Do let me know if you plan to return. I was going to take you to a few record shops, and have you over for a music session. I had just set up an old Telefunken tube amp that sounds pretty decent. We have lots of records, a few pets, and you'll find that we are very hospitable people to guests.
P.S. I do own up to liking that song about "the containers and their drivers", but the most of Smith's "cleverness" seems a bit forced, and comes from a dark place I am not interested in visiting any time soon.
Penny, I probably did absorb the basis of the "pock-faced crack addict" phrase from one of your posts. I have enjoyed your writing for 30+ years, which makes influence inevitable. Of course the same invitation holds true should you ever find yourself over on this side of the ocean.
P.S. Strangely enough, I just heard "I Saw Her Standing There" on the radio when I was buying morning coffee about an hour ago, and it still sounded pretty shiney. "The way she looked was way beyond compare......" is simply a fantastic line.
Actually I have been a fan of The Fall since their 1st album Live at the Witch trials, but I lost interest in them in my late 20's. Like Lol said if it wasn't for The Beatles there would have been no Fall, Mark E. Smith an interesting speck on the rock landscape.
i still find it ironic that a man whose defining work has the line 'where are the obligatory niggers?' is being lauded on a reggae site.
it wasn't hard getting rid of his music. i've tried going back, but life is too short and there are only so many hours to be spent listening to and being transformed by much more interesting, beautiful, strange and challenging music from all over the world and from the dawn of phonography.
still, if it works for you, rock on.
Last Edit: Jul 23, 2012 23:00:41 GMT by edwardgeorge
There are two separate polls running on The Fall messageboard at the moment. One that is asking members to vote on the greatest Fall single, which started off as a knockout competition (eg a bit like the FA cup) where every Fall single was up for consideration and went head to head with another single and the winner of each tie progressed to the next round, and now the final is being voted on - "Totally Wired" against Taff's fave "How I Wrote Elastic Man". It's a toughie, two of the greatest songs of the last 30 years, its a bit like being asked to say who your favourite child is. The second poll is basically, "Are The Beatles great, shit, or just ok?". I of course went for option 2, and copped the usual flak like "people who dont like the Beatles are just attention seekers" - cant these idiots just see that its not compulsory to love the worlds original boy band? I dont like Take That, why would I like the Beatles? My basic premise in life is that the great British public is largely made up of sheep like fools who are told what they should like, so aside from being pish, the popularity of The Beatles is a classic example of this.