Return of The Fall

Marker pen portraits of Mark E Smith, Elini Poulou, Ben Pritchard and Peter Greenway who were all members of musical group The Fall at one time or another. Based mainly on gig photos posted on the Fall forum by various fans of the band. Drawn in 2009 while preparing for the Paintwork exhibitions in Berlin and London.

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.