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News for November 1997 - last u/date 12 Nov 97

Date:  Wed, 12 Nov 1997 15:26:21
From: Gerard Wood
Subject: Fall Reform!

Yep, it's true.

MES and SH have kissed and made up, and the band are back together as
before.  The band's agent said that MES has 'apologized' (yeah right) and
're-employed everyone again).

There's still tickets left; 8 quid + 50p booking fee from the venue 0161
950 4230. Lines now open...

Date:  Tue, 11 Nov 1997 17:30:08 +0000 (GMT)
From: AND004@unl.ac.uk
Subject: Fall Latest!

10 minutes ago, heard on Xfm (London Indie station) their latest News on fall,
which whilst mainly a regurgitation of NME story (not surprising as it was from
NME News Editor), but including in the last 30 secs this:
"Following a band meeting today, the Fall's PR say the tour will go ahead
(although it may me acoustic)".

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  P483     Teletext       Nov12 10:33:28
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 After 20 years in the music business,
 Mancunian proto-punksters The Fall have
 just notched up 30 albums with the
 release of their new work Levitate.
 So isn't famously grumpy frontman Mark
 E Smith a bit bored of the band by now?
 "Not at all," he replies, speaking from
 his Salford home. "I just get a bit
 narky every so often. It's hard work.
 "I never want to be mainstream - though
 the money would be nice for a while."
        by Stephen Eastwood-ah!

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  P483     Teletext       Nov12 10:34:03
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 "I'm very pleased with the new album,"
 says Fall vocalist Mark E Smith. "The
 songs are more up. It's something I've
 been trying to achieve for two years.
 It's a clearer, harder sound."
 The first track dabbles in drum'n'bass
 rhythms, so does this mean the original
 lo-fi band have gone all techno on us?
 "I'm very down on guitars right now,"
 Mark explains. "A lot of British bands
 irritate me. Guitars have endless
 possibilities, but they're never used."
       More from Mark E Smith >>>

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  P483     Teletext       Nov12 10:34:38
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 "I've got a lot of Italian and German
 dance records in my collection," says
 Mark E Smith of The Fall, whose new LP
 adds jungle to its scabrous sound.
 "I used to go clubbing in Edinburgh two
 years ago, but it's a bit passe now,
 isn't it? I'm a hermit nowadays.
 "I didn't go to the heavy, bangin'
 dance or house clubs. It was more weird
 clubs, like rockabilly, experimental
 sounds and the slow, heavy stuff. They
 call it Industrial I think."
       More from Mark E Smith >>>

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  P483     Teletext       Nov12 10:35:14
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 Fall frontman Mark has a reputation for
 being a curmudgeon, often running into
 spats with reporters. "I'm used to it,"
 he responds. "Snarling Mark and so on."
 "A lot of journalists wind me up, but a
 lot of them are illiterate or incapable
 anyway. Most of them say more about
 themselves than me by what they write.
 So would Mark consider writing himself?
 "I've been thinking about that lately,"
 he ponders. "About half of my lyrics
 actually begin life on a prose basis."
       More from Mark E Smith >>>

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  P483     Teletext       Nov12 10:35:49
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 Mark E Smith has been through myriad
 musicians in 20 years of The Fall, and
 even sacked his latest band on Saturday
 "I like my groups," he insists. "But
 I'm not a great fan of musicians. I
 tend to find them too staid and normal.
 "My lads never audition. They're mostly
 mates. Even ex-member Mark Riley (aka
 Mark Radcliffe sidekick Lard)? "When he
 went 10 years ago I told him he'd be
 better on kids' TV," laughs Mark. "And
 I saw him on Live & Kicking last week!"
       More from Mark E Smith >>>

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  P483     Teletext       Nov12 10:31:42
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 The Fall made an impression in the '80s
 with Curious Orange, a collaboration
 with avant-garde dancer Michael Clarke.
 "It was brilliant," remembers Mark. "I
 liked the discipline of being totally
 in sync with the ballet dancers.
 "I've just got in touch with Michael
 Clarke again - he's been living with
 his mother in Aberdeen for a few years,
 and there's talk of doing another show.
 He appeared live with us recently. He
 played a lion-tamer-type character."
       More from Mark E Smith >>>

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  P483     Teletext       Nov12 10:32:17
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 Mark E Smith has worked with many
 artists, from Inspiral Carpets to
 Coldcut - and now it's Elastica's turn.
 "I've done the vocal for three songs,"
 he says. "Well, two-and-a-half really!"
 "Our press office is over the road from
 Elastica's studio, and Dave Bush, who
 was once in The Fall, is now with them.
 "We met them all in the pub, and it all
 happened from there. The songs I heard
 are quite Fall-ish. I liked them."
       More from Mark E Smith >>>

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  P483     Teletext       Nov12 10:32:53
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 Totally Wired is a famed Fall song, so
 we couldn't resist asking if singer
 Mark is into cyberculture!
 "We've got a web site, but when people
 try to explain how it works I go blank.
 "There are a lot of voyeurs on the
 thing. What do people use it for?
 "Take e-mail: it takes so long to send
 one it's like etching a gravestone. It
 takes an hour! You can write a letter
 in a tenth of the time. I don't get it"
  The Fall are currently touring the UK