ENGLAND RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP
TEAM RELAX IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
THE England Rugby League Team
time take some out to explore the beaches of the Gold Coast in
Queensland ahead of their opening World Cup game against Papua New
Guinea on 25 October 2008. The team is currently staying on the Gold
Coast and will head up to Townsville where their opening game will
take place in the Townsvilleís Dairy Farmers Stadium.
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Interview:Ė "MTV Liverpool
Music Week 2008"
THE creative force behind,
seminal band, The Fall since its inception back in 1976, Mark E
Smith has earned a reputation as a formidable front man. While
developing a line in often incoherent, absurd lyricist (with his
cryptic delivery riding those abrasive guitar grooves), thirty years
of performance havenít detracted from his appeal. He now joins the
likes of Goldfrapp, Black Kids, Martha Wainwright, Vampire Weekend,
Mystery Jets and Dizzee Rascal for the sprawling MTV Liverpool Music
Mark E Smith of the band The Fall was interviewed by Gill
Nightingale and this is what he had to say about the band and also
the MTV Liverpool 08 Music Week.
Mark E Smith of the band The Fall was
interviewed by Gill Nightingale and this is what he had to say about
the band and also the MTV Liverpool 08 Music Week.
How are you? "Okay. Iíve just found out that itís
International Fall Day today. Nobody thought to tell me any
So are you looking forward to the Liverpool Music Week performance?
"I am. The Fall hasnít ever been a Ďfestivalí group. Weíre
more of a club band so this works for me in as much as what weíre
doing is part of a load of stuff thatís also going on around the
same time. And loads of younger bands are on too. Thatís good."
What young bands do you like? "My minds gone blank now. I do
listen to a lot of stuff... I get sent a lot of new shit. And I
watch some of them on that daft show on T4. You know... where they
get the chance to play or talk in between that girl going on. Some
of them sound all right.
Thereís that one band from
Liverpool who are pretty good. The Wombats? Yeah, thatís
During one era for The Fall, wouldnít your contemporaries have been
seen to be Liverpool bands like The Teardrop Explodes and Echo and
the Bunnymen? "Yeah. But we always held them in contempt.
There was a bit of a rivalry there."
Hasnít there always been some rivalry for musical supremacy between
Liverpool and Manchester? "Personally, Iíve always preferred
Liverpool over Manchester. Then again, Iím actually from Salford."
Fellow Salfordian Tony Wilson used to further the banter between
Manchester and Liverpoolís music scenes. So you never saw it as
Ďthemí and Ďusí? "No. Not at all.
People forget that we could never get a show in Manchester for ages.
Then weíd drive over to Liverpool and find that we were top of the
bill. That went on for about three or four years, believe it or not.
We couldnít get jack shit in the place where we lived."
The Fall have never really fitted in with the various Manchester
bands, have they? "No. We tried to keep it all at armís
length. Iíve never seen us as part of the cityís music scene. Every
few years theyíll revive some Manchester thing. One year it might be
The Buzzcocks or whatever. But a mate of mine was saying itís the
same in Glasgow and thereís this cycle where people try to spark
some kind of revival. We never did that. We never saw us as part of
any particular movement. If you want the brutal truth, Manchesterís
really just a lot of big fish in a small pond. And while we were
being ignored there, we were playing to crowds in Liverpool. We were
bigger in Germany. People donít appreciate whatís on their
Do you think that itís because you werenít closely associated with
any particular movement that The Fall has really endured? "I
do think thatís true. But then weíve also been through a lot of
different line-ups and thatís helped too. People move on, donít
So who, for you, are The Fallís peers? "I donít really
see any. Iím not much of a musician, me. Believe it or not. Iím more
of a writer. Iíve always thought about what I do in those terms.
When it comes to the music, I do like it to be pretty brutal and I
canít think of an example of anyone else who is working along
So where do you get your inspiration? "I do go back to a lot
of rockabilly and dub reggae. I like how raw some of it sounds
compared to a lot of new music."
Do you listen to your own music? "When I do, I donít tend to
listen to a lot of the early records. The thing is, I am a pretty
big fan of The Fall. I am"
"Sometimes Iíll play an old
recording and Iíll be like, ďthatís great, that isĒ. It does
surprise me how great some of it is."
So who is the average Fall fan these days? "From what I see,
theyíre all like 17 years old. Real wild boys. The dads must be
stood somewhere near the back or something. We played the other
night and people went mad, barricades were broken, all that."
And you donít tire of playing? "No. These MTV Music Week
events look good and - especially as itís for Liverpool - I was up
for playing a gig. Sometimes we get invited to do these things and
theyíre not as well organised. I mean, we did one and we played
after that Karl bloke. You know: the f*cking doctor from Neighbours.
And then, after we were on, there was this other old crock from
Barclay James Harvest or summat. You looked at the brochure for that
one and there were no new groups. None. But even some of the new
bands that you see coming through at these things, half of them seem
to be made up of professional actors. Groups that were all formed at
some London college or stage school. Theyíre not proper groups. It
is all pretty polished but, behind it, thereís really nothing
So you reckon The Fall would never have made it beyond the first X
Factor audition? "Too right. Because what programmes like that
forget is something called creativity. I look around sometimes and I
think Iím in the wrong *@*@* job."
The Fall open this years MTV Liverpool Music Week, performing at
Nation, Courtyard on Thursday, 30 October 2008, tickets on sale now
£16+BF, Tickets:- 0151 256 5555 / Info:-