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The Fall: The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith

Profile of The Fall, one of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years, led by the belligerent and poetic Mark E Smith.

A profile of one of England's truly unique and underrated bands, The Fall. One of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years, The Fall are led by the belligerent and poetic Mark E Smith and grew out of the fringe of the Manchester punk scene. By 2005, they had released in excess of three dozen albums, toured relentlessly, inspired two successful stage plays, recorded 24 Peel Sessions, and performed with contemporary ballet dancer Michael Clark along with various spoken word events.

All this has happened under the guidance of Smith with various line-ups totalling over 40 different members. They have never conformed to fashion or musical trends and when asked why they were his favourite band, John Peel replied 'they are always different, they are always the same'.

This is the first time that Mark E Smith has agreed to the story being told on television and he along with many of the major players take us through this unique English rock 'n' roll story. It is told alongside footage of their most recent and sadly now last Peel Session recorded in August 2004 at the BBC Maida Vale studios, and there is also film of John playing out the session at Peel Acres a week later.

Contributors include past and present band members such as Marc Riley, Una Baines, Steve Hanley, Ben Pritchard and Eleni Smith, plus thoughts from key fans/critics including Paul Morley, Tony Wilson, Stewart Lee, promoter Alan Wise, original Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon, and Franz Ferdinand.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 17 Aug 2019 01:55

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    The Fall

    Mr. Pharmacist

  • 00:07

    Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

    Dali's Car

  • 00:11


    Shot By Both Sides

  • 00:23

    The Fall

    How I Wrote Elastic Man

  • 00:35

    The Fall

    Hit The North

  • 00:41

    The Fall

    Bill Is Dead


Role Contributor
Director Dione Newton
Producer Alison Howe


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