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The Fall

Mark E. Smith in 2004
Background information
Origin Prestwich, Bury, England
Genre(s) Post-punk, alternative rock
Years active 1976–present
Label(s) Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet, Narnack, Phonogram, Permanent, Slogan
Members
Mark E. Smith,
Elena Poulou, Dave Spurr,
Pete Greenway, Keiron Melling
Former members
see Members of The Fall

The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, but is often characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive and often incoherent vocals. The Fall (La Chute) is a novel by Albert Camus, first published in 1956. ... Look up fall in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... , Prestwich is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester, England. ... The Metropolitan borough of Bury is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, in the northwest of England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Alternative music redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Beggars Banquet is an English independent record label that began as a chain of record shops owned by Martin Mills and Nick Austin, and is part of the Beggars Group of labels. ... Narnack Records is an independent record label based in New York City. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... Mark E. Smith (born 5 March 1957) is the lead singer, lyricist, frontman, and sole consistent member of The Fall, a renowned and idiosyncratic offshoot from the UK post-punk/new wave music scenes. ... One of the most notable aspects of the career of The Fall has been the number of musicians to have passed through the group since their formation in 1976. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England which has a population of 2. ... Mark E. Smith (born 5 March 1957) is the lead singer, lyricist, frontman, and sole consistent member of The Fall, a renowned and idiosyncratic offshoot from the UK post-punk/new wave music scenes. ... Look up punk in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The band is noted for its prolific output: as of February 2007 they have released 26 studio albums, and more than triple that counting live albums and other releases. They have never achieved widespread public success beyond a handful of minor hit singles in the late 1980s, but have maintained a strong cult following. The band were long-associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed them from early on in their career and cited The Fall as his favourite band, famously explaining, "They are always different, they are always the same."[1] For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ...

Contents

History

1970s

The Fall formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester during 1976, taking their name after Albert Camus' novel The Fall (1956). They would meet at Kingswood Road, Prestwich and rehearse material in Smith's/Baines' flat. The original line up was to be Martin Bramah - vocal, Mark Smith - guitar, Tony Friel - bass and Una Baines - drums. , Prestwich is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester, England. ... Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England which has a population of 2. ... For other uses, see Camus. ... The Fall (La Chute) is a novel by Albert Camus, first published in 1956. ...


From their first live lineup of Mark E. Smith (vocal), Martin Bramah (guitar), Tony Friel (bass) and an unknown drummer on Monday, May 23, 1977 North West Arts basement, King Street, Manchester, the group produced a sound quite unlike anything else being played in the run-down dancehalls of northern England's new wave scene. After this first gig the line up would change, losing Dave/Steve the drummer (years later Smith referred to Dave/Steve as "that little bald fellow that died from Stockport" and Tony Friel remembered Dave actually being called Steve and claimed that "some years later he killed himself by throwing himself under a train") and adding Una Baines keyboard and Karl Burns drums for the second gig on Friday, 3 June 1977 at the Squat Club, Manchester. It was this line up of Smith, Bramah, Friel, Baines and Burns that recorded Bingo-Master's Break-Out!, Psycho Mafia, Repetition and Frightened on Thursday, 9 November 1977 at Indigo Studios, Manchester. The session was funded by Richard Boon, manager of Buzzcocks, and he planned to release the tracks on his New Hormones label. Boon later gave the tapes back to the band as he decided to concentrate on Buzzcocks. Martin Bramah (born 1957) is a British musician best known as a founder member of both The Fall and Blue Orchids. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Two tracks, "Stepping Out" and "Last Orders", were released on the compilation Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus in June 1978 on Virgin Records, a compilation album recorded at the Manchester venue The Electric Circus on Sunday, 2 October 1977. Founder member and bassist Tony Friel left to form The Passage after a gig on Friday, 23 December 1977, at Stretford Civic Centre, Manchester. is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 357th day of the year (358th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Friel's replacement Jonnie Brown lasted from January 1978 to March 1978 appearing at several gigs and taking part in the Granada TV show So It Goes hosted by Tony Wilson. The Fall were filmed by Granada for the show in Prestwich on Monday, 13 February 1978 performing "Psycho Mafia", "Industrial Estate" and "Dresden Dolls". Anthony Howard Wilson (20 February 1950 – 10 August 2007) was an English record label owner, radio presenter, TV show host, nightclub manager, impresario and journalist for Granada Television and the BBC. Wilson, commonly known as Tony Wilson, was the music mogul behind some of Manchesters most successful bands. ... is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


In early April 1978 Una Baines left The Fall. This was in part due to her relationship with Jonnie Brown, who allegedly was a heroin addict (Brown still thinks "No Xmas For John Quays" is about him), but also due to band differences. He and Baines struck up a relationship and when Brown left Baines followed soon after. Baines stated in interviews years later that when Brown walked in there was an obvious attraction between them. She also added that Brown said if they were going to get together then he had a secret and to be with him she'd have to share it... she did and they had a short relationship.


Replacing Una Baines came Yvonne Pawlett in late April 1978, with Jonnie Brown also replaced in April by Eric McGann (aka Eric Random and Rick Goldstraw) but he again lasted only a short time until Tuesday, 30 May 1978. Eric's departure was due to the Fall's then van driver and conga player Steve Davis showing up to take the band to London to record their first John Peel session in an Hawaiian shirt. Such was Eric's disgust he refused to get in the van and was summarily sacked. During the recording of the Peel session Martin Bramah played the bass parts. is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


New bass player Marc Riley joined and appeared with The Fall on Sunday, 11 June 1978 at Band on the Wall, Manchester. Marc Lard Riley is a musician, alternative rock critic and DJ on BBC 6 Music where he presents Rocket Science on Saturday afternoons and Mint on Sunday evenings. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Band on the Wall Band on the Wall is a live music venue in the Northern Quarter area of Manchester City Centre. ...


The debut EP, "Bingo-Master's Break-Out!", was finally released 11 August 1978 on Step Forward Records but did not include "Frightened" from the recording sessions. Apparently Mark E. Smith asked for it to be left off as he felt that it was a dull version, a copy of this recording has never been officially released. is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


The second single from The Fall was "It's the New Thing" released November 1978 and featured the new line up of Mark Smith, Martin Bramah, Marc Riley, Yvonne Pawlett and Karl Burns.


Their debut album Live at the Witch Trials recorded in one day at Camden Sound Suite, London on Friday, 15 December 1978. Live at the Witch Trials is the debut album by The Fall, first released 16th March 1979. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Further line up changes were afoot with the departure of Karl Burns, his last appearance was on Saturday, 30 December 1978 The Venue, Manchester. is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Burns replacement, Mike Leigh, first appeared live on Wednesday, 14 February 1979 at Bowden Vale Social Club, Altrincham. is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The debut LP by The Fall, Live at the Witch Trials is released on 16 March 1979. Founding member Martin Bramah quitting the band during late April 1979 to form Blue Orchids created a significant shift in band dynamics, with the replacements Steve Hanley and Craig Scanlon first appearing live on Wednesday, 9 May 1979 at Music Hall, Aberdeen. Live at the Witch Trials is the debut album by The Fall, first released 16th March 1979. ... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Yvonne Pawlett's last appearance with The Fall came on Saturday, 28 July 1979 at the Mayflower Club, Gorton, Manchester. She left to look after her sick dog. Years later she appeared in The Shy Tots releasing a single "Gallery" in 1982. is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


On 30th July 1979 "Rowche Rumble", The Fall's third single, is released featuring the new line up of Mark E Smith, Craig Scanlon, Marc Riley, Steve Hanley, Yvonne Pawlett and Mike Leigh.


Dragnet, The Fall's second album is recorded on 2 - 4 August 1979 at Cargo Studios, Rochdale and is released on 26 October 1979 featuring the stripped down line up of Mark E Smith, Craig Scanlon, Marc Riley, Steve Hanley and Mike Leigh. Dragnet signaled a sparser, more jagged feel, which on subsequent albums filled out into a more grinding, industrial sound. A dragnet is any system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects; including road barricades and traffic stops, widespread DNA tests, and general increased police alertness. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Early 1980s

Audio samples of The Fall's music

13th January 1980 The Fall release their fourth single, "Fiery Jack", their last record for Step Forward. Image File history File links The_Fall_Totally_Wired. ... Image File history File links The_Fall_Leave_the_Capitol. ... Slates is the fourth album by The Fall, first released April 27, 1981 on 10 vinyl. ... Image File history File links The_Fall_Middle_Mass. ... Image File history File links The_Fall_Hip_Priest. ... Hex Enduction Hour is a 1982 album by The Fall. ...


Mike Leigh's last gig was on Thursday, 20 March 1980 at Manchester Polytechnic, he apparently left and went back onto the cabaret circuit. is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


Paul Hanley, Leigh's replacement and Steve Hanley's younger brother, first plays live with The Fall on Friday, 21 March 1980 Electric Ballroom, London. is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


5th May 1980 Totale's Turns LP released on Rough Trade. The live album (apart from 2 tracks) documents the band during various appearances, with Smith announcing last orders at the bar and berating band members and audience throughout. Totales Turns (Its Now or Never) is an album by The Fall, first released May 5, 1980. ...


In mid June 1980 The Fall tour The Netherlands with drummer Steve Davis. He stood in for Paul Hanley while he took his O levels.


The Fall release their fifth single on 11 July 1980 titled "How I Wrote Elastic Man" and is the first release to feature the line up of Mark E Smith, Craig Scanlon, Marc Riley, Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


November 17th 1980 Grotesque Lp released. With the album came a significant improvement in production and content, which continued throughout the period.


In 1978, 1979 & 1980 The Fall played the Deeply Vale Festivals and Mark E Smith said in a 2004 TV interview that the Deeply Vale events were his all time favourite festivals despite in later years having performed at many larger festivals. Smith also said his favourite place to record albums was in Rochdale which has featured heavily throughout their career as a town where The Fall have gone to record initially at Cargo / Suite Sixteen and later at Gracieland. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Slates, the mini 10" album, released 24 April 1981 their last recording for Rough Trade. Several of the tracks include Dave Tucker on clarinet, he had appeared with The Fall on numerous occasions in a live capacity. is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


May - July 1981 The Fall tour America with the line up of Mark E. Smith, Craig Scanlon, Marc Riley, Steve Hanley and Karl Burns on drums. U.S. immigration said Paul Hanley was too young to play America's "21 and over" clubs.


September 1981 Karl Burns appears as a second drummer with The Fall for the first time and 77 - Early Years - 79 LP (a Step Forward compilation) is released.


On 13th November 1981 The Fall release their sixth single called "Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul" on Kamera Records featuring the line up Mark E. Smith, Craig Scanlon, Marc Riley, Steve Hanley, Paul Hanley and Karl Burns.


On 8th March 1982 Hex Enduction Hour is released on Kamera Records and Live in London 1980 cassette only live album is released later in the month on Chaos Tapes. Hex Enduction Hour is a 1982 album by The Fall. ...


The Fall's seventh single is released 19 April 1982 titled "Look, Know" on Kamera. is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


May 1982 A Part of America Therein live LP released on Cottage Records, having been recorded during their last tour of America.


27th September 1982 Room to Live album released on Kamera.


Marc Riley's final appearance with The Fall is on Wednesday, 22 December 1982 at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester. is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


1983

The Fall Perverted By Language Tour, Hamburg (Markthalle), 13.April 1984
The Fall Perverted By Language Tour, Hamburg (Markthalle), 13.April 1984

1983 was a year of changes in The Fall camp, firstly it was the first time The Fall had recorded and gigged after the expulsion of guitarist Marc Riley a band member for the previous 4 years. 1983 also marked The Fall's return to Rough Trade Records, after being promised better treatment this time around. On 7 June 1983, Rough Trade Records issued The Fall's 9th single The Man Whose Head Expanded and on 19 September 1983 issued the 10th single and double pack Kicker Conspiracy. Bizarrely in November 1983 Kamera Records issued around 2-3 thousand copies of the planned 1982 single Marquis Cha Cha, the release date having been put back due to Kamera's financial troubles in late 1982, making it The Fall's 11th single issue. 1983 heralded another dramatic change with the departure of Riley and the arrival of Smith's American girlfriend and later wife, Californian Brix Smith (born Laura Elise Salenger and named after the track Guns Of Brixton by The Clash, due to her liking of it), as guitarist alongside Craig Scanlon. Brix's first live appearance being on Wednesday, 21 September 1983 at the Hellfire Club, Wakefield. A last album for Rough Trade Records, before the friendship soured, (Perverted by Language, released 5th December 1983) was the first to record by The Fall to feature Brix E Smith. Also released in December 1983 was the live album In A Hole, recorded during The Fall's tour of New Zealand in 1982, on Flying Nun Records. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Perverted by Language is a 1983 album by The Fall. ... Californian can mean: A person from the U.S. state of California, see List of people from California an adjective describing something as from California. ... Brix Smith with The Fall (left: Steve Hanley), Perverted By Language Tour, Hamburg (Markthalle), 13. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Perverted by Language is a 1983 album by The Fall. ... Flying Nun Records is probably the most influential independent record label in New Zealand. ...


1984-1989

Audio samples of The Fall's music

This era found The Fall scoring a few modest hits with singles from a string of highly acclaimed albums: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall (1984), This Nation's Saving Grace (1985), Bend Sinister (1986), The Frenz Experiment (1988). I Am Kurious, Oranj is notable as the fruit of a ballet project between Smith and dancer Michael Clark. Simon Rogers and later Marcia Schofield played keyboards, and Simon Wolstencroft replaced Burns on drums after This Nation's Saving Grace. Image File history File links The_Fall_Elves. ... The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall is an album by The Fall, released in October 1984. ... Image File history File links The_Fall_Paint_Work. ... ... Image File history File links The_Fall_Hit_The_North. ... The Frenz Experiment is a 1988 album by The Fall. ... Image File history File links The_Fall_Carry_Bag_Man. ... The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall is an album by The Fall, released in October 1984. ... ... Bend Sinister is a 1986 album by The Fall, released on Beggars Banquet Records. ... The Frenz Experiment is a 1988 album by The Fall. ... I Am Kurious Oranj is a 1988 album by British rock band The Fall. ... For other uses, see Ballet (disambiguation). ... Michael Clark British dancer and choreographer. ...


1990s

With Brix's departure in July 1989, shortly after the release of Cab It Up 7" and the Seminal Live, half studio half live Lp the final releases by The Fall during their time at Beggars Banquet. Brix's departure was partly due to her estrangement from her then husband Mark E Smith, band differences and wanting to concentrate on her band The Adult Net which had been going since 1985. Original founding member and guitarist Martin Bramah returned to replace Brix Smith the ranks of The Fall during July 1989 as second guitarist. Seminal Live is a 1989 album by British rock band The Fall, recorded partly in the studio and partly at live performaces in 1988. ... Alternate cover Initially rejected cover of Beggars Banquet Beggars Banquet is an LP released in 1968 by The Rolling Stones. ... The Adult Net was a band led by Brix Smith, an American singer and guitarist best known as a member of the British group The Fall. ... This article is about the band. ...


The Fall opened the 90s with a fresh line up and flurry of activity. The release of the 7" single Telephone Thing, their first release for Phonogram Records was followed, closely by Extricate in February 1990, the first album for Phonogram Records and by the Popcorn Double Feature 7" single released in March 1990. Martin Bramah and Marcia Schofield were dismissed from The Fall during the tour of Australia and New Zealand in July 1990 to be replaced by Kenny Brady on violin. A third single appeared in August 1990, White Lightning on Phonogram Records with the last release of 1990 being the 7" single High Tension Line on Phonogram Records. Also released during December 1990 were the compilation albums, on Beggars Banquet, 458489 A Sides and 458489 B Sides. Shift-Work the second Lp for Phonogram Records was released in April 1991. June 1991 saw the departure of Kenny Brady with August seeing Dave Bush join on keyboards. March 1992 sees The Fall release Free Range as a 7" single in March 1992. their final Lp for Phonogram Records,Code: Selfish in the same month and the 12" single Ed's Babe in June 1992. January 1993 and Karl Burns returns as second drummer. The Collection, a compilation of hard to find recordings, is release on Casle Records in March 1993 along with the 7" single Kimble on Strange Fruit Records. April 1993 sees The Fall release Why Are People Grudgeful 7" and the Lp The Infotainment Scan, both on Permanent Records. A live album, BBC Radio 1 'Live In Concert', is released in August 1993 on Windsong International having been recorded on 25 May 1987 at The Rock City, Nottingham. 1993 ended with the release of two 12" single during December, Behind The Counter and M5 on Permenent Records. Middle Class Revolt released May 1994 was preceded by the 12" single 15 Ways in April 1994, both on Permanent Records, were the only releases by The Fall that year. Brix Smith, ex member of The Fall and ex wife of Mark E Smith, returned as second guitar in August 1994 and the Lp Cerebral Caustic was released in February (1995). Dave Bush left The Fall in March 1995 just after the release of Cerebral Caustic to be replaced by Julia Nagle. A double compilation album of live gigs and out-takes was released during August 1995 titled The Twenty Seven Points the last album for Permanent Recordsby The Fall. December 1995 saw the departure of long term guitarist Craig Scanlon reportedly due to slovenly appearance and failure to maintain amps properly. January 1996 the compilation of live tracks and rarities Sinister Waltz is release on Receiver Records followed by a 7" single The Chisellers on Jet Records, Fiend With A Violin compilation on Receiver Records in February 1996 and Oswald Defence Lawyer, the third compilation released April 1996 by Receiver Records. The Light User Syndrome The Fall's album was released by Jet Records in June 1996. October 1996 and the rather bizarre boxset of Receiver Records' compilations The Other Side Of The Fall is released on Receiver Records followed by the departure of Brix Smith and the reissue of Live In London 1980 as The Legendary Chaos Tape in November 1996 on Scout Records. 1996 closed with the exit of Karl Burns during December and the introduction of Adrian Flanagan on guitar. January 1997 featured The Fall with guitarists Adrian Flanagan and Kier Stewart and the release of the live album In The City on Artful Records. February seesthe exit of Adrian Flanagan and Kier Stewart, Karl Burns return as second drummer and Tommy Crooks join on guitar. The bizarre compilation of compilations Archive Series is released in May on Rialto Records. Simon Spencer makes some live appearances with The Fall during May 1997. July and the second bizarre compilation of compilations The Less You Look, The More You Find is released on Recall/Snapper Music. Receiver Records release the live album 15 Ways To Leave Your Man - Live, recorded live at the Astoria, London 26 June 1996, and drummer Simon Wolstencroft leaves The Fall in August 1997. The next album, Levitate released September (1997) on Artful Records, toyed with drum and bass and polarised opinion (long-serving drummer Simon Wolstencroft left halfway through the recording sessions. Steven Wells in the NME (11 October 1997) wrote, "Imagine pop without perimeters. Imagine rock without rules. Imagine art without the wank. If you've never heard The Fall then Levitate will be either the best or the worst record you've ever heard. The Fall ended 1997 with the release of two compilation albums released on Receiver Records in November 1997, Oxymoron and Cheetham Hill. February 1998 and The Fall release the 10" single Masquerade on Artful Records, March and Castle Records release the compilation album Smile...It's The Best Of The Fall and The Fall commence a disasterous tour of USA. During the April leg of the US tour an on stage fight leads to the departure of Steve Hanley, Karl Burns and Tommy Crooks, later that night Mark E Smith is arrested for assault, alledgedly hitting Julia Nagle with a telephone and racing through the hotels corridors half naked screaming and shouting. All remaining US tour dates are cancelled due to Mark Smith's incarceration. He is later released and ordered to under go therapy for drinking and anger management. The Fall returned to the UK and was temporarily reduced to Smith, Julia Nagle and Kate Themen drums during April 1998. Voiceprint Records release the live album Live To Air In Melbourne '82 in May 1998 and the third compilation of compilations appears, titled Northern Attitude, on Music Club Records in June 1998. Karen Leatham joins on bass and Tom Head on drums in August 1998 and the Mark E Smith solo album The Post Nearly Man is released on Artful Records. Voiceprint Records release a live compilation album Live Various Years in Spetember 1998 and the live album Nottingham 92, recorded live at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham 15 March 1992, in November 1998, the month that also sees Neville Wilding join on guitar. Karen Leatham is replaced by Adam Helal on bass in December 1998. January 1999 and The Peel Sessions album is released on Strange Fruit Records with the 12" single Touch Sensitive appearing in March on Artful Records and the Lp The Marshall Suite deing released in April 1999 on Artful Records. The final release by The Fall is the CD single F'Oldin Money in August 1999 on Artful Records. Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... Extricate is a 1990 album by the post punk band the Fall. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... White Lightning can refer to: White Lightning (George Jones song), a 1959 by country music artist George Jones. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... Alternate cover Initially rejected cover of Beggars Banquet Beggars Banquet is an LP released in 1968 by The Rolling Stones. ... Second shift redirects here. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... The Collection was a best-selling 1986 (see 1986 in music) compilation album by Christian pop star Amy Grant. ... Kimble aka Kim Schmitz is a convicted German hacker who made himself notorious in the last years of the 20th century for alleged break-in successes. ... Strange Fruit Records is an independent record label in the United Kingdom. ... The Infotainment Scan is an album by The Fall, released in 1993 on Permanent Records. ... Windsong International Records was an independent record label in the United Kingdom active in the early 1990s. ... M5 or M-5 may refer to: In roads: M5 motorway, a motorway in England M5 South Western Motorway, a motorway in Sydney, Australia M5 motorway (Northern Ireland), a motorway in Northern Ireland M5 motorway (Hungary), a motorway in Hungary M-5 (Michigan highway), a state highway in the Detroit... Middle Class Revolt is an album by The Fall, released in 1994 on Permanent Records. ... Cerebral Caustic is an album by The Fall, released in 1995 on Permanent Records. ... Cerebral Caustic is an album by The Fall, released in 1995 on Permanent Records. ... Jet Records was a small record label set up by Don Arden with artists like Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood, Ozzy Osbourne, Riot and Magnum. ... The Light User Syndrome is an album by The Fall, released in 1996 on Jet Records. ... Jet Records was a small record label set up by Don Arden with artists like Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood, Ozzy Osbourne, Riot and Magnum. ... In the City was the debut album of British Punk band The Jam. ... Levitation is the process by which an object is suspended against gravity, in a stable position, by a force without physical contact. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... Steven Wells is a journalist and author most know for his work as a music journalist for the NME and his poetry under the pseudonym Seething Wells. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Levitation is the process by which an object is suspended against gravity, in a stable position, by a force without physical contact. ... Look up oxymoron in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cheetham Hill is a district of Manchester, England located approximately 2 miles to the north of Manchester city centre. ... Look up Masquerade in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Castle Communications is a British record label, specialising in the back catalogue of folk and folk-rock artists. ... This article is about the band. ... Voiceprint Records is a record label based in England, founded by Rob Ayling. ... Mark E. Smith (born March 5, 1957) is the lead singer, lyricist and hub of The Fall, a renowned and idiosyncratic offshoot from the UK post-punk/new wave music scenes. ... Voiceprint Records is a record label based in England, founded by Rob Ayling. ... Autobiography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ... Strange Fruit Records is an independent record label in the United Kingdom. ... The Marshall Suite is a 1999 LP by The Fall, which builds on the techno-influenced beats of its predeccesor Levitate (1997), while also returning to a more rockabilly influenced sound reminiscent of earlier Fall line-ups. ...


2000–present

From this nadir, the Fall achieved another comeback with Smith and Nagle being joined by Neville Wilding on guitar, Karen Leatham and later Adam Halal on bass, and Tom Head on drums for the albums The Marshall Suite (1999) and The Unutterable (2000). Further rifts followed in 2001, in which the new lineup of Smith, Ben Pritchard (guitar), Jim Watts (bass) and Spencer Birtwistle (drums) released Are You Are Missing Winner to mixed reviews. In September 2002 Elena Poulou - Smith's third and current wife - filled the vacant position of keyboards player. The Real New Fall LP (reputedly renamed from Country on the Click after an earlier mix of the album appeared on Internet file sharing networks) followed in 2003, with a slightly different mix and some extra tracks for the US version. Interim, was released in November, 2004. In 2002 Q magazine named The Fall one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die". The Marshall Suite is a 1999 LP by The Fall, which builds on the techno-influenced beats of its predeccesor Levitate (1997), while also returning to a more rockabilly influenced sound reminiscent of earlier Fall line-ups. ... The Unutterable is an album by British rock band The Fall, released in 2000. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) is an album by The Fall. ... File sharing is the activity of making files available to other users for download over the Internet, but also over smaller networks. ... Interim is an album by British rock band The Fall, compiled from live and studio material and released in 2004. ... Q is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 140,282 and a readership of 731,000. ...


In January 2005, The Fall (described as "one of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years") were the subject of a BBC Four TV documentary, The Fall: The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith. Later that year, a 97-song box set containing all of the sessions the group recorded for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 programme was issued to widespread acclaim. Their 25th studio album, entitled Fall Heads Roll, was issued on 3 October 2005, preceded by a single "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" (a cover of a song by The Move) on 6 September 2005 (US) and 19 September 2005 (UK). Ben Pritchard (guitar), Steve Trafford (bass), Spencer Birtwistle (drums), all of whom played on Fall Heads Roll, left the group somewhat acrimoniously during the group's Summer 2006 tour of the US after just four dates. In a US radio interview, Smith described their departures as "the best thing that ever happened" to The Fall, although it was some months before he confirmed that they would not be returning to the group.[2] For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 4. ... A box set (sometimes referred to as a boxed set) is one or more musical recordings, films, television programs, or other collection of related things that are contained in a box. ... For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... Fall Heads Roll is an album by The Fall, released in 2005. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Move were one of the leading British rock bands of the 1960s from Birmingham, England. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fall Heads Roll is an album by The Fall, released in 2005. ...


From May 9, 2006, Smith and Poulou were joined by Tim Presley (guitar), Rob Barbato (bass) and Orpheo McCord (drums) who joined them for the remainder of the US tour, a flagship show in Manchester held in June 2006 and an appearance at the Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway in August 2006. Presley and Barbato are members of the band Darker My Love while McCord was one half of the experimental duo The Hill. With Barbato and Presley fulfilling Darker My Love commitments back in the US in late August, the first 'squad rotation system' of Fall musicians emerged with new members Pete Greenway (guitar) of West Midlands group Pubic Fringe (more recently known as Das Fringe), and Dave Spurr (bass) making their Fall debuts alongside Smith, Poulou and McCord at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August 2006. On 1st June 2007 Presley, Barbato and McCord played their most recent gig with The Fall. Although no official statement by the band has been made they are now assumed to have ceased being part of the Fall, with the line up of all gigs since having consisted of Smith, Poulou, Spurr, Greenway and Melling. Melling and Spurr play together in the group MotherJohn. is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Influence

Of the group's influence, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "the Fall, like many cult bands, inspired a new generation of underground bands, ranging from waves of sound-alike indie rockers in the U.K. to acts in America and New Zealand, which is only one indication of the size and dedication of their small, devoted fan base."[3] The Jazz Butcher's debut single from 1983 was "Southern Mark Smith". According to the band's singer/songwriter Pat Fish, "Mark E. Smith is so stereotypically northern that the very phrase 'southern Mark Smith' comes across to me like 'lush Sahara' or 'wise and noble Bush'."[4] Sonic Youth covered three Fall songs (and "Victoria" by the Kinks, also covered by the Fall) in a 1988 Peel Session, which was released in 1990 as the "4 Tunna Brix" EP on Sonic Youth's own Goofin' label. The 1990s indie acts Pavement and Elastica (Smith contributed vocals their final EP and album) showed an influence of The Fall, while Suede parodied the band with "Implement Yeah!", a song found on the cassette edition of their 1999 single "Electricity". The Fall is referenced in the Jens Lekman song "Maple Leaves" with the lyrics "And when she talked about her fall, I thought she talked about Mark E. Smith". The Electric Soft Parade album No Need to Be Downhearted is named after a lyric from The Fall song "15 Ways"[5]. The German rock band Tocotronic has a song called "Ich hab geträumt ich wäre Pizza essen mit Mark E. Smith" (German for "I've dreamed I would eat pizza with Mark E. Smith"). The Dutch indie band Seedling refers to The Fall in their song "The Upshot", singing "You make it sound so sexy, as if you're Mark E. Smith from the Fall". The Fall have also had a profound influence over groups such as Franz Ferdinand, The Smiths, LCD Soundsystem and Happy Mondays. Underground rock is a term sometimes used to describe forms of rock and roll music which have little or no mainstream appeal, visibility or commercial presence. ... “UK” redirects here. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... The cover of The Jazz Butchers last studio album, 2000s Rotten Soul, featuring the Jazz Butcher himself, Pat Fish (right) and lead guitarist and collaborator Max Eider (left). ... Pat Fish read a humanities degree at Oxford University. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock band formed in New York City in 1981. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... John Peel John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey and radio presenter. ... Pavement was an influential American indie rock band in the 1990s. ... Elastica were a Britpop band who were popular in the 1990s, formed by Justine Frischmann after leaving Suede in 1991. ... Suede (or The London Suede in the U.S.) were a popular and influential English rock band of the 1990s that helped start the Britpop musical movement of the decade. ... Jens Martin Lekman (born February 6, 1981 in Angered, Sweden) is a Swedish pop musician. ... Mark E. Smith (born 5 March 1957) is the lead singer, lyricist, frontman, and sole consistent member of The Fall, a renowned and idiosyncratic offshoot from the UK post-punk/new wave music scenes. ... The Electric Soft Parade are a Brighton-based indie rock band comprising siblings Alex (drums) and Tom White (guitar/vocals), who are the creative core of the band, as well as a number of other musicians who they record and perform live with. ... No Need to Be Downhearted is an album by The Electric Soft Parade, released in 2007. ... Tocotronic is a German rock band founded in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... Franz Ferdinand is the name of: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the presumptive heir to the throne of Austria. ... The Smiths were an English rock band active from 1982 to 1987. ... LCD Soundsystem is the musical project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records. ... Happy Mondays are an English alternative rock band from Salford, Greater Manchester. ...


Discography

For a detailed discography, see The Fall discography.
Studio albums

Rock band The Fall have released a large number of recordings since their inception in 1976; often inviting use of the tag prolific. Their first release as a group was the EP Bingo-Masters Break Out! (1978), and they have released a studio album at a rate of almost... Live at the Witch Trials is the debut album by The Fall, first released 16th March 1979. ... Dragnet is the second album by The Fall, released October 26, 1979. ... Grotesque (After The Gramme) is a 1980 album by the Fall. ... Slates is the fourth album by The Fall, first released April 27, 1981 on 10 vinyl. ... Hex Enduction Hour is a 1982 album by The Fall. ... Room to Live, subtitled Undilutable Slang Truth!, is the sixth album by The Fall. ... Perverted by Language is a 1983 album by The Fall. ... The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall is an album by The Fall, released in October 1984. ... ... Bend Sinister is a 1986 album by The Fall, released on Beggars Banquet Records. ... The Frenz Experiment is a 1988 album by The Fall. ... I Am Kurious Oranj is a 1988 album by British rock band The Fall. ... Extricate is a 1990 album by the post punk band the Fall. ... Second shift redirects here. ... The Infotainment Scan is an album by The Fall, released in 1993 on Permanent Records. ... Middle Class Revolt is an album by The Fall, released in 1994 on Permanent Records. ... Cerebral Caustic is an album by The Fall, released in 1995 on Permanent Records. ... The Light User Syndrome is an album by The Fall, released in 1996 on Jet Records. ... Levitate is an album by The Fall, released in 1997 on Artful Records. ... The Marshall Suite is a 1999 LP by The Fall, which builds on the techno-influenced beats of its predeccesor Levitate (1997), while also returning to a more rockabilly influenced sound reminiscent of earlier Fall line-ups. ... The Unutterable is an album by British rock band The Fall, released in 2000. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) is an album by The Fall. ... Fall Heads Roll is an album by The Fall, released in 2005. ... Reformation Post TLC is a studio album by The Fall - the bands 26th, released in the UK on February 12th 2007. ...

References

  1. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (16 January 2005). "He's still the Fall guy". The Observer.
  2. ^ McNaughton, Allan (2006). "Mark E Smith on drugs, fascists, and lazy musicians". Maximum Rock'n'Roll. Retrieved on October 16, 2006.
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:lyh9kect7q7x~T1
  4. ^ http://www.jazzbutcher.com/htdb/lyrics/smith.html
  5. ^ http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/the-electric-soft-parade/no-need-to-be-downhearted.htm

Bibliography

  • Smith, Mark E (1985). The Fall Lyrics. Berlin: Lough Press.
  • Edge, Brian (1989). Paintwork: A Portrait of The Fall. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-1740-X
  • Ford, Simon (2003). Hip Priest: The Story Of Mark E Smith And The Fall. London: Quartet Books. ISBN 0-7043-8167-2
  • Middles, Mick & Smith, Mark E (2003). The Fall. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-9762-4
  • Thompson, Dave (2003). A User's Guide To The Fall. London: Helter Skelter Publishing. ISBN 1-900924-57-9.

External links


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