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Nine Out of Ten

Written by:

  • Mark E Smith

Initial Release:

  • New Facts Emerge LP  and CD; Cherry Records CDBRED 706

Date:

  • 28 July 2017

Group on initial performance:

  • Mark E Smith- vocals;  Peter Greenway - guitar; David Spurr - bass; Keiron Melling - drums (though to date only Mark E Smith and Peter Greenway have been involved in live performances of the song)
Group on initial release:

  • Mark E Smith- vocals;  Peter Greenway - guitar; David Spurr - bass; Keiron Melling - drums (but see note above for group on initial performance)

First played at:

  • 19 November 2016 Fibbers, York


Last played at:

  • 3 February 2017 Tramshed, Cardiff

Number of known performances:

  • 7

Commentary:

Its debut performance (see details above and opposite) featured just Mark E Smith on vocals and Peter Greenway on guitar. It was the opening number (seguing into Wolf Kidult Man, when the rest of the group came onto stage).  Chris Goodhead transcribed some of the lyrics for The Fall Online:


"I was a baby, baby
I was an author, baby
When I was born

And come and listen to my story
I've been told
I was an author, baby
When I was one
And when they talked to me
The said to me
Four out of ten they give me
Four out of ten

Then I was vegetable
?
They said, "Look boy
You're not rebellious
You don't believe in that
We're going to have to lose it."
Seven out of ten they gave me
Seven out of ten

You see the word
You see the blue waves of Truro
In Cornwall
You've seen the buildings of Cornwall
In Truro
Al I see is blue bottles

Five out of ten they give me
Five out of ten
Five out of t
en they give me
Five out of ten"



Review on the arts desk website:

"The nine-minute album closer “Nine Out of Ten” switches the tone yet again - imagine Smith doing what he does best with just a Juju-era Banshees rhythm guitar hastily recorded as his accompaniment. At first, it seems like an outtake, but on repeat listens it reveals itself as perhaps one of the most intriguing songs they’ve recorded in recent years with its non-conventional structure and Smith’s reckless vulnerability."


Review on the Louder Than War website: (written by John Robb)

"The final track ‘Nine Out Of Ten’ is an acidic dark humoured snark attack on yours truly for giving Fall mate Ed Blaney’s recent very good album a good review on this site and is all the better for its pointed assault on your author and probably loads of other targets in classic free form Fall style. It made me chuckle so much that I decided that the 32nd Fall album the same score – otherwise it would have been a ten."

Gigs played at:

  1. 19 November 2016 Fibbers, York
  2. 21 January 2017 Arts Club Theatre, Liverpool
  3. 27 January 2017 The Engine Rooms, Southampton
  4. 28 January 2017 O2 Kentish Town, London
  5. 29 January 2017 Concorde 2, Brighton
  6. 1 February 2017 The Assembly, Leamington Spa
  7. 3 February 2017 Tramshed, Cardiff
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