A Date with Mark E. Smith
January 21, 2015 11:45 PM   Subscribe

In the comic 'I'll Be Your Mirror' by Una Baines and Keith McDougall, Ms. Baines (founding member of the bands The Fall, Blue Orchids, and The Fates) tells the autobiographical tale of a first date with Mark E. Smith.

In other recent Fall news, Brix Start-Smith just announced the 2016 publication of her memoir, The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise. Brix has a new Fall cover band with Paul and Steve Hanley called Brix & The Extricated that MES was thoughtful to mention ("They're fucking sub-human") in MOJO when making predictions for 2015. Live from their first gig six weeks back in Manchester: '2x4', 'Cruiser's Creek', 'L.A.', 'Lay of the Land','Big New Prinz'.
posted by item (14 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
 
The comic isn't just about their first date. It encompasses their meeting, first date, and a later experience taking LSD in the park all in a fairly brief comic. Still, it's interesting to see a depiction of MES from before he'd cultivated his public persona. I'd happily read an entire graphic novel telling tales of mid-70's Mark.
posted by item at 11:57 PM on January 21, 2015 [4 favorites]


I approve of the (seemingly) recent upswing in Mark E. Smith related material on the internet.
posted by deadbilly at 12:51 AM on January 22, 2015


Steve Hanley released a memoir last year (‘The Big Midweek’) about his lengthy stint in The Fall, which was well-received.
posted by misteraitch at 2:11 AM on January 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


oh that's just gorgeous

what a lovely strip
posted by Sebmojo at 2:49 AM on January 22, 2015


As dating strategies go, I think "Find somewhere you absolutely hate - then hang out there on the lookout for girls who might also hate it", is worthy of special attention here.
posted by rongorongo at 2:55 AM on January 22, 2015 [6 favorites]


I'll-ah Be Your Mirror-ah
posted by GallonOfAlan at 3:09 AM on January 22, 2015 [5 favorites]


I've always appreciated the comic Lottie Learns How... to be in The Fall from Viz. Oh, and I recently bought a jacket from Brix, so please form an orderly queue if you'd like to be allowed to touch the hem.
posted by sobarel at 4:22 AM on January 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


I was just wondering yesterday what it would be like to date Mark E. Smith and that was exactly what I would have expected. Lovely.
posted by maggiemaggie at 5:13 AM on January 22, 2015


Also, a friend in college babysat Brix, for whatever that's worth.
posted by maggiemaggie at 5:15 AM on January 22, 2015


Brix Start-Smith just announced the 2016 publication of her memoir, The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise.

Ooo, I can't wait. By the by, to me, "Una Baines" has always sounded like someone who should be a character in a Michael Moorcock novel.
posted by octobersurprise at 5:48 AM on January 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


Or a rival of Ena Sharples in Coronation Street.
posted by sobarel at 5:51 AM on January 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


The image of teenage MES tripping with his girlfriend and signing along to Sister Ray is the most moving thing I've seen this morning.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 6:07 AM on January 22, 2015


I dated an "Una Barnes" back in the day.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:36 AM on January 22, 2015


Still, it's interesting to see a depiction of MES from before he'd cultivated his public persona.

You might enjoy these two letters from 1976 and 1977.
posted by mykescipark at 6:56 PM on January 22, 2015


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