Below is all my writing on The Fall (well, nearly all of it) in chronological order of the releases, rather than the order in which they were written.
And there is an interview transcript with Martin Bramah on his time in The Fall and the young M.E.S.
Oh and there's also a couple of choice snippets of M.E.S. on M.E.S.
the Fall's most perfect record
Out of my own writing, the missing bit here is the only time I actually interviewed Mark E. - a piece that was part of a whimsical Observer package feature about how people with the name Smith were spending Christmas! Had a look for it but it must be languishing with the hefty chunk of the Reynolds archive that's in storage (couldn't face bringing all that paper - there's so much of it - with us to LA when we moved - a decision subsequently regretted on a monthly basis). This phone interview with M.E.S. would have been 1990. There wasn't a a huge story there to be honest - Mark was spending it with his mum and he was looking forward to being pampered and doted upon by various elderly female relatives. As others have reported, despite his reputation, Mark was unexpectedly pleasant. Indeed at one point, when I brought up the subject of his image as a surly, doesn't-suffer-fools-gladly curmudgeon, he said "I'll have you know, Simon, I'm actually a very pleasant man." UPDATE NOVEMBER 1 2018: HAVE NOW ADDED THIS PIECE TO THE SELECTION BELOW.
Oh, the other missing bit of course is Rip It Up and Start Again's Manchester chapter "Just Step Sideways" which is largely about The Fall and Joy Division. Which you can find in... Rip It Up and Start Again. But below I do include a snippet from Rip It Up's prologue - a quote that has been circulating a fair bit in the last few days.
Melody Maker, October 4th 1986
by Simon Reynolds
The Fall are un-pop too - anti-dance, anti-spectacle, un-sensual - but they have carved out a rival territory of alien beauty that they can exploit indefinitely. If the broad sweep of this music has been established, there's still endless scope for growth through internal complication.
Mark E. Smith
You and Una then formed the Blue Orchids - did you see the group as the vanguard of a new psychedelia, music for "heads"?
Mark Fisher at his sharpest in this klassik K-punk series of pieces Memorex for the Krakens: The Fall's Pulp Modernism. Also an unfinished talk written by Mark to be delivered at a Fall conference in Salford in 2008, but never delivered owing to family bereavement.
Dave Simpson in the Guardian writing about tracking down every former member of the Fall (a lunatic project that turned into his highly enjoyable book The Fallen)
And here's a lovely tribute / memory-session from Jon Wilde (formerly Jonh Wilde, of Melody Maker renown) who interviewed Mark E. Smith no less than eight times, at We Are Cult website.
The Wire have constructed a portal to a heap of the magazine's writing on The Fall, including Stewart Lee's primer to their discography, interviews by Tony Herrington and Samantha Batra, and Simon Ford's account of the group's formation.
Finally, more Fall thoughtage from me + information