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Judge Settles The Fall Copyright Dispute


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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.

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The Fall Frontman Smith Performs In A Wheelchair


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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.

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Chaos At Hammersmith Palais Final Show


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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.

Mark E Smith Attacks Tony Blair


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Outspoken rocker Mark E Smith has blasted British Prime Minister Tony Blair for sending teenagers off to die in Iraq.

The Fall frontman is scathing of the politician because he feels he's behaving like German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Smith fumes, "I personally think that Blair is a National Socialist, and a National Socialist to me means Nazism.

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Fall Frontman Demands Painting Be Removed


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The Fall frontman Mark E Smith was left so underwhelmed by a portrait of himself in a gallery, he demanded the offending artwork be taken down immediately.

The cult rocker is one of a collection of celebrity caricatures, including David Bowie and Jack Nicholson, by local artist ANDY PARRY being exhibited in the KRO 2 gallery in Manchester, England.

But when Mancunian Smith visited the exhibition with some of his bandmates he took an immediate dislike to his likeness.

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Coldplay Are 'Middle-Class Businessmen'


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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.

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