Top of the Pops

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When we filmed Top of The Pops with Mark E Smith, he brought a friend called Brian with him. Brian seemed innocuous enough. Mark claimed that he was his hairdresser, although darker voices in out entourage whispered that he was a black belt in Judo and not to be messed with. Mark thought nothing of trying, at every possible turn, to get us to have our hair cut by him, an offer we persistently refused to go along with.

Much later, I was having a drink with Steve Hanley at The Crown Inn at the bottom of Deansgate and he mercilessly teased me about the fact that Inspiral Carpets had appeared on Top of The Pops with Mark E Smith, but The Fall hadn’t.

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