Mark Edward Smith is the lead singer, lyricist, frontman and only constant member of the formation.
Formed in late 1976 or early 1977, they've released around 50 singles, 30 studio albums, and well over 50 live and compilation albums (although it seems like more). In August 2004 they recorded their 24th John Peel Session.
The band has gone through numerous personnel changes over the years (there have been well over 30 different line-ups so far), and since July 2007 consists of Mark E. Smith, Pete Greenway on guitar, Dave "The Eagle" Spurr on bass, Elena Poulou (Smith's current wife) on keyboards, and Keiron Melling on drums. In 2014, Daren Garratt became a full time member as a second drummer. Elena Poulou retired from the band in 2016.