Wednesday, 22 January, 2020


Passings: Mark E. Smith of the Fall (1957 - 2018)

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Hannah Rogers | 25 January, 2018, 02:24

Smith, the uncompromising maverick singer of influential Manchester post-punk band The Fall, has died aged 60.

In a statement, the band's manager Pam Vander says Smith passed away at home this morning.

Few artists can be considered to be almost as influential on punk, alternative rock and indie music as Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning at home.

"In the meantime, Pam and Mark's family request privacy at this sad time". Mark E Smith was one of them.

The news was revealed by a fan account for the band and has been confirmed by the Fall's record label Cherry Red.

Smith was a famously prolific musician.

Although there are no details, it is known that Smith had been ill for some time, cancelling a tour a year ago due to a "bizarre and rare medical issues... connected to his throat, mouth/dental & respiratory system". One of my biggest heroes. "Thanks for the music, M.E.S". The Fall released its 32nd studio album, New Facts Emerge, just past year, but Smith's declining health prevented them from touring more extensively.

Smith founded The Fall in 1976 and remained its only constant member throughout more than four decades as a band. Smith, who was something of anti-hero, was known for his hair trigger temper when it came to his band and according to reports there have been 66 members over the years.

The Fall leave a catalog whose breadth and consistency is matched by few of their late-'70s peers, including classic albums like Hex Enduction Hour (1982) and This Nation's Saving Grace (1985) and underground-iconic singles "Totally Wired", (1980), "The Man Whose Head Expanded" (1983) and "C.R.E.E.P".

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