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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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  • Zombak39

    5 из твоих друзей слушают The Fall.

    7 hours ago 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
  • antiantigone

    fibre book troll is a great song, best thing they've done in ages

    3 Jan 12:12am Reply
  • helvettt

    I was wondering what NWRA stands for and then I realised the song says "The north will rise again" over and over again...

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • leavethecapitol

    can someone pay for a plane ticket to london for me plz i just wanna see mark

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    I'm really excited about the Brix/Hanleys gig in Manchester next month! It'll be as close to seeing the classic 80's line-up as I'll ever get.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Diabeticus

    wish they would come tour the US....

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Fall/+images/101987409

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • darkzone_666

    wonderful band!

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    I can't wait to read the book. I pre-ordered it, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • frankiefrogfive

    just finished steve hanleys book,MES is nutty control freak, but everyone knows that.

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Mampato

    Should read: 4 1/2 Inch

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Mampato

    Top 10 Fall tracks? Here is my list. I have not given the list anywhere near the amount of effort and rigour it deserves. I pretty much wrote it as it came to me. Nevermind, here it is: 1) The Classical 2) British Grenadiers - Gross Chapel 3) 2/1 Inch 4) Garden 5) I am Damo Suzuki 6) Spectre vs. Rector 7) C N C Stop Mithering 8) Medical Acceptance Gate 9) Ladybird 10) Bremen Nacht Alternative

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
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