“If you’re going to play it out of tune,” Mark E Smith once declared, “Then play it out of tune properly.” By the iconoclastic frontman’s own admission, The Fall were always a live band and now a recording from their early 1980s pomp is about to released on vinyl.
The recording comes from a live show at St. Helens Technical College in 1981. Speaking about the forthcoming Live At St. Helens Technical College ’81 record, Marc Riley, who was part of The Fall from 1978 up until 1983 making him one of the longest-serving members, said, “I stumbled upon the link to the recording of the St. Helens Technical College gig on Twitter. I started to listen and recognised it as one of the better sound-board recordings I’d ever heard.”
After hearing the record, Marc Riley who now works as a DJ for BBC Radio 6 Music in the UK, passed it on to fellow Fall fan John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees’.
“[Dwyer] got back and said it was one of the best live Fall sets he’d ever heard,” Riley explained, “And asked if we were cool with him releasing it.”
Following the approval of all surviving band members who played on the recording, the album is now set for release.
“I believe the gig was poorly attended,” Riley recalls, “The promoter attempted to pull our fee, which resulted in him being pushed to the floor by our manager, Kay Carrol.” Never a band to shy of a skirmish, this sort of raucous energy is no doubt captured in the recording.
Half of the proceeds from the release will go to Centrepoint, which works to fight youth homelessness in The Fall’s Manchester base, as well as other areas.
Live At St. Helens Technical College’ 81 is set for release on Castle Face records, on February 19th 2021. You can catch a performance of ‘Rowche Rumble’ from the show below.