The Fall Biography (Wikipedia)
The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. They have undergone many line up changes, with Mark E. Smith as the founder and only constant member. The Fall's long term musicians have included bassist Steve Hanley, drummers Paul Hanley and Karl Burns, and guitarists Marc Riley, Craig Scanlon and Brix Smith.
First associated with the late 1970s punk movement, the Fall's music has undergone numerous stylistic changes, often concurrently with changes in the group's lineup. Nonetheless, their Fall's music is characterised by strong basslines, tense rhythms, an abrasive guitar-driven sound and Smith's 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."
- The Fallhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02vvk4r.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02vvk4r.jpg2015-07-28T22:59:00.000ZHighlights of The Fall's set at Glastonbury 2015http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02w4jgw
- Steve Hanley: Life In The Fallhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028gc0b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028gc0b.jpg2014-10-11T08:41:00.000ZThe Fall's longest serving member (after Mark E Smith) describes life in the band.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p028gc0s
Steve Hanley: Life In The Fall
The Fall Tracks