Fall News - 30 March 1999

Touch Sensitive single is out.spiral

New album The Marshall Suite will be released on April 19

The Fall 1999 tour

All venues take advance credit card booking unless noted otherwise:

Date Venue Ticket Price Phone/Booking
May 3 Leicester, Princess Charlotte £8.00 0115 912 9000
May 4

Leeds, Irish Centre £9.00 0113 248 0887
(CC booking: Jumbo Records - 0113 245 5507)
May 5 Birmingham, The Foundry £7.00 0121 643 6101
May 6 Brigton Centre (east wing), Brighton (change from Hove) £8.00 0870 9009100
May 7 Salisbury, Arts Centre £9 adv / £10 door 01722 321744
May 8 Hastings, The Crypt £8.00 01273 709709
May 9 Sheffield, University £8.50 adv/£9.50 door 0114 222 8777
May 10 Cheltenham, The Attic £8.00 01242 516645 (Credit card booking: 01242 250002)
May 11 Cambridge, The Junction £9 adv/ £10 door 01223 511511
May 12 Southend, Chinnery's £8 adv / £9 door 01702 460440 (pay on door)
May 13 Luton, Venue 21 £10adv / £11 door 01582 749740
May 14 London, The Forum £11.00 adv 0171 344 0044


Tracklisting for the forthcoming album, released on April 19, is as follows:

(Artful / Circus) cat no.: ARTFUL CD17

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

The album will also be issued on cassette (Cat no. Artful MC17) and on a very limited edition vinyl double album. The vinyl (Cat no. Artful LP17) will feature an extra track: 'FINALE: TOM RAGGAZZI' which is The Fall goes to Kingston, Jamaica!


Touch Sensitive reviews:

Dave Harrop:

Been doing a bit of Focus Group testing of Touch Sensitive here in the office.
Jude (secretarial pool) says she loves the drums, but it's very reminiscent of Behind The Counter (mind you Jude can't walk and chew at the same time).
Mr Harvey (IT dept) said it's Top 20 material, and the chant-like format reminded him of Chumbawamba.
Mark (stores) said it was quite good but not his cup of tea.
Craig (PR) said not bad for a group that was in its death throes 12 months ago.
Personally, and without bias, I think it's fucking brilliant and can't wait for the Marshall Suite.



Wow! As re-births go, this is pretty spectacular!

Touch Sensitive is perfect Fall-pop. The production and engineering quality on this recording gives it a wonderful and frightening, 1984 kind of feel. As Oh Brother! launched the post-Riley, Brix-pop era, so this surely launches the post-Hanley era. And how!

Did anyone hear the Peter Curran show on GLR today? I didn't hear it myself, but apparently he was reviewing Touch Sensitive with Huggy Bear (yes, him from Starsky & Hutch!) and some woman (possibly Sarah Jane Morris?).

Curran was enthusing about TS being a great return to form, whilst his guests found it a bit tinny and wanted it better produced. Curran argued with them that it was the rawness in the sound that made it such a great record. He went on to give details of the Forum gig and signed off with 'I'll see you there'.

Even Mrs Id said it sounded like a great single on the radio!

Manager of Our Price in Staines checked her computer for me and said none of the Our Price stores would be stocking it, but Virgin Megastores (all part of WH Smith group?) would be. Shocking state of affairs!



Multitracked vox aren't something MES has done a fat lot of, and the layering in both TS and Antidote add humorous and sinister touches respectively. I like the orchestral keyboards, and the fact that there are some gaping holes in the texture - glad some sparseness has been kept.

The bass-line - such that it is - in TS is now very high (played on keys or bass? can't tell). Production job (especially on Antidote) is absolutely brilliant. The best-produced Fall record in many a year.

Both songs lamentably short. Dance mix stupidly distorted and fun.


vocals m e smith
guitars neville wilding
drums tom head
keyboards steve hitchcock

produced by steve hitchcock and bernard mac mahon

Hmm. It's just struck me what a huge departure Antidote really is. Less so Touch Sensitive. In Antidote Nev's skateboard kid influences are quite obvious - couple that with thundery Inch-like production, bias away from Hanley-style "melody in the bass" riff approach, and the 4-squared Hip Priest drums, and I have no idea what you end up with, but it's something quite, quite marvellous.


Paul Saxton:
Nah, Antidote is Kashmir, Smith's liking for HM rubbish given free reign. The really nice thing about the TS single is Smith's "They say what about the meek..." line invoking the sharp invective of old. He sounds very healthy here, the best he's sounded in a long time. The Dance Mix is yet another great Fall dance track that you can't actually dance to. In all, an excellent single.


F***in' marvellous, TS is! I especially like the teletubby-sci-fi-hamster anthem-for-the-millenium that is the dance mix. It should be encouraged on day-time Radio One.... if only to see our friend Julia dancing about squeaking that squeaky toy with over-enthusiastic gusto on TOTP. As for Antidotes, well I stand and shout "Goth" at our new Fall groop. Oh aye, and it's Kashmir right enough. Doesn't necessarily make it bad though.


Harley Richardson found an early Antidotes influence!



Peter Reavy:

From an Independent On Sunday article found at http://www.beefheart.com/zigzag/enc.htm (great site, also has RealVideo of Van Vliet on Letterman).


Guitarist and songwriter in Salford soul institution The Fall, has never met Beefheart, but this band would not have sounded the same without him.

The first record I got of his was Trout Mask Replica. The parental reaction was very satisfying: 'What is that rubbish?' At first I thought what the rest of the band still say if I put it on in the tour bus - it sounds like five people playing different songs at once. But there are so many different layers to it; a lot of really beautiful stuff's going on. People think it's improvised, but it isn't, it's very carefully structured.

Beefheart has influenced my guitar-playing - just in a liberating way, I wouldn't dare try to copy him. We were asked to play on a tribute album, but there's no point. It's a shame he stopped making music. I went to one of his exhibitions. It looked like he was painting Bambi decomposing, but then I suppose that's the kind of thing he was doing with his music.


That obscure genre site http://www.spies.com/misc/kfjc/md/db/by-category.html actually has a special Live Fall/Mark E Smith catagory. Of course, only 27 pints is in it. Presumably the other live stuff is in the kick ass funk jazz toasted sandwich maker section


Oliver found some Fall-inspired artwork:

The image I'm bragging about is here:



Doktor Pete:

I think the following says more about Dragnet than I possibly could. Lots of M. R. Jamesish stuff here:

Thank you for using the server at http://www.AnagramGenius.com/

Rearranging the letters of 'ivantarcorman sludgehaichoi' gives:

Achieving anarchist malodour. Anarchic virginal to madhouse.
A disharmonic, cheating valour. I am a touching or an arch-devils.
Might on a chivalrous radiance. Anguish on aromatic arch-devil.
Hating disharmonic, ace valour. I am anarchic loathing devours.
Ha Ha! mad, geriatric convulsion. Lout ravishing, macho radiance.
Health! vigorous, rancid maniac. Vigorous and the maniacal rich.
Avarice and ghoulish romantic. I am a touching arch-devil arson.
Ha Ha! convulsing dire aromatic. Damn! avaricious halo retching.
I am a virginal hotheads concur. Halo ravishing, aromatic dunce.
I am valorous and rich cheating. I'm a valorous and rich cheating.
I am the valorous, arid chancing. I am the vigorous, anarchic land.
I am a childish cover orangutan. Evil ought Draconian charisma.
Hog valiant, hard-core musician. Anarchic vomiting as rude halo.
A ravishing, undemocratic halo. Slouchier aromatic and having.
Avaricious and charming hotel. Vicious loathing and a charmer.
Harangue halo sardonic victim. Ravishing, touched or maniacal.
I'm vigorous, chained charlatan. Vacation disharmonic laugher.
I've anarchic malodours hating. I am chivalrous and to reaching.
I'm a chivalrous and to reaching. On the avaricious, charming lad.
A disharmonic valour teaching. Unloving, charismatic or ahead.
Evil, tough, Draconian charisma. Ought vile, Draconian charisma.
Vile, tough, Draconian charisma. I am touching or as an arch-devil.
I'm a touching or as an arch-devil. O Dear! hating chivalrous manic.
Touch! ravishing, maniacal doer. Ouch! ravishing, demoniacal rat.
Achieving charlatanism odour. An avaricious, harmed clothing.
Vigorous and maniacal the rich. Radioactive or clashing human.
Harangue vast, crocodilian him. I am a chivalrous, ethnic dragon.
Raged chivalrous machination. Hated groin chivalrous maniac.
Chivalrous hatred on magician. Not overhauling acid charisma.
A ravishing, chic, neat malodour. Aromatic liars unhinged havoc.
Charm on an avaricious delight. Halo avaricious, matching nerd.
I am scathing and heroic valour. I'm a scathing and heroic valour.
Devour halo anarchic giantism. Inch vigorous, maniacal hatred.
Ugh! Draconian evil to charisma. Gosh! raunchier, maniacal divot.
Raunchier, maniacal divot hogs. I am a hog and chivalrous cretin.
Charismatic hangover in aloud. Might valorous china radiance.
Valour and this rich egomaniac. Ciao! unloving hatred charisma.
Hide vigorous, manic charlatan. I'm valiant and grouchier chaos.
I've charming, odious charlatan. Advising halo chronic amateur.
Virginal on a touched charisma. Ha Ha! voting suicidal romancer.
An aromatic arch-devil housing. Suicidal hangover to chairman.
Do ravishing, maniacal toucher. Ravishing halo to crude maniac.
I am clashing havoc or urinated. I'm a clashing havoc or urinated.
To avaricious, charming handle. Hi! valorous, matching radiance.
Ciao! handiest, charming valour. I'm a cave or childish orangutan.
Shod valiant, grouchier maniac. Hi! anarchic, glamorous deviant.
Anarchic hedonist via glamour. Hurrah! economic as validating.
Hurrah! a validating economics. Evading on a churlish aromatic.
Loving thou charisma radiance. Human, idiotic, rascal hangover.
Ache ravishing, antic malodour. Charismatic valour on heading.
Vulgar and I anarchic smoothie. Ugh! to vile, Draconian charisma.
I am loutish and chronic ravage. I'm a loutish and chronic ravage.
This human, crocodilian ravage. I am a loutish and chronic grave.
Touching arch-devil or as mania. No! anguish aromatic arch-devil.
Hating chivalrous maniac doer. I'm an agonic, chivalrous hatred.
I am ghastlier, Draconian vouch. I'm a ghastlier, Draconian vouch.
Lout acid hangover in charisma. Oh No! ravishing, ultra academic.
Achieving and charisma or lout. Amateurish, cool and archiving.
Oh Man! avaricious lad retching. Avaricious, charming, neat hold.
Hating valour as rich demoniac. Aching, I am the sardonic valour.
Value anarchic, grim sainthood. Anarchic, I'm a loathing devours.
Oh Dear! a charismatic, unloving. I am a vulgar, hedonistic anchor.
Oh No! indicate vulgar charisma. Ho-hum! on vandalistic carriage.
Touching, horrid, maniacal save. Vaginal, hot, hard-core musician.
Voting anarchic madhouse liar. Voting hideous, anarchic alarm.
Anarchic maladies voting hour. So human, diacritical hangover.
Ravishing, chaotic, amoral nude. Achieving rich malodour Satan.
Urinated cool charisma having. Vicious health or grand maniac.
Ha Ha! rancid revolutions magic. I am valorous and rich teaching.
I'm a valorous and rich teaching. I'm a curved hooligan anarchist.
I'm anarchic loathing as devour. Vertiginous, anarchic, mad halo.
Vacation raunchier, dismal hog. I am childish cave or orangutan.
Aching valiant, odious charmer. I am a vandal or touching riches.
So raunchier, macho validating. Ache loving charisma duration.
Violating raunchier, mad chaos. Ache and chivalrous migration.
Chivalrous, cheating, arid moan. Hating chivalrous or mean acid.
I am the chivalrous and organic. I am the chivalrous and on cigar.
Oh! mating chivalrous radiance. I'm a hangover circuits and halo.
Ha! suicidal, romantic hangover. Anguish maladroit, nicer havoc.
I am a hardier, consulting havoc. Avaricious or matching handle.
Halo avaricious, charming dent. Tend avaricious, charming halo.
Hoorah! in lad circumnavigates. Might valorous chain radiance.
I am the valorous, rancid, aching. I'm valorous hatching radiance.
A vulgar, I am a chronic hedonist. Inch vigorous charlatan media.
I'm a vacation and churlish ogre. Damn! ghoulish, racier vacation.
I'm vacant or ghoulish radiance. Ho-hum! valiant, acidic groaners.
Hard-core saliva touching main. Ovaries mud anarchic loathing.
Hierarchical and smug ovation. Hating via horrendous acclaim.
Invading halo or cute charisma. Urinated virginal, macho chaos.
A vaginal, disharmonic toucher. Raving haircuts halo demoniac.
Victim's raunchier halo and ago. Arch-devil or anguish to maniac.
Arch-devils or touching a mania. Change chivalrous admiration.
Chivalrous, charged animation. A chivalrous, romantic heading.
Hating do chivalrous American. I'm chivalrous hang to radiance.
Gate chivalrous, Draconian him. Chivalrous, main, agonic hatred.
Adoring the chivalrous maniac. Crush maniacal hangover idiot.
Charm idiotical hangover anus. Harlot, acid hangover musician.
Ouch! ravishing, maladroit acne. O Dear! ravishing, macho lunatic.
Hated colour ravishing maniac. Ached lout or ravishing maniac.
Thieving as anarchic malodour. Lethargic, main havoc dinosaur.

Recent news.... logo-a-go-go
990320 Shake-off lyrics, tour details
990314 MES Escape interview
990308 Ashton Tuesday reviews, Falling Through Time part 1, Dragnet reissue
Ashton Sunday and Monday reviews
990221 LP announcement, Inch reviews
990214 not much
990207 various stuff
990128 Peel Sessions CD review
990118 Uncut pieces, Marcia interview, NZ art collection
990110 NME LA2 review, modern rock sociology
990103 Manchester Ritz reviews
981220 Bristol F&F and London LA2 reviews, cut-out-and-keep guide to recent reissues
981214 NME & MM short pieces
981206 Dazed and Confused interview
981130 Nottingham 92 sleevenotes
981123 NME and MM news items
nothing special
981109 Peel session reactions
981102 Melody Maker singles review, Action Records details
981026 St Bernadette's Hall reviews, Astoria ticket details, Nottingham 92 album
981019 various
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

Old stuff: Nov 1997 - July 1998

This is the latest news and gossip off FallNet for those that can't deal with the usual FallNet volume of mail. If you want to be mailed whenever something changes here, fill in this box below: 
Enter your e-mail address to receive e-mail when the news gets updated!
Your Internet e-mail address:

Mail Stefan, or mail FallNet. To subscribe to FallNet, send mail here with SUBSCRIBE FALL YOUR@E-MAIL-ADDRESS in the body. 

Return to The Fall homepage