Named after the 1956 Albert Camus novel, The Fall formed in Manchester UK in 1976. The only constant member through the years was the “famously irascible hero, poet, agitator, vocalist, songwriter” Mark E. Smith, who passed in 2018 at the age of 60.
Brooklyn Vegan wrote that The Fall were “one of the most influential post-punk groups, with a sound that has encompassed everything from rockabilly and garage rock, to goth, krautrock, dub and dance music, all while managing to only sound like themselves”. The Press wrote that “The Fall have made some of the best music in the history of mankind”. Legendary radio host, John Peel, was a huge supporter. The band recorded more than 24 sessions for him, with the recordings released as “The Complete Peel Sessions, 1978-2004”.
We’ve curated a #discovermusic playlist as an introduction to the music of The Fall. If you want to further your search after listening, “This Nation’s Saving Grace” is “one of The Fall’s more melodic offerings (The Guardian). Of course, there’s always the retrospective release “50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong”, a title reference to Elvis Presley’s “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong”.
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