The Fall play ...
||Reading Festival (Radio 1 / NME stage)
||Leeds Festival (Radio 1 / NME stage)
||Indian Summer, Victoria Park, Glasgow
||Bestival, Robin Hill, Isle of Wight
||Opera House, Bournemouth. Ticketweb or wegottickets, both cheaper options than seetickets
||93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London. Sold out but there may be a few tickets available at the door.
||93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London. Sold out but there may be a few tickets available at the door.
||The Galtymore, Cricklewood, London. Tickets here
||The Galtymore, Cricklewood, London. Tickets here
||The Village, 26 Wexford Street, Dublin as part of the Heineken Green Synergy Festival. Tickets from the venue and ticketmaster.
||The Canteen, Barrow in Furness. Ticketline; seetickets
||The Boardwalk, Sheffield. Ticketline; seetickets
||The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham. Ticketline, wegottickets, seetickets or locally from Swordfish Records, 14 Temple Street, Birmingham 0121 633 4859
||Hiro Ballroom (fancy!), 363 W. 16th St., New York. CMJ Showcase; confirmed by Narnack but not by the official site
||The Warehouse Project, Old Brewery, Strangeways, Manchester, according to seetickets.com. Note that this is not confirmed on the official site.
The 13-15 October in Barrow in Furness, Sheffield, and Birmingham are happening after all, according to the official site. It appears that Orpheo will remain on drums, at least for these three gigs, and that Tim and Rob will re-emerge for the mid October dates as well.
added 16 September
A press release doing the rounds:
A compilation of tracks from John Peel's radio show is set for release next month, with The Smiths and The Fall to feature on the LP.
The album, titled 'John Peel - Right Time, Wrong Speed: 1977-1987', is released on October 9.
The second annual John Peel Day takes place three days later on October 12, with gigs being organised all over the UK in tribute to the legedary DJ, who died in October 2004.
Sir Peter Blake, who is famous for his cover for The Beatles' album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', will produce the front cover artwork for the compilation.
Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
The Cure - A Forest
Killing Joke - Pssyche
The Slits - Typical Girls
The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
Misty In Roots - Mankind
The Rezillos - Can't Stand My Baby
The Ruts - In A Rut
4 Brothers - Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo
The Damned - New Rose
The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
Scritti Politti - The Sweetest Girl
Steel Pulse - Ku Klux Klan
The Mekons - Where Were You?
Ivor Cutler - Life In A Scotch Sitting Room
Joy Division - Atmosphere
The Cocteau Twins - Musette and Drums
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Echo and The Bunnymen - Over The Wall
The Associates - Party Fears Two
Grandmaster Flash - The Message
Wah! - Hope (I Wish You'd Believe Me)
The Sugarcubes - Birthday
Red Guitars - Good Technology
Poet and The Roots - All Wi Doin Is Defendin
The Redskins - Keep On Keeping On
The Birthday Party - Release The Bats
The Wild Swans - Revolutionary Spirit
Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods
The Wedding Present - Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
Cabaret Voltaire - Just Fascination
The Undertones - You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?)
The Fall - Eat Y'self Fitter *
Half Man Half Biscuit - The Trumpton Riots
* Peelie's Fall pick when he was on Desert Island Discs.
added 16 September; updated 5 October
15 September - Galtymore, Cricklewood, London
Scenario / My Door / Pacifying Joint / Bo Demmick / Theme from Sparta FC / What About Us / Mountain Energei / Fall Sound / Reformation / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Wright Stuff // Mr. Pharmacist / Blindness
Reviews and stellar photos on the message board. Many thanks to Pike1957 and (you guessed it) Mark for the setlists. The first was Orpheo's. Sebastian Cording has some photos here.
added 15 September; updated 16 September
14 September - Galtymore, Cricklewood, London
Thanks to Mark for the setlist.
My Door / Bo Demmick / Pacifying Joint / Wrong Place, Right Time / Mountain Energei / Fall Sound / Reformation / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / What About Us / Theme from Sparta FC / Scenario / Blindness // new song (mostly sung by Elena) / Mr. Pharmacist
Reviews and photos on the message board.
added 14 September
Julia Nagle, who has now reverted to her maiden name of Adamson, has launched her new website: http://www.invisiblegirl.co.uk. This is an umbrella site for three activities:
- Writing and performing as Invisiblegirl (Julia's currently writing an album with several musical contributors)
- Music publishing (catalogue includes Invisiblegirl, The Fall, and What?Noise compositions)
- Record label (release of What?Noise 4-track EP this month)
Please see Julia's website for more information.
added 13 September; updated 20 September
12 September - 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London
Scenario / Pacifying Joint / Theme from Sparta FC / Mountain Energei / Fall Sound / Reformation / What About Us / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Blindness // My Door / Mr. Pharmacist / Systematic Abuse
Reviews on the message board and there was a piece in the 17 Sept. Sunday Telegraph about the lineup changes, etc. Thanks again to Mark for the setlist!
added 13 September
Last year's BBC documentary The Fall: The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith is getting a rare showing on non-digital television in the UK next week. It'll be on BBC2 on Friday, 22 September, at 11:35 p.m.
added 12 September; updated 14 September
11 September - 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London
My Door / Bo Demmick / What About Us / Fall Sound / Theme from Sparta FC / Reformation / Pacifying Joint / Mountain Energei / Mr. Pharmacist // Blindness // new song? / Systematic Abuse
Call yourself bloody professionals?
I tell you what chaps, that gig on Monday was bally hot (pulls pith helmet
off briefly to mop brow). Fortunately it was also excellent; they were the
best they've been for a while.
The previous band put in sturdy, powerful performances, but there were
lacking in something and last night, through comparison, showed what it was.
There was a swelling of murk to the music; that slightly supernatural
quality that marks The Fall's best performances. There was also a greater
variety in textures - glittering guitars and perky keyboards alternating and
side by side with bass playing of sinister portent, driven and nailed by an
endlessly happy and energetic drummer.
Smith was also on very fine form - his performance included the first live
imitation of a phone ringing since The Impression of J Temperance and a
brief slagging off of Isle of Wight B and Bs (in Mountain Energei - he
thought they were free, apparently.) Once again, the main source of deligh
in his professional life seems to be finding microphones that don't work. He
kept his hand examining to a minimum before indulging in a massive bout
towards the end.
The new songs were also the best - my favourite being Systematic Abuse with
its mantra of 'Systematic Abuse... is the whole truth!' and a seemingly
endless, monotonous intonation of '...it is the same.'
New song 'The Fall Sound' also seems to have etched itself into my neural
pathways, without my having any real idea what it was about, nor any clear
memory of what it sounded like.
I don't think I've enjoyed a new (to me) song so much since Two Librans in
Derby and Dr Buck's Letter at the Astoria.
The band's stage presence was very good. I was slightly sceptical at first
about the bearded woodsman I had seen in group photos, but no, he was
impressive and professional. The guitarist showed levels of head-down
dedication not seen since Craig Scanlon - again, very impressive.
It is a great shame that this group is to disband so soon and without having
put anything to record. The two bass line up is also very impressive,
allowing Eleni's excellent keyboards to take more of a back seat.
So, in answer to the titular question... Yes - bloody professional.
Sorry for the impressionistic nature of the review, but I was ah, more than
usual pissed, let's say.
Christ though I'd sweated it all out at the end (necessitating an
all-day retox the next day).
Salt beef bagels, beers and scotch for afters.
Lots of reviews and photos on the message board, and there's a clip of Fall Sound (complete with MES telephone imitation) with tiny bits of Blindness and Systematic Abuse tacked onto the end of it on youtube.com. Mark's posted a longer segment of Blindness here.
added 11 September; updated 16 September
10 September - Opera House, Bournemouth
Actual set played (tbc):
My Door / Bo Demmick / Pacifying Joint / Theme from Sparta FC / What About Us / Fall Sound / Reformation / Mr. Pharmacist / Blindness // Systematic Abuse / Mountain Energei
Once again, many thanks to setlist runner Mark Howard, and to Mick Cunningham for these great photos and to David and Carina for these. There're loads more photos on flickr courtesy Caacrinolaas. Reviews on the message board.
added 9 September
8 September - Bestival, Newport, Isle of Wight
My Door (?) / Pacifying Joint / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Mountain Energei / What About Us / Fall Sound (?) / Reformation / Mr. Pharmacist / Blindness
Reviews on the message board.
added 8 September
to Improvisational Karaoke-ist, Dundee for these photos taken at Buster Brown's, Edinburgh, on 4 October 1983.
added 7 September
Many thanks to Matt for scanning in this MES interview from the August 2006 issue of Maximum Rock 'n' Roll.
And thanks to Ben for sending in this late-breaking Fall Heads Roll review from the Swell Music webzine.
added 1 September
Mick Cunningham has written the following excellent preview of the upcoming 10 September Bournemouth gig for publication in the Bournemouth Echo. He'll be there as a photographer and has kindly promised us some pics. He also advises: "if anyone is travelling to the gig, they must aim for Boscombe because if they go to Bournemouth, they would have overshot the venue! There are two massive car parks within a two minute walk of it as well."
For the first time in 16 years, The Fall return to the area on Sunday to play The Opera House. They had been going for 12 years the last time they played, that time at the Poole Arts Centre and their longevity has been down to an almost football management style from Mark E Smith, truly a living leg-end. Many bands from the era when The Fall first rumbled from the underground have reformed and are little more than tribute bands with a smattering of original members – The Fall is work in progress.
MES is all that remains of the band that played all those years ago, and in fact, you only have to go back a couple of years and he is all that remains. He famously said though ‘If it’s me and me granny on bongos, then it’s The Fall’. Don’t expect to go along like many of the bands that emerged from the late seventies and expect to hear them roll out the ‘classics’ like ‘How I wrote Elastic Man’, ‘Industrial Estate’ or ‘Rowche Rumble’, because The Fall are a working band and one that has tirelessly toured since their inception in 1977 and they are a band who never look back.
From the lo-fi rumblings of their first album, ‘Live at the Witch Trials’ to last years ‘Fall Heads Roll’, there is a link, indeed listen to any of the literally hundreds of fall studio albums, live albums and compilations and despite so many different musicians, it always sounds like The Fall.
During a recent tour of America, MES said on a local radio station that by changing the personal time and time again, it keeps the direction fresh and likened it to a football manager. He has been known to sack a member minutes before coming on stage and getting a roadie to stand in. The band that recorded ‘Fall Heads Roll’ lived up to the album’s name by walking out recently during the USA tour. Two night’s later MES and his keyboard playing wife Eleanor were back on stage with three American musicians.
At the Reading and Leeds festivals, there was another new line up and even on the excellent unofficial Fall website, they couldn’t name the Fall band members. It still didn’t matter though as they blasted out their set with MES, despite being nearly 50, having a presence that many bands would die for.
Despite the bands longevity and the fact that many of today’s bands regularly name drop them as a massive influence, they remain totally independent. Indeed, at one stage in the eighties they had a couple of hits with covers of ‘Ghost in my house’ and Victoria’, 12” singles, coloured vinyl and everything else that went on in those days and as soon as the success came, Smith took it away again, reverting back to the repetitious style of what the Fall fans love and can alienate the rest.
Many people may say that they haven’t heard the Fall’s music, but ‘Sparta FC’ has been used regularly by the BBC for their results service and ‘Touch Sensitive’ is beamed in to homes many times a night as the music to the Corsa advert. Not only that, but anyone who has seen ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ would have heard an eerie ‘Hip Priest’ in the background.
So, The Fall back in Bournemouth and what to expect. Don’t expect the normal! Don’t expect any ‘Thank you Bournemouth, you’ve been a lovely audience’ (although on their last visit, that time to the Town Hall in 1984, he wrote ‘Bournemouth Runner’ after the backdrop was half inched) but do expect Smith to hand the microphone to an audience member and expect that person to carry on. Expect Smith to fiddle with the amps, bash out something on the keyboards, take the microphone from the bass drum and sing in to that.
I first saw The Fall in 1978 and have seen then countless times ever since and still have the same excitement now of seeing the band and as the late John Peel, who championed The Fall throughout their career said, ‘Always different and always the same’ – and that sums up The Fall. Don’t miss.
added 3 September; updated 4 September
2 September - Indian Summer, Victoria Park, Glasgow
My Door (?) / Bo Demmick / Pacifying Joint / Theme from Sparta F.C. / What About Us / Reformation / Mr. Pharmacist / Mountain Energei / I Can Hear the Grass Grow / Assume / Blindness
A 10 minute stroll from my flat: o)
Went along with Graeme Park and his mate Brian.
It was very impressive. Best I have seen for a few years. No messing.
Gang of Four later today.
Most Glasgow taxi drivers are under the impression that this mini-festival, taking place almost entirely unnoticed in Glasgow’s genteel Victoria Park, has something to do with (and I quote one of their number) “Paki music”: of course, for all we knew, the current incarnation of The Fall could have been recruited that very day from our city’s Pakistani community: why shouldn’t the Indian summer fall into the Pakistani Spring?
This time round, however, The Fall were a guy who could get a part in ‘Holly Oaks’ on drums; a consumptive-looking pale run-of-the-mill indie guitarist (who couldn’t quite get all of the chords for ‘Sparta F.C.': how difficult can it be?); the mystery convict bass player (who plays as if his instrument were a lute made of glass); Mrs. Smith on keyboards and a man-mountain on rhythm guitar: with his woolly hat, fulsome beard and hooped jersey, he looked like a fisherman extra from ‘Whisky Galore’. Indeed, he seemed to have been drafted on board moments before: Smith shaking his hand warmly at one point as if the two had only just been introduced.
This was a mostly shambolic performance, but great fun. Smith’s crimes against fashion continue apace: this evening he was sporting a black, ribbed sweater, with silver pin-stripe, which looked like the shirt of a darts player. He greeted the audience: “Good evening you nineteen to thirty five year old reprobates, we are The Fall” and then proceeded to say something about “Talking Heads, in ‘81”; sadly Smith’s off the darts-shirt cuff remarks were mostly lost by the fact that he kept changing mics, and the mics kept cutting out. No-one in the band seemed to have the guts to point this out.
Musically, highlights were ‘Assume’ (Smith trilling “rrrrrrrrrrr” between verses) and the new song ‘Reformation’ (with the additional lyric “I was in the Fall: I didn’t know what the fuck was going on”) and considering the band must have been playing together for the first time in front of an audience that very evening, on these numbers they really were rather good. They sounded even better once Smith had arsed around with the volume of the bass and keyboards: incredibly, he knows what he’s doing.
Sadly, however, the musical nadir came with the final number. The band launched into ‘Blindness’ in the spirit of a cabin crew preparing a Hen party for an emergency crash landing; indeed it was total carnage: flabby, ugly and cheaply tarted up with overly-loud keyboards. It did allow us the opportunity to hear the lyrics really well, and on the opening lines, “Mr. James Fennings, from Prestwich…” a lad in his late twenties who was standing next to me, turned and told me that he was in fact the very James Fennings of the song (his dad is a big friend of Mark’s)! I’m afraid he had to tell me a couple of times before I got my head round this: I have added him to my scrap-book of Fall anecdotal ephemera, along with the ‘Bournemouth Runner’ who I met in the early 90s. It totally made the gig for me: thanks Mr. Fennings!
With his horrible sweaters, penchant for steak and onions (and rumours of a pre-gig shag in his trailer…but that’s really none of your business-ah) Mark E. Smith is still the best member of The Fall.
Reviews and links to flickr photostreams on the message board. There are also bits of the Fall's set on the "listen again" BBC 6 Music player - try skipping through the Steve Lamacq's 2 Sept. show (Sparta and Mr. Pharmacist at ca 2h51m); Claire McDonnell's 3 Sept. show (What About Us at ca. 1h42m; also Gang of 4 at ca. 2h50m); Music Week 3 Sept. (Grass Grow at the beginning of the show); and Gideon Coe 4 Sept. (Mountain Energei at ca. 1h20m).
added 30 August
27 August - Radio One/NME stage, Leeds Festival
Bo Demmick / Pacifying Joint / Theme From Sparta F.C. / What About Us? / Reformation / Mountain Energei /Mr. Pharmacist / Blindness / My Door (?)
The final (new) song was an instrumental as Mark walked off stage because he couldn't remember the words, according to the teletext report. Mixed reviews on the message board. There's some BBC footage of Sparta and What About Us? on youtube.
added 30 August; updated 1 September
26 August - Radio One/NME stage, Reading Festival
My Door (?) / Bo Demmick / Theme From Sparta F.C. / Pacifying Joint / What About Us? / Mountain Energei / Reformation / Blindness
A couple of reviews on the message board.
Thanks to Graeme Armstrong for sending in this clipping from the NME of 30 August 2006 in which Jack White of The White Stripes manages to namecheck The Fall twice in less than 70 words!
added 20 August
MES interview in today's Sunday Herald (Scotland):
Meet the Fall Guy
Launching our four-page special on Indian Summer, Mark E Smith tells Leon McDermott why The Fall matter
Mark E Smith is a man with a reputation. Or, more accurately, many reputations. Since 1977, he has been the leader and only constant in The Fall: John Peel’s favourite band, a gnarly thorn in the side of British music and a bracing antidote to every band of shaggy-haired indie chancers with a hankering for fame. Smith has fired some of his bandmates without a second thought; others have walked out minutes before the band have been due on stage. A couple have left mid-gig, amid thrown pints and flying fists. The last ones to leave, says Smith, “pissed off on me after about four days of the last American tour, in Arizona”.
In interviews, Smith can be jovial. Smith can be grumpy. Smith can be drunk. Smith might, as apparently happened to one journalist, request that he be punched in the face in order to sober him up. So, it’s with some trepidation that you pick up the phone and ring his house.
The 49-year-old, though, can also be brilliant in conversation; a kind of rambling raconteur whose guttural laugh and vowels stick doggedly to the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and who, despite the stories, is as amiable and friendly as anyone who’s suffered nearly 30 years in the music industry.
“30 years? Why does everybody keep saying 30 years, it’s not that at all!” he says, mock-offended. (For the record, it will be 30 years in 2007). Smith is just back from a festival in Norway.
“It was good, we were really good. Course, we were flying the day of that security alert, so we’re setting off at 8am in the morning, and we turn the f***ing telly on and it’s like, you can’t go anywhere. But we got there anyway; the Cramps played after us, so it was nice to see them.”
As usual, when it comes to The Fall, things have been busy. Nearly 30 years, over 40 albums, and constant touring; for Smith, being in a band is a job like any other. This year, though, The Fall have been doing something different. “It’s a bit weird, really, we’re more of a club group, you know, and now we’re playing all these festivals. It’s the first year we’ve been offered festivals, believe it or not. I mean, to start off, we were banned from all the ones in Britian.”
Any particular reason?
“I don’t know, I could never understand it. I think maybe my attitude was wrong; you’re supposed to sit down with all the other groups and that,” Smith says, as if the idea of socialising with Primal Scream backstage at Reading horrifies him, in much the same way as chatting to that dull bloke from accounts at the office Christmas party would anyone else. “Primal Scream? Ha ha ha, yeah, they’ve got the festival thing sorted. They just keep going, don’t they? They’re like …” He searches for the right words. “They’ve just turned into the f***ing Rolling Stones, haven’t they?
“I’m so used to playing clubs,” he continues, “and then you see bands at festivals and you think, what they f*** are they doing? Why don’t they get a normal job? Where are they coming from? And that sort of inspires me, in a strange sort of way.”
Bands on television, it seems, are even worse than those at festivals. “I mean,” says Smith, building up a head of argumentative steam, “have you ever turned the telly on, and they have that thing for deaf people?” – He means teletext subtitles, rather than sign language – “Where they have the lyrics for the groups and that? I mean, it’s incredible, the shit they write! ‘I walked up the hill, I saw you, and then I walked back down the hill’ and they’re doing it all dead heavy like they’re Black f***ing Sabbath. Nonsense. So when we’ve ever done TV, I won’t give them the lyrics. I’ve always been like that; I don’t believe in lyrics sheets and shit like that. Let them figure it out themselves.”
It’s an approach that has served Smith well over the years. The Fall’s music – whether it’s scratchy, two-chord punk, looming, dub-inspired weirdness, shuddering krautrock, Mancunian hip hop, ballet scores (like one of their best albums, I Am Kurious Oranj) or anything else – has always wrapped itself around Smith’s gnomic words of working man wisdom. He’s not a poet but what Smith does is knit together ideas with brevity and surreal precision. Take the chorus of Theme From Sparta FC, which manages to nail the machismo, chest-beating, burst eyebrows and scraped knuckles of football holliganism in two brief lines: “We live on blood / We are Sparta FC”.
An autodidactic 18-year-old in 1977, inspired by the legendary Sex Pistols gig at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall (also in the audience: Ian Curtis, most of Buzzcocks, and a certain Steven Patrick Morrissey), Smith is now an elder statesman of British music, albeit one who is still kicking against the pricks, even when The Fall’s music is, almost unconceivably, being used to flog Vauxhall Corsas.
“Oh, that? Hmmm. They stopped showing it for about a year. You’ve got me there, because I’m really embarrassed about that to be quite frank,” he says, genuinely sounding it. “I got it stopped, but they’ve come back. It’s out of my hands, it’s like, the other person who wrote it with me, they agreed. I f***ing hate car adverts.”
Still, Smith isn’t one to dwell on things, whether it be car adverts, departed band members or the missing master tapes of the next Fall album. The Fall – currently comprising Smith, his wife Elena, a bassist “from round here” and two Americans – just keep moving forward. “British musicians, they’ve got a reputation in the States for just pissing off. How many times have you heard it? They go over there and after two or three days they can’t handle it. They’re spoilt bastards .”
American musicians, claims Smith, are different to the British variety. “They’re a lot more positive, you know? I’ve been working, obviously, with Manchester musicians and London musicians for a long time, and they’re right miserable bastards, they’re always thinking about their girlfriends or their wives.”
So, he says, “I’ve got these Yanks, and they’re really good, they’re about 27 and they don’t know anything about The Fall, they’re sort of Frank Zappa types. And I’ve got the wife, of course, and it’s sounding really good. It’s the best thing that has happened to me, really, [the rest of the band] pissing off.”
As for the new album, Smith says: “I’m starting again this week. I got ten days studio time over there [in America] and I got some good stuff down, but the tapes got lost. They went from LA to new York, from New York to here, and I wasn’t in, so they went to f***ing Oregon, to Portland, can you believe it? It makes you appreciate the British post office. They’ve probably been detonated as a suspect f***ing package by now …”
The Fall play the main stage at Indian Summer on Saturday September 2 at 7.40pm.
added 17 August; updated 27 October
Simon's cousin Craig posted the awful news of Simon's passing on the message board. Simon died on 16 August 2006. He would have wanted it to be known that Elvis Presley also died on 16 August (for the record, so did Babe Ruth and Bela Lugosi).
Simonfb was a longtime Fall fan and one of Fallnet's most distinctive voices over the last several years. I'm sorry to say that I never met the man but several on Fallnet were lucky to do so, and were much taken by his warmth, wit, and generosity of spirit. My deepest sympathies to his family and many friends, to Hilda, and especially to his daughter Poppy, who took this recent photo of her dad. Simon will be sorely missed by a great many.
Simon was a keen photographer and flickr member; here's his page.
added 8 August; udpated 2 September
Great news for Monks fans. Play Loud!, a German film company, has produced a documentary called Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback. There's a press release and clips on their site. And more good news: they're also releasing a companion tribute CD called Silver Monk Time, which will include the Fall covering Higgle-dy Piggle-dy.
To coincide with the release of the film and CD, the Monks are playing Volksbuehne in Berlin on 23 October. Rumour has it that M.E.S. will appear as one of the evening's guest vocalists. The Monks are playing a gig in London as well, at the Dirty Water Club on 19 October.
Here's the lineup of bands -- it looks like it'll be a great CD.
The Raincoats are covering "Monk Chant"; S.Y.P.H. covers Oh How To Do Now; Doc Schoko "Shut Up." Any other confirmations?
21 September 2006
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06aug17 Brooklyn Vegan / Arena Homme Plus interviews, Oya Festival, Tesla-K, The Blimp, Tycoons Follies, Artrocker review, Tony Friel archive, PBL book update, KFNY poster, Billboard, more Voiceprint CDs.
06jun13 US tour (second leg), more US press (NYT, The Pitch, SLC Weekly, Stop Smiling), Manchester gig (inc. MEN preview & FT review), What Sven Could Learn from Me (Guardian int. from last year)
06may23 US tour (first leg), US press (LA Alternative, LA City Beat, SF Chronicle, OC Weekly), Smog Monsters, Morley on MCR/L'pool
06may01 Berlin gig, Reclaimers' footy song, MES "In Their Own Write", Praxis Hagen exhibit.
06apr06 UK tour, Greek/ Swiss gigs, "The Two-Year Gap" announcement, John Peel Fall intros/ outros mp3, Wire's Fall Primer, Q's Manchester special, Monks Beat Club clips, Fallnet's "Dr. Buck's Letters", Fall album survey results, Nikki Sudden / Ivor Cutler r.i.p., Brix's new house, cult musicians, Gavin Esler.
21feb06 Official Fall site now Unofficial, Guardian ex-Fall members article, Mojo interview and poll results, IS, IAH, MCR & CC remaster details, Mixing It session, Antwerp & Wigan gigs, Ding's two new bands, Ghostigital, New Year's Honours, fashion corner: Brix interview & Lagerfeld show, Blue Orchids new album, history of Salford bands.
03jan06 Word MES interview, ticket refund information, Festive 50, misc. year-end press roundups and Fall forum poll results, preview of Guardian's ex-Fall members article, MES lego minifig, Armitage Shanks & Necropolis Fall-related songs, Ghostigital's "Not Clean" & "Codomatopoeia," Corsa ad back on TV, John Peel's Record Box.
08nov05 Fall Heads Roll reviews, UK tour, Incendiary, Rock Sound & Pitchfork interviews, PBL book preview, Commercially Unfriendly cd.
30sep05 Fall Heads Roll details, MES to read footy scores, Peel tribute CDs, ChronicArt preview, Blast Off DVD sampler, Frank Skinner, Jacob's Cream Crackers, Stewart Lee, Deisel-U-Matic award.
18aug05 Paul Hanley BBC radio int., MES Metro "60-second" & Kitchen Sink ints., 1979 Jamming! int., Deisel U Matic award, Paul Wilson's Fall Mix, Stewart Lee's favorite things.
26jul05 Berlin & Paris gigs, Fall site news, Diesel-U-Music & Mojo awards, Live from the Vaults: the "real" story, Sanctuary / Slogan Records announcement, Mayo Thompson, Commercially Unfriendly CD, links to loads of Peel box reviews.
14jun05 UK & Lyon gigs, Conway's guitar tab and Adult Net pages, Jools Holland, Deeply Vale cd, MES int. w/BBC on Peel, Lime Lizard 1993, Festive 50 book, Live from the Vaults delayed, Wake Up in the City, Cuz'n Roy's yard sale on ebay, Jahn Rhondos.
27apr05 UK gigs, Left of the Dial & Scotland on Sunday interviews, Deeply Vale CD preview, Bingo Masters press release, Scherzo Schist, Live from the Vaults, Simon Reynolds, Simon Armitage, Prenzlauer Berg, Fall Cafe, Poloraoids special offer, Brix & Gromit, MES on Funhouse, Fall documentary transcript, the Fall wants your photo.
25feb05 BBC4 Fall doc, Hex reissue, KFNY gig, Fall Forum's TNSG, Ice Magazine (UK) MES int., Sun Zoom Spark articles, Playlouder appreciation, unofficial Sparta FC video, Peel set postponed 1 month, MES's New Years Honours list, 9may81 photos, Hunter S. Thompson, RIP.
07jan05 Jim Watts resigns, UK gigs, Pseud Mag, Festive 50, Deeply Vale, documentary, City Bar "fall-out", Polaroids on the Fall, Wipe That Sound, Narnack sampler.