The Fall, the crane and biting Gary Numan’s hand

Listening to The Fall – hearing more online now than I’d ever heard at 20 or 21 when we put this together for Scene- the style magazine I used to edit on in the grunge days.

Mark E Smith had a girl with him (not Brix), I pinned up her drooping hem after he’d sunk about 9 pints in Finch’s on Portobello Road. They’d taken an early train down from Manchester. We had to get Smith drunk to get him into Jocelyn Bain-Hogg, the photographer’s studio- he’d dealt speed from the doorway years before and it brought back bad memories.

Already that day he’d thrown a window cleaner around atop a crane from the base control in Canelot Studios and bitten Gary Numan’s hand.

The PR, Bernard MacMahon told me Mark paid his band members a weekly wage. Few lasted long.

I’d like to see him play soon, and meet him again, having understood his music better.



One thought on “The Fall, the crane and biting Gary Numan’s hand”

  1. where a court ordered the pocierutson of lawmaker and provocateur Geert Wilders for inciting violence. Well, there is some precedence. Theo Van Gogh was murdered because his film incited violence. Oh… that\’s right, it incited a Muslim to violence not the other way around. (Never mind) the lawmaker should be prosecuted for inciting hatred and discrimination and also for insulting Muslim worshippers because of comparisons between Islam and Nazism. I am sure that many Muslims would be willing to come forward to testify that they \”have been insulted\” however, can the pocierutson name one documented act of \”discrimination\” or overt \”hatred\” based on Mr. Wilders film or editorials?This is the same problem we saw recently in Canada. Writing or filming anything defamatory about Islam and its followers receives the full weight of the \”Human Rights\” police while not a single victim can be identified. The thing about Canada was that the \”Human Rights\” police pulled the wrong tail. They decided to take on 3 heavy weights; Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn and a major weekly magazine akin to Newsweek in the states. These 3 entities would not shut up and would not back down. It seems right now that the PVV are fighting this alone. But, less than 48 hours after the announcement the WSJ has weighed in as well as an emerging ground swell on the internet. Once the European Community is made aware of this travesty I think the Dutch court will realize that they have taken it a step too far. And, those wishing to bankrupt the PVV and send them to obsquerity will have grossly miscalculated. You cannot continue to attack a settled society with mayhem and then expect to send their leaders to jail for speaking up. No, this was a bad calculation. Being \”insulted\” should not be an actionable crime… Where are the trials for shops, cars and synagogues burned? Every citizen in the Netherlands should at least be \”insulted\” by the actions of the Muslim mob over the past several weeks.I am hoping that the PVV can hold out until the next election. I predict a huge back lash from this insanity. If even the WSJ weighs in this quickly you know the actions of the Dutch court have gone over the top.What the PVV needs to do now is set up a legal defense fund so that everyone the world over can throw in a fin. Geert Wilders fights for our freedom as well as his.


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