Stylus, Leeds University Union. 0113 3801 373 (Uni.) / 0113 245 5570 (Jumbo Records). With I, Ludicrous
Maxwell Hall, University of Salford. Balcony seats (200 @ £19 plus booking fees) available through Ticketline only (0161 832 1111). With Bobbie Peru. Standing floor tickets (1000 @ £17 plus booking fees), available through Ticketline, wegottickets, Salford University Union; Vibes, Bury; Endless Music, Prestwich; King Bee, Chorlton; Piccadilly Records, Oldham Street; and with no booking fee from Alan Wise, 26 Lockett Gardens, Manchester M36BJ (enclose an SAE and check for £17).
I, Ludicrous and/or Bobbie Peru (former Fall bassist Ding's new band) supporting on several dates of the UK the tour.
Does anyone know if the band played Thessaloniki on the 17th?
added 21 January
I've added an RSS newsfeed for the Fall news. If you want to subscribe, click the little orange icon at the top of this page.
added 20 January; updated 21 January
Saturday, 19 January Gagarin 205, Athens
Tommy Shooter / 50 Year Old Man / Wolf Kidult Man / Theme from Sparta FC / Fall Sound / I've Been Duped / Pacifying Joint / Senior Twilight Stock Replacer > walk off / Wings / Mr. Pharmacist / Blindness // White Lightning
Thanks to Costas for the setlist and Mark for the bizarrely wonderful poster. Reviews and photos on the message board.
added 18 January
Jonathan Tingle wrote in to mention a benefit gig he's organizing that may appeal to Fall fans in the London area.
I am hoping that through the Fall website you might help me promote a special charity gig I have organised for a children’s charity called Voice who help vulnerable young people in care by providing an independent advocacy service. It is definitely a gig a lot of the Fall fans who look at the website will like.
Ian Kershaw wrote in to mention a series -- Start! -- that he's written for Radio 4. MES appeared in the first two episodes, playing the part of Drunk. Part one was aired on 10 January and part two was last night. Info on the BBC page.
I'm into CB on the forum has posted clips of the two MES bits: part one / part two.
added 16 January; updated 20 January
Nick Stone has had the good fortune to read Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith and says it's "the best music autobiography I've read since Charles Mingus's Beneath the Underdog." More on his blog.
And now Strontium Dawg on the forum's got his paws on a copy:
I've been lucky enough to get a copy, and I'm about a third of the way through. So far it's an absolute doozy, everything a Fall fan would want from a Mark E Smith book. I say 'Fall fan', because if you didn't know a lot about their history and weren't up to speed with recent Fall happenings, you simply wouldn't understand what he was talking about. It chucks away all the normal rules of autobiography, beginning not with an introduction to him, the band, his childhood etc, but with a rant against Ben Pritchard. (Specifically the interview that appeared on here. And this site is mentioned in line 18 of the book, boys and girls, so we best have a quick tidy round and get the biscuits in before the publication date, as we may have guests.)
For a fan it's an incredible opening and certainly makes you think twice about the content of the original interview. Indeed, the book so far really humanises Mark in a way that I've not seen done before. He virtually admits that a lot of the MES the world sees he partly puts on for protection, and there are loads of little eye-opening revelations like that, alongside -- as you'd expect -- hilarious observations about everything from Hammer horror films to Big Brother, a ton of one-liners and some brilliant insight into his work ethic. All of it done in a way that really rewards long-time followers of the band because it simply doesn't bother fleshing out details for newcomers.
I'm only a third of the way through. Exhaustion got the better of me last night, but if it hadn't I could easily have read it one go, it's that kind of book.
"Good evening, we are The Fall" is the first of (hopefully) a series of musical evenings made up of The Fall's vinyl output.
Dave Guttridge (who usually plays only shellac as DJ78) will be playing a personal and quite random selection of The Fall's music from 8pm - midnight at The Birdcage, 23 Pottergate, Norwich NR2 1DS. Admission is free and Dave is planning to produce a small fanzine for the occasion.
It's a small venue, so numbers will be limited (40 - ish) - get there early for a seat. Requests will be considered on the night.
Sad news: the finest banjo player in garage rock, Dave Day of the Monks, died yesterday.
added 7 January
There's a terrific documentary on the Flying Nun record label on youtube. It's split into nine parts and "The Fall debacle" is briefly mentioned at the end of part three.
added 4 January; updated 5 January
Cog Sinister on the forum has revealed the title of the next Fall album: Latch Key Kid.
CD Baby has a sneak peak, perhaps. And there's a bit about it in the latest Mojo:
Songs: Wolf Adult Kid / 50 Year Old Man / I've Been Duped
Production: Mark E. Smith and Grant Showbiz
The Buzz: "I did it in May and June last year in Von Sudenfed's studio in Dusseldorf," says indefatigable Fall kaiser Mark E. Smith. "There's a different band from last time, three English lads -- the guitarist was in Pubic Fringe and the rhythm section from Ramsbottom -- and Elenor (Smith's keyboardist wife). The American band who played on the last one had their own stuff to do. It's not electronic at all. It's got that 'metalicness' you get in Germany. And I got Grant Showbiz to do some in Chelsea. There is a theme, yes, around age, sort of thing... ha ha! It's fucking great, but we've got to get a deal since Sanctuary got bought out."
added 4 January
There was a clip of the Fall's 1 April 2007 performance on the BBC4 documentary "Last Man in Hammersmith Palais," which aired on 24 December. It'll be repeated on BBC4 at 2:10 a.m. next Tuesday (8 January), of if you're in the UK you can watch it on the BBC site.
David / Cog Sinister has posted a message from Mark on the forum:
I am very pissed off with a minority of back stabbers/slaggers who accuse me of pulling gigs owing to being "drunk".
I find this personal and very offensive. Check the last 30 years and find out the cancellation rate... minimal.
For your information, I have been suffering from a throat infection and my wife down with a full blown flu virus. We received the itinerary of the sudenfed gigs during this, which if you connect the dots with straight lines, resembles a knitting pattern for a fair-isle fucking jumper.
Manchester-Heathrow-Paris-3 hour drive Rouen-do gig-back to Paris-Paris-Munich-Madrid-Barcelona-do gig-Barcelona Madrid-Munich-Paris-Heathrow-Manchester----???????? of course we couldn't make it.
To the rest of you, behave yourselves, and have a lovely xmas and a good good new year.. thanks Cog for the use of your space.
PS. I got the sack from sud
added 12 December
MESSING UP THE PAINTWORK
A Conference on the Aesthetics and Politics of Mark E. Smith and The Fall
Mark E. Smith remains one of the most interesting and idiosyncratic figures in popular music after a recording career with his band The Fall that spans 30 years. While The Fall were originally associated with the contemporaneous punk explosion, from the beginning they pursued a highly original vision of what was possible in the sphere of popular music. While other punk bands died out after a few years only to reform twenty years later as their own cover bands, The Fall continued evolving, while at the same time retaining a remarkable consistency despite frequent line-up changes that soon left Mark E. Smith as the one permanent member of the group. More than this both Mark E. Smith’s lyrics and the music of the group itself seem to reincarnate many twentieth century currents from modernist aesthetics to pulp fiction, for example in Smith’s well-known fascination with “Weird Tales” and writers as diverse as M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft and Wyndham Lewis. At the same time, Mark E. Smith never wanted to be known as even a punk poet and his lyrics have always been inseparable from working with or rather against the changing members of his group. These antagonistic relations bring us to the difficult question of the politics of Mark E. Smith that have been interpreted as everything from working class conservatism to extreme radicalism and have seemed to constantly shift and mutate over the years. Perhaps the key aspect of the group that the conference will bring out is precisely the centrality of antagonism to Mark E. Smith and The Fall as a strictly maintained critical attitude to everything from musicians within The Fall to the wider musical and cultural sphere.
Paper proposals are being solicited for this conference, which will aim to address some of the following issues in relation to Mark E. Smith and The Fall:
The Fall in relation to the Manchester music scene from 1977 to the present
The Fall and their punk and art-punk contemporaries (The Buzzcocks, The Mekons, Joy Division etc.)
The Fall and antagonism both within the group and with the wider musical and cultural field
Mark E. Smith and ‘Pulp Modernism’; The Fall in relation to 20th Century aesthetics
The cultural politics of Mark E. Smith and The Fall
Mark E. Smith and (Northern) working class culture
Ghosts and hauntings in The Fall, from pulp horror to rock music to radical politics
Extra-musical projects and collaborations (Michael Clarke, I am Curious Oranj etc.)
The Fall and contemporary music; influences and further antagonisms
Keynote speaker: Mark Fisher—regular contributor to The Wire, Sight and Sound, Fact magazine and Frieze and a Founding member of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit but best known for his Weblog, k-punk.abstractdynamics.org. which recently featured an innovative series of essays on The Fall and Pulp Modernism. Currently he is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.
The symposium will take place at the University of Salford on the 2nd9th of May, 2008 and will be hosted by the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre (www.ccm.salford.ac.uk). If you are interested in participating, please send abstracts and a short bio to Michael Goddard, firstname.lastname@example.org, to be received no later than 16 January 2008.
Registration for the event will be £30.
Dr Michael Goddard
A102, Adelphi Building
University of Salford
Friday, 30 November The Galtymore, Cricklewood, London
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer / Tommy Shooter / Fall Sound / Can Can / 50 Year Old Man / Pacifying Joint / I've Been Duped / Wings / Alton Towers / Strange Town / Systematic Abuse // No Xmas for John Quays
Thanks to Mark and Johnnymills for the setlist. Reviews and a link to a clip of NXFJQ on the message board.
added 26 November
Michel Bulteau and Pascal Le Gras are showing their book Contreblasons in L'espace Galerie Jean Touzot in Paris (22 rue des Quatre Vents: Tel. (33) 01 40 46 94 09).
The exhibition runs from 28 November through 5 December and there's an opening reception on 28 November with Michel and Pascal.
added 23 November; updated 26 November
Thursday, 22 November The Barfly, Birmingham
Tommy Shooter * / Wings > Wolf Kidult Man / Fall Sound / I’ve Been Duped / Can Can / Pacifying Joint / Blindness / What About Us // Systematic Abuse / Mr. Pharmacist
Claus Castenskiold has a few of his signed Perverted by Language - Tour posters left. They're 30 x 24 inches on thick paper stock.
$25 for US orders, $30 overseas, postage and sturdy cardboard tube included. Paypal recommended : email is email@example.com.
added 29 October; updated 1 November
Parts 1 - 4 of a very entertaining interview with MES from vbs.tv's Soft Focus programme, recorded earlier this year.
added 26 October
This interview with MES from the 9 March 2007 Edinburgh Evening News slipped through the Fall News cracks. Thanks to Jason for spotting it.
added 23 October
As you might have noticed, Conway and I have decided to change the name of this site from the Unofficial Fall website to The Fall online. You may remember we adopted the "unofficial" tag when Mark gave us the boot early last year and set up shop at www.thefall.info. However, the Official website has been kaput for a couple of months now, making our "unofficial" name a bit redundant. Thus the new, snappier, The Fall online.
added 19 October
Friday, 18 October Von Südenfed at Heaven, London
In no particular order:
Speech Contamination/German Fear of Osterreich > Rhinohead > Fledermaus Can't Get Enough > Serious Brainskin > Family Feud > Flooded > The Young the Faceless and the Codes > That Sound Wiped > (ENCORE) Slow Down Ronnie?
I'll be playing another 4 hours of The Fall with filmmaker Amy Cargill on Tuesday October 30th.
It's from 10pm-2am at Danny's which is at 1951 W. Dickens in Chicago, IL USA.
I have plans for 2 more before the year is up, one in NYC and another in Los Angeles. In January I plan on doing a 24 hours marathon with different DJs at my house, which is just similar enough to a bar, though people will have to bring their own booze because I'm not going to jail.
The 7 hour Fall Night is Seattle was great and a lot of people came and everybody had fun.
Thanks to da fox for forwarding this bulletin from The Residence (in Hackney, London):
S p e c t r e . v s . R e c t o r
FROM: Rev. MARC VAULBERT de CHANTILLY
TO: Dear Parishioner
ALL HALLOW'S EVE. I'll rip your fat body to pieces. Do NOT lock me out. I was NOT born in Hampshire. I am NOT M. R. James. I am THE RECTOR. Do NOT lock me out. I am a BONONIAN. My HATE is CRISP. I am SOAKED in BLOOD. I AM The Rector and I AM SOAKED IN BLOOD. Douglas Park is THE DEACON. Ranga padem. I am The Rector. Unlock your doors and bring me FLOWERS. I wash EVERY DAY and I AM THE RECTOR. You are UNCLEAN. Bring me FLOWERS. Do NOT lock me out. I am The Rector AND I am THE CURATE. Raúl Piña Pérez is THE SPECTRE and Mark McGowan is THE INSPECTOR. Simon Ould is THE HERO. Ranga padem. I am The Rector. You are UNCLEAN. You are THE DRUDGE NATION, A NATION OF NO IMAGINATION. Take those flowers away. You are UNCLEAN. Your DECADENT SINS will REAP DISCIPLINE. I am a BLACK BONONIAN BEAST. Do NOT lock me out.
HERE IS FUNERAL DECORATION FOR THE DRUDGE NATION. HERE IS MY CURE OF SOULS:
Elaine Arkell / Majed Aslam / Anna Barratt / Luke Brennan / Vanessa Brown / Sam Burford / Gail Burton / Blair Butterfield / Luis Carvajal / Cedric Christie / Toby Clarkson / Patrick Coyle / Clem Crosby / Richard Crow / Sohrab Crews / Adrian Dannatt / Dædalus / Daisy Delaney / Oliver Dungey / Jack Duplock / Deej Fabyc / Bern Roche Farrelly / Jon Fawcett / Tim Flitcroft / Laura Oldfield Ford / Karl French / Gaia Giacometti / Jason Gibilaro / Polly Gould / Anthony Gross / Mark Hammond / Michael Hampton / Pauline Hoare / Lucinda Holmes / Jenny Holt / Robin Holt / Marc Hulson / Calum F. Kerr / Damian Le Bas / Delaine Le Bas / Adrian Lee / Harry Levene / Alan Liddiard / Cathy Lomax / Mandy McCartin / Mark McGowan / John McLeod / Lee Maelzer / Micalef / Alex Michon / Alex Gene Morrison / Jurgen Ots / Simon Ould / Russell Oxley / Douglas Park / Tony Peakall / Cath Pearson / Raúl Piña Pérez / Brendan Quick / Zak Reddan / Claudia Reyes / Jill Rock / Aeon Rose / Geraldine Ryan / Kurt Ryslavy / Paul Sakoilsky / Steve Schepens / Liam Scully / Niki Sehmi / Bob and Roberta Smith / Dave Smith / Rose Smith / Sarah Sparkes / Matthew Stradling / Jonni Stutterer / Peter Suchin / Damian Swarbrick / Carina Thorén and John Chantler / Mike Watson / Katsunobu Yaguchi / Yog Sothoth (David C. West) / Ingrid Z
FROM: 1 NOV. to 1 DEC. 2007, every THURS, FRI, SAT and SUN, 1 TO 5 PM. R.S.V.P. for OPENING PARTY (with EXORCISM) on HALLOWEEN (31 OCT.), 6 till 10 PM. YOG SOTHOTH WILL LURK. THE APATHY BAND WILL PLAY. LUIS CARVAJAL WILL FEED THE FIVE THOUSAND. TIM FLITCROFT WILL SLEEP OVER. Accompanying booklet and CD.
THE RESIDENCE: NOT at Whitminster, but AT THE VERGER'S COTTAGE, through black wooden gate to the RIGHT of St Mary of Eton Church, Eastway, Hackney Wick, LONDON, E9 5JA. PHONE: 020 8986 2324. BUSES: 26 (Waterloo), 30 (Marble Arch), 236 (Finsbury Park), 388 (Blackfriars). TRAIN: Hackney Wick.
FOR: THE UNFALLEN. And meanwhile and meanwhile. You can only tell stories nowadays if it's all down on paper, so we're breaking it in easy for you. Listen to the song 'Spectre vs. Rector' by Mark E. Smith and The Fall, on the albums 'Dragnet' (1979) and 'Totale's Turns' (1980). It concerns Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936), Provost of Eton College, and author of "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" (1904). Eton College founded the Eton Mission at Hackney Wick in 1880, to bring Christianity and Charitable Works to the poor of the East End. The result is there for all to see. In 1890 the foundations of the Church of St Mary of Eton were laid.
I HAVE WAITED SINCE CÆSAR FOR THIS.
HAIL THE NEW PURITAN.
RAPE ME, LORD.
21 Jan. 2008
This is the latest news and gossip off the message board, Fallnet, and elsewhere. If
you have anything to say, please email Stefan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
07oct16 Fall / Von Südenfed gig reviews, Zone / Jungle World / Chord / Taz interviews (mainly VS-related), Independent Q&A, Fall Box Set reviews, Hammersmith Palais DVD, Mick Middles' Complete Guide, Wyndham Lewis, myspace MES imposter, Fall Cup 2007, Derek Erdman Fall nights, Intermittent Signal (Simon W.), MES fabric doll.
07jul03 Newsnight Review int., Independent Q&A, Barcelona gig, Von Sudenfed reviews & interviews, Fall box set, Julia Adamson, Hurdy Gurdy Man video, Word of Mouth, John Leckie TapeOp int., Reformation video, Ideal TV clip, Record Collector / Manchester Confidential / Harp Magazine ints., Lee on I'm Into CB, official site problems, Foggy Notions letters, PBL fiction collection.
07apr12 UK tour, RPTLC reviews, Narnack edition, Reformation single, Von Sudenfed, MES's 50th, Uncut Q&A, Foggy Notions / Telegraph / Liberation / Rock & Folk interviews, Renegade delayed, Saturn 5, Universal reissues, Culture Show / Transmission TV spots.
07feb22 RPTLC UK released, Malaga gig, MES interviews: Independent, Welt am Sonntag, Stool Pigeon, The Times, Fantastic Man; Johnny Vegas' Ideal preview, Memorex of the Krakens, Anjulireeves on youtube, Packing a Gun, 7 Wives of MES, Saturn 5, Grayson Perry, Brix's "Star," Frank Sidebottom.
06dec30 Reformation Post TLC announcements, NYC & Strangeways gigs, Julia Adamson photos, Dave Milner songs, Gusgus Not Clean remix, Fall forum crash, Sonic Arts Network cd, PBL book, Mitsubishi Blindness, Monks live session, MES on Dylan.
06oct30 Silver Monk Time & Monks gigs, Oct. UK & Ireland gig reviews, Ben Pritchard interview, "Renegade: The Gospel According to MES," MES DJ set on Radio 1, Environmental Health News, Stewart Lee in Sunday Times.
06sep21 Simonfb, r.i.p., Bournemouth & London gigs / UK festivals, Silver Monk Time, Sunday Herald & Maximum RnR interviews, Julia Nagle's latest projects, another Peel tribute CD.
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.
06feb21 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.
06jan03 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.
05nov08 Fall Heads Roll reviews, UK tour, Incendiary, Rock Sound & Pitchfork interviews, PBL book preview, Commercially Unfriendly cd.
05sep30 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.
05aug18 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.
05jul26 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.
05jun14 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.
05apr27 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.
05feb25 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.
05jan07 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.