Fallen but not idle

23 03 2013

The Fallen: Life in and out of Britain’s most insane group by Dave Simpson


Ever been held hostage in a dressing room with your parents? Ever been thrown off the bus in the middle of a Swedish forest or abandoned at a foreign airport? Ever been asked to play at one of the UK’s biggest music festivals with musicians you’ve just met who are covered in blood, or taken part in a ‘recording session’ in a speeding Transit? If so you’ve probably been in The Fall. Dave Simpson made it his mission to track down everyone who has ever played in Britain’s most berserk, brilliant group. He uncovers a changing Britain, tales of madness and genius, and wreaks havoc on his personal life.

It’s a great premise for a quest and book but you really do need to be a Fall fan to give a damn about some of these former band members. Anyway, it’s all entertaining stuff and does confirm what we all knew to be the case about the crazy genius that is MES. What is most remarkable is former members’ affection for Smith and their nostalgia for their time in The Fall despite the various unfortunate ways in which they were invited to leave.

3 star

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