The Fall, Dingwalls, London, 1998
In a way, one of the most memorable gigs I have ever been to because it was so shambolic, and well… bad. Dingwalls is in the Camden Market area, again it was a first trip to the area. Now, this was a tad of low point for Mark E. Smith’s The Fall. Only months earlier an onstage fight in New York had led to the band’s core members (and rhythm section) walking out on him after nearly 20 years in the band. For this UK tour plugging the album Levitate, he had to call in favours to even field a line-up for a live band, I think dancer and Fall-collaborator Michael Clarke may have even been on stage. It fell apart quickly. The venue was packed, looking back it was probably because people were expecting a car crash in the capital. The Fall are my favourite band, I was in heaven, seeing them in the UK, loving every minute of it. Even ended a very drunken rant with a guy at the bar that I told my mate, Steve, was a dead ringer for Damon Albarn. Steve said "No, actually you were chewing Damon Albarn’s ear off". London - it’s a village. Depsite Fall fans being a loyal bunch, they can also turn quickly, and it really didn't take long for frustration at waiting to become heckling, then for (plastic) pints to start flying. The band went off-stage, and really didn't come back. I think Smith had to complete the gig with only a tape recording backing. I remember just cracking up with laughter because it was so shambolic - it was perfect for me, having just come from NZ. him. Anyway, The Fall will recur over these 100 Days. Check out The Fall – Touch Sensitive This track was played at the gig, and was a single later that year, and was used to sell Peugots on TV in the UK.