Personalities | The Fall | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal group, 1976–present)

Emerging from Manchester in 1976, The Fall are led by vocalist Mark E. Smith who has employed over 50 different musicians. The Fall’s music has, however, remained largely unaltered, a basic garage band throb over which Smith half sings, half rants his frequently obscure lyrics. Apart from a brief period in the 1980s when they flirted with chart success – cover versions of The Kinks’ ‘Victoria’ and R. Dean Taylor’s ‘There’s A Ghost In My House’ made the UK Top 40, and the album The Frenz Experiment (1988) went Top 20 – they have remained a cult attraction.

Championed by legendary DJ John Peel, The Fall’s output has been prolific, recording some 25 studio albums, 24 live albums, five part-live, part-studio albums, 45 singles and EPs. Thirty three Fall compilations have been released, of which only 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong (2004) covers the band’s entire career.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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