By Ari Sass
I have to ask about this.
The last time The Fall played in NYC a few years ago you had
two scheduled shows. I saw the first and there was some serious
internal tension with you and the band and some spouts of violence.
The next night the venue had a flyer on the door that read 'show
cancelled due to Mark E. Smith being in jail". What happened?
You, of course, are going on about the New York show of May
1998. Since then The Fall are much re-built. As Jim Watts, our
new guitarist, said to me just yesterday. As regarding the question
- I did not play the show.
this the reason you've had 30+ members of The Fall over the
entire career of the band?
How could our second new guitarist Brian Fanning know this?
So is The Fall really just
Mark E. Smith and you just have a supporting cast?
Why release a solo record
if The Fall is really Mark E. Smith?
One is both and both is the same. What is this solo record?
What or who is “The
Post Nearly Man”? To me it sounds like an adjective to
describe a man who really doesn't know how to describe himself.
You are a man who cannot work out 9pm, 10pm U.S. time or 12:18pm,
2pm U.K. time, so speak for yourself.
It seems to me that Europe
has much easier access to The Fall than Americans. Here, CDs
are mostly imported (hence expensive), The Fall have played
only twice in several years, and there is very little in the
way of interviews in U.S. publications. Is this intentional
or just a series of unfortunate circumstances?
Ed Blaney (Fall manager): I understand your question, but the
same can be said with most countries. However, as you know,
we are coming over so things are already happening in that direction.
With regards to "import CDs", we are looking into
releasing an album with a U.S label.
What happened with the
deal with Matador?
We were originally signed up with Atlantic Records with whom
we got on okay. Then it seemed too disparate for our needs.
The Fall have been on lots
of different labels - Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet, COG Sinister,
Artful, Jet, et cetera. Why is that?
The Fall are autonomous.
Lately, there have been
many CDs of live Fall shows released - many with almost the
same cover art. I heard that these are not authorized albums.
Is this true?
Th..... Unutterab...... I can't say it.
What album would you say
you are most proud of and why? To me, Light User Syndrome
is the most 'underrated' Fall album released. What album to
you deserved more attention than it received?
Why not ask the bands who are "influenced" by Brian
Fanning (fashion A/C guitar consultant).
In many interviews you
have claimed (rightfully so) that there are a ton of bands that
have been heavily influenced by The Fall. Are they any of those
bands that you particularly like or does this concept of stealing
someone else's style offend you?
As a drummer, formerly of Bad Man Wagon / Intastella, I tried
to jump off the first and avoid the rising star of the second.
Spencer Birtwistle. Drums. This is a great question, Ari. To
work it out and fit into the Skyscraper scenario, I
need to read no, no, no, no, no, no. I understand and I
hate it! The many interviews you have claimed, claimed,
claimed, claimed plagiarism effects all countries that
are starved, emanating from the United Kingdom. As regarding
your remaining questions... hey, have you been in touch with
Aylin' Babe? New guitarist Jim Watts. We’ve not started
yet! Not by a long shot! Ben Pritchard, The Fall’s rhythm