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The Totally Wired World of the Fall

Mark E Smith talks to Elizabeth Alker about life in the 'wonderful and frightening' world of the Fall, the band he founded in 1976.

Another chance to hear Mark E Smith talking to 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker about his thirty nine years at the helm of one of Britain's most respected bands. With contributions from the Bard of Salford, poet John Cooper Clarke, who first performed with The Fall in 1977, John Leckie, who produced three of their key 1980s albums, writer Mick Middles, who wrote a biography of The Fall with Mark E Smith, Clint Boon of the Inspiral Carpets and Lias Saudi from 'Fall heirs' Fat White Family. Mark talks about his love of avant garde classical music, science fiction writer Philip K Dick and how Danny Baker helped to get the group their first record deal.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 28 Jan 2018 13:00

Music Played

  • The Fall

    Totally Wired

    • Beggars Banquet.
  • The Fall

    Lost In Music

    • Artful.
  • Vangelis

    Blade Runner (End Titles)

  • The Fall

    Before The Moon Falls

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen


  • Sex Pistols

    Anarchy In The U.K.

    • Virgin.
  • Sex Pistols

    Anarchy In The U.K.

    • 1977 - The Spirit Of Punk (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
    • 6.
  • The Fall


    • Step-Forward.
  • The Fall

    Bingo Masters Breakout

  • The Fall


  • The Fall

    Hip Priest

  • The Fall

    2 By 4

  • The Fall

    Spoilt Victorian Child (Radio 1 John Peel Session, 14 May 1985)

  • The Fall

    Mr. Pharmacist

    • Dark Side Of The 80's (Various).
    • Telstar.
  • The Fall

    Touch Sensitive

    • Artful Records.
  • LCD Soundsystem

    North American Scum

    • DFA.
  • The Fall

    Bill Is Dead

    • Universal.
  • The Fall


  • The Inspiral Carpets feat. Mark E Smith

    I Want You

  • Inspiral Carpets

    I Want You (feat. Mark E. Smith)

    • Mute Records.
  • The Fall

    Theme From Sparta FC

  • The Fall

    I Am Damo Suzuki

  • Fat White Family

    I Am Mark E Smith

  • The Fall


  • Bob Dylan

    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

    • Columbia.
  • The Fall

    Sir William Wray

  • The Fall

    Sir William Wray



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