Running the national football team is very much like running my group, the Fall. As a manager, you've got to maintain a certain detachment from your players, and it's the same with my musicians. When we're on tour, I sit at the back of the bus. We're friendly but the secret of it is never get too ally-pally. You can have a pint or two together now and again but you don't want to be going round their houses.You don't want people to get too comfortable, because if they do, there's no way they'll be on top of their game. It's not a job for life. I see the Fall being like a football team with a two- or three-year cycle. There's always going to be a period where I'll need a new centre-forward.I always like to keep a strong subs' bench of people who can step into the breach, cos you never know when you might need them in an emergency.
Well worth a read. Which leaves the question, how best is the affective work of managing a football team done? And more vitally, why have The Fall not previously been associated in World Cup football song, until 2010? We have Theme From Sparta FC.
I cannot let this pass without adding this video. Mark E. Smith reading the football results. The interview afterwards is sublime.
And the marvelous Kicker Conspiracy: "HOT DOGS AND SEAT FOR MR. HOGG! AAAAAANNNNDDD HIS GROTTYSPAWN!".
In the light of these, Smith's recent World Cup offering, and an outing for his 'soft voice' best witnessed in Bill Is Dead, seems a bit pale. Writing in the band Shuttleworth with Ed Blaney and Jenny Shuttleworth, the video is a sight to behold.
After watching, perhaps Mark is right to insist 'it's not a Fall song'.