BioFormed at the height of the punk rock movement in Manchester in 1976, The Fall has released around 50 singles, 25 studio albums and perhaps 50 live and compilation albums. In February 2003 they recorded their 23rd John Peel session.
Famously the band has gone through numerous personnel changes over the years (there have been over 30 different line-ups so far) but always present is the enigmatic Mark E. Smith- musical genius, obnoxious drunk, Salford's finest poet, journalist's worst nightmare, working class hero. Dubbed "The Grumpiest Man in Pop," by the NME, Mark E. Smith has been carving his jaundiced signature on the music scene for the past twenty plus years. Rarely tempted to celebrate the lighter side of life, Smith uses humour and horror to illuminate vile hypocrisies and injustices and on stage will work himself into a maelstrom of contempt.
The Fall's high volume of high quality work over the last 28 years has had an enormous influence on the indie/alternative music scene. This is a seriously talented band whose integrity cannot be denied.