“When I’m dead and gone
My vibrations will live on
In vibes on vinyl through the years
People will dance to my waves…”

So go the lyrics to Psychic Dancehall as written and “sung” (we don’t sing we just shout) by the inimitable and now sadly departed Mark E Smith of The Fall.


Mark E Smith – Always worth listening to.


Mark died on the 24 January 2018. This is a celebrity loss that’s affected me more than any other.

“Someone’s always on my tracks
In a dark room you see more than you think
I’m out of my place, got to get back
I sweated a lot, you could feel the violence
I’ve got shears pointed straight at my chest
And time moves slow when you count it
I’m better than them, and I think I’m the best …”

M.E.S. He was the best, he was the worst, he was a source of inspiration, a source of amusement, exasperation, wonderment …

The Fall perform at the Ranch, Manchester’s first punk club, in August 1977 (above)


Mark E Smith RIP: Part of the music scene, but then again, not really part of it …

“Leave a mark on the city
I’ll smash your doors down
Become a demolition worker
A metal construction worker

And behind our conscious minds
Our affections are turning grey

Yeah, we’re part of the music scene
Envy of the choosy scene
Part of the music scene—”


Mark’s death was falsely reported (tweeted) on his 60th birthday, March 5th 2017 … at least we enjoyed his company for a while longer.