The Fall (Official Thread)

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Where do I start with this band?

They formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester in 1976 and have had many many band members, the only consistent and original member is lead singer / front man Mark E Smith.

It would seem that he gets a new band for most of his albums so you see a new line up evert time you see them. Mark has reportedly said, " If it's me and your granny on bongos, then it's The Fall ". They were linked with punk but I dind it hard to categorize them as they are unique.

They have had many studio albums / live albums / compilation albums / singles and ep's and have played many shows and festivals.

This band are a joy to see and have a huge following, can't believe there is no thread or even that I have not put on here. When playing live Mark has a habbit of unplugging wires and singing in to about 5 mics, he also has a habbit of coming on long after the band have started and not doing encores unless he feels like it.

Band Members past and present

Mark E. Smith - vocals, occasional keyboards and other instruments (1976-present)
Elena Poulou - keyboards, vocals (2002 - present)
Dave Spurr - bass (2006 - present)
Pete Greenway - guitar (2006 - 2011 / 2012 - present)
Keiron Melling - drums (2007 - present)
Martin Bramah - guitar (1976–1979, 1989–1990)
Tony Friel - bass (1976–1977)
Una Baines - keyboards (1976–1978)
Steve Ormrod - drums (1977)
[edit] Following Members
Karl Burns - drums, bass, guitar (1977–1979, 1981–1985 and intermittently between 1993 and 1998)
Marc Riley - bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals (1978–1983)
Yvonne Pawlett - keyboards (1978–1979)
Kay Carroll - additional vocals, percussion (1979–1983)
Mike Leigh - drums (1979–1980)
Steve Hanley - bass (1979–1998)
Craig Scanlon - guitar (1979–1995)
Paul Hanley - drums, keyboards, guitar (1980–1984, early 1986)
Brix Smith - guitar, vocals (1983–1989, 1994–1996)
Simon Rogers - bass, keyboards, guitar (1985–1987), production (1987–88, 1993)
Simon Wolstencroft - drums, keyboards, programming (1986–1997)
Marcia Schofield - keyboards (1987–1990)
Dave Bush - programming, keyboards (1991–1995)
Julia Nagle - keyboards, guitar, programming (1995–2001)
Lucy Rimmer - vocals, keyboards (1995–1996)
Tommy Crooks - guitar (1997–1998)
Karen Leatham - bass (1998)
Tom Head a/k/a Tom Murphy - drums (1998–2000)
Neville Wilding - guitar (1998–2001)
Adam Helal - bass (1998–2001)
Ed Blaney - guitar, vocals (2000–2001, 2003–2004)
Spencer Birtwistle - drums (2000–2001, 2004–2006)
Ben Pritchard - guitar (2001–2006)
Dave Milner - drums, keyboards (2001–2004)
Jim Watts - bass, guitar, keyboards (2001–2003, 2004)
Simon Archer - bass, banjo, production, engineering (intermittent, 2003 - present)
Steve Trafford - bass, guitar (2004–2006)
Tim Presley - guitar (2006-2007, 2011), Robert Barbato - bass (2006-2007)

Other Memebers

This section lists people who only worked with group for a short time or who were only brought in on a temporary basis.

Chris Horrie - guitar (c. 1977)
Johnnie Brown - bass (1978)
Rick Goldstraw a/k/a Eric McGann a/k/a Eric the Ferret - bass (1978)
Steve Davies - percussion, drums (1978, 1980)
Dave Tucker - clarinet, keyboards (1980 - 1981)
Richard Mazda - saxophone (1981-2)
Arthur Kadmon - guitar (1982)
Adrian Niman - saxophone (1982)
Gavin Friday - vocals (1984)
Craig Leon - keyboards, vocals, production (1989–1992)
Cassell Webb - vocals, keyboards (1990–1992)
Mike Edwards - guitar (1990)
Charlotte Bill - flute (1990)
Kenny Brady - violin, keyboards (1990–1991)
John Peel - voice (1994)
Chris Kavanagh - Whistle (1994)
Mike Bennett - vocals (1994–1996)
Adrian Flanagan - guitar (1996–1997)
Keir Stewart - keyboards, Simon Spencer - guitar (1997)
Andy Hackett - guitar (1997)
Damon Gough - guitar (1997)
Kate Themen - drums (1998)
Elspeth Hughes - sound effects (1998–99)
Steve Evets - bass, vocals (occasional 2000 - 2002)
Brian Fanning - guitar (2001)
Ruth Daniel - keyboards (2002)
Dougie James - vocals (2004–2006)
Safy a/k/a ******- visuals (2006-present)
 

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Albums made

Live at the Witch Trials (1979)
Dragnet (1979)
Grotesque (After the Gramme) (1980)
Slates (1981)
Hex Enduction Hour (1982)
Room to Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) (1982)
Perverted by Language (1983)
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall (1984)
This Nation's Saving Grace (1985)
Bend Sinister (1986)
The Frenz Experiment (1988)
I Am Kurious Oranj (1988)
Extricate (1990)
Shift-Work (1991)
Code: Selfish (1992)
The Infotainment Scan (1993)
Middle Class Revolt (1994)
Cerebral Caustic (1995)
The Light User Syndrome (1996)
Levitate (1997)
The Marshall Suite (1999)
The Unutterable (2000)
Are You Are Missing Winner (2001)
The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) (2003)
Fall Heads Roll (2005)
Reformation Post TLC (2007)
Imperial Wax Solvent (2008)
Your Future Our Clutter (2010)
Ersatz GB (2011)
Re-Mit (2013)
 

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......Cant believe so many line up changes. Hire em fire em . Mark E Smith makes Richie Blackmore a considerably "nice bloke" .
Back in the old John Peel DJ days, THE FALL was Peelys favourite band. I must admit I didnt like them. He couldnt sing,they couldnt play what was the fuss about?
Then I was talked into seeing them by a friend who knew I liked alternative music. SWELL MAPS the art/punk band being one of my fave bands at the time.
Yeah, saw THE FALL in the early 80s at Burnley football club and was won over....they did have a certain something.
Saying that, I have never purchased any of their material. My son loves THE FALL. one word to describe THE FALLs singer Mark E Smith.............character

 

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Listening to "Couldn't Get Ahead" and "Rollin' Danny" put me in mind of the house on Foljambe Rd Sweat, I used to play those two tracks quite a lot. And this odd little track.

Petty Thief Lout
 

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I hear theres talk of another album this year Sweaty....how many in your collection?, just curious.
Another taster, more early stuff
Elastic man :grinthumb

 

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I forget how many I have but it is double figures, I will eventually have them all I think, they are another one off band that do their own thing, once Mark calls it a day the band will be finished.
 

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Out of the many musicians who have been with THE FALL maybe the most famous is Marc Riley [ Lard ] a dj who works for the BBC.
Heres another oldie from the band "Rebellious jukebox "

 

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