The Fall, The Forum, London, May 1999
Back to The Forum, and back to The Fall. Naturally at some stage in this project I am going to run into gigs where I don't have great recall on the concert in question. It may be due to the fact that my mental hard drive is a bit fragmented these days; it may be that the gig was just not that memorable. This time, however, it is because, well… it was on a Friday, in summer, and the studio I was working in at the time had knocked off a bit early and gone to the pub. Schoolboy error, that. Especially since I forgot to get some grub in the process, so that when I got up to Kentish Town, I was three sheets to the wind. I do remember the band were on form, tighter as a unit and better than before even - maybe after more touring. It also struck me how big the crowd was at The Forum, the biggest crowd I had been a part of at a Fall gig, and perhaps that contributed to the performance. For songs, though, I have had to resort to The Fall website gigography to see what they played, and I'll go with an old fave, ‘Big New Prinz’. One thing I do clearly remember is scoring a huge Fall poster from out on the street which I took home, rolled up, on the night bus. It was lying in the middle of my bedroom floor the next morning, along with various strata of pigeon poo and the previous six months worth of posters pasted underneath it. Should have bought a t-shirt instead.