Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Fall - Astoria 2, London (12 August 1998)

An incredible show from one of the darkest periods of the group's history. Just five gigs removed from the NYC meltdown, this is nothing short of a resurrection. Scrappy, shambolic and laced with pure adrenaline, this is The Fall at their most Velvets-like, brimming with 1979-era post-punk energy. One of only four shows in total played by this lineup. There are so many fantastic moments here, from Leatham's supple bass lines on "Calendar," and the rarely-played "Scareball," to a truly unbelievable take on "Plug Myself In." One of my favorite Fall shows to listen to, if only because it sounds so different from all the others. Brilliant.


Setlist:

Ol' Gang
Calendar
Touch Sensitive (new song / prerelease)
Spencer Must Die
Scareball
The Joke
Ten Houses of Eve
Levitate
He Pep
F'oldin' Money (new song / prerelease)
Powderkeg
Plug Myself In
This Perfect Day


lineup: MES / Julia Nagle / Karen Leatham / Tom Head

(photo by Gez Wood)








6 comments:

Anonymous said...

A nice one.
Good job.
Thanks.
Costas from Greece

Anonymous said...

magnificent
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thank you.
I was at this and thought I remembered it pretty well, but I didn't even remember who was in the band. Good concert, though.

Stephen.

the unseen said...

Awesome, dude! I was there. And how could we ever forget this one. Got rained on, grimy venue (has been done up meanwhile), MES 'tired and emotional'. A true classic.

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Thanks. Roll on the weekend for the next instalment!

Novemberer said...

Thanks for this. Saw 'em live around this time, pretty shambolic - a little bit pathetic actually (long story!) - but rather exciting nonetheless. Saw them here (Nottingham) last week & they were great, right back on top after a long lay-off I reckon...?