Fall Monday Playlist #02 – Drink & Drugs

The Fall in Fives

‘Mark would drink very strong tea in the morning, up until 11 am, at which time he would switch to beer. As the night went on, the whisky came out. The darker it got, the darker the liquid, the darker he became.’

Brix Smith Start: The Rise The Fall And The Rise

Mark E. Smith's likes and dislikes

Even if you have only a passing interest in The Fall, you’ll be aware that Mark E Smith was very fond of a drink. He was, like Fiery Jack, a ‘hard liver with a hard liver’. Looking back over his career, it feels like 99% of his interviews took place in the pub; indeed some interviewers tended to focus on how much alcohol Smith consumed during their conversation as much as on what he actually said. He was partial to an illegal stimulant as well, of course: he claimed to have taken acid before he started smoking…

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