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Old 06.24.2008, 06:18 AM   #61
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What pisses me off about all the talk about John Peel is the way he is talked about by people in their 30's for all the wrong reasons. Oh, and please somebody shoot everyone who grew up in the 80's and still goes on about Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, The Fall, The Cure etc like there hasn't been any new music ever since. Those people are the worst.
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Old 06.24.2008, 06:21 AM   #62
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hahaha. all those bands suck a lot except half of the fall's catalogue (though the other half i can do without)...
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Old 06.24.2008, 06:26 AM   #63
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my opinion on morrisey = i wish he'd never been born

I think that he is responsable for the sorry state of british music. He singlehandedly managed to create an atmosphere of conservatism that ultimately killed off any curiosity for anything other than pale, white music made by whimps, at least in terms of guitar rock/pop music. And this coming from someone who likes the Smiths but can't bear listening to them anymore.
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Old 06.24.2008, 06:58 AM   #64
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I was talking to this dude last week who is generally regarded by his mates as someone who knows a lot about music. He was saying that young people can't make music like The Fall (used to) make. He even has a tatoo with their name on his arm. The worst part is that doesn't even know who Sonic Youth are - to name a recurrent name that appears on the press fairly often - yet he dares trying to be superior about these things. I felt like hitting him with a broom on the mouth. Such a wanker, he is the sort of person who puts me from talking about bands in the real world.
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:18 AM   #65
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I am curious how a band couldn't make the smae music today as the Fall used to make. In fact, I hear bands using REPETITION all the time!!
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:19 AM   #66
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I actually think The Fall are so revered in the UK because of an underlying anti-American/nationalist undercurrent taking hold within Britain at the moment. People seem to like the sheer Englishness of The Fall, as a kind of cryptic antidote to what they see as the creeping saturation of American cultural forces onto its shores. I wouldn't say that The Fall, or more specifically MES, are themselves anti-American, but their emphasis on local slang and national eccentricities provide certain fans with a sense that the band somehow represent a kind of English contrarianism.

If anything their snowballing cult in the UK is a demonstration that the underlying anti-American rationale that inspired Brit-Pop continues on, albeit in a slightly less brash way.
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:24 AM   #67
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good points. speaking of which, i've read two separate interviews with mark e smith where they asked if he liked america.. one response was "love it", one response was, "it's quite shite."
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:26 AM   #68
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I totally disagree with that. It's not like that sort of reverence for them is something new, is it? I don't even think that the wank-talk about them is particularly based on current affairs related to their music, it's just this overwhelming need that certain people with a passing interest in music have to open their mouth about stuff that maybe sometimes it's best left alone, or thought out within the walls of your cranium, where it should remain safe.

The Fall inspire way too many Nick Hornbysms in people who talk to much and listen too little.
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:28 AM   #69
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I was talking to this dude last week who is generally regarded by his mates as someone who knows a lot about music. He was saying that young people can't make music like The Fall (used to) make. He even has a tatoo with their name on his arm. The worst part is that doesn't even know who Sonic Youth are - to name a recurrent name that appears on the press fairly often - yet he dares trying to be superior about these things. I felt like hitting him with a broom on the mouth. Such a wanker, he is the sort of person who puts me from talking about bands in the real world.

there's a guy like that at my work, people think he's someone who knows a lot about music, but that's only because he goes out of his way to create that impression of himself, but all he knows about is top 40, and the british indie bands who verge on that.
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:41 AM   #70
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And the most irritating thing about this stale white males into guitar music is that they still read the NME and get depressed because they are reminded that they are old by bands and journalists that are shite anyway.

Kill them all!
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:42 AM   #71
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I'm not saying that's the reason amongst fans on this board, for example, but I do see his adoption by more mainstream media as stemming from a kind of unspoken, but no less felt, national pride.

Britain is an extremely nationalistic country which often gets misinterpreted because of the self-critical way in which that nationalism often emerges.

To make this point more credibly would take more subtlety than posts on a messageboard allow, but I am convinced of this underlying anxiety about an ongoing decline in Britain's cultural significance as providing at least a part of the reason for MES's increased status within, for example, the BBC and the broadsheets.
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:48 AM   #72
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Sure, it's just that all too often all of these theories seem to come from way too many people who at the core don't seem to really have that much of a passion for music, yet they persistently feel compelled to have at go at the wank-talk.

Sorry, no disrespct to your posts, it's just the impression that I generally get from a lot Fall fans and their ilk.
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:51 AM   #73
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Another impression that I get from a lot of Fall fans is that they'd rather be writers, actors or comedians instead of musicians.
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Old 06.24.2008, 07:58 AM   #74
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Well you made my point in a way. The Fall have become something more than a band in lots of people's eyes - just as football has become more than a sport. (you mention Nick Hornsby, whose success seems part of a similar trend). The BBC, the Guardian, et al, seem far less interested in The Fall as a band, and far more concerned with MES. He's become some kind of a beacon for what they perceive to be a sort of lost Englishness (eccentricity, ironic wit, the hobbyist over the professional, traditional working class values, etc.)

You can hardly go into a gastro-pub these days without overhearing a conversation about the the merits of the 4-4-2 system or the new Fall album.
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Old 06.24.2008, 08:02 AM   #75
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Another impression that I get from a lot of Fall fans is that they'd rather be writers, actors or comedians instead of musicians.

I think this is a direct result of the more mainstream media's emphasis on MES over the band. He's become a kind of Kingley Amis or Tony Hancock for the black levis and converse wearing generation.
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Old 06.24.2008, 08:06 AM   #76
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That isn't a good thing at all. Mark E Smith is famous for his lyrical skills within a musical contest, heavily influenced by his say over the musicians that he often recruits and help out making The Fall sound they they do. Even though I admire and appreciate his way with words, I sometimes suspect that he might not have been all that revered if his lyrics was all that he was famous for.
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In fact sometimes I think that people don't even listen to his records anymore but still feel like going ''It's Mark E Smith, he's great!'', just like one of those things that you must say.
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That isn't a good thing at all. Mark E Smith is famous for his lyrical skills within a musical contest, heavily influenced by his say over the musicians that he often recruits and help out making The Fall sound they they do. Even though I admire and appreciate his way with words, I sometimes suspect that he might not have been all that revered if his lyrics was all that he was famous for.

I absolutely agree with this. MES is a fine lyricist, but were he a poet rather than a songwriter I'm sure his status would be minimal. The Fall lyrics are better than those of most bands, but thats hardly surprising given the generally poor standard of lyric writing. I know a couple of English literature professors that take MES quite seriously, but not so seriously as to think of him in the same way that they do, say T.S. Elliot or Pound. I think the only lyricist in the Rock/pop idiom that has ever truly been taken seriously within high-brow literary circles is Bob Dylan.
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Old 06.24.2008, 08:26 AM   #80
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i find it incredibly frustrating that almost nobody is prepared to admit the fall fell off 25 years ago
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