The Fall

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Post-punk band from Greater Manchester, UK. 1976 to 2018.

Mark E. Smith was the lead singer, lyricist, frontman and only constant member of the formation. He died on the morning of Wednesday January 24th, 2018.

Formed in 1976 through a poetry-style collective beginnings, The Fall released around 50 singles, 34 studio albums, and well over 50 live and compilation albums as well as releasing a play 'Hey Luciani' and a Ballet 'I am Kurious Oranj'. They also recorded 24 sessions for John Peel's Radio 1 show between June 1978 and August 2004.

The band went through numerous personnel changes over the years (with well over 30 different line-ups). From July 2007 The Fall comprised: Mark E. Smith, vocals; Pete Greenway, guitar; Dave "The Eagle" Spurr, bass; Elena Poulou, keyboards; Keiron Melling, drums. In 2014, Daren Garratt became a full-time member as a second drummer but left 9th October 2015. Elena Poulou (Smith's then wife) last gig was 28th April 2016. Mike Clapham joined on keyboards from 23rd May 2017 until their final gig.
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SFLP 1 The Fall - Live At The Witch Trials album art The Fall Live At The Witch Trials (Album) Step-Forward Records SFLP 1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SFLP 4 The Fall - Dragnet album art The Fall Dragnet (Album, Single) Step-Forward Records SFLP 4 UK 1979 Sell This Version
ROUGH 10 The Fall - Totale's Turns (It's Now Or Never) album art The Fall Totale's Turns (It's Now Or Never) (Album) Rough Trade ROUGH 10 UK 1980 Sell This Version
ROUGH 18, ROUGH 18 Y5 The Fall - Grotesque (After The Gramme) album art The Fall Grotesque (After The Gramme) (Album) Rough Trade ROUGH 18, ROUGH 18 Y5 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
TRADE THREE 10, RTO 71 The Fall - Slates album art The Fall Slates (MiniAlbum, Comp, Album) Rough Trade TRADE THREE 10, RTO 71 US 1981 Sell This Version
COTTAGE 1 The Fall - A Part Of America Therein, 1981 album art The Fall A Part Of America Therein, 1981 (Album) Cottage Records (2) COTTAGE 1 US 1982 Sell This Version
KAM 011, kam011 The Fall - Room To Live album art The Fall Room To Live (Album, EP) Kamera Records, Kamera Records KAM 011, kam011 UK 1982 Sell This Version
LIVE 006 The Fall - Live In London 1980 album art The Fall Live In London 1980 (Album) Chaos Tapes, Chaos Cassettes LIVE 006 UK 1982 Sell This Version
6.25042 AP, LLP 5194 AP, LLP 5194, 6.25042 The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour album art The Fall Hex Enduction Hour (Album, Comp, Single) Kamera Records 6.25042 AP, LLP 5194 AP, LLP 5194, 6.25042 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
MARK 1 + 2, Live 1 The Fall - Fall In A Hole album art The Fall Fall In A Hole (EP, Album) Flying Nun Records, Flying Nun Records MARK 1 + 2, Live 1 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
ROUGH 62 The Fall - Perverted By Language album art The Fall Perverted By Language (Album, Comp) Rough Trade ROUGH 62 UK 1983 Sell This Version
TORSO 33003 The Fall - The Wonderful And Frightening World Of... album art The Fall The Wonderful And Frightening World Of... (Album, Comp) Beggars Banquet TORSO 33003 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
PVCC 8940 The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace album art The Fall This Nation's Saving Grace (Album, Comp) Beggars Banquet PVCC 8940 US 1985 Sell This Version
4524, 4524 - 08, EfA 4524 LP 08 The Fall - Bend Sinister album art The Fall Bend Sinister (Album) Beggars Banquet 4524, 4524 - 08, EfA 4524 LP 08 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
6987-4-H The Fall - The Frenz Experiment album art The Fall The Frenz Experiment (Single, Album) Beggars Banquet 6987-4-H US 1988 Sell This Version
none The Fall - I Am Kurious Oranj album art The Fall I Am Kurious Oranj (Album) Beggars Banquet none US 1988 Sell This Version
BBL 102 The Fall - Seminal Live album art The Fall Seminal Live (Album) Beggars Banquet BBL 102 UK 1989 Sell This Version
842 204-4, none The Fall - Extricate album art The Fall Extricate (Album, Comp) Cog Sinister, Phonogram 842 204-4, none Europe 1990 Sell This Version
848 594-2 The Fall - Shift-Work album art The Fall Shift-Work (Album) Cog Sinister, Fontana 848 594-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
512162-2 The Fall - Code: Selfish album art The Fall Code: Selfish (Album) Cog Sinister, Fontana 512162-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
MSIF 3118, WIN CD 038, WINCD 038 The Fall - BBC Radio 1 'Live In Concert' album art The Fall BBC Radio 1 'Live In Concert' (Album) Windsong International, Windsong International MSIF 3118, WIN CD 038, WINCD 038 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
OLE-055-4, 7 92263-4 The Fall - The Infotainment Scan album art The Fall The Infotainment Scan (Album, Comp) Permanent Records OLE-055-4, 7 92263-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
INT 845.213 The Fall - Middle Class Revolt album art The Fall Middle Class Revolt (Album) Permanent Records, Permanent Records INT 845.213 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
PERMLP36 The Fall - The Twenty Seven Points album art The Fall The Twenty Seven Points (Album, Comp) Permanent Records, Cog Sinister PERMLP36 UK 1995 Sell This Version
none The Fall - Cerebral Caustic album art The Fall Cerebral Caustic (Album, Comp) Cog Sinister, Permanent Records none UK 1995 Sell This Version

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Fotis-N.

Fotis-N.

April 11, 2022
All you accolytes, worshippers, believers of the proletarian subsersive power of The Fall's music, i'm with you//
MISTERROGERS

MISTERROGERS

March 17, 2022
Really need to stop pumping the archives for more live releases. Just concentrate on getting good remastered copies of the real albums. Someone must be making a buck off this sacrilege watered down trip. It really continues to strip away at one of the most jaw dropping catalog of normal releases. Too many people have been draining this guy for too long. It’s a shame because he’s one of the all time greats.
ZachCarter9349

ZachCarter9349

March 15, 2022
Changed my life for the better. Read EXCAVATE!
Great book about the Fall.
miss_skull

miss_skull

May 14, 2021
The greatest band ever to have stalked this miserable world.
SpeedUser

SpeedUser

March 17, 2021
edited 12 months ago
The Fall embrace the beginning-end-and-beyond... of "indie rock" in its onthological fundamental sense, with the "beyond" being explored/developed by Mark E Smith through 42 years with different sound/style permutations, a consistent discography from beginning to end unmatched by any artist. Simply the best artist ever.

"We are The Fall and we're the best" (Mark E. Smith)
greentanktop

greentanktop

April 20, 2018
Unsung legend gone ,look at the music left behind, a bit it & miss- but when it hit , lyrics un parrelleld ! Lifted average musicians , imperfection can be better than perfection , he new this , you can feel this in the music . Will never be anyone like this again , 40 odd years with edge . & compliments to all who performed .
trhm68

trhm68

April 6, 2018
What a massive loss, saw The Fall so many times & as has been said every Gig was a highlight, you also had to expect the unexpected, playing with the Muso's amps, singing behind doors, going off pissed & coming back on straight and playing a blinder, the Man was an absolute legend, totally gutted i'll never see them Live again, just hope there's a lot of Material hidden away in the Vaults somewhere?
queernonbinaryhuman

queernonbinaryhuman

March 8, 2018
RIP.

Does anyone know if Imperial Wax Solvent is out of print?
Mike777

Mike777

February 18, 2018
Thats very sad. Thanks Mark for your excellent Music. See The Fall many times Live. Every Concert was a Highlight for me. R.I.P. Mark
mrscottmusic

mrscottmusic

February 13, 2018
An irreplaceable legend and uncompromising genius. Long live MES and The Fall

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