Mark E. Smith celebrates 60th birthday with promise to be less mainstream

AS he celebrates his 60th birthday Mark E. Smith has pledged to be less mainstream and easy going.

The Fall frontman said the landmark birthday meant he could finally become ‘uninhibited, uncooperative and generally very difficult’.

He added: “I’m sick of being so ‘vanilla’. I just to spend the rest of my of life being an obtuse fucker to everyone I encounter. I wonder what that will be like?”

Meanwhile, ‘friends’ of Smith have organised a party that will be attended by all 66 former members of The Fall.

One friend said: “Some of them will be here in a work capacity as waiters and such but it’s unlikely Mark will even recognise a lot of them.

“I love The Fall and I wouldn’t recognise about 40 of them. I’m not even totally sure whether I was in The Fall myself, to be honest.”