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 to release new six-track EP next month

The Fall to release new six-track EP next month

Mark E Smith's ever-prolific band will follow the EP with a new album in 2014

  • Oct 5, 2013

The Fall's Mark E Smith: 'Mumford and Sons are like sitting next to Ernst & Young'

Frontman bemoans the state of music, saying "it's shit!"

  • May 31, 2013

The Fall to release new album in May

Mark E Smith and co will release 'Re-Mitt' next month

  • Apr 12, 2013

The Fall's Mark E Smith says he doesn't like 'any' of the songs on their last album

Singer not a fan of their last LP 'Ersatz GB'

  • Mar 2, 2013

Mark E Smith backs Brad Pitt to play him in Fall biopic

Frontman suggests Hollywood actor for lead role

  • Dec 28, 2012

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The Fall Music Videos

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Garrick Davis-Redhouse

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Deceiving Lights

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Download Festival 2008

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The Fall Reviews

The Fall - 'The Remainderer EP'

The Fall - 'The Remainderer EP'

The fall's latest offering sounds like someone’s brought Elvis back to life – maggots and all

  • Nov 22, 2013

The Fall - 'Re-Mit'

The band’s 30th studio album to date has a lighter touch than 2011’s bile-fuelled ‘Ersatz GB’.

  • May 13, 2013

Album Review: The Fall - 'Ersatz GB'

The Fall still stand alone and aloft

  • Nov 11, 2011

Album Review: The Fall - 'Your Future, Our Clutter' (Domino)

Mark E Smith’s scabrous wit, defiant strangeness and constant invention still continue to put newer pretenders to shame

  • Apr 26, 2010

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