The Fall

The Fall

 

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The Fall were an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. They underwent many line up changes, with vocalist and founder Mark E. Smith as the only constant member. The Fall's long term musicians have included drummers Paul Hanley and Karl Burns; guitarists Marc Riley, Craig Scanlon and Brix Smith; and bassist Steve Hanley, whose melodic, circular bass lines are widely credited with shaping the band's sound from the early 1980s to the late-1990s.[1]

First associated with the late 1970s punk movement, the Fall's music underwent numerous stylistic changes, often concurrently with changes in the group's lineup. Nonetheless, their music has generally been characterised by an abrasive, repetitive guitar-driven sound, tense bass and drum rhythms, and Smith's caustic lyrics,[2] described by critic Simon Reynolds as "a kind of Northern English magic realism that mixed industrial grime with the unearthly and uncanny, voiced through a unique, one-note delivery somewhere between amphetamine-spiked rant and alcohol-addled yarn."[3] While the Fall never achieved widespread success beyond minor hit singles in the late 1980s, they have maintained a strong cult following.

The Fall have been called "the most prolific band of the British post-punk movement."[4] From 1979 to 2017, they released thirty-two studio albums, and more than three times that number when live albums and compilations (often released against Smith's wishes) are taken into account. They were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed them from early on in their career and described them as his favourite band, famously explaining, "they are always different; they are always the same."[5] In 2018, Smith died at the age of 60, effectively putting an end to the group.

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Highlights11

Best of the Fall & Mark E Smith Live
Album
Best of the Fall & Mark E Smith Live is an album by musical group The Fall, released on January 25, 2018.
The Fall Live In Manchester
Album
The Fall Live In Manchester is an album by The Fall, released on January 4, 2018.
New Facts Emerge
 
New Facts Emerge is the 32nd studio album by English band The Fall, released on 28 July 2017 by Cherry Red Records.This is the first album since Are You Are Missing Winner not to feature keyboardist Eleni Poulou, who quit The Fall the previous year after separating from Mark E.
Live in Clitheroe
Album
Live in Clitheroe is an album by The Fall, released on April 22, 2017.

Photos - The Fall562

Popular Albums99

Album Appearances & References3

Popular Songs14

Popular Live Albums9

Song Appearances & References2

Book References & Influences2

Collaborators & Influencers12

Other Music-Related Relationships29

Band Members1

You May Also Be Interested In16

Videos13

Spotify - Albums & Singles120

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On1

 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles19

Hey, Student! It’s a Beginner’s Guide to the Fall
  –  January 31, 2018
capped with a signature-uh vocal-uh tic-uh that rendered his lyrics as post-punk pig Latin. But while Smith may be the No. 1 reason for music-critic thesaurus searches on the word “cantankerous,” the Fall could mold their metamorphic punk into ...
The Fall’s Mark E Smith was a poet of the working class and the weird
  –  January 29, 2018
This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Mark E Smith, the only constant member of post-punk band The Fall, has died aged 60 after a year of ill health. Smith co-founded The Fall in Prestwich, north Manchester in 1976 amid the initial ...
Remembering The Fall's Mark E. Smith, rock’s most uncompromising voice
  –  January 26, 2018
Mark E. Smith—the mad Mancunian genius behind The Fall, one of the most prolific, mercurial, confounding, and enduring bands of the post-punk age—has died, according to a statement from his manager, Pamela Vander. “It is with deep regret that we ...
R.I.P. Mark E. Smith, frontman of The Fall has died
  –  January 26, 2018
Mark E. Smith, frontman of legendary UK post-punk band The Fall, has died. The Fall’s manager, Pam Van Damned, confirmed Smith’s passing in a brief statement provided to Consequence of Sound. “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of ...
Riotous singer led the Fall
  –  January 26, 2018
Mark E. Smith, the English songwriter and singer who since 1976 had led the Fall, a definitively uncompromising post-punk band, died on Wednesday at his home in England. He was 60. His death was announced by his manager and partner, Pamela Vander.
Mark E. Smith, Frontman for Post-Punk Greats The Fall, Dies at 60
  –  January 25, 2018
Smith led the band through its 40-plus years, 30-plus albums and a countless number of lineup permutations. Mark E. Smith, singular frontman for legendary Manchester post-punk outfit The Fall, died Wednesday. He was 60. "It is with deep regret that we ...
Mark E. Smith, Uncompromising Leader of the Fall, Dies at 60
  –  January 25, 2018
Mark E. Smith, the English songwriter and singer who since 1976 had led the Fall, a definitively uncompromising post-punk band, died on Wednesday at his home in Prestwich, England, near Manchester, where he had lived since childhood. He was 60. His death ...
Mark E. Smith, Prolific Singer of Post-Punk Group the Fall, Dead at 60
  –  January 25, 2018
Mark E. Smith, the post-punk visionary who fronted the Fall for four decades, died on Wednesday at the age of 60. The riot-starters and two-chord wonders that blew rock wide open "It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith," the ...
Mark E. Smith Dies; The Fall Singer Was 60
  –  January 25, 2018
Sad news out of the music world today, as multiple sources have confirmed that Mark E. Smith, lead singer of the iconic post-punk band The Fall, has passed away at the age of 60. The news of Smith's passing was confirmed via a statement issued by his band ...
Mark E. Smith, The Fall lead singer, dead at 60
  –  January 25, 2018
Jan. 25 (UPI) --Mark E. Smith, the frontman and lead singer of post-punk band The Fall, has died at the age of 60. Smith's death was confirmed by the band's manager Pam Vander. A cause of death has not been disclosed. "It is with deep regret that we ...
Always different, always the same: Mark E. Smith of the Fall was a cranky, uncompromising genius
  –  January 25, 2018
it’s the Fall.” The tension and the turnover led to constant mini-reinventions by necessity, with shifting members and lineups creating different eras with different sounds. Claustrophobic, slashing post-punk gave way to a beefed-up, double drummer ...
Mark E Smith, Legendary Leader Of The Fall, Has Died Aged 60
  –  January 25, 2018
Mark E Smith, the iconic lead singer of long-running British post-punk band The Fall, has died at the age of 60, it has been confirmed. The group’s manager, Pam Vander, made the announcement on Wednesday evening (January 24th) that Smith had passed away ...
Mark E. Smith, lead singer of The Fall, dead at 60
  –  January 25, 2018
Mark E. Smith, the prolific frontman of the British post-punk rock band The Fall, died at age 60 in his home. “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith,” a statement provided to Fox News from The Fall’s manager ...
Mark E Smith, founder of post-punk band The Fall, dies at 60
  –  January 25, 2018
LONDON (AP) — Mark E. Smith, lead singer and driving force of British post-punk band The Fall, died Wednesday. He was 60. The Fall manager and Smith's partner Pam Vander — also known as Pam Van Damned — said Smith died at his home. The cause of death ...
Mark E. Smith Dead - The Fall Frontman Dies at 60
  –  January 25, 2018
Mark E. Smith, the frontman of post-punk band The Fall, has sadly passed away. The 60-year-old musician died on Wednesday (January 24) at his home, according to his manager. She added, “A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days.
Mark E. Smith Dead At 60: Fans Mourn Death Of ‘The Fall’s Lead Singer
  –  January 25, 2018
Fans are mourning the sad passing of post punk rock pioneer Mark E. Smith at just 60-years-old. We’ve got the reactions to The Fall lead singer’s untimely death. The loss of a music icon! The Fall’s lead singer and post-punk legend Mark. E.
Mark E. Smith, Acerbic Leader Of The Fall, Dies At 60
  –  January 25, 2018
A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days." The Fall is known as one of the defining post-punk bands of the mid-1980s, mixing punk's acerbic attitude with various elements of krautrock, garage rock and art rock. At the center was Smith ...
Mark E. Smith, frontman of British post-punk band the Fall, dead at 60
  –  January 24, 2018
Mark E. Smith, frontman of the prolific and influential U.K. post-punk band the Fall, died this morning at his home. He was 60. Smith's passing was announced via a Facebook post from the Fall's manager Pam Vander, who noted that a more detailed statement ...
The Fall - Singles 1978-2016
  –  November 22, 2017
The Fall are often classified as post-punk—a movement synonymous with anti-rock experimentation and futurist principles—but in their early years, they were more interested in putting a post-modernist spin on pre-punk sounds. They cultivated mutant ...

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