1978 Gigs



The group's second year of gigging featured 43 (known) outings of which only ten in number are available. 

After a few squad rotations early in the year the group settled down by June with the line-up which would eventually record the first album "Live at the Witch Trials" in December. 

In late 2013 it came to light via Manchester District Music Society website that there were two additional gigs in the year - 10th April and 15th July. Whilst we can verify the 10th April gig with a ticket stub, there is, despite posters, no clear evidence at this stage of the group playing.

We believe we have all the known live recordings of this year in the repository.

Friday, January 13, 1978 Huddersfield Polytechnic

Setlist : Psycho Mafia/Hey Fascist/Stepping Out/Repetition/Dresden Dolls/Bingo Master's Breakout/Frightened/Industrial Estate/Futures and Pasts/You Don't Turn Me On

Encores : 

Availability :  Audience Recording

Comments: The third known recording of The Fall live, feted in the famous ZIg-Zag article by Danny Baker that reviewed the gig and promoted the group. Atrocious, and I mean atrocious, sound. Recorded at the back of a big echoey hall the band is a distant chattering noise bathed in a fog of a tape hiss. The only known recording of this line-up, which appears to be the first and last gig appearance by Jonnie Brown, and featuring the ultra rare "Dresden Dolls". The group sounds in fine fettle coping admirably with a half interested crowd, a pity there is not a more competent recording. 

Line Up Change: Mark E. Smith (Vocals) Martin Bramah (Guitar, Vocals) Una Baines (Keyboards) Jonnie Brown (Bass) Karl Burns (Drums)

Friday, 3 March 1978 Rafter's, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

Comments: Simon Ford's book says: "McGann's first gig with The Fall...It was the Fall's first home town gig for three months. Reviewer Ian Wood described Smith dedicating songs to the promoters and turning a strobe light on the audience. New numbers included Futures and Pasts, Rebellious Jukebox and Mother Sister..."  Which is inaccurate as far as Futures and Pasts is concerned, but very possibly true as far as Rebellious Jukebox and Mother-Sister! 

Line Up ChangeMark E. Smith (Vocals) Martin Bramah (Guitar, Vocals) Una Baines (Keyboards) Eric McGann (Bass) Karl Burns (Drums)

 

Friday, April 7, 1978 Eric's, Liverpool

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Monday, April 10, 1978 Tower Club, Oldham

Setlist: Unknown


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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Sunday, April 30, 1978 Band on the Wall, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Sunday, May 7, 1978 Foxes at the Greyhound, Croydon

Setlist: Psycho Mafia/Mother-Sister/Like to Blow/Music Scene/Crap Rap/Industrial Estate/Bingo Master's Breakout/Repetition/Rebellious Jukebox/Hey Fascist/Stepping Out/Repetition

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Availablity : Audience Recordings

Comments:  A reasonable audience recording given its age. Band is a little bit distant but generally the sound is clear. Some limited audience noise which does not detract. One of the few available recordings of the band in Spring 1978 and as far as I know the only recording with Eric McGann in the band. Also this was Yvonne Pawlett's first gig. Another piece of history here as this the gig where John Walters saw the band and on the basis of the performance arranged the first Peel Session. The band were the support act to Siouxie and the Banshees. A quick tumble through "Psycho", "Mother-Sister" and "Blow" leads to a totally shambolic "Music Scene" which starts with some accapella daftness from Marc and Martin, but suffers from serious rhythm problems until it settles down. There is some dodgy guitar from Martin and Mark betrays some prog leanings. Matters are rescued with an acerbic "Crap Rap" leading to a sprightly "Ind.Est" - the clunky rhythmic interplay is pure early Fall and shows the band developing it's raison d'etre. "We do not sell, we deliver" leads to a pulsing hypnotic "Bingo Master's" with Martin playing a wondrous single keening note.

"All the groups imitate because we've got r-r-repetition" introduces a masterful 6 minutes plus of pure genius. This is followed by an equally masterful "Rebellious Jukebox". This listener is struck by the way band lures one into a hypnotic web of catchy hooks and riffs. One wonders how refreshing/ different/ unique this would have sounded at the time. Mark tears his voice apart here with scabrous howling.

A completely wacky "fascist" is some mad melange of punk, ska and god knows what. Yvonne plays a quirkly little keyboard figure against an off-beat guitar. I'm not sure you'll here its like elsewhere. This is a moment of Fall history.

"Here's the last number" -- crowd howls its appreciation "That's what I like a reaction" leads to a strangely muted "Steppin' out" and some grumpiness from at least one member of the audience.

The gig concludes with a repeat of "Repetition" taken at a faster punkier pace and the band aping the extant music scene.

A fabulous early record of the group.

First available recorded performances of: Mother-Sister/Like to Blow/Music Scene/Crap Rap/Rebellious Jukebox

Line Up Change: Mark E. Smith (Vocals) Martin Bramah (Guitar, Vocals) Yvonne Pawlett (Keyboards) Eric McGann (Bass) Karl Burns (Drums)


Saturday, May 13, 1978 Challenge Festival, London

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Saturday, May 13, 1978 Goldsmith's College Student Union, London 

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Friday, May 26, 1978 The Squat Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Sunday, June 11, 1978 Band on the Wall, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

Comments: Four days after the Squat gig Eric McGann allegedly refused to travel with the band to the first Peel session because of Steve Davis's shirt - he was replaced by then roadie Marc Riley. 
This was Riley's first gig.

Line-up Change :  Mark E. Smith (Vocals) Martin Bramah (Guitar, Vocals) Yvonne Pawlett (Keyboards) Marc Riley (Bass) Karl Burns (Drums)




Friday, June 16, 1978 Concorde Suite, Droylsden

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

Comments:  A Rock Against Racism Gig.


Tuesday, June 20, 1978 Leeds Polytechnic

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Sunday, June 25, 1978 Band on the Wall, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Friday, July 14, 1978 UMIST Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Saturday, July 15, 1978 Alexandra Park Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

Comments:  Thanks to Joe McKechnie for the images from Northern Uproar






Saturday, July 22, 1978 Deeply Vale People's Free Festival

Setlist: Repetition/Psycho Mafia/Rebellious Jukebox/Frightened/Stepping Out/Like to Blow/Mess of My/Mother-Sister/Industrial Estate/It's the New Thing/Futures and Pasts/Music Scene/Bingo Master's Break-Out/Brand New Cadillac


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Availablity :  Officially Released on Live at Deeply Vale (OZIT CD785) Audience Audio

Comments:  An average audience capture. Everything is either very tinny or a muddy rhythmic splurge. Part of the set was released by Ozit in June 2005. Two tracks -- Bingo Master's Break-Out and Brand New Cadillac -- were to be released on a Deeply Vale box set in 2006, however this is yet to emerge. Speaking to the head of the record lable he advises financial constraints have prevented this.

 

Friday, July 28, 1978 Eric's, Liverpool

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Saturday, August 19, 1978 Apollo, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

Encores:  

Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

Comments:  No known recording but it is reported that the set included: ‘Psycho-Mafia’, ‘Steppin’ Out’, ‘Two Steps Back’, ‘It’s The New Thing’ and ‘Music Scene’.


Sunday, August 20, 1978 Lyceum, London

Setlist: Rebellious Jukebox/Like to Blow/Frightened/Stepping Out/Mess of My/It's the New Thing/Various Times/Bingo Master's Breakout/Industrial Estate/Music Scene

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Availablity : Audience Recording

Comments: Medium quality audience tape. Some crowd noise. Very little bass. This is an excellent performance by the "Witch Trials" band. A pity that the quality of the tape is not more superior. Features the first available recorded performance of Various Times. Smith is in fine form throughout, introducing the songs in that disdainful manner he had back then, spitting and yelping and driving the material, sounding like a hyperactive announcer at a Working Mans Club. "Mess of my" is stunning and gets little applause strangely. After this Smith announces "Its the New Thing" saying "...this is for all the egg-heads...if you didn't get the last one you won't get this one". A breathless "Bingo Masters" leads to a clamourous "Industrial Estate" and then an amazing "Music Scene" with a Crackerjack type moment where Smith gets the "kids" positioned on stage and then leads them into a mad accapella intro. The gig is short as the band were supporting "Penetration" along with "Ed Banger", "Group Therapy" and "Punishment of Luxury". Its mystifying why this excellent performance did not realise a warmer audience response. Given the paucity of material from the late 70s this is worth getting despite the less than perfect sound.


Monday, August 21, 1978 Tower Club, Oldham

Setlist:  Repetition, Like to Blow ,Frightened, Stepping Out, Mess of My, It's the New Thing , Various Times, Futures and Pasts, Bingo Master's Breakout, Industrial Estate, Psycho Mafia, Mother-Sister , Music Scene


Availablity : Official Release - Released by Voiceprint - as Oldham 1978 Live from the Vaults. Also audience capture available which includes Mess of My Age which is a better recording audio wise


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Tuesday, August 22, 1978 Mr. Pickwick's, Liverpool

Setlist: Like to Blow, Stepping Out, Two Steps Back, Mess of My, It's the New Thing, Various Times, Bingo Master's Breakout , Frightened , Industrial Estate, Psycho Mafia , Music Scene , Mother-Sister


Availablity : Officially Released as Liverpool 78 on 4th June 2001 on Cog Sinister/Voiceprint (CD: COGVP118CD). The gig was included as bonus tracks on the 2004 Sanctuary reissue of Live At The Witch Trials.  . Also released on 6th October 2003 on Cog Sinister/Voiceprint.  CD: VP241019CD  with In A Hole

Comments:  A most peculiar recording. Bass is dominant, as is MES, guitar is fairly audible but a scribbly high-end sound, keyboards are occasionally audible, and drums are mostly non-existent except, on the quieter numbers at the beginning/end of songs. The assumption is that there were no microphones on the drums into the PA. All that being said an important record of the 1978 group two months in and developing its sound. The clarity of Riley's playing gives the listener the opportunity to examine his bass technique at an early stage. Smith is very clear and the lyrics can be reviewed in pristine form. Whilst Bramah is not as high in the mix as one might wish the opportunity to hear his unique technique is provided and it is indeed notable that at that time no-one else was playing the guitar quite like this. A unique capture which has had a number of releases.

Wednesday, August 23, 1978 Band on the Wall, Manchester

Setlist: Rebellious Jukebox, Psycho Mafia, Mother Sister, Like To Blow, Repetition, Industrial Estate, Mess Of My, Stepping Out, Brand New Cadillac, Frightened, Futures & Pasts

Availablity : Audience 

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Friday, September 8, 1978 Marquee London

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Thursday, September 21, 1978 Harp Lounge, Belfast

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Friday, September 22, 1978 Harp Lounge, Belfast

Setlist:  Rebellious Jukebox, Like To Blow, Futures and Pasts, Various Times, It's The New Thing, No Xmas For John Quays, Stepping Out , Frightened , Psycho Mafia , Mother- Sister , Last Orders , Repetition , Industrial Estate , Bingo Masters Breakout


Availablity : Audience recording

Comments:  Murky audience affair with everything a sort of wall of sound and the bass adding some unnecessary over tones. Mark suffers the most from under recording. There is an annoying PA hum throughout. Band is in fine fettle demonstrating a sort of abandoned gleefulness. A pity then that this is such a poor capture.Mark kicks things off by explaining that the band has had "equipment" problems and explaining that the band only has two amps. This might explain some of the sound problems. Mark dedicates "No Xmas" to the "hippies round the corner, who should be here" and asks Marc to do a count-in. This is a particular fine version tonight as Mark seems to be channeling some disaffected soul or another. Mark advises the band really "got into it" at the end and advises that they will put things right with "Steppin' Out". There is a bit of static before "Frightened" and I think there is some slowness in the tape at this point. "Mother-Sister" has a particularly jaunty feel to it tonight - nicely off kilter - Mark advises its "about nothing....the words fit the music". The rhythmic interplay here is pretty impressive. Probably the high light of the evening. The rarely captured "Last Orders" adds some value to this record of the band. Its manically sloppy and crashes to a juddering halt. A magnificently prog-tastic "Repetition" starts with a snippet of "Crap-Rap" and is wonderfully intense and demanding. A bit of a jape around the beginning of "Industrial Estate" leads to a great shouty version. Matters conclude with a venomous "Bingo" with audience participation and great Frippery from Bramah. Aside from the poor sound this is a good gig and really captures the atmosphere. 

First recorded performance of "No Xmas for John Quays"

Monday, September 25, 1978 Music Machine, London

Setlist: Futures and Pasts, Like To Blow, Two Steps Back, Rebellious Jukebox, It's the New Thing, Various Times, Stepping Out, No Xmas For John Quays, Frightened


Availablity : Audience recording

Comments:  Poor but listenable audience recording. Drums and keyboards tend to dominate and are a little woody which spoils the listening experience. Application of the graphic equaliser assists but generally its a fairly hard one to listen to. A tidy little affair with the group in good form. Nothing of major importance to report other than Marks dedication of "Two Steps Back" to "the two guys who searched us when we got off the bus". There is a lenghty interlude between "It's the new thing" and "Various Times" due I assume to technical problems where special guest "Paul McCartney" is introduced."Frightened" is unfortunately cut short. 

Friday, September 29, 1978 The Factory, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Thursday, October 5, 1978 Kelly's, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Saturday, October 21, 1978 Manchester Polytechnic

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Friday, October 27, 1978 Leeds Polytechnic

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Monday, October 30, 1978 Band on the Wall, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Friday, November 3, 1978 Eric's,  Liverpool

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Monday, November 13, 1978 Warrington

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Tuesday, November 21, 1978 Apollo, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Tuesday November 21, Band on the Wall, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Saturday, November 25, 1978 Prestwich Hospital Social Club 

Setlist: Unknown

Encores:  

Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Stepping Out

Bingo Master's Breakout
Rebellious Jukebox
Two Steps Back
No Xmas for John Quays
Put Away
Mother-Sister
Like to Blow
Mess of My
Underground Medicin
It's the New Thing
Repetition
My Condition
Industrial Estate
Futures and Pasts
Frightened


Reasonable audience taping. A touch of hiss. Mark is a bit indistinct at times. Some audience chatter but not a major problem.

Home town (village) gig just down the hill from the then chez Smith. The sound of a band getting some real purpose and strength together. Accomplished keyboard playing from Ms Pawlett. Karl's drums tend to dominate in places. Two days later they would record their second Peel session. All in all a worthwhile listening experience as the band demonstrates their abilities to the maximum.

Smith dedicates "Mother-Sister" to "Una" and says "I know you're out there baby....". Here is the band moving towards its first album release some two months later in a glorious tumbling riot of noise. Smith enjoys a curious familiar banter with the audience.

A simply perfect version of "Repetition" dominates the gig. The last number before an extended encore session is played with acute attention to noise lasting a memorable 6:40.

Interesting for the first known recorded version of the unreleased "My Condition" which is a keyboard driven rant replete with drum rolls, skinny guitar and squeals and squeaks from Smith. Bramah interestingly presages the riff from "A Figure Walks" part way through the song giving more than a hint that this song would eventually morph into the song from "Dragnet".

Also first recorded versions of "Put Away" and "Underground Medecin".

The core of "Live at the Witch Trials" is here in all its protean glory.

Saturday, December 2, 1978 The Factory, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Monday, December 4, 1978 Bolton Institute of Technology

Setlist: Unknown

Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Thursday, December 7, 1978 Strathclyde University, Glasgow

Setlist: Unknown

Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Friday, December 8, 1978 Teasers, Dundee

Setlist: Frightened/Stepping Out/Like To Blow/Underground Medecin/Two Steps Back/It's the New Thing/Mother-Sister/Industrial Estate/Frightened/No Xmas for John Quays/Rebellious Jukebox/Put Away/Repetition

Availablity : Audience Recording

Comments:  Extremely low-fi recording of an almost unlistenable audience capture. Some copies apparently have the soundcheck version of "Frightened" - my copy does not.

The group is distant for the most part - there is an omnipresent dull buzzing atmospheric hiss type noise which distracts. Even the audience chatter is oddly distant. It picks up towards the end where at least you can hear the drums and guitars but Mark is a muttering cipher lost in the soundscape. A pity really as the group - what you can hear of them - seem to be on fine form.

Saturday, December 9, 1978 Stirling University

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Sunday, December 17, 1978 Marquee, London  

Setlist: Jumper Clown/It's the New Thing/Rebellious Jukebox/Improvisation/Two Steps Back/Put Away/Like to Blow/Frightened/Underground Medicin/Industrial Estate/My Condition/Mess of My/No Xmas for John Quays/Psycho Mafia/Various Times/Futures and Pasts/Stepping Out/Music Scene

Availablity : Audience Recording

Comments:  Primal and primordial pugilistic pointillist and provocative Fall gruppe in a run of album recording and gigs in "The Capital" in late 1978. A loud and hissy and warbly audience capture which 30 years later sounds good but not great. There is an ongoing inter-song commentary by the taper and chum. Sound is a bit echoey in parts but generally very listenable. That this is recorded/captured two days after the laying down of "Live at the Witch Trials" indicates its importance in the canon of the gigs.Crowd fave "New Thing" kicks things off with some attitude and matters continue in this vein with a ramble through the pubs of Prestwich. Noisy audience chatters over a bass lead intro with castrati to "Two Steps Back" - "Manicured Noise" (support band from Manc) are questioned re equipment failure, noise etc. There is a brief hiatus as gear is sorted and then there is a mammoth thing of infinite drift and improv - surging sounds and rattling growls of noise dominate in Can-like/Neu-like repetition. Glorious and funky at the same time. A breathless version of never officially released "Put Away" reflects Bramahs tendency to solo loosely over the rhythm. This is an angular little beast bent out of shape by Marks words and Burns drums. MES opines that "things have changed" in London reflecting on the lack of chains and pins in the audience. Manic "Blow" is a shuffling leper of a thing with atonal/chordal noise and urgent bass from Riley. A monstrous "Frightened" lumbers along like some ocean tossed leviathan, Pawlett's keyboard a chiming pulse against which Bramah casts splintered chords and Burns bubbles uncontrollably. Interesting use of echo towards the end on Mark's vox as it builds to a violent climax. "Medecin" is more "John Quays" than its original sense - the recording starts to break up about half way through - but it ends in a pummelling repetition which unfortunately is cut short. MES opines on the people of Cleveland and a short and shambolic (in a good way) take on "Ind. Est." is delivered with some venom. "Take it easy, make it snappy" introduces the rolling and chiming repetition of "My Condition" - more than anything this song presages the future direction of the band and its own successor "A figure walks". "Mess of my" with a "note of your choice" is substantially a rant - the two part feel to the song held together by punchy drums - an interesting loose middle section improvs its way into a clashing halt. "John Quays" is in tune with the festive spirit and is essentially a wall of noise. "Psycho Sicko Quester Disco" has an unfortunate glitch and Mark introduces it with some glee as a "great song" - some immense guitar here from Martin. Mark introduces "Various Times" with a character health warning - this hangs round a hypnotic circular riff played in unison by Pawlett and Riley. A bit shouty in parts but generally and piece of memorable early Fall. Matters close on my recording with a quick rush through "Mother-Sister" which feels hurried, after a break a sumptuous skank through a bubbling "Steppin' Out" with feature organ drone.


Thursday, December 28, 1978 Electric Ballroom, London

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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Saturday, December 30, 1978 The Venue, Manchester

Setlist: Unknown

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Availablity : There is no known recording of this gig

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