Across the country in the last few weeks, in the back rooms of pubs and in small independent venues, people have been finding their own ways to commemorate the life and genius of Mark E Smith, play his music and share stories. Defiantly single-minded and fiercely independent to the end, this is how he deserves to be remembered, with DIY celebrations organised by those who loved his music.

And in a packed Glossop Labour Club, that’s exactly what we did, with the help of Gavin, Darren and Steve and several piles of records. With personal recollections and readings from a few choice books about Smith and The Fall, between them they managed to navigate 40 years of music – from the first EP to the last LP – each track and every tale reminding us why (despite or because of?) they were such a unique band. We were also lucky enough to welcome two ex-members – Simon Wolstencroft (drums 1986-1997) and Ben Pritchard (guitar 2001-2006) – who really brought to life what it was like to be in The Fall and work with Mark E Smith.

It’s a night we won’t forget.

Thanks to Gavin, Darren and Steve for putting this session together and also to Funky Si and Ben for being so generous with their time and stories.

Listen to some of the music played here or on the player at the end of this post.



Repetition (Bingo-Master’s Break-Out! EP, Step-Forward Records, 1978)
No Xmas For J. Quay (live) (Totale’s Turns (It’s Now Or Never), Rough Trade, 1980)
Printhead (Dragnet, Step-Forward Records, 1979)
Jawbone and the Air-Rifle (Hex Enduction Hour, Kamera Records, 1982)
Fit and Working Again (In: Palace Of Swords Reversed, Rough Trade, 1981)

No Bulbs (458489 A Sides, Beggars Banquet, 1984)
My New House (This Nation’s Saving Grace, Beggars Banquet, 1985)
Living Too Late (Living Too Late, Beggars Banquet, 1986)
Hey! Luciani (John Leckie version) (Sounds Showcase 1 EP, Sounds, 1987)
Athlete Cured (The Frenz Experiment, Beggars Banquet, 1988)
Big New Prinz (Jerusalem/Big New Prinz, Beggars Banquet, 1988)

Touch Sensitive (The Marshall Suite, Artful Records, 1999)
Dr Buck’s Letter (The Unutterable, Eagle Records, 2000)
Contraflow (The Real New Fall LP (formerly Country On The Click), Action Records, 2003)
Blindness (Fall Heads Roll, Slogan Records, 2005)
Dedication Not Medication (Sub-Lingual Tablet, Cherry Red, 2015)

Extricate (Cog Sinister, 1990)
First Half – Subjective, As Usual
Sing! Harpy / I’m Frank / Bill Is Dead / Black Monk Theme Part 1 / Popcorn Double Feature
Second Half – Objective, Unusual
Telephone Thing / Hilary / Chicago, Now! / The Littlest Rebel / And Therein…

Fol De Rol (New Facts Emerge, Cherry Red ,2017)

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Krautrock! – Records Played


‘Generation after generation of fans discover in Krautrock a peerless hallucinatory pageant for the mind’s eye, a sound in which absolute freedom and absolute disciplince coexist, a rejoicing cosmic “yes” delivered with the roaring attack of punk.’
(Simon Reynnolds foreword in Future Days by David Stubbs)

I can’t tell you how much of a buzz it was to play some of my favourite records, through big speakers, cranked up loud and seeing everyone getting into it. Every track sounded amazing – the kosmische of Tangerine Dream and the experimental pranks of Faust, the hypnotic motorik beats of Can and Neu! and the elektronische musik of Kraftwerk and Harmonia. I’ve never seen a room of people gripped by a piece of music in the way Can’s Mother Sky did. A night to remember and such a pleasure and privilege to share this music with you all. Thank you.

Here are a few comments posted online after the session.

Just listened to Mother Sky by Can on proper speakers at Glossop Record Club. That was some phenomenal shizzle.

Neu! & Faust on vinyl tonight at What a wonderful evening.

Krautrock night was enlightening. Can track was amazing and Neu ’75 was fantastic.

It was exhilarating to hear Hero by Neu! played GOOD AND LOUD last night at .

v good and a top nite had.

I’m now on the hunt for Can and Neu records!

This was amazing!

“Can’ sounded brilliant and just ordered the ‘Neu’75’ album.

Great night.

Extremely enjoyable evening, came away with some new inspiration and something to seek out, thank you all involved.

Don’t forget, we’re taking our annual break in August but back on September 8th, marking what would have been Buddy Holly’s 80th birthday with the help of our resident rock & roll historian Bill Jubb. Enjoy the summer and see you in September.



TANGERINE DREAM – Ricochet (from Ricochet, 1975)
FAUST – The Faust Tapes (first five minutes of side one) (1973)
CAN – Mother Sky (from Soundtracks, 1970)
KRAFTWERK – Autobahn (from Autobahn, 1974)
HARMONIA – Watussi/Sehr Kosmisch (from Musik Von Harmonia, 1974)

NEU! – NEU! 75 (1975)


: Isi/Seeland/Leb’ Wohl
SIDE TWO: Hero/E-Musik/After Eight

CAN – Mushroom (from Tago Mago, 1971)
AMON DUUL II – In The Glassgarden/Pull Down Your Mask (from Tanz Der Lemminge, 1971)
KRAFTWERK – The Voice Of Energy/Antenna (from Radio-Activity, 1975)


MICHAEL ROTHER –  Feuerland (from Flammende Herzen, 1977)
CAN – Uphill (from Delay 1968, recorded 1968, released 1981)
NEU! – Negativland (from NEU!, 1972)
JULIAN COPE – The Subtle Energies Commission (from Jehovakill, 1992)

Click here to listen to some of the tracks played or click the player below.

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An Evening Of Comedy: post-session review


In a preamble that took us back to 1978 and Brett getting his first comedy records, he recalled “whilst other kids were getting into Bowie, I was getting into Bernard Bresslaw and Barron Knights”…

With his customary record bag of delights in tow, we were treated to classic sit com, some near-the-knuckle comedy songs, and sketches that some (most? all?) of us knew all the words to. Not mention a generous helping of ‘Carry On’ stars in a musical setting. A full list of records played is below. You can listen to digital highlights here. A big ‘thank you’ to Brett for a very entertaining evening, in the truest sense of the word (entertaining, that is).

Thanks also to everyone who brought records to share, special mentions for Beany for some rather special offerings and Penny, who lugged a rather heavy but very well-preserved HMV wind-up gramophone down to the labour club. Good effort! And finally, thanks to Matt for the photos.

We’ll be back on Thursday 14th May for an evening of Johnny Cash on vinyl. Full details soon.


Various Artists – Oh! What A Carry On (Music For Pleasure)


SIDE ONE: Jim Dale – Be My Girl/Bernard Bresslaw – You Need Feet/Barbara Windsor – On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep/Frankie Howerd – It’s Alright With Me/Kenneth Williams – Green Grow My Nadgers Oh/Joan Sims – Spring Song

SIDE TWO: Kenneth Connor – The Ugly Duckling/Jim Dale – Piccadilly Line/Dora Bryan – Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend/Frankie Howerd – Song And Dance Man/Joan Sims – Men/Kenneth Williams – The Ballad Of The Woggler’s Moulie

The Barron Knights – Knights Of Laughter (Pickwick, 1978)


SIDE TWO: 1358 Into Beetroot Song/Green Knickers/I’m A Nut/Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm

Tony Hancock – This Is Hancock (Pye, 1960)


SIDE TWO: A Sunday Afternoon At Home

Benny Hill – Benny Hill Sings? (Pye, 1965)


SIDE ONE: Moving On Again/The Andalucian Gypsies/In The Papers/Golden Days/Flying South/My Garden Of Love/I’ll Never Know


The Goodies – Blowing Off (Island, 1976, 7″)
Edric Connor With Ken Jones And His Music ‎– Manchester United Calypso (Oriole, 1957, 78rpm)
Woody Allen – The Moose (from Standup Comic, Casablanca Records, 1979)
John Titford & Richard Scollins – Derbyshire Humour (from Ey Up Mi Duck! – A Celebration Of Derbyshire, Ram Records, 1978)
Dirk & Stig – Mr Sheene (EMI, 1978, 7″)
Billy Jones – When It’s Night Time in Italy, It’s Wednesday Over Here (from Silly Songs 1922 To 1934, BBC Records)
Cheech & Chong ‎– Bloat On (Epic, 1977, 7″)
Spike Jones – Always Hurt The One You Love (from The Best of Spike Jones Vol.2, RCA)

Monty Python – Live At Drury Lane (Charisma, 1974)


SIDE ONE: Introduction/Llamas/Gumby – Flower Arranging/Secret Service/Wrestling/Communist Quiz/Idiot Song/Albatross/Colonel/Nudge, Nudge/Cocktail Bar/Travel Agent

SIDE TWO: Spot The Brain Cell/Bruces/Argument/Four Yorkshiremen/Election Special/Lumberjack Song/Parrot Sketch



Penny’s wind-up HMV gramophone

Flanders & Swann – Song of Reproduction (from At The Drop Of A Hat, Parlophone, 1957)
Harry Tate & Company – Motoring (part 1) (played on a HMV wind-up gramophone)
Private Eye – Just For The Record (flexi-disc, 1970)
Frank Sidebottom Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (from Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father, NME, 1988)
Bruce “Babyman” Baum With Little Roger & The Goosebumps ‎– Marty Feldman Eyes (Runaway, 1981, 7″)
Carmen Silvera – Theme from ‘Allo ‘Allo (7″)

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