The savage wit of Mark E Smith – his greatest quotes

Mark E. Smith, one of the most unique musicians Britain ever produced, has died aged 60. Since The Fall swaggered onto the scene back in 1979, the frontman and only consistent member carved himself a reputation as punk’s snarling poet laureate. While his lyrics are evidence enough of his gift for using and abusing the English language, his interviews never fail to be anything less than a masterclass in aggressive, righteous and unapologetic vitriol. Here we present some of his choicest turns of phrase:

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