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Mark E Smith
« on: January 24, 2018, 06:02:33 PM »
Lead singer, poet and band leader of The Fall, and one of my musical heroes, died today. 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/24/mark-e-smith-lead-singer-with-the-fall-dies-aged-60?CMP=twt_a-music_b-gdnmusic

He was not appreciated. 


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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2018, 07:12:42 PM »
This video will always make me laugh.



So much entertainment over the years. How I'm going to miss that guy.

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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2018, 09:12:24 PM »
Just found this video of The Fall's "Lay of the Land" on The Old Grey Whistle Test with dancers doing some pretentious "interpretive" bullshit.



Gotta love the one with her ass hanging out of her leotard.

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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 05:13:54 PM »
This video will always make me laugh.
That's brilliant!  Irascible old bugger.  Hadn't seen that one, thanks. 

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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 05:39:05 PM »
Live At The Witchtrials was an impressive debut, but this track showed MES was truly brilliant. 





Then was America
We went there
Big A&M Herb was there
His offices had fresh air
But his rota was mediocre
US dirge, rock 'n' pop filth
Their material's filched
And the secret of their lives...

Is...

All the English groups
Act like peasants with free milk
On a route
On a route to the loot
To candy mountain
Five wacky English proletariat idiots
Californians always think of sex
Or think of death
Five hundred girl deaths
A Mexico revenge, it's stolen land
They really get it off on
"Don't hurt me please"
Rapist fill the TVs
And the secret of their lives
Is S.E.X.

http://annotatedfall.doomby.com/pages/the-annotated-lyrics/c-n-c-s-mithering.html

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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2018, 02:26:44 PM »


Well I've never had a car
Never been near a lorry
Got a nasty habit of scratching my nose
My codename's Happy Harry
I'm into CB

I've had loads of jobs
For very minute lolly
Creation schemes
So I suppose I was lucky
And the money it took
To buy a CB set
Took lines off my belly
My codename's Cedar Plank
I'm Into CB
I'm Into CB

At 16 I drank cheap sherry
Got plastered in the stations and swing parks
Off my mother I stole some money
Had a treat with a bottle of Martini
So sick I couldn't walk or sit
Since then I've not touched it
I won't bore you with tales of being greedy
I'm just into CB
I'm into CB
 
My family's a weird lot
My stepsister's got a horrible growth
Listens to all this muzak shit
Reads Smash Hits while she's eating her tea
To me it sounds like bad CB

My father's not bad really
He got me these wires and bits
Apart from that he talks to me hardly
I'm just into CB

This is Happy Harry Plank
From the land of waving palms
Calling out to Cedar Plank
477 CC
There's no Code 13
In the home of chocolate city
I'm having trouble with the terminology
But I'm into CB

I've got this letter before me
It's buff with a confidential seal
I'd better open it
It's a fine and a formal threat
I should of listened to New Face in Hell
The date expired last week
Up here I forget what time it is
It says you're going to go when you go
Or else you're for it boy
If that's what you get for having a hobby
Next mail you get will be mail in jail
If that's what you get for having a hobby
Next year mail in jail
It that's what you get for having a hobby
Next time I'm out I'll join a riot
That's the last you'll hear for me
I'll keep clear of CB
Keep clear of CB

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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2018, 02:52:58 PM »
My hyperlink is not working.  :P


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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2018, 07:14:35 PM »
This one just rocks. 


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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 02:38:23 PM »
I had a feeling his story wasn't over just yet...

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Brawl breaks out at funeral of The Fall singer Mark E Smith - but pal says "he'd have loved it"

Guitarist Ben Pritchard said there were chaotic scenes at the maverick frontman’s send-off with "bottles thrown and drinks poured over people"


The wake for Fall legend Mark E Smith descended into a brawl – and ex-bandmates said: “He would have loved it.”

Guitarist Ben Pritchard said there were chaotic scenes at the maverick frontman’s send-off.

He said: “Just about managed to escape with my life from Mark E Smith’s funeral. The ceremony itself was nice, touching in places.

“The wake, however, didn’t last half an hour before bottles were thrown and drinks poured over people. Total disrespect, he’d have loved it.”

Ben added of the party, in Smith’s home town of Prestwich, Gtr Manchester: “I kind of expected it but hoped otherwise.”

Actor Steve Evets, who was also a guitarist with the band, said: “I’ve got to say, it was just like a Fall gig, some strange people there, and it kicked off.

“Don’t think he would have had it any other way, we love you Mark.”

Smith’s death at 60 was announced by his girlfriend and The Fall’s manager Pam Van Damned last month.

He had suffered a long spell of ill-health, forcing the band to cancel several gigs. He performed in a wheelchair at his last concert in Glasgow in November.


Whole story: https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/brawl-breaks-out-fall-singer-11994398

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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2018, 03:33:47 PM »
I'll be honest, that  came across as a bit of tabloid gossip, much like the speculation over his "weird" illness.  I expect there were some disagreements, but doubtful a riot happened.  The other online source is the Sun.  Nuff said.  I expect he still loved it, mind. 

Speaking of illness, not so weird - cancer.  :(

https://thefall.xyz/2018/02/12/statement/

Obligatory awesome track: a cookie for anyone who knows the soundtrack it's on. 



All the young groups know
All the young groups know
They can imitate but I teach, because I'm a Hip Priest.
I'm as clean as a packet of chocolate Treets.

http://annotatedfall.doomby.com/pages/the-annotated-lyrics/hip-priest.html

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Re: Mark E Smith
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2018, 05:17:37 PM »
Hex Enduction Hour is such a great record.