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"The Fall are always different but always the same" - John Peel.
The Fall were formed in Manchester, during the Punk 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's singing and lyrics, which portray a surreally skewed version of Northern English life. Characters feature strongly in his work and his delivery reflects their frustrations. Smith's singing can put off some people, but others find it to a uniquely expressive instrument.
The music changes depending on the line-up at a given time. However, generally, the bass features prominently, and draws on 60's Garage and the German group Can. Often there are primitive keyboards thrown into the mix and in later years, the use of tape technology is more to the fore.
They are also noted as favourites of DJ John Peel, recording 23 sessions for him over the years.
The Fall's back catalogue is very fragmented with a seemingly endless number of compilations and semi-official live albums. Currently there are a series of high quality expanded editions of early albums with bonus tracks and informative sleeve notes being released by Castle.
Key Albums include
Live At the Witch Trials (debut)
Hex Enduction Hour
This Nation's Saving Grace
Country on the Click
Fall Heads Roll (latest)
50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong
the Complete John Peel Sessions
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