I know I said a few weeks back that I’d get this series down to basics, and then last week I offered up a lengthy tale of horror.
But I think that was all necessary as it cleared the decks for more or less the 21st Century version of The Fall, one in which all traces of the band’s roots and beginnings were done away with and it became a vehicle for MES and hired hands, albeit in due course he would come to find a settled line-up again.
Work on the next album got underway in late 1998 and carried over into early 1999. The musicians involved beyond MES and Julia Nagle on keyboards were Neville Wilding (guitar, backing vocals), and Tom Head (drums), while Karen Leatham and Adam Helal were both tried out on bass. Indeed, the final few gigs of 1998 had seen the band experiment with two bass players on stage at the same time, but seemingly it only delivered a great deal of chaos. In the end, it was Helal who was kept on as the full-time member once the band took to the road to promote the release of the album The Marshall Suite, which hit the shops on 19 April 1999, once again via Artful Records.
Some four weeks earlier, a single had been released, on 12″ vinyl and CD:-
It reached #90 in the charts and largely unknown outside the confines of fans of the band until 2003 when this advert for a car started being aired on the TV screens here in the UK:-
Hey Hey Hey……The Fall were suddenly famous!!
The CD version of this single will set you back about £2 on the second-hand market. The 12″ single goes for more than £50……