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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby C. » 24 Jan 2018, 20:30

Minnie the Minx wrote:Oh no.
Sorry John. I know he meant the world to you.



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You know, it's not like I was under any illusions about him, the days of hero-worship long gone. But I always admired him - for various reasons. He really was a one-off. And that BAND! at their best, they were as thrilling as anyone.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby soundchaser » 24 Jan 2018, 20:31

Sorry, JC. I know how you must be feeling.

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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby jimboo » 24 Jan 2018, 20:32

A very British institution has left us , thank you for the crazy magical ride pal.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby the masked man » 24 Jan 2018, 20:35

I'm lost for words. RIP, Mark.

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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby Darkness_Fish » 24 Jan 2018, 20:37

I've probably been as negative as anyone around here about The Fall, and Mark E Smith in particular, but it does feel like a passing of an era as much as the passing of a man. Just feels like the time of genuine indie mavericks has gone with him, there's no room anywhere near the indie mainstream for someone like him anymore.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby Snarfyguy » 24 Jan 2018, 20:38

I can't say I'm surprised in the least, having seen a recent pic of him, yet at the same time I'm shocked and... devastated, really.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 24 Jan 2018, 20:42

A genuine original. RIP.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby Sneelock » 24 Jan 2018, 20:58

Snarfyguy wrote:I can't say I'm surprised in the least, having seen a recent pic of him, yet at the same time I'm shocked and... devastated, really.



Same here, isn’t that weird? R.I.P. One of a kind.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby pcqgod » 24 Jan 2018, 21:01

I didn't have that deep, personal connection to Smith's music that some here have, but I do enjoy a fair amount of Fall tunes, Smith's unique vocal delivery and that minimalist musical aesthetic.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 24 Jan 2018, 21:11

Hit The Floor.

RIP MES

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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby sloopjohnc » 24 Jan 2018, 21:12

You gotta appreciate someone who was so committed to his music.

I was a fan of their music. No one else made Fall music and that was due to Mark E's vision.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby clive gash » 24 Jan 2018, 21:24

RIP you insolent get x
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby Deebank » 24 Jan 2018, 21:28

RIP MES

Sad news.
He was still capable of greatness right up to the end.

A real legend.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby yomptepi » 24 Jan 2018, 21:36

Shocking news. I though he was indestructible. I know he lived hard, but 60 is no age. He leaves a catalog anyone would be proud of, and a legacy of obsessive and loyal fans. Who could ask for more. RIP.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby C. » 24 Jan 2018, 21:38

Deebank wrote:He was still capable of greatness right up to the end.


Nice to read that, 'cos I really do think that last album had some great moments. It was pleasing to long-term Fall fans at the very least, many of whom probably didn't think the band (and MES) still had it in them.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 24 Jan 2018, 21:42

OCT wrote:
Minnie the Minx wrote:Oh no.
Sorry John. I know he meant the world to you.



Count Machuki wrote:(so sorry, John)


Thank you x

You know, it's not like I was under any illusions about him, the days of hero-worship long gone. But I always admired him - for various reasons. He really was a one-off. And that BAND! at their best, they were as thrilling as anyone.


You certainly banged the drum for him here in a persistent but clear-eyed way. You forced me to listen deeper, and that helped me to develop an appreciation for his talent and his oddity.

Sixty is too young. RIP.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby Goat Boy » 24 Jan 2018, 21:43

They were still kicking arse live. I was well impressed when I last saw em.
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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby The Modernist » 24 Jan 2018, 21:49

A genuine character and one off.
RIP

Look after yourself John and play 'Psycho Mafia' for me. x

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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby C. » 24 Jan 2018, 21:52

Goat Boy wrote:They were still kicking arse live. I was well impressed when I last saw em.


I was there for his last-ever gig :cry:

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The first Fall song I really loved!

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Re: RIP Mark E Smith

Postby 50 Shades Of Blue » 24 Jan 2018, 21:54

Darkness_Fish wrote:I've probably been as negative as anyone around here about The Fall, and Mark E Smith in particular, but it does feel like a passing of an era as much as the passing of a man. Just feels like the time of genuine indie mavericks has gone with him, there's no room anywhere near the indie mainstream for someone like him anymore.


Good post. Think that's how i feel about his passing.
I had drinks with him in Edinburgh a few times when he lived in here. Funny and clever if delusional guy. Nothing was ever Mark's fault :)
Played table tennis with Tommy Crooks recently. Tommy was the guitar player in the line up when there was the famous onstage fall out in New York and Mark ended up getting arrested. It ended badly but Tommy is still proud to have been in The Fall with Mark.
Following that meeting I have been rereading the MES book "Renegade". A very funny and massively entertaining read, humour and grumpiness mixed together in an addictive cocktail as he was in life. RIP MES
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