1982 Gigs

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12th March - Bristol Polytechnic


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Comments: Muddy at first but then settles down to a good capture

First known performances for
  • Hexen Definitive
  • Mere Pseud Mag Ed
  • Solicitor in Studio
  • And this Day
A inchoate barely formed Hexen leads into a manic delivery of mutant skank perversity of Middle Mass, followed by a clean and crisp CB – wherein the twin drum line-up is most pleasing.

Comments from MES introduce a brooding, tour de force version of Hip Priest which is an overtly obstinate reading with futtering guttural and keening guitar noises creating nebulous haloes of sound. Audience noises are distant but irritating run throughout. Washes of sound with emphemeral mutterings from MES seem to distract the audience which becomes progressively noisier. MES moves from orator to yelping sound meister.

In contrast the extant single is an jaunty ramble through fashion land with seemingly professional aplomb.

At complete 90 degree angle to this is a hesitant first reading of Pseud Mag.

Then we are back to broody-ville with a consummate tumble through Nazis wherein brittle guitar noises splinter bubbling repetition to create an impressive angular tension over which found sounds and  invocation are layered. There is much one has to admire here.
What appears to be a unique rarely played guitar figure introduces a strange however compelling first reading of Solicitor. After this strange start matters obviously get out of kilter as MES loses the words and for some reason the repetitiive out of kilter guitar riff keeps coming back to irritate this listener’s expectations of what the track should sound like.
Lie Dream is short sharp and sweet belying that which has proceeded and in obvious contrast there is a sublime reading of The Classical which is a simply vital and unavoidable. The crowd asks for Fiery Jack and gets smothered with exponential repetition in the ten minute first outing of And this Day.
Boundless enthusiasm for a brillant two-fer commencing with  Fortress where the other wise used phrase “Ted Rogers Brains Burn in Hell” is utilised before a bountiful bounce through Deer Park closes matters.


16th March -  McGonagles, Dublin

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19 March 1982 Palm Cove, Bradford

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24th March 1982 Leicester Polytechnic

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Comments: There are two versions of this available. The first has only got the gig from Wings onwards and seems to be running a bit fast speedwise there is some tape slip and wow and flutter. The second – courtesy of Michael and Andrew – appears to be a cleaned up version, The sound is appreciably superior, has more bass definition and appears to be correct sound-wise. There are some tape distress sounds in places, and some audience chatter.

Starts badly with some weird tape noises and some serious wow and flutter but soon settles. The bass is up front, and the drums clear, Smith is a little distant. I would guess the taper is close to Steve Hanleys’ amp. “Hip Priest” is delivered in a sort of relaxed way not really pushing the envelope. “Wings” – in its early form and second known live performance – is delivered at breakneck speed and is excellent. “Just Step Sideways” is again very fast, some drum problems at the beginning, but aside from that a refreshing revision to the lyrics.

Before “CB” Mark suggests that “the boys” are “a bit ropey tonight because they believe everything they read about themselves”. This reading of the song about CB lasts a fair while due to extended intro over the chiming guitar riff and a Smiths invoked extended coda. “Fantastic Life” is indeed fantastic and lasts a draining nigh on seven minutes with exemplary interventions from Steve H. This is a glorious racket and is highly recommended.

We are then treated to the first and only documented live performance of the rare “Surrogate Mirage” however before it starts Mark wants the lights to be “given a bit of a rest” – its a peculiar little piece with a speedy opening which then morphs into a slow brooding number with keyboard sounds – there’s a short chorus which sounds, in melodic terms at any rate, like an early version of the chorus to “Kurious Oranj”.

“Nazis” is delivered with particular crispness and features excellent vocal dynamics from MES. The drummers nearly start “The Classical” but “Pseud Mag Ed” starts next. An oddly understated version for some reason but having said that still well delivered. “The Classical” flies in a mess of rolling drums and tinny guitar over a bed Hanley S with MES repeating the f-face line. The vocals sort of get lost in the overall noise. “Solicitor” is well performed.

A short and very primal version of “Hexen Definitive” acts as a calming introduction to another mammoth reading of “And this Day” which suffers from an early tape flip but this does not detract from an intense delivery of this fan’s favourite.

A memorable “Middle Mass” mutates mesmerically into rolling and tumbling angst ridden polemic and a jaunty “Jawbone” is a jarring juxtaposition. The whole wonderful affair is capped off with a massive rendition of “Deer Park”.

This gig is special for the only performance of “Surrogate Mirage” but regardless of that the performance is particularly vital once Smith has ironed out the initial wrinkles.

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25 March 1982 Hammersmith Palais, London

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26 March 1982 Brunel Rooms, Swindon

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1st April - Nightmoves, Glasgow

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Comments: Generally exceptional – a few problems with the mix in places – but the 1982 band in pristine soundboard is a thing of joy.

Its starts with a fledging and developing “Joker” –  the core of the song is coming together but still farily raw. An excellent “Sideways” has the breath taken out of it by a tense and twisted version of “Hip Priest”. Speed is recovered with a manic version of “C.B.” taken at a hell of a lick.

Interesting that the drums are quite muted for the early section of “Deer Park” and the organ drives the rhythm. The only interjections being the manic fills at the end of each chorus – at about 1:30 though the full majesty of Burns/Hanley in full flow emerges as does the trademark Hanley bass burr. There is some great polyrhymic interplay at 3:30 and onwards with paradiddles galore. At about 5:00 there are some fantastic guitar noises – redolent of Derek Bailey at his height.

Mark asks for the music in the monitors to be turned down – sings the opening lines to “Pseud Mag” – asks someone “have you got any speed mate” and then performs what has to be one of the classic interpretations of same. Hellishly fast and groovy. Things calm down for a brusque reading of “Flat of Angles” – some good guitaring from Scanlon here. The early version of “Wings” is played at an exceptional speed with some amazing bass dexterity from Hanley.

“Nazis” is taken at a canter – more driven than usual with more than the usual tension between the drums and the chirpy guitar. “Solicitor” seems a little untogether in places and its relatively new so it’s not suprising the tune is still developing- there are some really cheesy keyboards in place and the band falters in parts. Conversely the also newish “Hexen” is performed with some precision – albeit Smith slides the words around the structure.

“And This Day! is brutal, violent, uncompromising noise – the needles peak – the sound gets distorted and fractured. 13 minutes of this – the bastard offspring of Spooky Tooth, Vincent Crane, Black Sabbath and the Velvet Underground – intense repetition and unforgiving relentless driven music that has “no respite”.

Second and last (?) version of “Town called Crappy” although on this version I think Mark says “Cranky” or “Crikey”…. Mark laughs and says to the crowd “you don’t even recognise our impersonations….” and then they finish with a muscular and muddled “Classical” with some very peculiar guitar playing.

Excellent record – the group in strange form …. moving from spot on driven noise to cluttered and unstructured meandering at times -having said that an essential one to own.

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2 April 1982 Nite Club, Edinburgh

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3 April 1982 Warehouse, Liverpool

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9 April 1982 Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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10 April 1982 Paard Van Troje, The Hague, The Netherlands

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12 April 1982 Vera, Groningen, The Netherlands

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13 April 1982 De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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23 April 1982 North London Polytechnic

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24th April 1982 Dancehall, Students Union, Essex University, Colchester

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Comments: Fine muscular gig – Smith in chatty mode.

Well worth a listen

David Wells says of the gig

This was the first Fall gig I ever attended – over 27 years ago – but there are a few things I remember from that night. I attended with a mate, John, from work getting there in my ropey old car. I seem to remember we had problems getting in not being students but once in the thing that hit me was there were few there. Support act were Purkurr Pilnik from Iceland who were pretty decent,

The Fall made an incredible noise – the twin drum line up was stunning especially on some of the songs from Hex Enduction Hour. Looking back at the set list its worth noting that there are few songs from the early years – they always seemed to be looking forward then rather than plundering the back catalogue. I always admired that stance and currently (2009) there is more than on overgenerous nod at the back catalogue. Mind you at Leeds (October 9, 2009) I was delighted to hear ‘Pat the trip dispenser’.

 I seem to remember Mark was pulled off stage during this gig – the stage was only a step to two up but someone pulled him off, the song stopped and then once he was returned restarted at more or less the same place. I remember John and I were incredibly excited by this gig and he wasn’t even a Fall fan. Hope he is today as we lost touch years ago.

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25 April 1982 Top Rank, Reading

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26 April 1982 Scamps, Oxford

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27 April 1982 Derby Hall, Bury

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28 April 1982 Blue Note, Derby

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29 April Vanbrugh College, York

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Comments: Poorly recorded audience capture. A lot of booming and microphone distortion. Gig is audible but the aforementioned noise detracts from the enjoyment. Sounds like it was recorded through a sock full of custard in places. Hanley bass dominates in a vicious attack on "Look, Know" and the band continues in that vein throughout. Drums are driven and thumped hard - guitars are scraped, strangled and abused, vox is particular astringent and playful. The usual fayre of this tour is dominated by the closing "Backdrop" which starts off as an unholy clash of instruments drawn together by the leaders laconic drawl and then obdurately hangs about for ten minutes to drive any last vestage of sanity from your already befuddled brain. The keening guitar sound that Scanlon/Riley exact from their instruments is particularly memorable as is the wonderfully atonal keyboard meandering from Mr Mark E Smith

Unfortunately not a great recording but given the unrelenting intensity at which the material is pitched is worth tracking down.

30 April 1982 Porterhouse, Retford

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1st May 1982 Southampton University

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Comments: Good audience capture…some initial wow/flutter settles down to provide a good record of this excellent gig. It is clear from the outset this is going to be a little special. The band is muscular and tight and more than a little fast.  Hanley’s bass playing is exemplary throughout.

Mere Pseud Mag Ed is introduced with the damning “This one is for Mark Ellen and his stinking breed”.

2 May 1982 Jenkinson’s, Kingswest, Seafront, Brighton

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3 May 1982 Band on the Wall, Manchester

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4th May 1982 – Band on the Wall, Manchester

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Comments: The second of the three night run at the Band on the Wall, and only about half of the set, which was allegedly recorded through the letter box of the main door.

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5 May 1982 Band on the Wall, Manchester

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15 May 1982 Illuminated 666, Manchester

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19 May 1982 Social Club, Burnley Football Club

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22 July 1982 Musician’s Club, Sydney, Australia

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24 July 1982 Family Inn, Sydney, Australia

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26 July 1982 Stranded, Sydney, Australia

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26 July 1982 Stranded, Sydney, Australia

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27 July 1982 Canberra, Australia

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29 July 1982 West Town Hall, Geelong, Australia

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30 July 1982 Jump Club, Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia

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31 July 1982 Crystal Ballroom, Seaview Hotel, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

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2 August 1982 Prince of Wales, Melbourne, Australia

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5 August 1982 Prospect Hill, Melbourne, Australia

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6 August 1982 Mt. Erica Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

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7 August 1982 Crystal Ballroom, Seaview Hotel, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

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August 10 1982 Trade Union Club, Sydney, Australia

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August 11 1982 Trade Union Club, Sydney, Australia

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August 12 1982 Wollongong University, Wollongong, Australia

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August 13 1982 Old University, Brisbane, Australia

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17 August 1982 University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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18th August 1982 – Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Availability: Audience Recording. CnC - Black Knight  is officially released on “The Fall Box Set 1976-2007″.

Comments: Very good audience recording once the vocal mix has settled down.


The second and final outing for “Black Night”

19 August 1982 Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Setlist - The Classical/Hard Life In The Country/Mere Pseud Mag Ed/Marquis Cha Cha/Tempo House/Fantastic Life/Middle Mass/Hexen Definitive/Look, Know/Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul/Who Makes The Nazis/I Feel Voxish/ The Man Whose Head Expanded/Backdrop

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20 August 1982 Main Street, Auckland, New Zealand

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21 August 1982 Main Street, Auckland, New Zealand

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18 September 1982 Sporting, Athens, Greece

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2 December 1982 Leadmill, Sheffield

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3rd December 1982 – Warehouse, Liverpool

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Comments: A good recording and a lengthy gig – somehow the sound of the group was hardening up until the eventual dismissal of Riley and the harsh and unforgiving sound of early/mid 1983.

The 12th and final outing for Diceman which had be restored just for the first two gigs of this tour.

4 December 1982 Union, Manchester University

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7 December 1982 Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University

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8 December 1982 Coventry Polytechnic

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9 December 1982 Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham

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10 December 1982 North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke

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12th December 1982 - Lyceum, London

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Comments: Echoey big hall recording with some elements losing volume at key points. For all that a good gig and well worth a listen.

22 December 1982 Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

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