Biography

The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. With an ever-changing line up, the group essentially consists of its founder and only constant member, Mark E. Smith. The singer is famously dismissive of musicians and when asked about the high turnover of Fall members said "if it's me and your granny on bongos, then it's [the] Fall". First associated with the late 1970s punk movement, the band's music has evolved through numerous stylistic changes, often concurrently with changes in the group's membership. The Fall's music is characterised by repetition and an abrasive guitar-driven sound, and is always underpinned by Smith's typically cryptic lyrics, described by Steve Huey as "abstract poetry filled with complicated wordplay, bone-dry wit, cutting social observations and general misanthropy."

The Fall have released thirty studio albums , and more than triple that when live albums and compilations (often against Smith's wishes) are taken into account. While the Fall has never achieved widespread success beyond a minor hits singles in the late 1980s, they have a maintained a strong cult following. They were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed them from early on in their career. Peel described the Fall as his favourite band, whom he said were, "always different... always the same."

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The Fall News

The Fall announce new album and tour plans - ticket details

The Fall announce new album and tour plans - ticket details

'Your Future Is Our Clutter' is out in the spring

  • Feb 18, 2010

The Fall to play Camp Bestival 2010

The Wurzels also join next year's three day summer bash

  • Nov 20, 2009

The Fall's back catalogue set for reissue

'This Nation's Saving Grace' is the first to be re-released

  • Nov 13, 2009

The Fall's Mark E Smith sings from wheelchair and dressing room at gig

Recovering singer adopts unusual singing position as he recovers from hip injury

  • Apr 2, 2009

The Fall's Mark E Smith returns to stage after injury

Singer performs gig in a wheelchair

  • Apr 1, 2009

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The Fall Music Videos

Garrick Davis-Redhouse Play Video

Garrick Davis-Redhouse

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Deceiving Lights Play Video

Deceiving Lights

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Download Festival 2008 Play Video

Download Festival 2008

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Black

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Boogie Wonderland

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