Formed in Manchester, England, in 1977, the Fall is the brainchild of the mercurial Mark E. Smith (Mark Edward Smith, 5 March 1957, Salford, Lancashire, England). Over the years, Smith has ruthlessly utilised a battalion of musicians while taking the band on a personal odyssey defined by his wayward musical and lyrical excursions. His truculent press proclamations, by turns hysterically funny or sinister, also illuminated their career. Just as importantly, BBC disc jockey John Peel became their most consistent and fervent advocate, with the band recording a record number of sessions for his Radio 1 show.
The first Fall line-up, featuring Una Baines (electric piano), Martin Bramah (guitar), Karl Burns (drums) and Tony Friel (bass), made their debut on Bingo Masters Break-Out!, a good example of Smiths surreal vision, coloured by his relentlessly northern working-class views. Initially signed to the small independent...
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