Welcome to the new website. Very nice too. Thanks, Andrew! From now on reviews, inteviews etc will be posted on the ‘Media’ page and we’ll try and keep this page clear for news etc. Got that? OK!
Steve Hanley will be contributing to the upcoming BBC4 documentary on ‘The Fall’ – the following is from The Guardian
The Fall: The Wonderful And Frightening World Of Mark E Smith 21st January 2005 9pm BBC FOUR BBC FOUR focuses on one of England’s truly unique and under-rated bands – The Fall in this special documentary. One of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years, The Fall are lead by the belligerent and poetic Mark E Smith and grew out of the fringe of the Manchester punk scene and to date have released in excess of three dozen albums, toured relentlessly, inspired two successful stage plays, recorded 24 Peel Sessions, performed with contemporary ballet dancer Michael Clarke along with various spoken word events. All this has happened under the guidance of Smith with various line-ups currently totalling over 40 different members. They have never conformed to fashion or musical trends and when asked why they were his favourite band, John Peel replied “They are always different, they are always the same.” This is the first time that Mark E Smith has agreed to the story being told on television and he along with many of the major players take us through this unique English rock ‘n’ roll story. Their rollercoaster story is told alongside footage of their most recent and sadly now last Peel Session recorded in August at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios, there is also film of John playing out the session at Peel Acres a week later. Contributors include past and present band members including Marc Riley, Una Baines, Steve Hanley, Ben Pritchard and Eleni Smith plus thoughts from key fans/critics including Paul Morley, Tony Wilson, Stewart Lee, promoter Alan Wise, original Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon and Franz Ferdinand.