Elastica's Justine Frischmann on the Godlike Genii of Mark E. Smith
This article appeared in NME some years before Smith actually received the NME Godlike Genius Award.
As far as Godlike Genii go, Mark E. Smith comes the closest, hes one of the few current musical heroes I have left. I would have said Paul Weller, Terry Hall or Debbie Harry, but none of them are still doing it with such finesse. I just love the way hes such a miserable fucker: hes so funny on record and so miserable in real life, hes curious. Ive got a funny story about him. Damon and I were in Notting Hill and we went into this Indian restaurant and he came in and sat next to us. I was so overcome I couldnt speak, I couldnt eat. I wanted to stick my head in a bucket of cold water. He was just sitting on his own, reading and eating a lamb curry, he was so close he could hear us talking. I felt like a twat. He has a real mystery about him, hes just cool and has a fantastic limp. I like the way hes had a proper length career too, and he does what he wants without getting fucked over. I dont know if hed agree, he always seems quite bitter, but to me it always seems likee hes handled it quite well. And hes a purist which I envy. (When asked what she would do if she had to present him with the Godlike Genius Award she replied I think Id faint, or at least blush).
The article has a an inset of Frischmann (fag hanging out the mouth) next to a larger picture of Smith and is accompanied by the words Mark E: bound to be impressed by Justine)
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