OK, that’s a bit of a lie. But I am currently reading Mark E. Smith’s Renegade, and it’s an excellent autobiography. He takes no prisoners, makes no apologies and the book’s the better for it.
So why not some Mark E. Smith related music?
One of the things that clearly rankles with him is the accusation that Brix Smith, the Fall’s onetime guitarist and one time Mrs. Smith made The Fall poppier and more accessible. (I notice that the Fall essentials on iTunes still has a picture of Mrs and Mrs M.E. Smith. Wonder what he has to say about that?!) This track is from 1995, when Brix was back in the band again.
The Fall -’Don’t Call Me Darling.’ mp3
One of my favourite Fall tracks, which is saying something, from 1985’s This Nation’s Saving Grace, probably still my favourite Fall album.
The Fall -’Spoilt Victorian Child.’ mp3
Of course, he has collaborated with other folks. This was the track that finally saw him on Top Of The Pops in 1994, with the Inspiral Carpets:
Inspiral Carpets -’I Want You (featuring Mark E.Smith).’ mp3
This track was originally credited to Mouse On Mars featuring Mark E. Smith and called ‘Wipe That Sound’ in 2005 (I know this true, I have the 12″). Then last year, they collaborated for an album together under the name Von Sudenfed on the album Tromatic Reflexxions, which called it ‘That Sound Wiped.’
Anyone else read it?