The Chiselers
16. Powder Keg
18. Touch Sensitive
19. Crop Dust
20. Susan Vs Youth Club
21. Green Eyed Loco-Man
Versions are the obvious (7") single versions.
The compilation is aimed at the casual/first-time Fall buyer and
includes tracks from all record labels from day one up to TRNFLPFCOTC
from the end of last year.
The cover is a parody of the famous Elvis
Presley LP "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong" -
obviously the Fall are a bit numerically challenged compared
And a brief quote from Daryl Easlea's sleeve
notes: "Rather than
apologise for what isn't here ... remind yourself of their
glories or indeed, should you so wish, scare your neighbours shitless
with it at a dinner party."
Lollobrigida sent in some vintage
photos (and signed poster) from the
Cambridge Guildhall gig on Feb. 13, 1986. Many thanks, James.
can now confirm that the Blackburn DVD won't play on an NTSC-only DVD player.
You'll need a
multi-region DVD player that plays both PAL and NTSC -- apparently
these are quite common in the States after all (try this
page to find a model; some of them are really cheap, too).
Worst case, you can still play it on your computer if you have
a DVD drive.
was interviewed a few weeks ago for The Evening
Sequence with Tom Robinson on BBC 6FM. They played a bunch
of tracks including the B-side of the next single (Sparta FC) -- working
title is Debacle
(for the Record) and it's a
riot. Snotballs! Fortunately none of my correspondence was used in
an mp3 of the interview on Steven
couple of recent articles: thanks to Jon for sending them in.
Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England) ,
March 5, 2004 p14
Rock singer is a Fallguy. (News)
CULT rock legends the Fall's Liverpool gig at
the Carling Academy was cancelled last night - after singer Mark
E Smith fell over.
The Manchester band's tour schedule was thrown into chaos last
Sunday morning when Smith tripped and broke his hip in Newcastle
after playing a concert in the city the night before.
A spokesman for his record company, Preston's
Action Records, said Smith had just been released from hospital
on Tyneside and returned home. The Liverpool gig has now been
tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, April 3, the eve of a US
tour to promote their acclaimed new record, The New Real Fall
Smith is still expected to keep his date
at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall this Saturday performing some
of his spoken word work - from a wheelchair.
on Sunday (London, England) ,
March 14, 2004 p25
ROCK & POP: Nostalgia? Try saying
that to my face. (Features) DJ
It becomes apparent from the opening moments of Words and Music,
this celebration of late-Seventies Manchester punk, that the audience
is - how do I decently put this? - split into partisan segments.
Each of the four artists on display has his resident fan-club avid
to disparage the other three-quarters of the bill and even to barrack
the absence of favourite numbers. All this gives the proceedings
a somewhat tense atmosphere. The people in the massive auditorium
of Manchester's Bridgewater Hall consequently come and go, not
necessarily talking of Michelangelo, but quite happy to abuse their
heroes or even walk out if what turns up isn't to their liking.
Respectful nostalgia this emphatically is not.
Things kick off with the sight of a hunched figure in a wheelchair
being pushed around the side of the stage to emerge, finally, from
the curtain behind a microphone-strewn desk. Looking - and sounding
- like something out of a Beckett play, Mark E Smith, hip lately
fractured in a staircase tumble, regales us with spoken-word selections
from the last Fall album as backing tapes screech noisily into
the ether. There is about 20 minutes of this, not all of it comprehensible,
but sardonic as ever: the John Cooper Clarke fans are going bananas
by this time, but the people down the front seem to like it.
An unconscionably long interlude finally
realises the still elfin shape of Pete Shelley, who, noting
the belligerence of the audience, amuses himself by stoking it
up. Four bars into the old Buzzcocks standard "Love You
More" the front rows erupt into a
yell of "Whooah-oh", whereupon our man stops thrashing
his guitar to remark that although he hails from the west of
Manchester it's not the Wild West and he "isn't riding a
A certain amount of weary banter follows, after which Shelley
plays half-a-dozen more Buzzcocks hits with seeming relish, wails
a plagent version of "Homosapien" and departs to wild
Fifteen minutes later and legendary Manchester
punk poet John Cooper Clarke lopes on stage. Theoretically
deep into his 50s by now, he looks exactly as he did in the late
Seventies, which is to say extraordinary - a six foot plus stick-insect
version of Blonde on Blonde-era Dylan, craning over the mic
stand to deliver machine-gun monologues in the most nasal of
Salford accents. He does a brief number about drinking Martini
("This one's called
`Home Honey I'm High'"), and a baleful one about transvestitism
entitled "Crossing the Floor". It is hugely funny and
the crowd love it.
Another long break and the flower-shirted,
be-sandalled form of ex-Buzzock and Magazine frontman Howard
Devoto saunters on to offer and then deconstruct "Hound
Dog". This is trailed by a determinedly
eclectic programme: spoken-as-poetry versions of old Luxuria
lyrics, a Thornton Wilder short story, songs off the 2002 Buzzkunst
collaboration with Shelley and a beguiling new number about
dead rock stars. Joined by Shelley he ends with further Buzzkunst
items, including a delightfully fey rendition of what might
be taken as the evening's theme tune, "Punk
of Me". "That was weird," Devoto later observes
from the dressing room door. And yet the serial bolshiness seemed
somehow in keeping with the musical movement it was designed
long-awaited Woog Riots Fall tribute 2xCD will
be out next month. From a www.woogriots.de announcement
to the contributors:
(Mar. 16) is the day the compilation was sent to be printed.
A wonderful double CD was created including 29 bands with
an even more wonderful booklet and it's called "Perverted by Mark E. - A tribute
to The Fall". Its catalogue no. is ZZ 2008 on the
German ZickZack label (www.zickzack3000.de)
and will be distributed via INDIGO.
You might not find them in your local record
stores (it will be distributed only in Germany, Switzerland
and Austria). Perhaps ask your local record dealer about it
in a little while, anyway. The CD is to be released in April
On www.geocities.com/miltonfisher/music.htm you
can download Marc from Woog Riots' latest song "commercial
suicide" which includes some impressions of the last weeks
while he was putting together the compilation.
1. DJ Patex, Phil Hayes & Knarf Rellöm.com (D / CH / UK):
How I Wrote Mark E. Smith - original
2. Jowe Head (GB) - choc-stock - cover
3. Woog Riots (D) - mark e. smith & brix - (written by Barbara
Manning) - original
4. Barbara Manning & the GoLuckys! (US) - paint work - cover
5. The Container Drivers (UK) - the ex-members of the fall club
6. Creeping Nobodies (Canada) - Wings - cover
7. Les Sourires Trompeurs (F) - Pervertis par Mark E. - original
8. Like A Stuntman (D) - Oh! Brother - cover
9. Preston School of Industry (US) - mere pseud mag. ed. - cover
10. Hector Collectors (GB) - Spectre vs. Hector - original
11. Locust Fudge (D) - Cannibal Man - original
12. Rockformation Diskokugel (D) - The Salford Lad - original
13. The Black Eyed Snakes (US) - my new house - cover
14. Chris Brokaw (US) - bill is dead - cover
1. Tocotronic (D) - Ich hab geträumt, ich wäre Pizza
essen mit Mark E. Smith - original
2. I, Ludicrous (GB) - never been hit by mark e. smith - original
3. Barcelona Pavillion (Canada) - C.R.E.E.P. - cover
4. Jeffrey Lewis (US) - the story of the fall - original
5. Chris Cacavas (US) - totally wired - cover
6. doc schoko (D) - life just bounces - cover
7. No Existe (D) - mark e. - original
8. Michaela Melián (D) - falling off a riff - original
9. boy division (D) - us 80's 90's - cover
10. s.y.p.h. (D) - fiery jack
11. Viva Las Vegas (E) - 8 pm - original
12. Chris Knox (NZ) - hip priest - cover
13. Klaus Walter (D) - Ich hab geträumt, ich wäre
Neckermann quälen mit Mark E. Smith - original
14. Gerald Wrede (D) - Bremen Nacht - cover
15. egoexpress (D) - tribute to the fall
the last Fall News I mentioned a Blue Orchids gig in London on
May 6. They're not playing after all.
from Newcastle managed to score early copies of the Grotesque and Totale's
got them on now. not sure if they're supposed to be
out yet but my local shop are very friendly... if you've all got them
already then i'm wrong on that.
anyway, initial thoughts.....
GROTESQUE: this may well
be my favourite fall album. it has all the things i love about the
band running through the whole record. the sleeve is in the new 'house'
style, ie slip case, original pic of cover with 'expanded deluxe
ed' printed on.
the grotesque cd has same label as otiginal vinyl.
nice touch. sleeve is a style of 1st two reissues. some notes, pics,
old cuttings/reviews etc.
grotesque sounds amazing. 'pay your rates'
is straight in, not the fuck up on last reissue. punchy sound without
being overly 'digitalised' [to my ears anyway]. extra tracks at end
rather than start. much better.
also has weird mes 'interview' with
smith ranting on in usual fashion. it's cut up and doctored in some
parts. nice to have it.
'putta block' ... the great b side of piss
funny genius has restored its end noise bit, although i'm not sure
if it's quite the same as the vinyl. will have a wee listen sometime.
this is genius music given the release it deserves. fantastic.
TURNS: just listening now. the 'i don't particularly like the person
singing on this L.P.' sleeve note is on the back of the cd. nice pic
of mes/riley on stage at back of booklet. the whole thing sounds as
good as you can expect, given the lo-fi of the album masters. improves
other cd's, but this is a great album to have on vinyl.
are the container drivers/new puritan/jawbone/new face - peel session.
these ALL sound amazing. glorious. happy listening/pocket emptying.
got the dvd as well, looking forward to watching that.
on hex/room to live/ and the mighty slates.
thanks to the essential Fallfandave for scanning in Stewart
Lee's article on Mark from the April issue of Esquire (UK), and
this review of LATWT/Dragnet from the April Word magazine.
And many thanks to Graeme for sending these two scans
from the February 2004 Word magazine: Word
of Mouth and a review of the
Rebellious Jukebox comp.
Watts' band Ugly Radio has a gig on April 1 at the
Dublin Castle in Camden, London. They'll be on at 10:30. £5
on the door or £4.50 with a flyer / concessions.
been hammering away behind the scenes at an updated Fall bibliography.
It should be posted by the end of the month - sorry for the delay.
The next project will be organizing the photos page into something
that approaches usefulness.
From http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/002039.html (where
you can add your comments on Marvel comics' influence on
MES), this Jack Kirby (Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four) strip:
Thanks to Dixon for the link.
Bending's wonderful The
Fall Multimedia Project website has the L.A. promo
video and edited highlights from Mark's
appearance on Flipside last month.
This is the latest news and gossip off FallNet for those with weak stomachs.
you have anything to say, you can mail Stefan,
but you can't mail the FallNet mailing list direct anymore. To subscribe
to FallNet, send mail to:
gigs, Mark's fractured hip, Bridgewater Hall, Blackburn DVD, University
Challenge, Fall fan film, Brix Smith - Fashion Junkie, Lovers UK
gigs, loads of music press scans (mostly NME), I'm into CB cartoon,
Smash Hits trading card, Michael Pollard photos, Cider with Roadies,
Guardian int. w/ Ben, Pascal Le Gras exhibition, Blackburn DVD, Sanctuary
24dec03 lots of
UK gig reviews, Birmingham Post MES interview, details on expanded LATWT
and Dragnet CDs, recent NME Fall snippets.
reviews, HMV gig, Unpeeled interview (w/ Ben) details, Smash
Hits '87, Michael Bracewell's most embarrasing moment (and Pseud's
Durutti Column 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
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