British rocker Mark E. Smith is convinced Syrian migrants fleeing civil war would win the battle for their country if they were prepared to stay and fight.
More than a million refugees have been caught up in the migrant crisis currently blighting Europe, and 49 per cent of that tally have fled the bloody war in Syria.
The fallout from the scandal has rocked politicians in countries including the U.K., France, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, but The Fall frontman Smith has questioned why so many young Syrian men are joining the exodus instead of staying in their country to fight.
He also hinted humanity would have suffered a catastrophe had Britain not stood alone against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany in 1940 before the U.S. entered World War II and tipped the balance in favour of the Allies.
Continue reading: Mark E. Smith: 'Syrians Can Win War If They Stand And Fight'
A Judge In Britain Has Settled A Copyright Dispute Over A Track By Mark E. Smith's Cult Rock Group The Fall.
Former bandmember Julia Adamson, also known as Julia Nagle, and producer Steven Sharples, took Smith's publishing company Minder Music Ltd to court to contest ownership of Touch Sensitive, a track from the U.K. group's 1999 album The Marshall Suite.
Adamson claimed the song was a development of a track she previously wrote with Smith and performed on U.K. radio in 1998, while Sharples was adamant he added music and lyrics to the album version and also deserved a share of the proceeds.
A judge at London's High Court listened to three versions of the song - the radio broadcast, a live performance and the album recording - and ruled Adamson and Sharples should share the royalties with Smith's publisher.
Continue reading: Judge Settles The Fall Copyright Dispute
Veteran British rocker Mark E Smith returned to the stage on Tuesday (31Mar09) for the first time since breaking his hip - and performed an entire gig in a wheelchair.
The Fall frontman, 52, suffered the injury earlier this year (09), but has bounced back to delight fans at a concert in Cambridge, England this week.
And the singer is refusing to let his hip injury hold up any more live shows - the band is scheduled to play at another show at Koko in Camden, north London on Wednesday (01Apr09).
It's not the first time Smith has battled back from a broken bones - he also hurt his hip in 2004, mid-way through the band's U.S. tour.
Continue reading: The Fall Frontman Smith Performs In A Wheelchair
A riotous performance by veteran British band The Fall saw legendary London music venue the Hammersmith Palais close its doors for the last time yesterday (01APR07).
During the incident-packed gig, some audience members took offence at frontman Mark E Smith's refusal to acknowledge the venue's closure, and mayhem ensued as angry concertgoers invaded the stage in protest.
The final encore of the hour-long show was cut short after security bundled the troublemakers offstage and fans tried to pull down light fittings as souvenirs.
Smith fumes, "I personally think that Blair is a National Socialist, and a National Socialist to me means Nazism.
Continue reading: Mark E Smith Attacks Tony Blair
But when Mancunian Smith visited the exhibition with some of his bandmates he took an immediate dislike to his likeness.
Continue reading: Fall Frontman Demands Painting Be Removed
Rockers Coldplay have been accused of approaching their music careers like "f***ing middle-class businessmen" who are only motivated by money.
The YELLOW hitmakers have fallen victim to the scathing tongue of cult THE FALL singer Mark E Smith, who recounts the time an American taxi driver overheard the band discussing business in the back of his cab - leading him to believe they were stockbrokers.
And charismatic Smith insists if singer Chris Martin and his bandmates were his children, he'd dress them in suits and send them off to get a "proper job", instead of releasing music to earn their millions.
Continue reading: Coldplay Are 'Middle-Class Businessmen'
It joins '10 Cloverfield Lane' and the upcoming ghost story 'The Conjuring 2'.
'Star Wars', 'Watership Down'... it's a busy year for this fledgling star.