"It's always been going on. There's a lot of Fall fans in (British intelligence agency) Gchq, they'd intercept stuff from record labels. In the '90s, I knew I was gonna be dropped from Phonogram before they did! Now you get that German woman (German chancellor Angela Merkel) going, 'Oh, I've been tapped...' I should think so - the last time we didn't tap you, we got the Second World War!" The Fall frontman Mark E. Smith is convinced the U.K.'s phone hacking scandal is not a new issue.