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RIP MES: The Wonderful, Frightening and Joyous World of The Fall

This Friday, I joined Ed Pinsent on The Sound Projector Radio Show to curate a tribute to my musical and personal hero, Mark E Smith, who died this week.  You can hear it on the Sound Projector site.


  1. ‘R.O.D.’
    From Bend Sinister, BEGGARS BANQUET BEGA 75 LP (1986)
  2. ‘Rollin’ Dany’
    From BEGGARS BANQUET BEG 134T 12? (1985)
  3. ‘The Container Drivers’
    From Grotesque After The Gramme (Expanded Edition), CASTLE MUSIC CMRCD883 CD (2004)
  4. ‘Blindness’
    From The Complete Peel Sessions, CASTLE MUSIC CMXBX982 (2005)
  5. ‘Auto-Chip 2014-2016’
    From Sub-Lingual Tablet, CHERRY RED CDBRED 660 (2015)
  6. ‘Impression of J. Temperance’
    From Fall In A Hole, CASTLE MUSIC CMQDD1225 (2006)
  7. ‘Rose’
    From Shift-Work, COG SINISTER / FONTANA 848 594-1 LP (1991)
  8. ‘No Bulbs’
    From Call For Escape Route, BEG 120E 12? (1984)
  9. ‘Mr Pharmacist’
    From Bend Sinister, op.cit.
  10. ‘The Rhinohead’
    From Tromatic Reflexxions, DOMINO WIGCD190 (2007)
  11. ‘Leave The Capitol’
    From Slates, CASTLE MUSIC CMRCD1006 (2004)
  12. ‘Repetition’
    From Early Years 77-79, STEP FORWARD SFLP6 (1981)
  13. ‘M5’
    From Behind The Counter EP, PERMANENT RECORDS / COG SINISTER 12S PERMX13 12? (1993)
  14. ‘Victoria Train Station Massacre’ / ‘New Facts Emerge’
    From New Facts Emerge, CHERRY RED CDBRED 706 (2017)
  15. ‘Pumpkin Soup and Mashed Potatoes’
    From The Unutterable, EAGCD164 CD (2000)
  16. ‘Cruiser’s Creek’
    From BEGGARS BANQUET BEG 150T 12? (1985)
  17. ‘ Theme From: Sparta F.C. #2 ‘
  18. ‘Dedication’
    Unreleased live track
  19. ‘Fantastic Life’
    From Hip Priest And Kamerads, SITUATION TWO SITU13 LP (1985)

All tracks by The Fall, except #10 by Von Südenfed

The New Stability of The Fall

Last Friday, I was the guest presenter on Ed Pinsent’s Sound Projector radio show on Resonance FM. This week’s theme was the music of The Fall, and specifically the music of its current and longest lasting incarnation.  Podcast and playlist here.

The show included a featurette on singer Mark E Smith’s adaptations of ‘The Spider and The Fly’, a track by The Monocles which is familiar to fans of ’60s garage music thanks to the compilation Pebbles volume 3: The Acid Gallery.  It turns out The Monocles were a real band, not a studio invention: find out more this interview with one of the members.

Friday 20th Sept: Sparks show

I’m joining Ed Pinsent in the studio for this Friday’s edition of the Sound Projector show, which will be devoted to the music of Ron & Russell Mael aka Sparks, best known in the UK for their 1974 hit ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us’ (and the frightening TOTP appearance that accompanied it) but now with 20+ albums and hundreds of great songs to their name.
Listen in at 5.30pm BST on London’s Resonance 104.FM (or streamed via
Update: The show is now available as a podcast (with full playlist) on the Sound Projector website. See The Sparks Brothers.

Defrost Setting on The Sound Projector radio show

I’m guest presenter on this Friday’s Sound Projector radio show on London’s Resonance 104.4 FM (also streamed online to the world).

It’ll be an impressionistic musical tribute to the final days of winter, a follow up of sorts to the summer weather show I did back in 2008.

It’s on from 5.30pm – 7pm GMT.  Hope you can tune in.

Update: Here’s the playlist and podcast.

Recent activity

  1. I joined Ed Pinsent in the Resonance FM studio for a tribute to Ennio Morricone:
  2. A scathing (but fair) piece I wrote on The Fallen, Dave Simpson’s book about ex-members of The Fall, appears in the latest issue of the Sound Projector:
  3. …as does a lengthy consideration of Peter Doggett’s excellent There’s A Riot Going On: revolutionaries, rock stars and the rise and fall of ’60s counter-culture

Bad Weather Report

Sat in again for Ed Pinsent on the Sound Projector show last Friday, where I mixed a bunch of diverse tracks into an impressionistic take on this summer’s weather.

Listen here.


A collage of the following tracks:

  1. Pharoah Sanders, ‘The Creator Has a Master Plan’
    From Karma, EC IMPULSE! IMP11532 CD (reissue 1995; original issue 1969)
  2. Spontaneous Music Ensemble, ‘Withdrawal Soundtrack – Part 1A’ (1966)
    From Withdrawal, UK EMANEM EMANEM420 CD (1997)
  3. Can, ‘Peking O’
    From Tago Mago, EU SPOON SPOONCD006/7 CD (reissue 1989; original issue 1971)
  4. Damon & Naomi, ‘The Earth is Blue’
    From The Earth is Blue, USA 20|20|20 202020.01 CD (2005)
  5. Les Baxter, ‘Tahiti: A Summer Night At Sea’ (1957)
    From The Fruit of Dreams, UK EL RECORDS AMEM57CD CD (2005)
  6. The Feelies, ‘Away’
    From Only Life, USA A&M RECORDS AMA5214 LP (1988)
  7. Old Time Relijun, ‘Cold Water, Deep Underwater’
    From Lost Light, USA K RECORDS CD (2004)
  8. Creedence Clearwater Revival, ‘Ramble Tamble’
    From Cosmo’s Factory, UK FANTASY CDFE505 CD (reissue date unknown; original issue 1970)
  9. Francesco López, ‘La Selva’
    From La Selva, NETHERLANDS CD (1998)
  10. Soundtrack to Psychomania feat. Beryl Reid and George Sanders (1973)
    From V/a comp Savage Pencil presents Angel Dust: Music for Movie Bikers, UK BLAST FIRST FU3LP LP (1988)
  11. Sonic Youth, ‘Rain on Tin’
    From Murray Street, USA GEFFEN RECORDS 493319-2 CD (2002)
  12. Raymond Scott, ‘Space Mystery (Montage)’ (1963)
    From Manhattan Research Inc., HOLLAND BASTA 90782 2XCD (2000)
  13. Annea Lockwood, ‘Wine Glass’ (1968-1970)
    From Early Works 1967-82, USA EM RECORDS EM1064CD CD (2007)
  14. Silver Apples, ‘Water’ (1968)
    From Silver Apples / Contact, EU TRC TRC039 (1994)
  15. P Reno, ‘Secrets of the Deep’ (1963)
    From V/a comp Lunar Probe, details unknown
  16. Hugh Le Caine, ‘Dripsody’ (1955)
    From V/a comp OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980, USA ELLIPSIS ARTS CD3670 3XCD (2000)
  17. Boredoms, ‘Super Going’
    From Super æ, USA BIRDMAN BMR019 CD (1998)
  18. Joe Meek feat. the Blue Men, ‘Glob Waterfall’
    From I Hear a New World, UK RPM RECORDS RPM103 CD (reissue 1991; original issue 1960)
  19. The Velvet Underground, ‘Ride Into The Sun’ (1969)
    From Bootleg Series volume 1: The Quine Tapes, USA POLYDOR 514589067-2 3XCD (2001)
  20. Black Sabbath, ‘Black Sabbath’
    From Black Sabbath, UK CASTLE COMMUNICATIONS CLACD196 CD (reissue 1986; original issue 1976)
  21. Ground Zero, ‘Miagetegoran, Yoru no Hoshi wo’
    From Plays Standards, UK RER MEGACORP RERGZ3 (reissue 2002; original issue 1997)
  22. Bongwater, ‘Rain’
    From Double Bummer +, NETHERLANDS SHIMMY DISC EUROPE SDE8901/DCD-2 2XCD (1989 expanded reissue; original issue 1988)

The Sound Projector radio show,
originally broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM

Dub and Reggae show this Friday on Resonance FM

I’ll be sitting in for Ed Pinsent on The Sound Projector radio show again this Friday, filling the airwaves and copper pipes with the heavy sounds of dub and reggae, in what will be a follow up of sorts to the show Ed did way back in 2004.

As usual, central Londoners can tune in on 104.4 FM and the rest of you can hear it online at

The Sound Projector show
Friday 22nd August 2008
5.30pm – 7.00pm

Beach Boys Bounty

On 16th May I co-presented a Beach Boys special for Ed Pinsent’s Sound Projector show on Resonance FM. This was a Pet Sounds and Smile-free zone, avoiding those over-discussed records in favour of little known gems from the early albums, surf instrumentals, a capella songs, the ‘Sock It To Em’ period, Brian Wilson’s work with the Honeys and American Spring, tracks written or produced by the other Beach Boys, and the Holland period.
You can now listen to the show here.

  1. The Beach Boys, ‘Surfin’’
    From Surfin’ Safari (1962), reissued on Surfin’ Safari / Surfin’ U.S.A., USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7243 5 31517 2 CD (2001)
  2. ‘Catch a Wave’
    From Surfer Girl (1963), reissued on Surfer Girl / Shut Down Volume 2, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 0777 7 93692 2 5 CD (1990)
  3. ‘When I Grow Up To Be A Man’
    From Today! (1965), reissued on Today! / Summer Days and Summer Nights, USA CAPITOL RECORDS CDP 7 93694 2 CD (1990)
  4. ‘Our Car Club’
    From Surfer Girl, op cit.
  5. ‘Be True To Your School’
    From Little Deuce Coupe (1963), reissued on Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long, USA CAPITOL RECORDS CDP 7 93693 2 CD (1990)
  6. ‘Boogie Woodie’
    From Surfer Girl, op cit.
  7. ‘Moon Dawg’
    From Surfin’ Safari, op cit.
  8. ‘The Rocking Surfer’
    From Surfer Girl, op cit.
  9. ‘Let’s Go Trippin’’
    From Concert LP (1964), reissued on Concert / Live in London, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7243 5 31861 2 8 CD (2001)
  10. ‘A Young Man Is Gone’
    From Little Deuce Coupe, op cit.
  11. ‘In My Room’
    From Surfer Girl, op cit.
  12. ‘Devoted to You’
    From Beach Boys’ Party!, reissued on Beach Boys’ Party! / Stack-o-Tracks, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7243 5 31641 2 6 CD (2001)
  13. ‘Our Prayer’
    From 20-20 (1969), reissued on Friends / 20-20, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7 93697 2 CD (1990)
  14. ‘Aren’t You Glad’
    From Wild Honey (1967), reissued on Smiley Smile / Wild Honey, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7 93696 2 CD (1990)
  15. ‘Anna Lee, The Healer’
    From Friends, reissued on Friends / 20-20, op cit.
  16. ‘I Was Made to Love Her’
    From Wild Honey, op cit.
  17. ‘I Went to Sleep’
    From 20-20, op cit.
  18. ‘Here Comes the Night’
    From Wild Honey, op cit.
  19. ‘Celebrate the News’
    From Break Away 7″ (1969), reissued on Friends / 20-20, op cit.
  20. ‘Darlin’’
    From Wild Honey, op cit.
  21. ‘Feel Flows’
    From Surf’s Up (1971), reissued on Sunflower / Surf’s Up, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7243 5 25792 2 9 CD (2000)
  22. ‘I Can Hear Music’
    From 20-20, op cit.
  23. ‘Disney Girls’
    From Surf’s Up, op cit.
  24. ‘Never Learn Not to Love’
    From 20-20, op cit.
  25. ‘Lookin’ at Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)’
    From Surf’s Up, op cit.
  26. Dennis Wilson, ‘River Song’
    From Pacific Ocean Blue (1977) from reissue promo (2008)
  27. The Honeys, ‘Tonight You Belong to Me’
    7″ single (1969), reissued on Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions, UK ACE RECORDS CDCHD 851 CD (2003)
  28. Spring, ‘Sweet Mountain’
    From American Spring LP (1972) reissued on SEE FOR MILES RECORDS SEE269 LP (1989)
  29. The Beach Boys, ‘The Trader’
    From Holland (1973), reissued on Carl & The Passions “So Tough” / Holland, USA CAPITOL RECORDS 7243 5 25694 2 7 CD (2000)
  30. ‘Sail on Sailor’
    From Holland, op cit.