The Fall (English post-punk group founded by Mark E. Smith)

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The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. The Fall essentially consists of founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith with an ever-changing lineup; he has said that "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 lineup. Nonetheless, the Fall's music is typically characterised by repetition, tense rhythms, an abrasive guitar-driven sound and always underpinned by Smith's typically cryptic lyrics, described by Simon Reynolds as "a kind of Northern English magic realism that mixed industrial grime with the unearthly and uncanny, voiced through a unique, one-note delivery somewhere between amphetamine-spiked rant and alcohol-addled yarn."

The Fall have been called "the most prolific band of the British post-punk movement." They have released thirty-one studio albums as of 2015, and more than three times that number when live albums and compilations (often released 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 maintained a strong cult following. They were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed them from early on in their career and described them as his favourite band, famously explaining, "they are always different; they are always the same."

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Discography

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 9
1985 This Nation’s Saving Grace 4.65 11
1986 Bend Sinister 5 3
1988 The Frenz Experiment 4
1988 I Am Kurious Oranj 4.5 4
1990 Extricate 3
1991 Shift-Work 5
1992 Code: Selfish 3
1993 The Infotainment Scan 5
1994 Middle Class Revolt 5 3
1995 Cerebral Caustic 2
1996 The Light User Syndrome 5
1997 Levitate 5 2
1999 The Marshall Suite 5 3
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
2015 Sub‐Lingual Tablet 1

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
2002 High Tension Line 1
2002 Listening In 1
2002 Early Singles 1
2003 It's the New Thing! The Step Forward Years 1
2003 The War Against Intelligence: The Fontana Years 1
2003 Rebellious Jukebox 2
2004 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats 5 2
2005 The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 1
2006 Permanent Years: Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Room 1
2007 The Fall Box Set: 1976–2007 1
2008 I've Never Felt Better in My Life—1979–1982 1
2009 Rebellious Jukebox, Volume 2 1
2013 5 Albums 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Touch Sensitive …Bootleg Box Set 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Totale’s Turns (It’s Now or Never) 4
1982 Live in London 1980 1
1982 A Part of America Therein, 1981 2
1983 Fall in a Hole 5 3
1989 Seminal Live 2
1992 Slates / A Part of America Therein, 1981 1
1993 BBC Radio 1 'Live in Concert' 2
1995 The Twenty Seven Points 1
1996 Oswald Defence Lawyer 2
1996 The Legendary Chaos Tape 3
1997 In the City... 1
1997 15 Ways to Leave Your Man 1
1998 Live to Air in Melbourne '82 1
1998 Live Various Years 1
1998 Nottingham '92 1
1999 The Peel Sessions 1
2000 Live 77 1
2000 I Am as Pure as Oranj 1
2000 Live in Cambridge 1988 1
2001 Austurbæjarbíó 1
2003 The Idiot Joy Show 1
2003 Live at the Phoenix Festival 1
2004 Live in London 1980: The Legendary Chaos Tape 1
2005 Live From the Vaults: Glasgow 1981 1
2006 Words of Expectation 1
2009 Last Night at the Palais 1
2013 Live In San Francisco 1
2013 Fiend With a Violin (live) 1
Live in Nottingham 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Bingo-Master's Break-Out! 1
1978 It's the New Thing! 1
1979 Rowche Rumble / In My Area 1
1980 Fiery Jack 2
1980 How I Wrote 'Elastic Man' 1
1980 Totally Wired 1

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