The Fall recorded 24 sessions over twenty six years for John Peel and it is an established fact that many of the definitive versions of some of the best Fall tracks were laid down in the BBC’s studios in Maida Vale. In fact the first airing a lot of the tracks was during these sessions which raised the level of expectation every time Peel stated “tonight we have a new session from the Fall”.
When John Peel, sadly died, way too early, it looked as if it would also be the end of Fall sessions and I’m not aware of any that have been recorded with UK radio stations since.
That is until now, because on Wednesday the Fall recorded a session for Mike Joyce’s Coalition Chart Show which was broadcast the following evening on eastvillageradio.com.
Although the session includes no new tracks it does contain 2 quite brilliant versions of Mexico Wax Solvent and a cover of Frank Zappa’s Hungry Freaks, Daddy, a live favourite and only previously available on The Last Night At The Hammersmith Palais cd/dvd.
Although Joyce is no Peel, there is an alright interview with Smith interspersed between the session tracks here.
Here are a couple of the tracks from the session.
The Fall – Mexico Wax Solvent (part1)
The Fall – Hungry Freaks, Daddy
Weird moment of the week was hearing Kirsty Young announce on Desert Island Discs on Friday, ” the Fall and Rowche Rumble”, even though it was Frank Skinner on DID it was still very very strange hearing Kirsty Young say this and Andrew Collins played Edinburgh Man, this morning on Radio 6.