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The Fall


Manchester, England (1976 – present)

Famously described by John Peel as being “always different, always the same”, The Fall were formed in Manchester, England in 1976 during the era although their style quickly evolved into something more idiosyncratic.

The one permanent fixture amidst the Fall’s ever-changing line-up is Mark E. Smith. Smith’s lyrics are free, unboxed and unpredictable, touching on an extremely wide range of subjects and places, and caring little for being tied down to easily digestible messages.

Smith’s singing can put off some people, but others find it a uniquely expressive instrument. Smith is not a conventionally great vocalist, but his keen sense of rhythm, his energy and personality more than make up for this.

The Fall’s music changes depending on the line-up at a given time. Always experimental, Mark E. Smith has claimed to invent several musical genres, including house music; “we were doing that years ago” and even the internet. “He told me I didn’t understand, that we were from the bleak industrial wastes of North England, or something, and that we didn’t understand the Internet. I told him Fall fans invented the Internet. They were on there in 1982.” One thing that is for sure is that The Fall (and their fans) have always pushed the boundaries, and never been afraid to experiment.

The Fall were a favorite group of DJ , recording 24 sessions for his BBC1 radio program over the years.

The Fall’s back catalogue consists of 29 studio albums, and is very fragmented with a seemingly endless number of compilations and semi-official live albums.


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  • calsoon

    I've liked every album since Imperial Wax Solvent but i find Sub-Lingual sounding really dull. A few good tracks on it though.

    22 May 4:46pm Reply
  • deephaus

    Black Door <3

    20 May 1:26am Reply
  • connect_icut

    New album is a lot better than the last two

    14 May 10:32pm Reply
  • nerwowy

    dedication not meditation kicked my head

    14 May 7:40pm Reply
  • aaronws

    from one of the best bands in the world to... this. Pledge might be one of the worst songs i've ever heard

    12 May 10:01pm Reply
  • Nekro__b

    Весело,задорно .. Auto Chip вообще мясо.. Здоровья и много альбомов Мастеру ..

    12 May 4:54am Reply
  • The_Ambience_Ed

    Spectre possesses rector and becomes Regina Spektor.

    18 Apr 6:39pm Reply
  • dallinkapp

    18 Apr 4:37am Reply
  • Hafwit78

    The dead cannot contradict

    5 Apr 3:20pm Reply
  • dallinkapp

    witch trials always wins for me

    26 Mar 5:13pm Reply
  • TheWhiteMage

    Hex Enduction Hour > Perverted By Language > The Real New Fall LP > Your Future, Our Clutter > Room to Live

    9 Mar 3:14am Reply
  • Zombak39

    5 из твоих друзей слушают The Fall.

    27 Feb 12:54am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    New album in April!

    21 Feb 10:53pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    It's not a myth, according to Steve Hanley's book.

    21 Feb 10:53pm Reply
  • mikelittlepony

    @HauntedJukebox: I would pay good money for a reissue of Levitate, if it includes the Masquerade singles. If Cherry Red records should decide to do it, I hope it will sound better than the remaster of The Marshall Suite, that was awful. Still waiting for Beggars Banquet to do that Bend Sinister reissue. I don't care if it will be an Omnibus or just a bonus disc with the b-sides. Forget about that "wrong" speed nonsense, it's a myth, just remaster it and take my money.

    16 Feb 4:12am Reply
  • mikelittlepony

    You can listen to the radio documentary "The Totally Wired World of the Fall" on BBC Radio 6, or you can get a rip here.

    16 Feb 3:55am Reply
  • leeisfreee

    turn that bloody blimey space invader off

    11 Feb 1:31am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    @HauntedJukebox, Label issues.

    21 Jan 7:04pm Reply
  • hiddenreverse

    uh... he lives in Manchester-uh?

    20 Jan 11:04pm Reply
  • HauntedJukebox

    Why hasn't there been a Deluxe reissue of Levitate?

    8 Jan 11:57pm Reply
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