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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, January 20, 2005
    Fall out (with Amazon); Fall in (with the BBC)
    Fall minus - never again, never ever again will I pre-order a cd from Amazzzzon. Where the hell on my doormat is Hex Enduction Hour? I've seen it in the shops this week, touched it, held it in my hands and yet the copy with my name on it is still in the warehouse, allegedly 'Despatching Soon'. If I was Mark E Smith I'd probably write a song about the frustrating situation, call it perhaps Card-box bloc Tactik, with words like these - cue jungle drums and background heckling:

    'We are preparing for dispatch' - "Free Dons from Milton Keyne!!"
    'It is too late to cancel your order' - "Locked off motorway grid!"
    I've been un changed.
    I'm short changed-uh

    Fall plus - BBC4 are bravely premiering a documentary tomorrow titled The Fall - The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith, "A special documentary looking at one of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic bands of the last 30 years."

    Amazing that they got "the belligerent and poetic Mark E Smith" to agree to this; the timing suggests it's a post-Peel trigger, a tribute to his favourite band. Some of the forty-plus ex-Fall members have been dragged back to tell their side of things, and some "key fans and critics including Paul Morley, Tony Wilson, Stewart Lee, promoter Alan Wise, original Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon, and members of Franz Ferdinand." But no mention of Jeremy Vine....?