The Fall

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The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. With an ever-changing line up, the group essentially consists of its founder and only constant member, Mark E. Smith. The singer is famously dismissive of musicians and when asked about the high turnover of Fall members said "if it's me and your granny on bongos, then it's [the] Fall". First associated with the late 1970s punk movement, the band's music has evolved through numerous stylistic changes, often concurrently with changes in the group's membership. The Fall's music is characterised by repetition and an abrasive guitar-driven sound, and is always underpinned by Smith's typically cryptic lyrics, described by Steve Huey as "abstract poetry filled with complicated wordplay, bone-dry wit, cutting social observations and general misanthropy."

The Fall have released thirty studio albums as of 2013, and more than triple that when live albums and compilations (often against Smith's wishes) are taken into account. While the Fall have never achieved widespread success beyond minor hit singles in the late 1980s, they have a maintained a strong cult following. They were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed them from early on in their career. Peel described the Fall as his favourite band, who he said were "always different... always the same."

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Live at the Witch Trials 4 7
1979 Dragnet 4
1980 Grotesque (After the Gramme) 6
1982 Hex Enduction Hour 9
1982 Room to Live 7
1983 Perverted by Language 6
1984 The Wonderful and Frightening World of… The Fall 5 8
1985 This Nation’s Saving Grace 4.65 11
1986 Bend Sinister 5 2
1988 The Frenz Experiment 4
1988 I Am Kurious Oranj 4.5 4
1990 Extricate 2
1991 Shift-Work 5
1992 Code: Selfish 3
1993 The Infotainment Scan 4
1994 Middle Class Revolt 5 3
1995 Cerebral Caustic 3
1996 The Light User Syndrome 3
1997 Levitate 5 2
1999 The Marshall Suite 5 2
2000 The Unutterable 2
2001 Are You Are Missing Winner 2
2003 The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) 5 5
2005 Fall Heads Roll 5 3
2007 Reformation Post TLC 2
2008 Imperial Wax Solvent 2
2010 Your Future Our Clutter 3
2011 Ersatz G.B. 2
2013 Re-Mit 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 77 - Early Years - 79 1
1986 Nord-West Gas 1
1987 In: Palace of Swords Reversed 3
1988 Hip Priest and Kamerads 1
1990 458489 B Sides 3
1990 458489 A Sides 5 3
1993 The Collection 1
1996 Sinister Waltz 2
1996 Fiend With a Violin 3
1997 Archive Series 1
1997 Cheetham Hill 1
1997 Oxymoron 1
1997 The Less You Look the More You Find 1
1998 Smile... It's the Best Of 1
1998 Northern Attitude 1
2000 A Past Gone Mad 1
2000 Early Fall 77–79 1
2000 Psykick Dance Hall 1
2001 Backdrop 1
2001 A World Bewitched: Best of 1990–2000 1
2002 Totally Wired: The Rough Trade Anthology 1

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