Gibbus / Fol de Rol / First One Today / Brillo / Tuff Life Boogie / Dedication Not Medication / off stage / Venice with the Girls / Wise Old Man / Quit iPhone // Hittite Man / New Facts / Mr. Pharmacist
Gibbus / Fol de Rol / Venice with the Girls / Tuff Life Boogie / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Wise Ol' Man / Quit iPhone / Hittite Man / New Facts / White Lightning / Theme from Sparta F.C.
Brillo Filo / Fol de Rol / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Hittite Man / New Facts / off stage / Wise Ol' Man / Auto Chip - 2014-2016 / Tuff Life Boogie / White Lightning / Theme from Sparta F.C.
Second drummer was Paul Bonney, who also plays for the Australian Pink Floyd Show.
Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Mark H. for the setlist.
added 7 September
Brian Turner recorded an interview with Brix in London recently, and it aired yesterday on his show on WFMU. Show is archived here, and I was pleased to hear my recording of the WFNX broadcast of the Boston Channel gig (May 12, 1988) is still making the rounds. A GREAT gig.
added 20 August
There's an eight-page feature on The Fall in the October 2016 Mojo (link to the PDF has been taken down while this issue is on sale) confirming that Elena and the group have parted ways.
MES says: "She's resigned. She was very frustrated with it. She's got a very German head on her and sometimes you've got to look at it objectively."
Also mentions "The Fall Singles 1978-2016", a 7xCD box set slated for November.
Friday, 15 July 2016 Sajeta Creative Camp Festival, Tolmin, Slovenia
There are a couple of videos on youtube, and again Elena was not present. She's still listed as being in the group on the official site (as is Daren), however.
added 9 July
Thanks to Chris Hill for photographing his new teddy bear, given to him by a friend who "Freakishly found it in the woods. True fact. A local artist had made loads of them for a teddy bears picnic at an open house thing for the Brighton Fringe. Not all MES, sadly but different public figures. Found yours sat next to Michael Evis bear which obviously was a mistake. Big mistake. They weren't really for sale, being art and all but had to get MES the hell out of there."
Of course that Twitter account was fake and shut down by @therealMES.
added 4 July
"Nothing But The Fall 2" at Jollies Cabaret Venue in Stoke on Saturday, 16 July. Facebook event page.
Five and a half hours of The Fall music, with three DJ's, Stanley Muggins, Professor Ravenscroft and Mr Raymond Crabtree. With projections brought to you by Jon Aldersea.
added 2 June
Awful news from Manchester: Alan Wise, impresario extraordinaire, died last night in his sleep, "of a broken heart" a friend says—his daughter Natasha killed herself three months ago. Alan had tried to get the NHS to take her depression seriously to no avail.
Alan was a friend of the Fall news and his communiques during his time as Fall promoter were much enjoyed. RIP.
added 31 May
Those with good memories may recall this Manchester Evening News article about Cornerhouse's plans for its new space and one of its commissions: "Jan St Werner’s Molecular Hypnotics - a sound and light show that features the voice of the legendary frontman of Manchester band The Fall, Mark E. Smith."
WDR has broadcast the audio component of "Molocular Meditation"; it starts at 29m50s on this page.
added 14 May
Friday, 14 May 2016 Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Unlimited Time Collection / Tuff Life Boogie / Venice with the Girls / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Wise Ol' Man / Auto Chip 2014-2016 / Stout Man / Hittite Man / Quit iPhone / Pledge! / Theme from Sparta F.C.
Setlist TBC. No Elena again. Reviews on the forum and thanks to Ian Schultz for the setlist.
added 13 May
Thursday, 12 May 2016 The Marble Factory, Bristol
Unlimited Time Collection / Venice with the Girls / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Auto Chip 2014-2016 / Wise Ol' Man / Hittite Man / Facebook Troll / White Lightning // Tuff Life Boogie / Quit iPhone
No Elena. Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Mark H. for the setlist.
On Friday, 13 May, Brix & The Extricated play The Ruby Lounge in Manchester at the launch party for Brix's book, "The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise."
update 31 March: Having read a copy of the proof (there are dozens upon dozens of typos to fix, Faber!), I think it's safe to saythat MES won't be particularly happy with Brix's book. I'd heard many of the Fall-related stories before, but there are a couple of new ones and familiar ones elaborated upon (Hotel Bloedel, Disneyland, Saffron, The Brotherhood at Roskilde, Motherwell, etc.)
Brix has led an eventful, often traumatic life (not only during her years with MES/The Fall), and I'm glad she's found some peace and happiness now.
update 3 April: Brix discusses her book with Justin Roberts on The Ransom Note.
update 16 April: Review in the Telegraph by Lewis Jones with previously unseen photos, including the Mr & Mrs Smith with small monkey.
update May 9: There's been a fair amout of press about Brix's book in the UK. And I'm happy to report that the final product has fixed almost all of the typos and added some previously unseen photographs. Reviews on the forum.
added 29 April
Thursday, 28 April 2016 The Garage, London
My Door Is Never / Venice with the Girls / Tuff Life Boogie / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Wolf Kidult Man / Wise Ol' Man / Autochip 2014-2016 / Cowboy George / Facebook Troll / Pledge! // Psykick Dancehall
Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Mark and Ben for the setlist.
added 28 April
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 The Garage, London
Venice with the Girls / Over! Over! / Bury / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Wise Ol' Man / Tuff Life Boogie / Autochip 2014-2016 // Mr. Pharmacist
Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Chris Goodhead for the video of Autochip, which, at over 19 minutes, is likely the longest song The Fall has ever played live. And thanks to Mark H. and Ben for the setlist.
added 27 April
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 The Garage, London
Remainderer / Venice with the Girls / First One Today / Dedication Not Medication / Latch Key Kid / Hittite Man / Facebook Troll / Cowboy George / Bury / Container Drivers / Autochip 2014-2016 // Theme from Sparta F.C.
Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Matt Wells for the setlist.
added 27 April
Monday, 25 April 2016 The Garage, London
Venice with the Girls / Wolf Kidult Man / Dedication Not Medication / Tuff Life Boogie / Wise Ol' Man / First One Today / Autochip 2014-2016 / Hittite Man / Quit iPhone // Bury / White Lightning
Venice with the Girls / Wolf Kidult Man / Dedication Not Medication / Wise Ol' Man / First One Today / Tuff Life Boogie / Auto-Chip 2014-2016 / Hittite Man / Quit iPhone // Theme from Sparta F.C.
No Elena. Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Chris Goodhead for the video.
added 19 April
Monday, 18 April 2016 O2 Academy, Newcastle
Venice with the Girls / Bury / First One Today / Dedication Not Medication / Wise O'l Man / Over! Over! / Auto-Chip 2014-2016 / Wolf Kidult Man / Theme from Sparta F.C. / Pledge / Facebook Troll / Mr. Rode / White Lightning (instr.)
There's a new Blue Orchids LP in the works—"The Once and Future Thing", and Martin Bramah has set up a PledgeMusic page with lots of goodies in conjunction with it: his solo LP "The Battle of Twisted Heel" resurrected and remastered, live CDs, t-shirts, lyrics, "Martin unmasks The Fall's 'Dragnet' ", "Martin unmasks the meaning of "Mother-Sister!", etc.
They're also playing a gig at The Continental, Preston, on 4th June. They're on top form, too: check out this recent outing of "Work".
added 13 March; updated 14 March
Saturday, 12 March 2016 White Trash Ballroom, Berlin, Germany
Tuff Life Boogie / Venice with the Girls / Bury / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Wise Ol' Man / Auto-Chip 2014-2016 / Hittite Man / Facebook Troll / Quit iPhone // Pledge / Wolf Kidult Man / Mr. Pharmacist
Wednesday, 2 March 2016 Moadon Hateatron Havana Music Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tuff Life Boogie / Venice with the Girls / Bury / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Wise Old Man / Auto-Chip 2014-2016 / Hittite Man / Quit iPhone / Pledge (with a girl from the audience doing the vocals...) // Wolf Kidult Man
Really excellent show, though a bit too short!
No Eleni for some reason... Keyboards were up, MES doodled on them a tiny bit.
This was my second Fall show, first was Tel-Aviv 5 years ago. Enjoyed this one more - MES was lucid and sharp, the band was in great form, and the material they're playing these days is top notch.
Crowd much smaller than last time, though, possibly due to the promotor who apparently didn't do much to get word out til the last minute...
(Sorry for the blurry pic, some girl grabbed the list and I had a split second to photo...)
Links on the forum, and thanks to Gal Bleiberg for the setlist.
added 19 November; updated 3 March
The Fall and Cherry Red Records are proud to announce the release of Wise Ol’ Man, an EP featuring new tracks as well as alternate takes of songs from this year’s Sub-Lingual Tablet LP. Wise Ol’ Man will be released on the 29th January 19th February 2016 on CD and limited edition 12″ vinyl. The tracklisting runs as follows:
1. Wise Ol’ Man
2. All Leave Cancelled
3. Dedication Not Medication (Remix)
4. Wise Ol’ Man (Instrumental)
5. Venice With Girls
6. Face Book Troll / No Xmas For John Quay
7. All Leave Cancelled (X)
Reviews on the forum. The live version of "No Xmas For John Quay" [sic] is from the Brudenell, Leeds, 28 November 2014 — a reworked Mark Howard / Consortium recording.
28nov15UK & Australasia gigs and press; RIP Tom Head; Brix and the Extricated tour and press; "Good Night and Good Riddance"; new & ugly Fall t-shirts.
30aug15Euro gigs, UK tour Apr-May; festivals (incl. Glastonbury); "Sub-Lingual Tablet" LP; Connie & Cookie; "I'll Be Your Mirror" Una Baines comic; London 27 Nov '14 videos; Charlie Hebdo; a new Official Fall Website; Brix's book; Louder Than Words (Hanleys, Wolstencroft et al.); 1978 photos; Iceland Rector; "Totally Wired World of The Fall" BBC6; Luke Haines "Caravan Man"; IAC,O Mojo; WFMU Fall specials (April 2015); Action Records story; Dedication Not Medication cycling clothes; "Touch Sensitive" court case transcript; Q interview (July); Noisey/Vice int.; Jon the Postman r.i.p.
27dec14Sept>Nov gigs: UK + Helsinki; Uurop VIII-XII live CD; Simon Wolstencroft's memoir; more "The Big Midweek" press; Mark E. Smith Predicts; Brix & The Extricated; Ultraradio Fall comics issue; Deeply Vale box; Una Baines int.; MCR Evening News, Granada Reports, BBC 6music ints.; "It's Not Repetition, It's Discipline" screenings; Fat White Family's "I Am Mark E. Smith"; discography revamp.
01sep14 UK & Euro gigs, Steve Hanley's "The Big Midweek" book launch + Q&A for the Fall News, Danish Fall documentary, Q's "Let's Do Lunch With Mark E. Smith", Loud and Quiet interview, RIP Gary Burger & Scott Asheton," disavowal of "13 Killers" and "White Lightning", Luke Haines's MES micro-opera, BK's "The Skriking", American Tourister rips off "Touch Sensitive", "21 Again" on Mouse on Mars comp, Claus selling signed Perverted By Language posters.
17jan14Ireland, Portugal, France, London, NL, Leeds, Germany gigs; The Remainderer; Lou Reed (inc. MES poem); Louder Than Words video w/Hanleys + Simon W; Noisey interview; "What I See in the Mirror"; Bal Speer's "Black Charity"; Mutation LP; Tony Millionaire.
05aug13May/June gigs, Re-Mit, Vulture, Independent int., Stuart & Maconie chat, Beggars Archive 5cd box, Copenhagen exhibition, SHanley joins The Membranes, Craig Robinson's Fall timeline, SF 2001 on Ozit, The Real New Forum LP
29may13Nov/Dec '12 gigs, April '13 gigs; Re-Mit preview; Sir William Wray RSD 7"; Guardian, Q Mag Q&As; Lancashire Telegraph, Going Thru Vinyl, Viva Brighton, Scotland Herald interviews; Ding on Salford Radio; IAKO video; Beggars 5xcd box; Steve Hanley book deal; Fall Fans Round Table, 2 Librans Lockdown.
23oct12European gigs (Greece, France, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden); Ginger Wildheart's Mutation; Woog Riots LP; Fall-A-Thon in Ohio; Night & Day and Greek interviews; NME Heroes, Blaine Harrison & MES; The Frenz Equivalent cover LP; Night of the Humerons 7"; Another Nice Mess "Worst of the Fall" special; Sex, Drugs & HIV; MES T-shirts, Action Man, and Birthday Cake; Simon W's "You Can Drum But You Can't Hide" book; Pascal Le Gras paintings; Magic Band magic footage.
Ersatz GB + reviews + press + interviews, Laptop Dog 7", summer festivals in Europe and UK, Nov UK tour, Live at the Hac pt. 2; Kill Pretty (Mike Leigh); Perverted by Mark E. promo vid; Brian Blessed Alarm Clock + Skinnybrain (Dave Milner); Uncut w/MES on old Fall lineups; Julia Adamson int.; Steve Trafford album; Pascal's "Blue Christmas" video.
Live at the Hacienda DVD; MES Guardian Q&A; Timekode
& MES video clips; Fall sign to Cherry Red; Marshall
Suite, Wonderful & Frightening World and TNSG
reissues; Before the Fall compilation
TNSG Omnibus; Danny Baker; Euro/UK/OZ/NZ/Israel gigs;
Don Van Vliet, Rex Sergeant, Steve Ormod, r.i.p.; Before
The Fall comp; White Lightning promo vid; Pop Fiction;
Marshall Suite 3xCD; FoF's "Hex Enduction Ours";
Bracewell & Wilde "The Art of The Fall" (1992);
Middles' "Story of The Fall" doc; The Fall in Iceland
press; Sex, Drugs & HIV; M.E.S. I.P.A.; MES Quietus
interview; Factory Star's "Enter Castle Perilous"
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.
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.
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