Two low-key gigs which are not being widely publicised:
St Bernadettes Club,
(near Junction 17, M62)
Wednesday 21st October, and Thursday 22nd October 1998
New material is promised, which will shortly be recorded for a new LP. Clearly this is likely to be a small venue and Mark seems keen to ensure that genuine Fall fans get first crack at it.
Tickets 7 pounds from Piccadilly Records, Manchester or from the venue itself. [This is what you have to do to get tickets (thanks to Simon Christian): Because it is cash only, you need to send cash by registered post to Piccadilly Records at: Attn : John, Piccadilly Records, Smithfield Buildings, 53 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JR. A ticket is £8 (with booking fee) + £3.50 for return registered post. So for 2 tickets : 8 + 8 + 3.50 = £19.50]
From this week's NME, tucked away near the bottom of page 17, in the In Brief news section...
"The Fall's Mark E Smith contacted NME last week regarding his outstanding court appearance in New York. No warrant has been issued relating to his arrest during The Fall's tour there last April. Smith's appearance on misdemanour (sic) assault and harassment charges has been postponed until November 4 in order to coincide with a pre-planned Fall tour of the USA"
The Biggest Library Yet 13
Details of new issue, plus competition to win an obscure MES spoken word item. Not the Pot Noodle.
from Mark Radcliffes not very amusing really Showbusiness book, includes the sort of stuff even the NME would reject as a lame parody of Fall album titles. Still...
All manner of swots, divots, hicks and junkies passed through that celebrated late-evening residency, contributing to the cocktail of verse, vibes and verbal volley-ball, but the all-important farty noises were down to one bloke. The Boy Lard. So christened because of the then large and wobbly belly he carried around on the front of his body, possibly on behalf of a skinny old man in a benevolent act of beer-gut surrogacy, Lards real name is Marc Riley. He had come with me shrink-wrapped from the old Radio Five, and was revered as a bona fide cult figure thanks to the part he played in the career of legendary Manchester comedy-show band the Fall. His distinctive approach to a variety of instruments ranging from the six-string treble guitar to the four-string bass can still be heard to this day on such defining Fall moments as Hedgehog Gasometer Leg-Iron Syndrome and Trolleybus Tea-kettle Leprechaun Complex. Perhaps Marcs most lasting and telling contribution to the band, though, came in 1982 when he left, leaving the distraught remaining members, notably Riley acolyte Mark F 'Smiffy' Smith (himself later immortalised in the Television album Mark E. Moon), to struggle on without their guiding light, a struggle that continues to this day with the imminent release of the groups 537th album, Hip-Archbishop Stick-lnsect Spitball Conspiracy Live at the Horse Trials.
>SONIC SQUID (GERMANY):
>THE KIWI ANIMAL: Mercy LP (SS LP). "The Kiwi Animal were a New Zealand folk
>band of the early to mid-80s that nobody seems to remember these days. They
>self-released a 7" EP ('Wartime', Brent & Julie Records, 1983) and two LPs
>(Music Media, Massage, 1984; Mercy, Massage, 1985) before breaking up in
>early 1986 without mixing their third, so-far-unreleased LP. Consisting of
>basically just Brent S. Hayward (formerly of Shoes This High, who only
>released one great Beefheart/Fall influenced 7" in 1980, a track of which
>appeared on a recent 'Killed By Death' volume) and Julie Cooper (a
>journalist and musician fascinated with Brent's unusual acoustic approach).
>While their first LP consisted of more traditional acoustic folk songs,
>this 2nd album added Patrick Wallers cello and a more experimental and
>sinister approach using tapes, a toy-piano and word-permutations. The use
>of cello makes Marie & The Atom the only vaguely comparable NZ-act we can
>think of, but rather than going into neo-classicism, the Kiwi Animal
>defined a new form of acoustic music. The album was given a new cover by
>New Zealand artist Kim Pieters, known from her recordings with
>NZ-improv-units such as Dadamah, Flies Inside The Sun, Rain, Doramaar and
>Tanak Nixon-Meeting." $14.00
981009 NME interview, TBLY #13
981005 F-olding Money lyrics, couple of PNM reviews, Simon Rodgers' career
980927 Live Various Years details/review, 1994 interview
980920 more snippets
980914 bits & pieces
980907 NME interview, Post Nearly Man reviews, Mojo's How to Buy The Fall, Something Beginning With O
980831 Inertia tour details
980825 various snippets
980817 Observer interview, Manchester and LA2 gig reports
980811 Melody Maker interview, Live Various Years details, previews. Rick.
980802 Spoken word LP press release, Northern Attitude key & sleevenotes, Edwyn Collins, TBLY #12 details
980727 FallNet address change
980719 Spoken word LP and band details (from NME), Disney's Dream Details
980713 MES & Elvis, several lyric/literary refs, a few reviews of the rereleases
980706 Some Grotesque/PBL details, Twilight Zone stuff
980620 MES communication, MES font, Falling Through Time, Grotesque/PBL rerelease details, Northern Attitude ripoff, British Grenadiers
980614 Fall cover version details, US tour provisional dates, BEF
980607 not much...
980531 The Fall as a can of beans with a dead mouse inside, Lovecraft, Bracewell
980525 Lay of the Land, old fan club stuff
980517 Alchemy, chiliasm, Michael Bracewell spouting bollocks
980510 Another NME report
980504 Dingwalls and Reading reviews; Guardian, NME articles; pointers to Fall pics and PSF's Fall tribute
980426 German Levitate review, Dee Pop's tour diary
980419 NME online report, Lathe of Heaven
980414 Wire Levitate review
980410 More Philly reviews, Black Cat DC, NY Brownies reviews. Loads of stuff on the Thule group. Select interview from January
980405 CIH, Loop Lounge, Middle East Boston, Plilly Troc reviews. Various press reports.
980331 Details of Live in Melbourne 82 CD, Smith on Smith spoken word CD, Nine Unknown Men, initial Coney Island High reports
980329 bollocks Smile comp details
980322 Vox interview, other stuff
980315 TBLY/Info service details
980308 Peel session details; US tour dates
980227 a few bits & pieces, RTL, PoSR out
980222 NME interview
980215 Destroy punk covers exhibition, Masquerade single details
980207 Brats award transcript
980130 Bits on NME Award, POSR/RTL reissue details
980125 Shanley i/view
980118 Time Out interview w/pics, Melody Maker review, Oh Brother press release, Oxford review
980111 Dutch Opscene interview
980104 Melody Maker interview
971221 Not much
971211 Portsmouth, London, Cambridge, Norwich, Bristol reviews
971203 Oxford, Stoke, Leeds, Liverpool reviews; Esquire interview
971125 Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stoke reviews
971116 Manchester reviews, Loaded interview
971112 Band back together, teletext interview
971110 NME report, various Dublin/Belfast disaster reports
971109 First Dublin/Belfast reviews
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