Mark E. Smith, frontman and leader of cult post-punk band The Fall, died aged 60 yesterday morning (January 24). The news was announced by the band’s manager via Twitter, and tributes were led by Liam Gallagher, Tim Burgess and more.
Smith’s legacy was felt across festival fields a couple years back, when The Last Shadow Puppets’ Alex Turner and Miles Kane integrated a rousing cover of The Fall’s 1981 single ‘Totally Wired’ into their sets. With Kane taking lead vocals and Turner on guitar, the cover would act as a rare, raucous moment in a set that was laden with Turner’s crooning and strings aplenty. Very un-Fall like, right? See their cover at T In The Park in July 2016 below.
To celebrate their huge show at Manchester Castlefield Bowl the a couple days later, the band recruited The Smiths’ guitarist and all-round legend Johnny Marr to join in on the fun.
During his career, Smith would allegedly insult The Smiths through the medium of songs like ‘C.R.E.E.P.’ and ‘Oh! Brother’. Marr brushed it off, as he told AV Club – “Mark E. Smith has kind of made a career out of being resentful, so it didn’t bother us too much”. Moved past it enough to be a part of a fitting tribute to one of Manchester’s musical giants.