your granny on bongos


Marc & Mark, September 1st 1979
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Posted on 19 April, 2014
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"Fledermaus Can’t Get It" by Von Südenfed

Von Südenfed is Mark E. Smith of The Fall collaborating with Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars to form a suite of very different songs combining trippy electronica with Smith’s trademark rants.  This record sounds like a cantankerous derelict singing drunk karaoke to the musical accompaniment of a rebellious jukebox if said jukebox had escaped from Philip K. Dick’s dystopian nightmares only  to cope with its cybernetic self-awareness (courtesy of a dead Nazi scientist, his funky brainwaves recorded to steampunk tape relays) by getting cranked up on amphetamines and teaching androids to dance. 

Posted on 16 April, 2014
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Posted on 5 April, 2014
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Posted on 2 April, 2014
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Week Five: Grotesque (After The Gramme)
I’ve not had much time to spend with Grotesque, the seventh Fall release (not counting singles), and their third album proper, and it feels like a bit of a shame because (despite there being too much kazoo again) it’s actually pretty decent. My partner and I took some time off work and spent a few days in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and The Fall didn’t seem to be appropriate listening. They’re much better suited for walking through the terraces of Northern England, whereas I planned to spend most of our trip listening to those sad Scottish bastards in Frightened Rabbit.
On arrival, however, I was reminded of how proud Scotland are of Mogwai, and now they’ve dominated my listening all week. Seriously, they’re still fairly “underground” in England compared to the reception they get in their home country. Fopp (yeah Scotland still has loads of Fopps for some reason, which is brilliant) had a deal on where if you bought Rave Tapes, you could get all the other Mogwai albums for just £4 each. Bargain! And yeah, their gloomy not-really-post-rock sounds suited the train journey between the two cities perfectly. Glasgow was the better destination, if you must know – I could eat at Mono every day until the day I die from too much vegan cheesecake.
Anywho. As you can see, this didn’t leave much time for Grotesque (After The Gramme), so I’ve only had time for a couple of plays through at the weekend. You know, though, apart from a few horrific missteps (C’n’C-S Mithering, for example, is fucking awful), it’s actually been the easiest listening for a full-length, and their best studio work up until that point. The production is is nice and crisp with just enough of that 80s post-punk rattle and fuzz. Smith’s vocals neither dominate or fall too far in to the background, his voice has improved, and they actually seem some of the most coherent yet, lyrically. The band sound really tight despite it being their first with their new sixteen-year old drummer, and the keyboards have been incorporated in to their sound in a way they couldn’t quite seem to manage on Witch Trials. It’s just solid, the sound of an improvisational and experimental mess of a band finally starting to find their feet, with just a classic art-punk sound. Or, at least, an art-punk sound that would go on to be classic. You know what I mean.
Still, though, there is the unfortunate incident with the kazoo. I seriously can’t think of any band who have ever incorporated kazoo in to their music that doesn’t sound absolutely horrendous, and The Fall are no different. The only exception is Andrew Jackson Jihad’s ‘Kazoo Sonata in Cmaj’, but that’s pretty much only because they accept that the kazoo is a completely ridiculous instrument, and revel in it. The Fall’s motivations in regards to the kazoo are less clear, and it just doesn’t work.
The artwork is worth mentioning for this one, because the weird, cartoonish figures reminded me of the cover to ANX, the first album by a band called Doctrines, released in 2013. Both albums have a long-necked pink creature on the front, and Doctrines, like The Fall, are a weird, idiosyncratic art-punk band from Manchester who seem to really divide audiences. Whilst their main influence has always been later indie rock, like The Replacements, the realisation that The Fall are basically their spiritual forefathers is a hard one to shake off. And it really makes me want to listen to Doctrines all next week. Doctrines and Mogwai.
Still, I think the combined circumstances of not enough time and this actually being a decent record (it has a nine minute closer that isn’t terrible, smashing my theory that every Fall song over five minutes sucks out loud) mean I could actually see myself coming back to this one.

C’n’C-S Mithering; it’s a drone number (almost a VU homage by the band) for sure but it’s a creeper, a builder. it’s a character piece. it’s the burnt out bloke, the monotony of routine - but carrying on all hollow and dead inside. ‘see ya mate’ ‘yeah see ya mate’. classic mark e smith dissatisfaction and vile. one of my most beloved fall albums because it’s brutally honest. with ‘pay your rates’ ‘english scheme’, ‘gramme friday’ and ‘the NWRA’ alone this is one of my favourite fall albums.
the nine minute closer, the NWRA is probably in my top five fall songs of all time. again, this is a character piece. this is joe totale. and he’s right pissed.

Posted on 21 March, 2014
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Week Eleven Point Five: The Mark E. Smith Pocket Zine Of Wisdom by Jean McEwan
So last Sunday, the day after writing my spiel on Room To Live, my partner and I hit up Leeds Zine Fest for the second year running. It was held at Wharf Chambers again, Leeds’ premiere co-op bar and venue, pretty much one of my favourite places ever, and it’s always completely rammed when they have zine events, with a really great community vibe. Whoever supplied the playlist slipped in some Algernon Cadwallader while we were there, too, so I was pretty satisfied with the whole experience.
Anyway, one of my purchases was this bad boy. To be honest, I’ve seen it around before – it was on a zine table at an art exhibition that I think I referenced in an earlier week – there was a performance from an underwhelming noise musician and we got drunk at a Wetherspoons in Bradford afterwards – but it was way more expensive there so I couldn’t be doing with it. On this occasion, though, I had a chat to the zinester who put it together, and only had to fork over a pound, so I couldn’t really say no this time. Following the Beacons announcement and my weird fuckin’ Mark E. Smith dream, I’m starting to feel like The Fall are following me around a little bit. Makes sense to go along with it and purchase my own Mark E. Smith Pocket Zine Of Wisdom to carry with me at all times, so I can whip it out when I feel like my surroundings aren’t confusing and repetitive enough.
It’s a micro-zine, if you’re interested in the technical aspects of zineship, which is a little eight page zine made out of one piece of A4 paper, one cut and a bunch of folds, and it contains six Mark E. Smith quotes that can be offer support and counsel in any situation, sort of like a comfort blanket. From Manchester. Jean McEwan, who put the thing together, described it to me as being like The Little Book Of Calm for Fall fans, which kind of makes me want to eat it to see if I turn in to Mark E. Smith, or at least gain the power to ramble incoherently to music. It contains such nuggets of wisdom as “I’m not saying I know what I’m doing all the time. I don’t. But I do believe in what I’m doing. That’s the difference” which provides massive amounts of insight in to The Fall in general, as well as “99.9% of people with a healthy diet will eventually die” which offers no real insight in to anything at all, but did manage to shut a co-worker up today when he was banging on about nutrition and why only ever eating houmous for lunch is an awful idea (it isn’t).
You can check out Jean McEwan’s work at She told me at the zine fair that she’s working on a project about weird Fall gig experiences and I bet some of you would be in to that. For now, though, The Mark E. Smith Pocket Zine Of Wisdom will accompany me as I make my way through the world, trying to cope with my horrendous life decision to listen to every Fall record in order.

Posted on 20 March, 2014
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US Promo - painting by Peter Blake

Posted on 16 March, 2014
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Twice each at least Twice each at least Twice each at least

Tagged #the fall  #mark e smith  

Posted on 13 March, 2014
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Mark E. Smith & Ian McCulloch

Posted on 12 March, 2014
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Mark E Smith
unknown artist

5 March 1957

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Posted on 5 March, 2014
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he loves The Fall

Tagged #the fall  #mark e smith  #baby  #sleep  

Posted on 4 March, 2014


Mark E. Smith and close friend

Posted on 28 February, 2014
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