Delving around in the past could be disorienting for John whenever his recollections failed to square with the documentary evidence at hand, or failed to materialise at all. His memory was selective. He could list every incarnation of the Fall on demand, but he couldn’t always remember where his underpants were. [Margrave, p. 272]
Fall, Cruiser’s Creek (FF 1985 #3)
And he says, ‘P.S. Could you please settle an argument: my friend thinks the Fall are crap, but I think they’re ace. Which of us is right?’ I think you can tell your friend that he or she is a dickhead. [JP, 1993 FF]
Me and John had an agreement, we never were friends or anything like that. This is what I admired about him, he was always objective. People forget that. [Mark E. Smith, Newsnight, 26 October 2004]
The good thing was the tension. Get in and get out. The studio was great and the engineers were fantastic. I used to experiment a lot on the Peel things. I treated it as a glorified rehearsal. [Mark E. Smith, from BBC Collective, on the Peel sessions]
Fall, R.O.D. (FF 1986 #26)
MES: I tend to write a lot, and we’ve got a big cult following….This is the sort of group you can do anything with.
CHRISTIAN: It might seem a bit ridiculous, this question: I was asking you this because there’s this German independent star, Philip Bauer [I think that’s how you spell it-SIG]…he uttered that he would fear to sell over 100,000 records, that there would be something wrong with my [sic] music. What would you say to a statement like this?
MES: Well, obviously he hasn’t got six people to feed…but that’s the way it gets. A lot of these independent people seem to forget, times have changed now. The Fall basically still do what they want. [German TV Interview]
Fall, Shake-Off (FF 1998 #49)
LAUREN LAVERNE: Do you think you’re hard to work with?
MES: People seem to go a bit crackers when they’re around me, but I’m a nice fella, as you can see.
LL: Who are you listening to at the moment?
MES: Meself. [Transmission interview]