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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Festive Fifty #17: The Fall – I’m A Mummy.

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1997 was a year of flux for The Fall i.e. business as usual.

All curmudgeonly Fall main man Mark E Smith’s skills of conciliation had been unable to prevent the departure at the end of 1996 of Brix ‘Ex-Mrs Mark E Smith’ Smith and in-out-in-out drummer Karl Burns. Despite this Smith cobbled together a new band and no fewer than 10 Fall albums were released in 1997: 7 live albums, two reissues and Levitate from which today’s track comes.

The next bust up occurred with Levitate producer Simon Spencer. He was replaced by Jason Barron who, according to The Fall website, ‘cut his teeth on records by Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan & Rick Astley’. Well, I suppose trying to eat the records is less painful than trying to listen to them.

1997 also saw Mark E Smith hook up with Damon Gough to write the song Calender. Apparently, at the end of one drunken night Smith mistook His Badly Draw-ness for a taxi driver – as opposed to the pissed-up hobo most people mistake him for.

A new band was put together in August ’97 to tour the album and to record their 24th Peel session including the return – again - of Karl Burns. This line-up lasted all of eight months until April ’98 when an onstage brawl resulted in the departure of three members and a night in jail for Smith on assault charges.


Unfortunately, there’s no track today – technical problems. Bugger.


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5 Comments:

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Hannah said...

Smith mistook His Badly Draw-ness for a taxi driver

Oddly enough this made me think of a Badly Drawn Boy video where he's a human taxi. Probably total coincidence.

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger Woodshed said...

Oh, yeah. I'd forgotten about that. Otherwise I'd have mentioned it and felt smug.

You're doing a bang up job with the spam deletion by the way. ('deletion'???)

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Yeah...deletion is probably the word you're after. I think I've got most of it, since I get comment notifications, but I've found the odd one or two my email doesn't tell me about...

The Blogger anti-spam measures are a bit rubbish, I've concluded.

 
At 7:48 PM, Blogger Woodshed said...

Check out the one on the B&S post. I can't even tell if it is spam.

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Seen it. There's no link to a totally unrelated website, so I'm not really complaining.

 

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