[NetBehaviour] Mark E Smith, founder and lead singer with the Fall, dies aged 60

helen varley jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Thu Jan 25 22:13:41 CET 2018

yes it's sad; for all his faults, he was a unique artist & made great music.

On 25.01.2018 20:53, Edward Picot via NetBehaviour wrote:
> I was genuinely sorry to hear this. He was a notoriously difficult
> bloke, and he had some unpleasantly non-PC views about things like the
> Falklands War and refugees. I suspect that if you sat in a pub with
> him for more than about 45 minutes you'd probably start to feel
> profoundly uncomfortable. But you've got to take your hat off to
> anyone who can go his own way and do his own thing as resolutely and
> completely as Mark Smith, and for such a long period of time. He was a
> genuine poet and a genuinely original artist. He never wrote about
> things anyone else would dream of writing about, and he never sounded
> remotely like anyone else. Nobody made music like The Fall: spiky,
> quirky and in-your-face. I saw them live in Norwich once, when they
> had their two-drummer lineup, and I remember them doing a crunchingly
> powerful version of 'Eat Y'self Fitter'. My favourite track of theirs
> is probably 'The Container Drivers'.
> I love that line at the end of the Guardian obituary - 'His death was
> previously wrongly announced by the BBC in March last year, on his
> 60th birthday.'
> Edward
> On 25/01/18 10:45, marc.garrett via NetBehaviour wrote:
>> Mark E Smith, founder and lead singer with the Fall, dies aged 60
>> Sad to hear abotu the death of Mark E Smith. I will be playing The
>> Fall all day today. Will be missed. One of my many working class
>> heroes...
>> "Smith formed the Fall in 1976 in Prestwich and was the only constant
>> member of the band. He was known for his tempestuous relationship
>> with his bandmates, and frequently fired them – there have been 66
>> different members over the years, with a third of them lasting less
>> than a year. Smith famously once said: “If it’s me and yer granny on
>> bongos, it’s The Fall.”
>> "He was a famously prolific musician. Last year the Fall released
>> their 32nd studio album, New Facts Emerge, and had been fitfully
>> touring in recent months when Smith’s health would allow. The band
>> played London’s 100 Club in July, while Smith performed from a
>> wheelchair in Wakefield in October."
>> https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/24/mark-e-smith-lead-singer-with-the-fall-dies-aged-60
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