Fall play ...
Bar, South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Sound festival, Barcelona
Festival #4, Paris (The
York (gigs rescheduled from Feb. 29 & March 1)
||Crawdaddy, Harcourt Street, Dublin
a recent interview with Polly Jean Harvey (Filter Magazine, Spring
And if you're looking to crack the surface of what
turns this girl named Polly Jean into the songs, sounds and ever-morphing
images of PJ Harvey -- the things that may prove to be powerfully influential
over her -- you won't find too many people she considers contemporaries.
do try and listen to what's happening in contemporary music, but there
is very little that I get excited about," she admits, without a hint
of regret or an apologetic sigh -- it's just the way it is, as far
as she's concerned. "I do
tend to listen to older music rather than newer music. Having said that, a band
that I always follow is a band called The Fall, from England. I do find that
he's one of my favorite contemporary songwriters -- Mark E. Smith -- and their
albums, the last run of them, the last three or four, have really been
incredible. And they put out a couple of records a year, so it's always
exciting to me that they're releasing new stuff. Other than them, there's
very little I've been listening too lately."
No mention of Ding in the interview, but there was a
photo of Polly and Ding at the Knitting Factory in a recent Village Voice.
THE FALL FALL OUT AGAIN?
Mark's been ''shaking up the band''. By sacking the band?
News has appeared on
the Fall's website that Mark E Smith has sacked two members of his band,
though their broker and spokesman Ed has told PlayLouder that this
might not be the case. Although it might be the case. Confused?
The message on the Fall site
reads: "More bad news: I've been told that Ben
Pritchard and Dave Milner were sacked last week -- when asked to confirm the
sackings, the Fall Broker said yes. More details if/when I get them.
However, Ed claims this may not be true, and the website
may be unreliable. Right.
"We're just 'avin' a bit of a break" he said, "Everything's
going great. Me and Mark are going into the studio tomorrow. Things
just needed a bit of a shake up. The Fall needs a shake up sometimes
because it's the Fall".
So have they sacked Ben Pritchard and Dave
"Ben is on a warning, and he needs to wind his neck
in. But everything is fucking sound. The album has blown up in America,
and the new stuff is going to be mental. Everything's on fire at the
minute. We're thinking about two drummers."
Right you are then.
Ed also revealed there is going
to be a DVD / audio CD coming out called 'Fall Out' about the on
going line-up changes that have become a feature of the band over the
last 27 years. Contained in the film is a 20 minute interview with
For the record, Ed Blaney did confirm the sackings to
me. The "website may be unreliable", but there's usually a good
Ben posted a follow-up to the Playlouder article on
Just to keep you in the loop, I have not been sacked.
Comments on the fall news page about me being on a warning are completely
untrue, there have been no warnings and no sackings as far as i am
concerned. Certain individuals have tried to have my job but they over
estimate their own importance.
the MES interview from the July 2004 Word magazine, with many
thanks to Fallfandave.
a little blurry in places but most of it's okay. Newcastle appears
to have been relocated to Scotland.
excellent Resonance FM will air
a Fall special on
the Sound Projecting show this Friday, June 11:
Projecting is a regular radio slot on Resonance
104.4 FM every Friday, from 5.30 to 7pm UK time (and repeated every
Saturday morning from 7.00 to 8.30am). Hosted by Ed Pinsent, the show
is a sort of 'aural appendix' to the Sound Projector magazine. Ed plays
choice selections from CDs and LPs sent to or reviewed in the pages
of the mag.
on Morrissey, from the May 2004 Q/Mojo special (thanks to Jon):
Quine, R.I.P. - very sad news.
Theme from Sparta FC #2 single has been pushed back
to June 28 -- the vinyl pressing has taken longer than expected. In
the meantime, you can vote
here to have the Sparta video played
on MTV2 Europe.
In tandem with releasing the North American 50,000 Fall
Fans CD, Beggars Banquet has a promotion with insound.com:
the Fall CD set and everything else in the Insound catalog is 15% off,
now through June 22. The coupon code is fallfan15.
Speaking of 50,000 Fall Fans, I anticipate many reviews
in the coming days so I'm adding them all to this
are a few photos of the Barcelona
festival here (see also the PJ Harvey photos
- there's one with Ding). The Fall's set was recorded and should be
on Spanish radio/TV in the coming months.
the May 28 Independent:
Fall: Fighting Talk
The Fall's famously chippy leader, Mark E Smith,
is still ready to take on the world, Tim Cumming discovers
"If you take
a right from here, there's a mosaic of me on the corner. But nobody
knows who it is, because it's got all these people from Coronation
Street in it. I've walked past it loads of times and never noticed
it was me. Like, who's that, you know what I mean?"
The Fall's Mark E Smith is talking in a hotel bar near
Manchester's train station, crutches balanced against the wall beside
gonna throw these as far as I can," he declares as he settles himself
down. After fracturing his hip on an icy pavement in Newcastle in February,
Smith was wheelchair-bound through a string of British gigs and for
most of a lengthy American tour, which ended abruptly in Texas. "We
were going to have to cross the desert and we didn't want to do that," he
offers by way of explanation.
With concerts on the West Coast summarily
abandoned, some US fans vented their spleen on Fallnet, the band's
esteemed website. "I never
read it," Smith says, "though I know it's the envy of a lot of groups.
When I was in America I had a look at it. Most of it's all right, but
this culture where you have to explain everything all the time, what
you're doing, puts a clamp on you. It's a bit of a trap."
Mark E Smith has been avoiding the traps and explanations
for 27 years. He formed The Fall in 1977 with Martin Bramah and Tony
Friel. Some 49 members, 78 albums and 41 singles later, he and his
group remain a unique, abrasive and indispensable force in modern music.
As John Peel said: "They are always different, they are always the same."
Their gloriously rousing new single, "Sparta FC #2", is a good example
of the band's creative dynamic. "The group made this song that was
sort of like 'Born to Be Wild', with a great feel to it. Elena [Smith's
wife] came up with some great words, and I added some words that I
thought were like a Greek football fan's attitude. Sort of cobbled
it all together, put a Greek motif on the guitar and that was it. "I
do know quite a few Greek football fans," he adds, "and their attitude
to soccer is completely different to Britain's. It's not about winning.
It's just about being within the club. They find British fans very
funny. They find them hilarious - you know, when they cry."
When we discuss early influences, the name of William
Burroughs crops up. "Have you heard [Burroughs'] Nothing but the Recordings ?
It's really good. It's something that [the industrial music pioneer]
Genesis P Orridge put out. A bit of an influence, I must say."
touches are all over Smith's cutting of lo-fi elements into the mix,
from distorted electronica and indecipherable lyrics to recordings
of the wind from a hotel window. Yet, however abstract the flavours,
the essence of The Fall simmers down to the purity of guitar, drums
and bass. The high modernism of Burroughs or Stockhausen is tempered
by the basic rock pulse of The Stooges or Can, and a good ear for
the ephemeral, the trashy.
Talk turns from the Eurovision Song Contest
- Smith is a big fan - to those Top of the Pops albums from
the Seventies. "I used
to buy loads of them," he says. "One of my favourites has 'Hits of
T-Rex, Slade and The Sweet' on it. I bought it when I was about 15.
And inside it's got," - he breaks into laughter - "'As performed by
Unicorn.' They're better than the originals. This bloke; his voice
cracks, it goes in the middle of the song. And in 'Blockbuster', the
police siren really gets out of control. It's fantastic."
Teetering on the edge of chaos, The Fall's sound embodies
the tensions played out in the band. "I can't do what they do," he says, "and they
can't do what I do. I haven't got a musician's ear, me, at all. I know
less now than I did when I started. Chord progressions and things.
Where I'm coming from has always been atonal and quite savage."
This tension keeps The Fall going. As erstwhile member
Marc Riley says: "The day you get an easy, cosy Fall, it's probably over." After
Smith sacked most of his band at the end of a US tour in 1998, the
current line-up is reasonably stable, but relations still get strained. "Even
today, I lose me rag with them. You can say, well, 10 years ago you
were having hard times, you were drinking a lot of whisky, which I
used to do, but it's still the same, sober or not. But I think it works." The
only time he felt lost, he says, "was around [1996's] Light User
Syndrome , sort of plodding on in the studio, not getting anywhere.
I was really stuck sometimes, to be honest."
Though last year's Country on the Click was
heralded as a first-class return to form, its release was delayed by
months of record company interference. "If you make things look a bit too easy," Smith
surmises, "people think they can just fiddle around with [your work].
Something like 'Sparta' was knocked up in two days. It sounded really
great. Then we got it back and it sounded like Posh Spice, you know.
So that got me off, of course." After going to EMI and Mute, Smith
returned to Action Records and more or less took the album back to
how it first sounded. "I couldn't believe that after all this time
people had started thinking they could take away tracks of mine and
mess about with them. It's forbidden."
The album's release was followed
in January by the first of a definitive re-issue programme from Sanctuary
Records. The Fall's first four albums - Live at the Witch Trials , Dragnet , Grotesque and Totale's
Turns - appeared in deluxe expanded editions, remastered where
possible from the original tapes. The project will extend into next
year, with a boxed set of the complete Peel sessions due in the summer,
alongside one of the crowning achievements of early Falldom, 1982's Hex
Enduction Hour .
"That's the only one I like from the Eighties," Smith says. "It stands
up, which surprised me." It was recorded live in an empty cinema and
in "a cave in Reykjavik made out of lava. The studio was like a lava
igloo. It's why 'Hip Priest' and the other ones sound good. It's a
very strange sound." He laughs, sucking a Benson & Hedges to its
root and crushing it in an ashtray. "We should've done more there,
really. I think the studio fell to bits a year later. The lava cracked."
While tidying up the back catalogue, and, as Smith
a line" under a decade of sloppy compilations, Sanctuary has also put
together the band's first career-spanning retrospective. The sleeve
of 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong cheekily imitates that
of the Elvis album of almost the same name - minus three noughts and
the lamé suit. A young Smith stands in diamond-pattern jumper,
staring belligerently out. "They did put it past me," he says of his
involvement, which came with his blessing, if not unbridled enthusiasm. "My
eyes sort of run out half way down it," he says, looking through the
track list. "Whoever did it did a good job. They've got a bit of taste." He
selects tracks. "'Cropdust' is the one that forecast the twin towers.
'Powder Keg' forecasts the Irish bomb and all that. I'd listen to this.
It's the one I'd recommend. I used to have nightmares about some of
the other ones."
The prospect of the linear retrospective doesn't sit
well with Smith, but a rare look back comes with the recent A Touch Sensitive DVD.
Recorded live in Blackburn in 2002, it captures the band rattling through
the likes of 1982's "The Classical", "Hey Luciani!" from Smith's 1986
play about Pope John Paul I, and 1991's "Free Range", another song
of precognition, written about Yugoslavia a year before the cataclysm
"It's funny doing the tour with these," he says, pointing to the crutches, "because
I've had to do most of it singing sat down. My voice was getting really
good, and a lot of the songs sounded better live. I can ease in new
material, or try to. I always have this fight, you know, with musicians." He
gestures toward 50,000 Fall Fans : "They'd do this set if
they could, a lot of the musicians I've worked with."
- and perhaps band members - the world of The Fall has no road map.
It's instinctual music and, for Smith at least, there's not much
to explain - at least not directly. His aversion to explanation forces
you to make your own way through his songs, as a new tribute album
from Germany, the excellently idiosyncratic Perverted By
Mark E , demonstrates. Mixing weird and eclectic cover versions
with song tributes from the likes of Jowe Head and The Container
Drivers, it gets a thumbs-up even from its subject.
He was less enamoured
of the three books that appeared about the band last year. "I liked
the Users' Guide - that was just LP by
LP. Facts. But I didn't like Hip Priest , where he interviewed
everyone but me. The thing about browsing through these books," he
adds with a note of satisfaction, "is that you don't find out anything
about me at all, do you?"
As for his own work, he says: "A lot of material I keep for a few
years. I have it around in my head. I find that's the best way." He
still writes every day, though less voluminously now. "A lot of things
that read like nonsense when you write them make a lot of sense a month
later. Seems like complete rubbish as you're writing it down, but it
seems to come true."
Smith rails against the state of music now. "Straighter than ever,
don't you think? Rock music is so standardised these days, I can't
believe it, really." Not that he's considering finishing the band. "It's
more than necessary to carry on." A completely remastered US version
of Country on the Click is out next month. "It's got a few
different tracks on it and a sharper cut for some reason. Harder."
Despite the plug being pulled in Texas, a week after
the interview the band are playing a club in Brooklyn for their US
label, Narnack. They even debut a new song plucked from a tape given
to Smith by the new bassist Stephen Trafford. "He's been writing for years," Smith
says. "Sort of like Manc pop but a bit weird. I'm hoping to use some
of his stuff."
He has set aside next month for recording, with plans
for a new album by November. "I don't usually tell people these things," he says with
a dry laugh. "It's good that you asked... the group will read about
it in The Independent and feel more secure."
BEST OF THE FALL
Grotesque (After the Gramme) (1980)
The first great Fall LP, with the immortal Robinson Speedo on "Gramme Friday", alongside
the anti-pop "Pay Your Rates" and kazoo-driven "New Face in Hell".
Early Fall at its best: relentless, repetitive, compulsive.
Hex Enduction Hour (1982)
One of the great albums of all time. The opening lines of "The Classical" cost the band an unlikely
deal with Motown; "Hip Priest" lends the film Silence of the Lambs
This Nation's Saving Grace (1985) The garagey
Goth sound of an instrumental by Brix Smith, Smith's first wife, sets
the tone. The band explodes on "Bombast"; "Spoilt Victorian Child" is
classic Smith elliptical sloganeering.
The Unutterable (2000) Few fans would doubt
the brilliance of this album. Smith was leading a revitalised Fall
into new realms: fascinating and richly detailed
Country on the Click (2003)
The Fall's latest masterpiece comes in significantly altered form on
US label Narnack. They're both brilliant. "Theme from Sparta FC" is
'50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong' is out on Monday on Sanctuary;
'Sparta FC #2' is out on 21 June on Action Records; 'Perverted by
Mark E' is on Zickzack Records; 'A Touch Sensitive' (DVD) is on Secret
there'll be loads of reviews in the coming days, I'm going to stick
them all on a separate reviews
previously reported, 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong:
39 Golden Greats will
be released on Sanctuary in the UK/Europe on May 31, and I've
just learned that Beggars Banquet will release the US version
on June 8.
kindly giving away three copies to Fall News readers. To
give everyone a fair chance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with
your guess as to the total number of Fall
message board posts at exactly
noon Eastern Time (GMT minus 5 hours) this
Friday, May 28.
As of this writing the number is 25,960 (scroll down the message
board's main page to see the total).
entries must be received by noon Eastern Time (5 p.m. GMT) this
Thursday, May 27. Only one entry per person!!
May 28: 67
valid entries received. Several people sent in entries well
after the deadline, so I'm afraid I can't count those.
Fall board posts as of noon Eastern Time Friday, May 28: 26,847.
Evans with 26830
Matt Cahill with 26863
Mark "psychic nose" Crazytoots, spot on wtih 26,847!
to the winners and thanks to all for playing.
posted three clips from
the April 9, 2004 Knitting
Factory show on
his punkcast.com. He's selling a VCD of the full show for $4 (domestic)
or $5 (overseas), postage included.
by Mark E. contributor Jeffrey Lewis has
posted his Legend of the Fall drawings on his website. He says it's more
of a low-budget video than a comic book.
to Kek for sending in Marc Riley's secret life from last Saturday's
Independent magazine (May 22):
to Buy The Fall from the June 2004 issue of Mojo - many thanks
to Jon, as always.
Sunday, June 6, Virgin Radio's Razorcuts show will have a "special
feature on The Fall and Mark E. Smith," perhaps to do with 50,000 Fall
Fans Can't Be Wrong.
Riots website is accepting orders for the Perverted By
Mark E. Fall tribute - 15 euros plus postage, and well worth
the money. Action Records is selling the import now, but if you want
to wait until late June the set will be in the shops in the UK, courtesy
Keg from the Container Drivers has a box of CDs that
he brought back from the Darmstadt Woog Riots gig -- he will sell copies
UKers for the
bargain price of £10.50
(includes postage), or to US people if they send cash in advance ($20, includes
postage). Email him at email@example.com if
you want a copy.
couple of recent MES radio interviews are archived on the web, in case
you missed them the first time around:
with Tom Robinson (broadcast on March 17, interview took place
about a month before)
with Terre T. (phone interview from April 10). The interview's about
two hours into the show, between the Man Whose Head Expanded and
Claus Castenskiold is selling signed
copies of this PBL poster (30" x 24" on thick, glossy
Each signed poster is $20 plus $5 shipping for the USA and $20
plus $10 certified mail for the rest of the world. Posters will
be shipped in sturdy tubes.
You can order via Paypal using Claus's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to write to him with any questions as well. He promises
to ship the posters the next business day after your Paypal order
has been verified.
He'll be offering the poster at a fixed price on Ebay presently.
Claus also has a limited edition
of 250 of his CREEP painting - it's a bit pricier at $300.
"The 12"x12" image is on 16"x16"
with deckled edged Somerset Velvet paper printed with archival
pigment inks. The print is signed and numbered by the artist."
You can order through Paypal or through Claus at the email address
above. Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to email
22 - Boogaloo Bar, S. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY:
- Bogaloo is a very tiny club, it's more of a bar with a back room
(about the size of a small living room)
- Very few hardcore Fall fans there, but I did spot a few!
- The crowd was very heavy 20something dressed early 80s
- But yes all those 20somethings knew who they were seeing...
- I arrived at 1130pm and the place was quite packed
- Cost to get in: $15
- Narnackrecords had a Spring sampler with a Fall song: "Open the Boxoctosis
- There were these cute small longish Fall posters at the back of the set, didn't
get a chance to nab one!
- Band goes on at about 1am as promised
- The set went something like:
1. Green Eyed Loco Man
2. Open Box
3. New Psuedo Mag
4. Unknown new song!
5. Sparta FC
6. Mountain Energy
7. Mr. Pharm
- The show is over by 1:45am or so (short set)
- Mark Standing on his own
- Mark wearing "the glove" on one hand
- Nice short show...
- Seems the Fall played a small gig on Thurs for Record Execs - about
- We spoke with our guitar player friend in the band after the show
(sweet as ever)
- The band will go back to England and next to Barcelona..
I attended this show. I must give an extra special
thanks to Hilda for following up on thie rumor dispite my doubts that
it was true. But boy-oh-boy was it ever.!!!
We were told by phone that
they would begin selling tickets at 8pm so we arrived before 8, but
instead we were told to form a line outside the club. We ended up waiting
until shortly before 10 pm. While we waited we heard the band minus
MES and E.P.S. do a soundcheck of Green Eyed Loco Man. Thane a black car pulled
up and the band came out. Ben recognized us and greeted us before he told us
they were on their way back to the Hotel.
After they left, it started getting
cold outsidre, which was a surprise because it had been so hot during
the day. I regretted wearing only shorts and a t-shirt even though
it was one of my favorite Fall shirts. But of courese, no one could
forsee that we would have been forced to stay outside for so very long.
here to say sorry for my spelling errors but my computers on the fritz,
and my internet connection flakey...I cannot type slowly because at any second
I may lose my connection, but I cannot go back and correct errors either because
when I try I lose all the text. This is my 3rd attempt at writing this.)
they finally let us inside there were no "tickets". Just an ink stamp
on the wrist. (an oval with the letters TMV in it) It was not ten dollars
as we'd been told over the phone but 15. The man collecting the money
said "They need
enough monet to fly back home!"
THe Boogaloo bar is an inappropriate venue for
a Fall show. It could in no way accomodate the number of people there to see
the show. Williamsburg Brooklyn appears to becomming the new "HIPSTER" place
to be, and the bar was filled with young hipsters who seemed to me to be the
sort who must just go to this bar all the time irregardless of what band was
playing, or even if a band is playing.
I fear that the waiting outside in the
low temperature and the cigerette smoke in the bar seems to have aggrevated
my feeling that I'm fighting off an impending cold. The bar patrons seemed
rather inconsiderate. SOme of the people were really "posey" and others seemed
to have been more at home in a sex club than a Fall gig. Many boys and girls
kept going into the bathrooms together to have sex. I'm not talking boyfriends
and girlfriends either, I'm talking about random strangers hooking
up. I know this because (unfortunaley) the stage was right next to
the bathroom and these inconsiderate couples kept hitting me in the
head with the bathroom door. One girl got her boy off in a very speedy
amount of time, which provoked another girl to congratulate her,
before she herself led her male companion into the bathroom. Then the people
began pressing on me and pressing on me and I began to feel like
I could not take it anymore. I began to feel stifled for air, which of
course was the signal for even more people to light up cigerettes.
I hate when they just hold them in the air with the ash pointed at
my face. I had to retreat from the stage area. Let me just say right
here that I use the term "stage area loosley.
There was no stage.
Only a back room seperatled by the main mar space by a circular arch.
At one point I was pressed into the circular arch and burned by the
lightbulbs inside of it. This made me very sad. But sadder still
was the music selection played by the DJ. All he played was house
music disco shit of the worst order. I was particularly offended
by the insipid record that went "On The East Coast,
We Sure Know How To Par-tay! On The East Coast, We Sure Do Know How To Par-tay!" At
that point, I regret to say, I began to have a fantasy of randomly stabbing
bar patrons with a steak knife. That's when I knew i couldn't stay up by that
stage area anymore.
There were tow opening bands. Okay nothing earth shatteringly
great. When the Fall finally went on the wall of people blocked all eyesight
. I saw nothing of the band. Ron says at one point he saw the tippy-top
of Mark's head. You could hear them, but the wall of people also
blocked a lot of the sound. The set was only 7 songs long. I did not
hear ELenor at all. They played Green Eyed Loco Man, Open The Box,
Mere Psued Mag Ed, a new song that reminded me of Guest Informant,
because it had that same sort of rolling quality, and similar chord
progression , I think, At first I even though it might have been a
new version of Guest Infromant, but only for about a second or two...It
was clearly evident that it was a totally new song. Then they played
a rockin' Spatra FC, an enrtrancing Mountain Enegeri, and MR. Pharmacist
ended the set. Mr. Pharm was a little off at first but the band quickly
corrected itself and it was great. Then it was over.
a few People were
yelling for more. But there was no encore. Aparently this was only
supposed to be a brief showcase, not an actual gig. Some sort of man
crawled through the crowd into the dj area and started shouting. "Where's
the DJ. Where's the fucking DJ?" I said to myself..."Oh no, not HIM
again!" But the dj was
gone. The man attempted to turn the turntables on and he kept crying out "how
do I work this thing? Fuck! I don't know how to work this friggin' thing." Finally,
this strange man got the turnatble to operate and the disco music came on.
Like Pavlov's dogs, the music seemed to be a signal to the crowd that the show
was over. I heard two boys behind me talk about how they were going to a "House
in the neighborhood. Another guy and girl began shoving their tongues down
each other's throats two inches from my face. I was like "get me out of this
I went back outside of the bar. We encountered Hilda
again who'd been seperated from us. It turned out she squeezed herself
to the front so she could at least see the band. The first thing out
of her moth was "Isn't this a hideous club?" We wholeheartedly agreed.
Micheal Pinto urged me to write a review for the message board, which
I am doing right now! Then
Ben came out, and it really seemed to me like he was looking for us,
he came up and thanked us for coming to the show. In an instant Ron
said that moment made the whole experience totally worthwhile. I asked
and he confirmed for me that the unrecognizd song was indeed totally
new. They'd only previously played it in rehersal. The new bass player
gave MES a tape of music he'd written and MES said "I like THIS one,
let's add it to the set." Ben also confirmed they were going back to
England and then off to Spain. It was pretty cool! Ben was called away
for a photo shoot or something, and we made our way back home to Manhattan.
Everone agreed we had a great time, because we enjoyed
each other's company and loved the band, but we doubted that we'd ever
want to be subjected to the so called "atmosphere" of the Boogaloo bar ever again.
Man Named Joe:
I got there very very early (and no I don't live in
Williamsburg-although I used too before it became uber-cool and absurdly
expensive) and sat in on the sound check minus MES and it was brilliant,
the band did a beautiful version of Jannet Johnny and James -although
it wasn't performed later, anyway the band played in a room about twice
the size of my livingroom, which is tiny. I stood on an amp and leaned
against the rear wall about 5 feet from Ben's mic and if I hadn't been
drinking steadly since 6 I think I would have had a panic attack what
with the heat and the crush of chain smoking hipsters. The band played
really well and it was great to see MES back on his feet- without the
crutches- but yeah, what is up w/that glove???
Also to see The Fall
play in Brooklyn was very cool - perhaps next time they can play
in my apartment, although I don't think the cats would be into that.
Having only heard of The Fall 2 years ago i havent
seen them before live.
This band rock......I got in for free after
meeting some guy in a suit called Ed who was outside with the bass
I got all my drinks free from the bar owner. The show
was awesome,i stood behind the bar on a stool it was packed out and
rocked for about a half hour.
Mark E Smith is the coolest punk ive ever seen and he was everything
and more that i had anticipated.I dont know the songs they played
but they melted the crowd.
I was told to expect older fans and a few
weirdos but the place was the opposite.It was packed with some of
the hottest chicks in Brooklyn,kinda like the place to be.
player was cool man he said he only joined the band about 2 months
ago and the guy on drums was the best drummer i ever heard. I was
taken upstairs after the show and met Mark and his wife,Mark was very
nice and said he liked the show and the young crowd,he gave me a shirt
that i will treasure for ever.
I cant wait for the new record
to come out on Narnack and to see The Fall again.
the May 19-25 Seattle
Weekly's "Jukebox Jury" with John Darnielle of the Mountain
Goats (same idea as the Wire's "Invisible Jukebox"):
The Fall: "Hip Priest" (1982) from Hex Enduction
Darnielle: It's the Fall! Didn't recognize it 'til
the voice came in. But is there any song in the history of indie music
that's been more sung by people while wandering around their houses
by themselves, with no music playing? "Hip Priest-uh!"
SW : I know you really like the Fall . . .
Darnielle: I can't fairly describe myself as a big
fan. I like them a lot, but I've personally always been satisfied with
just a little Fall around the house. I don't go, "Ooh! I have to get
that Fall record!" Except for This Nation's Saving Grace.
I did get an obsession about that at one point.
SW : Did Mark E. Smith's songwriting ever have any impact
Darnielle : I hated them when I was
in high school. I thought they were awful. So I actually didn't start
listening to the Fall until a couple years ago. I can't make out what
he sings most of the time. The point of the Fall is more like an iterative
thing. They were trying to be the only band that sounded like that.
So anybody else who sounds like that is going to sound like them. When
I was in high school, they were on this Factory sampler - this video
of Factory bands. We had no idea of what they were doing. It looked
like they were having too much fun. I was a little goth boy. I wanted
bands to be very serious. The song was "Totally Wired," and I did not
like it. I'm sorry to say that, because now I think it's a wonderful
promised, here's what the new single will look like. No holds
barred on the design front this time around.
previously reported, the single's been pushed back to June
21 due to a backlog at the vinyl pressing plant.
1. Theme from Sparta FC #2
2. My Ex-Classmates' Kids (live Cologne 2001) - 23 October 2001 Kantine, Cologne
to be precise
+ on CD single:
3. Theme from Sparta FC video - mpeg file 352x288 pixels 103MB (uses original
"Jim Watts" Sparta FC audio mix)
Sparta #2 is rerecorded at a much pacier tempo with the guitar line way up
front and no audible keyboards. More backing vocals than previous versions,
especially from Eleni (nice photo on the cover!). This will especially appeal
to fans of the Peel session version.
Track 2 - well, what can I safely say.... an extremely
disappointing selection. But safer than the potentially defamatory
Video - fabulous, absolutely superb. Buy it just for
this. I defy anyone not to like it! Gordon has agreed to a 30-second
preview being made available - it's now
Fall were on the BBC 6FM Dream
Ticket last Wednesday (May 19) - it was yet another
repeat of the Manchester Roadhouse 1995 gig. In case you missed it
it'll be archived on their site for a few days.
Merchandising are selling the Fall T-shirts and badges that
were available at the early dates of the US tour.
Bending's wonderful Fall
Multimedia Project website
has an in-studio performance of A Lot of Wind from
MTV's 120 Minutes and a 30-second preview of the Sparta
FC promo video.
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tour, part 2 (NYC - Houston - MES statement), a few US press tour previews including
LA Weekly interview, Narnack details
Trent Dickson, RIP, US
tour, part 1 (NYC - Detroit), Perverted
by Mark E, WFMU interview, Stomp and Stammer interview, Mojo MES picks,
Franz Ferdinand, G/TT review
& Liverpool gigs, Steven Trafford - new bassist, J. Neo Marvin
interview, Stewart Lee article, 39 Golden Greats,
Perverted by Mark E. tribute, Great God Pan comic strip, misc.
reviews, MES & Stevie
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