THE BEST FALL FUNERAL EVER
rujokinggrandad.co.uk BLOG 10th February 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
There were reportedly chaotic scenes at the funeral wake for Manchester music legend Mark E Smith.
The iconic frontman of The Fall was laid to rest at Blackley Crematorium yesterday (Thursday), followed by a gathering at the Woodthorpe Hotel in his home town of Prestwich.
But according to a report by The Mirror the wake was marred by a ‘brawl’, with bottles being thrown.
And it added that one former band member of The Fall said Smith ‘would have loved’ the send-off.
The Mirror reported guitarist Ben Pritchard as saying: “Just about managed to escape with my life from Mark E Smith’s funeral. The ceremony itself was nice, touching in places.
“The wake, however, didn’t last half an hour before bottles were thrown and drinks poured over people. Total disrespect, he’d have loved it.”
He added: “I kind of expected it but hoped otherwise.”
Actor Steve Evets, who was also a guitarist with the band, tweeted afterwards: “I’ve got to say, it was just like a Fall gig, some strange people there, and it kicked off.
“Don’t think he would have had it any other way, we love you Mark.”
Smith’s death was announced on Wednesday January 24. He had suffered from a prolonged spell of ill-health in recent months, forcing the band to cancel a number of gigs.
Last October Smith, 60, performed in a wheelchair at a gig in Wakefield and in August the band cancelled a short American tour after Smith was admitted to hospital.
The Fall’s last gig took place in Glasgow in November, when he was also in a wheelchair.
Born in Broughton in Salford in March 1957, Smith moved to Prestwich at a young age and lived there for the rest of his life.
He formed The Fall, named after the novel by Camus, with friends Martin Bramah and Tony Friel after dropping out of college in his late teens.
Influenced by Krautrockers Can, Captain Beefheart, The Stooges and The Velvet Underground, Smith gave up his job as a shipping clerk at Salford docks to concentrate on the band. Smith (5 March 1957 – 24 January 2018 Age 60), sometimes referred to as MES, was an English singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead singer, lyricist and only constant member of the post-punk group The Fall, which he led from 1976 until his death. Smith formed the Fall after attending a Sex Pistols gig at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in June 1976.They went on to record 32 studio albums.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. – Oprah Winfrey
Happiness is…to get the funeral you would have wanted
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“I used to be addicted to swimming but I’m very proud to say I’ve been dry for six years.”Alfie Moore (2013)
Love is…counting your blessings together
TRACK OF THE DAY
There’s A Ghost In My House – The Fall
Highest Chart Position: No.30 16th May 1987