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Sun 31 Oct Sinners' Day Festival, Ethias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium, according to their site. The line-up could've been the same in 1981!
Sun 21 Nov Festival Saint Ghetto, Bern, Switzerland, according to their blog. Quite a lineup: The Residents / The Fall / Steven Stapleton / Charlemagne Palestine.
Tue 23 Nov Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, according to ents24
Wed 24 Nov De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, according to their Facebook page
Thur 25 Nov Picturedrome, Holmfirth, according to their site
Sun 28 Nov The Assembly, Leamington Spa, according to their site
Mon 29 Nov Phoenix, Exeter, according to their site
Tue 30 Nov Komedia, Bath, according to their site
Tue 7 Dec Metro, Sydney. Tickets
Thu 9 Dec The Hifi, Brisbane. Tickets
Fri 10 Dec Billboard The Venue, Melbourne. Tickets
Sat 11 Dec Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, Victoria
Mon 13 Dec Powerstation, Auckland. See press release below for details
Thu 20 Jan Barbi, Tel Aviv, according to
Thu 27 Jan PTR, Geneva, according to their site.
Fri 11 Feb Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
Thu 12 May Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin. "Closing Countdown No. 5, a Night with The Fall" (the club closes a few days later)
Fri 20 May Territorios festival, Seville, Spain
Sun 22 May Friends of Mine festival, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire
Tue 31 May Villette Sonique festival, Paris, according to their page
Wed 1 Jun Koko, London, according to their site
Fri 3 June Moho Live, Manchester, according to their site
Thu 30 June Stanley Theater, Liverpool Guild of Students, University of Liverpool. See note below about the Liverpool gigs.
Fri 1 July Stanley Theater, Liverpool Guild of Students, University of Liverpool
Sat 2 July Stanley Theater, Liverpool Guild of Students, University of Liverpool
Sun 10 July Sub 89, Reading. Part of the Outside:Inside festival, where you find get tickets.
9-13 Aug Terraneo Festival, Sibenik, Croatia.
2-4 Sep End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset, according to their site.



added 28 April

The Fall sign to Cherry Red

From The Quietus:

When John interviewed Mark E Smith late last year, the Fall's leader told him that sessions for the group's next album were progressing well, and that it would be a heavier beast, even a "Greek heavy metal album". Today, the Cherry Red label got in touch with the Quietus to tell us that they will be releasing whatever it is MES and co come up with later this year: "Cherry Red Records have some exciting news! We’re thrilled to announce that the release of the new FALL album will be coming out on Cherry Red later in the year." There is currently no further information, such as release date or working title, but rest assured we will bring you it as soon as we have it. You can hear a performance of new Fall song 'Greenway' here. When he spoke to us, Smith said that after their record on Domino, he was looking for a label that would let him bang a record out quickly. Looks like he's found a good home.


updated 21 April

Alan Wise on the 30 June - 2 July Liverpool gigs:

THE FALL will play a three night residency at the Stanley Theatre , Liverpool Guild of Students an intimate and comfy stand up smallish, venue with seated balcony in Mount Pleasant Liverpool.

They will use the opportunity to work some new material such is on their new unreleased album which features a very innovative and different sound .The shows will differ every night and feature a famous special guest as supporting act. [update: John Cooper Clarke will support each night along with local band, The Temps.]

The venue will be limited to 300 paying customers a night plus some cheaper tickets for regular fans and users of this site. They will be at a low price of £45 for the whole residency or £15 for individual nights. The normal price is £20 plus booking as per usual.

To buy these limited "fan club" tickets with no booking commission please send a sae and cheque to; Empty world productions. The Angel Centre St Phillips Place Salford Manchester M36BA

Either a cheque can be enclosed or a direct payment can be made into "empty world productions" artistes account at the Halifax sort 11-05-17 No00849090. If no cheque enclosed the name will be checked on.

UPDATE: The cheap (£15) individual tickets from Alan Wise are sold out. Individual tickets are still available from Alan at the regular price of £20 with cheque/SASE, or £21 if paying with PayPal ( He still has a few of the 3-day passes left at £45 (cheque/SASE) or £47 (PayPal).

UPDATE 21 April. Alan has found more tickets for the individual nights. The new reduced price is £18 either by cheque/SAE or PayPal ( He still has several of the 3-night passes available.


added 9 April

Enter Castle Perilous by Factory Star

From the Occultation website, where you can read much more and listen to samples. The CD release date is Monday, 25 April and the LP will be available soon after.

factory starEnter Castle Perilous is the first album by Factory Star, the latest Occultation signing led by Fall and Blue Orchids founder Martin Bramah. The album, produced by Nick Halliwell (The Granite Shore) and engineered by Richard Turvey (The Wild Swans), was recorded in just three days in January 2011. It is raw and articulate, the sound of a band captured red in tooth and claw.

Advance ordering in the Occultation Shop is now underway. We're awaiting confirmation of the vinyl delivery date from our manufacturers but, as patience is a virtue and should be rewarded, we're offering special advance order pricing on this. It is released on both vinyl and CD; both editions come in full-colour heavy-duty 350gsm outer sleees with inner sleeves and there's also a very special price for a package comprising both editions. An MP3 version is also available but, as usual, 320k MP3s are free (delivered automatically once purchase goes through) with all purchases of the physical album from us. We'll keep you informed on delivery dates for the vinyl - we've been told roughly 2-3 weeks and will keep you posted.

Also: "Factory Star are playing at the Salutation, off Oxford Road in Manchester on 15th April and also headlining the "Helmets for Men At The Crescent" festival also in Manchester on 1st May. The band have been known to perform both Blue Orchids classics and also occasionally the odd early Fall song."


added 5 April

In 1981 and again in 1983 The Fall commandeered the Icelandic press. Here's great collection of scans in the Icelandic Music Museum.


added 5 April

Eliot Van Buskirk recounts his story for National Public Radio of travelling from San Francisco to Camber Sands to see The Fall play.


added 4 April; updated 6 April

Michael Shields is listening to a Fall song a day and blogging about it. He's up to Day 20 so far, with Victoria.

Let's not forget Rotund Robert's "The Story of The Fall" wherein he listened to each officially released Fall song in chronological order, starting with Louie Louie.


added 28 March

Mick Middles's Fall documentary from 1994, also available on Northern Cream: The Fall DVD That Fights Back. And the fans at the MCR gig at the end: anyone we know?


added 19 March

Michael Bracewell and Jon Wilde's "The Art of The Fall," which appeared in the Sept/Oct 1992 issue of "posh arts magazine" Frieze, has been republished in The Sinister Times.


added 18 March

pop fictionThe Pop Fiction launch party is next Thursday 24th March in London.

Thursday, March 24 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
The Betsey Trotwood
56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL

There'll be 4 readings on the night, including Dan Lewis's reading of 'Disney's Dream Debased', which star MES, Brix, and a guilt-ridden Mickey Mouse. There'll be a DJ to keep the rock n roll going between readings (some Fall near-guaranteed), and discounted copies of the book to buy.

More info and RSVP option on Facebook.

Click the thumbnail for a larger version of the flyer.



mes ipa-------------------

added 16 March

Jonathan of the Snooty Fox:

We are holding a Fall appreciation night at The Snooty Fox, 75 Grosvenor Avenue, London N5 2NN as a belated celebration of MES' birthday and to raise a bit of money for the Red Cross Japan earthquake/tsunami appeal on Thursday 24th March 2011.

We'll be playing loads of Fall and garage type stuff (Beefheart, Monks, Other Half, etc) that influenced The Fall.

The Mark E Smith IPA by Northern Brewing is making a timely return, so those that missed out at our recent Hit The North ale Festival have a chance to try it while our stocks last.

follow twitter for further details: @snootyfoxlondon


added 6 March

The folks on the forum have released "Hex Enduction Ours" — a two-disc Hex covers extravanganza. Read all about it and download.


added 5 March

A very happy birthday to Mr. Mark Smith from Fall news HQ. 54 years young today.


added 5 March

Yo La Tengo play Totally Wired yesterday during WFMU's fundraiser. Many thanks to PatTrip for the mp3.


added 5 March

Minder partners with Cherry Red

10:59 | Tuesday January 18, 2011
By Charlotte Otter

Minder Music has partnered with Cherry Red Records in a move which sees the record label re-issuing a number of recordings from the publisher’s back catalogue.

This follows Minder making albums by acts including Ace, Brett Smiley, Long John Baldry, Moonrider, Gap Band, The Fall and Rod Steward available on iTunes last year – in order to raise the online profile of its roster.

“For a large number of these artists it will be the first time that their music will be available digitally,” explains Minder managing director John Fogarty. “But although the digital side is relatively easy I did not want to get into the manufacturing and other processes, and therefore it made sense to do a deal with someone already in that business.”

Fogarty continues, “I have known Cherry Red’s owner Ian McNay for about 100 years and he introduced me to his MD Adam Velasco and it was easy to do the deal. Their operation impressed me and the fact that they release repertoire by R&B icons Earth Wind and Fire and the like was a factor as I wanted empathy for our classic R&B works.

“However, we will continue to directly license individual tracks for compilations and TV commercials etc.”

The re-issues compromise of recordings originally released on Anchor Records in the 1970s and subsequently acquired by Minder including three albums by the group Ace (featuring Paul Carrack), records by Brett Smiley, Long John Baldry, Moonrider (featuring Keith West), Cado Belle (featuring Maggie Reilly) and the disco classic Make It Last Forever by Donna McGhee.

A number of R&B classics originally released on the Total Experience label including albums by the iconic Gap Band, Yarbrough & Peoples, Billy Paul, Switch and Pennye Ford as well as The Marshall Suite by The Fall and an early Rod Stewart work, In A Broken Dream which Stewart recorded under the guise of Python Lee Jackson for DJ John Peel’s Dandelion Records.

First up appears to be 3xCD omnibus edition of The Marshall Suite, out in the UK on 25 April. Amazon UK / Amazon US


added 22 February

Two recent press/blog bits:

  • Dave Graney in The Scrivener's Fancy on The Fall and particularly re the recent dates in Australia, which he supported.
  • K.A. Laity in The Spectator on Falling for the Fall


added 22 February

Mark Aerial Walker:

The film I made with Mark E. Smith and Steve Evets in 1999 — Midwatch — will be on show at Outpost Gallery, Norwich from 2nd – 21st March. It is part of a bigger show, where "Midwatch" kind of breaks in through the wall.

Info here:

This isn’t Nelsons’s time it’s 1956 and its time to get out and leave this shitck!
02. March – 22. March 2011
12noon – 6pm

Outpost Gallery
10b Wensum Street
Tombland, Norwich, UK
tel: 01603 612 428


added 14 February

Friday, 11 February 2011    Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland

Change / O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Chino / Cowboy George / Hot Cake / Bury / Strychnine / I’ve Been Duped / Greenway / Muzorewi's Daughter / Weather Report // Reformation (w/o MES)

Reviews on the forum.


added 31 January

Thursday, 27 January 2011    PTR, Geneva, Switzerland

A short set, apparently. Reviews on the forum. Setlist TBD.


added 31 January

I hadn't seen this clip before. M.E.S. as guest bouncer on The People vs. Jerry Sadowitz. They say it won't be up on youtube for long.


added 19 November; updated 25 January

From Beggars Archive (24 January):

The wonderful This Nation’s Saving Grace – Omnibus Edition was released today. For those who ordered early, well done, you should be enjoying your copy right now.

However, we now have a temporary stock problem and here’s the brilliant excuse. One pallet was wrongly off-loaded in Hong Kong and the ship sailed without it. Realising the mistake the albums were hoisted onto another container ship which ran into a severe tropical storm and got badly delayed. Some say this has now docked safely in the UK and will be trucked over to our distributors shortly but, if it’s not there by tomorrow, I’ll tell you about the Somalian pirates who, at this very moment, are grooving to all the versions of Cruiser’s Creek.


Beggars Banquet has confirmed 24 January 2011 as the release date for the 3-disc omnibus This Nation's Saving Grace. Details and track listing on their site.

update: some press re TNSG, which is already trickling into stores, in the USA, anyway.


added 23 January

Many thanks to Tim Riley for sharing this low budget video he did for White Lightning in 1990, before Polygram coughed up the £££ for the video we all know and love. Tim elaborates on youtube.


added 21 January; updated (with correct tracklisting) 22 January

For the few who haven't compiled their own version:

before the fall

Amazon UK says released date 28 Feb. 2011

Approved by Mark E. Smith, Before The Fall features the original versions of 24 amazing songs covered by The Fall. It's a virtual peek into the eclectic record collection of the greatest living Englishman and features genres ranging from blues to rockabilly, trucking music to disco and soul, reggae to garage-punk and novelty pop to folk. All the tracks were covered on singles, albums or radio sessions by The Fall between 1985 and 2010. Featuring big names such as the Kinks, Iggy Pop and Sister Sledge alongside obscure gems and rarely compiled tracks.

Presented as a luxury digipack and with cover art by Savage Pencil, legendary designer of The Fall's 'Lie Dream of a Casino Soul' single cover. With comments on The Fall from several of the original artists.

1. Gene Vincent - Rollin' Danny
2. The Other Half - Mr. Pharmacist
3. R Dean Taylor - There's A Ghost in My House
4. The Kinks - Victoria
5. Lonnie Irving - Pinball Machine
6. The Searchers - Popcorn Double Feature
7. The Creators - Kimble
8. Sister Sledge - Lost in Music
9. Steve Bent - I'm Going to Spain
10. The Sonics - Strychnine
11. Sir Gibbs - People Grudgeful
12. Henry Cow / Slapp Happy - War
13. The Monks - Shut Up
14. Captain Beefheart - Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones
15. Bob McFadden & Dor - The Mummy
16. Hank Mizell - Jungle Rock
17. Pete Seeger - I Come and Stand at Every Door
18. Tommy Blake - $ F-oldin' Money $
19. The Saints - This Perfect Day
20. Leadbelly - Bourgeois Town
21. Iggy Pop - African Man
22. The Groundhogs - Strange Town
23. Nervous Norvus - Transfusion
24. Wanda Jackson - Funnel of Love


added 21 January

Thursday, 20 January 2011  Barbi, Tel Aviv, Israel

set Thanks to Gal Bleiberg for the setlist.

Change / Theme from Sparta F.C. / O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / [off stage] / I've Been Duped / Greenway / Hungry Freaks, Daddy / Hot Cake / Muzorewi's Daughter / What About Us (Mark was on the sidelines for most of the song...) / Reformation // White Lightning (w/o Mark, Eleni singing) // Psykick Dancehall / Wolf Kidult man


Last night in Tel-Aviv was my first Fall gig, and it was fabulous. Can't say what kinda mood Mark was in, hard to discern; Eleni seemed to be enjoying it was interacting the whole time with her friend, the singer from openers "the Schmoks".


A minor change in the set: after "chino" MES and the band left the stage… After a while the band came back without him and played "I've been duped". MES joined them for "greeeeeenway" and the rest of the set, though he sung "what about us" from backstage And did not took part in the first encore ("white lightning").

We had two more songs for the second encore: one that I did not recognize (sorryL) and "wolf kidult man".

Reviews on the forum and lots more footage on youtube.


added 18 January


A particularly ugly label for a real ale, brewed by Cheshire's Northern Brewing for the Hit the North beer festival at the Snooty Fox, 75 Grosvenor Avenue, London, N5 2NN, the weekend of 4-6 February.

Tasting notes welcome!


added 3 January

Rex Sergeant, sometime producer and soundman/tour manager for The Fall, sadly died a few days before Christmas. His funeral takes place in London on Monday, 10 January at noon at St Mary Brookfield Church, Dartmouth Park Road, London, NW5 1SL. There's a remembrance thread on the forum.


added 3 January

Andrew is selling a limited run of Mexico Wax Solvent t-shirts of his own design, together with a print of the artwork. Further info on his website.



added 19 December

On The Quietus - Funnel Of Love: Mark E Smith Of The Fall Interviewed by John Doran


added 17 December

Don Van Vliet, January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010 Rolling Stone | | wikipedia. You are missed.



added 15 December

Your Future, Our Clutter in a few of the year-end lists:


added 13 December; updated 14 Dec.

Snippet about the "sinister future" Manchester film with M.E.S. soundtrack removed at the request of the film's writer and director, who says nothing is confirmed as of yet. It's been taken off Manchester Confidential, too.


added 13 December

Monday, 13 December 2010   Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand


Change / Theme from Sparta F.C. / O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / Strychnine / Greenway / Muzorewi's Daughter / Hot Cake / What About Us // I've Been Duped / Psykick Dancehall / Weather Report / Reformation!

Reviews on the forum, and many thanks to Conway for the setlist.


added 13 December; updated 19 December

Saturday, 11 December 2010   Meredith Music Festival, Victoria, Australia

Change / Theme from Sparta F.C. / O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / Strychnine / Greenway / Hot Cake / Muzorewi's Daughter / What About Us // White Lightning

Reviews on the forum. Some photos and brief review on


added 11 December

Friday, 10 December 2010   Billboard, Melbourne, Australia


Change / O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / Strychnine / Greenway / I've Been Duped / Hot Cake // Muzorewi's Daughter / What About Us // Mr. Pharmacist / Reformation! // Psykick Dancehall


Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Jonas for the photos and CarbieWarbie for the set.


added 11 December

Cappuccino and a slice of quiche, on this forum thread:

Mat Sargent, who apparently used to be in Chelsea and is now in Sham 69, initiated the Sex, Drugs and HIV Project after being diagnosed with HIV.

This has expanded into two double albums to raise funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust, Release, Rape Crisis, Cancer Research UK and The Food Chain.

Anyway, I was just watching the promo video as it includes Wally Nightingale (!!!) and knock me down with a feather if MES doesn't appear briefly at 3:37, recording at Dave Goodman's studio.

The full roll-call of contributors is here.

Looks to me like the footage is from ca. 1995.


added 10 December

Australasia press roundup


added 9 December

Thursday, 9 December 2010   Hifi, Brisbane, Australia


O.F.Y.C. Showcase / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / Strycnine / Greenway / Muzorewi's Daughter / Hot Cake / What About Us / I've Been Duped / O.F.Y.C. Showcase (again) // Weather Report / White Lightning // Psykick Dance Hall

Reviews on the forum. Thanks to Aramchek for the set.


added 8 December

Tuesday, 7 December 2010   Metro, Sydney, Australia


Change / Y.F.O.C. / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / Strycnine / Greenway / Muzorewi's Daughter / Hot Cake / Theme from Sparta F.C. / What About Us / I've Been Duped // Weather Report // Mr Pharmacist

Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Divvey and Cryptomoralist for the partial setlist.


added 7 December

pop fictionPop Fiction - Stories Inspired By Songs (Amazon UK)

An ex-Disney employee haunted by his hero’s song… A sharp-talking cowboy who can’t quite outrun his destiny… A man closer to Captain Kirk than could possibly be healthy…

This is Pop Fiction: Stories Inspired by Music – the literary equivalent of the greatest mix tape ever recorded. Influenced by everyone from The Clash to The Fall, via David Bowie and, er, Olivia Newton-John, Pop Fiction’s stories mix styles as eclectic as the songs which have inspired them, and showcase nine talented new voices as they celebrate one art form’s impact on another.

More on Facebook and click the book cover for a big verions. All proceeds to the Blue Lamp Foundation.


added 1 December

Tuesday, 30 November 2010   Komedia, Bath

Change / Y.F.O.C / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / Strychnine / Greenway / Muzorewi's Daughter / Hot Cake / Theme from Sparta F.C. / What About Us // I've Been Duped

Reviews on the forum.


added 29 November

Monday, 29 November 2010   Phoenix, Exeter

Change / Y.F.O.C / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / Strychnine / Greenway / Muzorewi's Daughter / Hot Cake / Theme from Sparta F.C. / What About Us

Reviews on the forum.


added 29 November

Beggars Archive have details on the 3xCD TNSG box, out on 24 January. The LP (disc 1) sounds simply brilliant to these ears, and it comes in a mini gatefold sleeve + inner sleeve: very nice. I won't have a chance to listen to the other two discs until I get back home next week. Thank you, Beggars Banquet!



added 29 November

Sunday, 28 November 2010   The Assembly, Leamington Spa


Change / Y.F.O.C. / Greenway / Cowboy / Bury / Chino / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Slippy Floor / Hot Cake / Muzoweri's Daughter // Strychnine / What About Us / Weather Report

Set tbd. Reviews on the forum. Thanks to Rob for the setlist.


added 26 November

Thursday, 25 November 2010   Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Change / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Y.F.O.C. / Cowboy / Bury / Chino / Greenway / Weather Report / Strychnine / Muzoweri's Daughter

Curtailed set (ca. 45m). Reviews on the forum; photos by Martin on flickr. The French/US support band who played Camden, Bexhill, and Holmfirth is Paris Suit Yourself. They're back in the UK Jan/Feb 2011.


added 26 November

Wednesday, 24 November 2010   De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea


Change / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Y.F.O.C. / Cowboy / Bury / Chino / Strychnine / Weather Report / Greenway / Muzoweri's Daughter / O.F.Y.C./Slippy Floor // I've Been Duped

Reviews on the forum. Thanks to Das Syndikat/KM for the setlist.


added 24 November

Fall to Release "Greek Heavy Metal" Album — a preview of an interview with M.E.S. on The Quietus.

Also: the worst-kept secret in Manchester is that The Fall are recording material for a soundtrack. Does anyone know more?


added 24 November

Tuesday, 23 November 2010   Electric Ballroom, Camden, London


Set as above (I think), plus White Lightning at the end. Reviews on the forum, and thanks once again to HanleyFP for the setlist.

And from the NME: The Fall's show at the London Electric Ballroom last night (November 23) was hit by protestors objecting to them playing a gig in Israel.

Protesters with banners gathered outside the Camden venue, handing out leaflets urging Mark E Smith's band to cancel a concert scheduled in Tel Aviv on January 20 next year.


added 22 November

Sunday, 21 November 2010   Festival Saint Ghetto, Bern, Switzerland

Change / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Y.F.O.C. / Cowboy George / Bury / Chino / Greenway / Weather Report / Strychnine // Muzorewi's Daughter (!) / Blindness // Hot Cake

Reviews and link to download on the forum. Sounds like a good gig. MES very sharp, band too.


added 19 November


Beggars Banquet has confirmed 24 January 2011 as the release date for the 3-disc omnibus This Nation's Saving Grace. Details and track listing on their site.


added 8 November

Danny Baker, who "introduced" The Fall (and Shalimar) to the world via his 1978 Zig-Zag article and received 10p for his contribution by Mark E. Smith, has cancer. Here's a small Fall bit he did on his radio show a short while ago.


added 29 October; updated 3 November

frighteningThe Omnibus edition of The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall has been out for a few days in the UK and it's garnering high praise on the forum. They're only printing about 5,000 of these and a lot of shops have exhausted their supplies already. Many stores have sold out but it's still available online, including a pretty great deal on Amazon UK.

Speaking of, Paul Hanley wrote in with the following correction to the sleevenotes:

I'm quoted as saying that John Fogerty is the 'only publisher who never paid me' when in fact I said 'the only publisher who EVER paid me'. That one letter makes a fairly significant difference, as I'm sure you'd agree.

I'd like to apologise to John for the misunderstanding and take the opportunity to thank him for his help over the years.

We've received an email from Daryl Easlea who wants to apologise to everyone for the Paul Hanley "never/ever" misquote. He says it was a genuine glitch on his behalf that came through in transcription. It was most definitely "ever," and because set in such a positive context, one of those obvious things overlooked at proofing stage.


added 1 November

Sunday, 31 October 2010     Sinners' Day Festival, Hasselt, Belgium


Set played as above minus the last four songs. Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Ajay for the setlist.


added 29 October

Paul the Psykick Octopus, r.i.p.



added 29 October

Dave Simpson has a piece about The Fall's first drummer, Steve Ormrod, on his The Fallen blog.


added 29 October

According to their Twitter, The Fall are recording this week at Hustle Studios in Manchester.



This edition of the Fall News is dedicated to the memory of Billy Ruane of Cambridge, Mass. The town is an emptier place without you.

28 April 2011

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Recent news...

25oct10 East Village Radio session; Ideal; new Scanlon demos; UK/Euro festivals; NZ/Aus tour preview; Eat Y'Self Fitter redux; Susan Vale; Quietus, Vice & Brag ints; Mike Joyce, Adrian Sherwood ints.

03jun10 YFOC reviews; UK tour + Primavera; Times (London & New York interviews); "worker bees" interview; Bury, England's Heartbeat videos; caption comp.; Beleaguered Fall Fan; Paintwork conference book; Bury/Cowboy Gregori 7"; Mojo, Tim Cumming Q&As.

02apr10 Berlin gig; FIGFALP; Domino YFOC press release; Tate's "Sound & Vision" series; Gorillaz' Glitter Freeze; Gavin Friday int.; Beggars archive update; #1 Cult Figure (Alex Chilton, rip); MES as Narrative Lyric Writer; Quietus, Independent interviews; couple of Youtubes.

30dec'09 Oct-Nov UK tour +Berlin +Milan; Slippy Floor single; Paintwork #3; Elena int. in La Bouche, Martin Bramah int.; Your Future - Our Clutter announced and delayed; HudLit transcript; Beggars archive update; Fallnet Xmas; Frances Stark; 100 Fall albums; Radio 4 Pick-ups; Factory Star; Pearl Divers (Mike Leigh).

29sep'09 Summer UK/Euro gigs; Factory Star; The Fallen twitter; another Smith/Blaney cd; Huddersfield Q&A; Beggars reissues; Greenwich Sound radio 1983; 1982 photos; Alan Wise; Chris Knox; Palais DVD; Jeffrey Lewis interview.

19may'09 Annual MES Missive; London, Glasgow, Cambridge gig reviews; Domino press release; Paintwork#2 exhibition + photos; Observer int; Nazi cattle; John Robb MCR book; Safi interview; Globo; Monks screenings.

04mar'09 Fall / MES+Blaney gigs; Paintwork#2; Broken Hip#2; Derby punk book excerpt; Huddersfield Lit comp.; Monks DVD; Gene Vincent radio; Lux Interior, Ron Asheton, r.i.p.; Fall rehearsal video; Dick Witts lecture; DNA's "Misery".

30nov'08 vII - 2nd lyrics book; David Luff, r.i.p.; UK tour + 3 Euro gigs; The Fallen press; Smith & Blaney album; 2 Smith ints.; David "Bumble" Lloyd; Shiftwork & Holidays on DVD; Unutterable 2CD reissue; 2008 Fall Albums League results; Martin Bramah solo; Marcia Schofield's Private Passions; Orpheo on tour; Adam Buxton's Mojo promo; Globo

07aug'08 UK gigs and Euro festival reviews; Renegade & IWS reviews; MES Q&As; The Story of the Fall; Mojo Maverick award and auction; MES/ Blaney project; Bo Diddley RIP; Annual Bulletin from the Desk of MES; Scotland on Sunday, MCR Evening News, and BBCR4 Front Row interviews; WPRB review of 4/4/98 gig; Bard of Salford documentary; Maxwell Hall debacle

27apr'08 March UK tour / Renegade excerpts / The Fallen book / Imperial Wax Solvent / Squirrelgate / Daily Telegraph, MusicOMH, Uncut, Word interviews / Hex on Radio 4 / Blaney on Voiceprint deal / Messing up the Paintwork programme & abstracts / Fall news feed

21jan'08 VS / Fall gig reviews, Vice TV's "Soft Focus" int., Messing up the Paintwork conference, message from MES, MES reads Lovecraft, "Latch Key Kid", Suzanne Smith & Claus Castenskiold prints for sale, Flying Nun documentary, Dave Day r.i.p., Renegade preview, MES on BBC radio sitcom "Start", Unofficial Fall site now The Fall Online

16oct'07 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.

3jul'07 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.

12apr'07 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.

22feb'07 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.

30dec'06 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.

30oct'06 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.

21sep'06 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.

17aug'06 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.

13jun'06 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)

23may'06 US tour (first leg), US press (LA Alternative, LA City Beat, SF Chronicle, OC Weekly), Smog Monsters, Morley on MCR/L'pool

1may'06 Berlin gig, Reclaimers' footy song, MES "In Their Own Write", Praxis Hagen exhibit.

6apr'06 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.

21feb'06 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.

3jan'06 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.

8nov'06 Fall Heads Roll reviews, UK tour, Incendiary, Rock Sound & Pitchfork interviews, PBL book preview, Commercially Unfriendly cd.

30sep'05 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.

18aug'05 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.

26jul'05 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.

14jun'05 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.

27apr'05 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.

25feb'05 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.

7jan'05 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.

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