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The Wit And Wisdom Of Mark Smith

Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, January 1981

DID YOU KNOW?That Andy Gill discovered all these pearls of wisdom – and more – while talking to The Fall. ...

Mark E Smith: Not Falling, Soaring

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, June 1991

MARK E SMITH'S REPUTATION precedes him like massed stormtroopers on the horizon. Fourteen years on, the Fall frontman still sets everyone on edge, either in ...

The Fall: Totally Wired — The Rough Trade Anthology/The Rough Trade Singles Box (Sanctuary) ***

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 2002

Northern white crap that talks back meets west London liberals: early-Eighties Fall on Rough Trade ...

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The Fall's Mark E. Smith (1983)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1983

Accompanied by blushing bride Brix, the splendid Mark E. Smith talks about all things Fall: getting the band together, being the 'leader', songwriting, performing, the north v south debate and much more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.3mb, total interview length: 58' 13" sound quality: ***

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Manchester: They Mean It Maaanchester

Overview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, July 1977

MANCHESTER as a Rock and Roll town just didn't use to exist. It fed dutifully off London, and there were frequent visits from groups to ...

Buzzcocks/Magazine/John Cooper Clarke/The Worst/The Fall/The Prefects/The Negatives/Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, October 1977

Prime Manchester venue closes... Power cut at the Electric Circus ...

The Fall

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, ZigZag, February 1978

AH THE FALL! My mind fell on a quote that was all I knew of the name, something like '...there's hardly another band fit to ...

The Fall

Report and Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, August 1978

REEL-TO-REEL life: patt-ur stagg-urs on... In bu-tween the s-o-n-g-s... ...

The Fall: Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, September 1978

I AM A commentator in a Consumers' Guide. This week I guide you towards entertainers The Fall, as I always have done. ...

The Mekons/The Fall/Human League/Gang Of Four/Stiff Little Fingers: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1979

AND THE STARS look very different today... For all practical rock purposes, we may as well own up that we are now living in the ...

Joy Division, Pil et al: Futurama '79 Festival — Set The Controls For The Squalor Of Leeds

Live Review by Andy Gill, Ian Penman, New Musical Express, September 1979

The World's First Science Fiction Music FestivalWords: Ian Penman and Andy Gill. Pix: Kevin Cummins ...

The Fall: All Fall Down

Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, January 1980

JUST ABOVE my typewriter on the mantlepiece is an eye-catching tube of 10 orange flavoured effervescent tablets. Each tablet contains 1g orange flavoured concentrated Vitamin ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour; Live In London, 1980

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 1981

IN A CONSTANTLY flowing stream of creativity, through each consecutive fad, fantasy and fashion The Fall have always striven to go against the grain to ...

The Fall: Free Fall

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, April 1981

DEANNE PEARSON DISCUSSES THE FUTURE WITH MARK SMITH, LEADER OF MANCHESTER'S MOST MILITANT COMBO. ...

Anti-Social Workers: The Fall at North London Poly

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, October 1981

UNLIKE MOST other Angry Young Singers, usually by proxy, Mark E. Smith is not a rhetorician. He does not reduce the obscenities of the English ...

Hip Priest: The Mark Smith Interview

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1981

"WE WILL FALL," sang Iggy Stooge to the accompaniment of John Cale's viola, but he might have continued, "When we dead awaken..." ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour (Kamera)

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, March 1982

OF COURSE, YOU don't actually review a Fall LP. You hover in the shadow of the aura and attempt to catch some of the sparks ...

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour and Live At Acklam Hall, London 1980

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, March 1982

IN A constantly flowing stream of creativity, through each consecutive fad, fantasy and fashion The Fall have always strived to go against the grain to ...

These Fallish Things: Hex Enduction Hour (Kamera)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, March 1982

"Everyone gets too serious about The Fall."Mark E Smith, November 1981 ...

The Fall: Hex Education

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

COINCIDENCE AND surprise save the world from going flat! Like, the same issue of Artforum which boasts that superb Laurie Anderson flexidisc also has an ...

The Curse Of The Fall

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, January 1983

THIS IS SPLENDID Fall country. From the bricked ugliness of the Victorian railway buildings the crawl of streets pitters up slopes, entwines a town centre ...

The Fall: I Don't Know What's In There

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, August 1983

"AS A kid I used to be obsessed that like I was reincarnated from the trenches of the First World War. I used to think ...

Before and after the Fall

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, November 1984

"I THINK the difference is in the mechanical sounds of our time. Like the sound of the airplane in the '40s was a rmoooooaaaahhhhhhhh sound ...

Watching The City Hobgoblins: The Fall

Essay by Mark Sinker, Wire, August 1986

2005 note: In which I find my voice? In between all the "important rock does this" droning. ...

The Fall: Revolting Soul

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, August 1986

Welcome back Mr Contrary Bastard. Who else but the demonic MARK E SMITH would complete a mass anti-everything grumble with "Give me the Queen anyday"! ...

The Fall Play Hey! Luciani: Riverside Studios, London

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, December 1986

THERE'S A PLAY in every one of us, even Ernie Wise. And perhaps Mark E. Smith. In fact, most of the ingredients are here, maybe ...

The Fall: Hey! Luciani – The Times, Life & Codex Of Albino Luciani, London Riverside Studios

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, December 1986

TWO WEEKS after David Byrne's True Stories opened in Britain, Mark E Smith weighs in with his own medium expansion, Hey! Luciani, a play based ...

Brix Smith: A Spider's Web

Interview by Richard Cook, Sounds, February 1987

BRIX SMITH is the girl who can't really help it: she has rich-baby eyes, heavy blonde hair, a voice that comes in giggles. It's the ...

The Fall/The Bodines/Happy Mondays: International, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, May 1987

STRANGE HOW, these days, any gathering of vaguely well known groups always makes you think of charity and polished consciences. But tonight seemed to be ...

Siouxsie And The Banshees/The Fall/Wire: Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, August 1987

AND DARKNESS fell over all the earth. Well, only a teensyweensy bit of it actually, but it turned into the arse-end of Pandemonium. A plethora ...

England: Look Back In Anguish

Essay by Mark Sinker, New Musical Express, January 1988

"Oh, grassy dale and lowland scene/Come see, come hear the English Scheme!" (The Fall)"You might sleep, but you will never dream/Oh, Manchester! So much to ...

The Fall: I Am Kurious Oranj (Beggars Banquet)

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, October 1988

"When I was at the Witch Trials of the 20th Century, they said: 'You are white crap. You are an aesthetic anesthetic. Your repetition will ...

The Fall: Monarchy In The UK

Interview by Keith Cameron, Sounds, November 1988

Ballet, national anthems, William Of Orange and Blake's poems are all getting in on The Fall's act. Mark E Smith explains all while discussing their ...

Mark E Smith, Nick Cave & Shane MacGowan: The Three Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Interview by James Brown, Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, February 1989

For its second pop summit of the year, NME lent SEAN O'HAGAN and JAMES BROWN £10 each to buy SHANE MACGOWAN, MARK E SMITH and ...

The Fall: The Praxis Of Punk

Essay by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1989

Why The Fall continue to rise ...

Coldcut: Ring The Noise

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1990

• And they said it wouldn't last! In the pop marriage of the'80s, COLDCUT producers Jonathan Moore and Matt Black invited Mark E Smith to ...

Mark E. Smith Extricates Himself

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, February 1990

WHILE THE WORLD WENT MAD FOR MANCHESTER THE FALLKEPT QUIET. NOW THEY’VE RETURNED TO FORM WITH EXTRICATE AND MARK E SMITH’S BACK VENTING HIS SPLEEN ...

The Fall: Funfair For The Common Man

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, March 1990

IN A CHEAP INDIAN RESTAURANT IN LONDON'S BRICK LANE Mark Smith's eyes begin to glint. His bony figure leans forward and stiffens. From deep in ...

Mark E. Smith's Record Collection

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, October 1990

CROUCHED IN THE CORNER of a back room in a semi somewhere in Prestwich, Mark Smith flips through one of several large stacks of records; ...

The Fall: Code Selfish (Cog Sinister)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, March 1992

"THOUGH PROUD of the way I've avoided prison.../When the cell door slams/I walk to the wall.../These are the words of success expectation/These are the words ...

Mark E. Smith on Lyrics

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1992

Few people alive today can remember a time when there wasn't Mark E. Smith, fronting his band The Fall and snarling harsh, cryptic couplets at ...

The Fall: 15 Years Of Fame

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, May 1993

THERE'S SOMETHING TREMENDOUSLY reassuring about the fact that The Fall, and Mark E Smith, exist. ...

The Fall: The Infotainment Scan (Matador)

Review by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, July 1993

THE FALL is one of England’s enduring cult bands. Formed in 1976 by the singer and lyricist Mark E. Smith, it evolved into one of ...

The Fall: The Crankiest Band From The UK

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, August 1993

MARK E. SMITH, leader of the long-running English post-punk band The Fall, says these sorts of things invariably happen to him. ...

Mark E. Smith's Wrath & Roll

Profile and Interview by Jason Cohen, Rolling Stone, September 1993

MARK E. SMITH is one of Britain's great misanthropes. On the 1980 live album Totale's Turns, only the third record by his band the Fall, ...

Insprial Carpets and Mark E. Smith: Manchester United

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, February 1994

Inspiral Carpets team-up with Mark E. Smith! For a one-off collaboration called ‘I Want You’! Psychedelic optimism meets psychedelic miserabilism! ...

The Fall: Totale's Turns/Slates/A Part Of America Therein, 1981 (Essential/Castle)

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, May 1998

"I DON'T PARTICULARLY like the person singing on this LP," opines Roman Totale XVIII in his sleevenotes to Totale's Turns. "That said, I marvel at ...

The Fall: LA2, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, January 1999

BACK AT GROUND Zero, having sacked/been deserted by the foot soldiers of his old Rythm Revue, riffmeister General M Smith returns to the London stage. ...

The Fall: Dingwalls, Camden, London

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, November 2000

Well, they’re untouchable, aren’t they? Since Mark Edward Smith initially put the very first Fall line-up into place some 23 years ago, generations of chin-stroking ...

50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong: The Very Best of The Fall 1978-2003

Sleevenotes by Daryl Easlea, Sanctuary Records, Spring 2004

IN THE EARLY months of 2004, The Fall’s first album, Live At The Witch Trials, celebrated its 25th anniversary. When The Fall started, rock wasn’t ...

Mark E. Smith and The Fall, 1979

Interview by Tony Fletcher, iJamming.net, 2005

AS SURELY BEFITS The Fall's longevity, my 1979 interview with Mark E. Smith and Marc Riley seems more relevant – and certain more prescient – ...

The Fall: Koko, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2009

MARK E. SMITH is hunched at the back of the stage in black leather jacket and wheelchair, looking like Salford's Davros. ...

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