Mark E. Smith

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Just heard that the Fall singer has passed away at 60
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  • cruxiformcruxiform Frets: 1491
    Memories of listening to The Fall on the John Peel show while hiding under the duvet so my dad couldn’t hear. Great, if eccentric frontman.

    Sleep well Mark.

    https://youtu.be/Cl34oJEoO7s
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18372
    Just seen this also - a Manchester legend. 60 - how depressing.... RIP
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1011
    I'm a bit gutted, to be honest. I'd always imagined him to be indestructible. While The Fall were never consistent, when they were good, they were great. 
    RIP.
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • I always thought I’d get a go in the fall. Alas, not to be. Rest In Peace Mark. 
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 4709
    It was my cassette copy of This Nation’s Saving Grace that broke my cassette deck a couple of weeks ago. Listened to them a lot in the 80s, thanks to John Peel. Glad I got the chance to see them once. Poor old Mark looked in a bad way in the live clips from the end of 2017.
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 10525
    I never like the Fall at all, but he just seemed like an iconic guy, always all over NME (I was more of a SOUNDS guy), RIP
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 1310
    Worst gig I ever saw was The Fall. Mark E Smith lay on the stage gurgling into the microphone for most of the set.  

    Not a fan. But, RIP. 
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  • Rest in peace-uh
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  • DarnWeightDarnWeight Frets: 830
    Big fan.  The Fall could be both willfully alienating and ugly, and utterly pulverisingly great, in the space of a single live set.  Like their music or not, Smith's lyrics are absolute genius.  The man had a brutal work ethic, and never stopped...32 studio albums in a 40 year career is quite something.  Don't think we'll see his like again.

    RIP
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2452
    Saw them once, up at the Edinburgh festival, or fringe, or whatever. Must be about 28 years back. Brix on guitar, and ballet dancers with their arses hanging out. It was bizarre, and it was absolutely brilliant!

    Sad news..
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 4744
    Sad news. I used to love The Fall back in the early days.
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  • ellangusellangus Frets: 188
    Lasting memories of Mark E Smith wandering around the Hacienda in a zipped up snorkel parka in the 80's! also pissed up in Mother Macs in Back Piccadilly, Mcr. Saw the Fall a couple of times, once mesmerising and once, shambolic, patchy at best. Quite a horrible get by all accounts but I thought he was genius when on form. UK's answer to the likes of Captain Beefheart.

    An ever changing line up of The Fall, he once said "If it's me and your grannie on bongos, it's The Fall" Brilliant!!

    R.I.P. Mark E Smith, You will be missed.
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3475
    Damn shame. Rest on. A hero to many
    trust me I'm a stomach
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 16230
    Very sad, but not unexpected. His health has been poor for sometime. RIP.
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 372
    There's a story that he only agreed to appear on Later with Jools Holland on condition that Holland didn't play any of his godawful boogie woogie piano... that makes him a hero in my book.

    Does anyone remember this - from "the Tube"? (1980's?) the definitive version of White Lightning"...

     
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  • jonnyburgojonnyburgo Frets: 5960
    Gutted, a hero of mine. A true eccentric, the man didn't give a fuck. Always against the grain. RIP
    "OUR TOSSPOT"
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  • notanonnotanon Frets: 212
    cruxiform said:
    Memories of listening to The Fall on the John Peel show while hiding under the duvet so my dad couldn’t hear. Great, if eccentric frontman.

    Sleep well Mark.

    https://youtu.be/Cl34oJEoO7s
    Snap! Had my radio on 0.0025 volume my parents would still hear it!

    RIP!
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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 1337
    Completely shit and utterly brilliant, usually on the same album.

    His comments on the refugee crisis were utterly ridiculous, but I think he probably knew that.

    I've bought various Fall records over the years, and I suspect in the next few months I'll gorge on whatever Deezer has in its sweaty paws.

    Now this is definitely an example of someone dying too soon - still relevant and still performing.
    Some folks like water, some folks like wine.
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  • Completely off his rocker alcoholic genius poet.

    Did everything his own way, and was probably , as somebody else mentioned, the most Beefheart-a-like artist in the UK.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 4744
    From today's Times obituary:

    The post-punk singer Mark E Smith, who died on Wednesday, used to irritate fellow musicians by fiddling with the settings on their amplifiers mid-set, I am told by a TMS reader, Lenny Law. The roadies came up with a solution by fitting what they called a DFA (Dynamic Field Adjustment) box to Smith’s amplifiers, which they told him he could use to alter all the others. This kept Smith happy for some time, until the end of a tour when they admitted that the box wasn’t connected to anything and that DFA actually stood for “does f*** all”.
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 12387
    Noisy and anarchic.
    The fundamental basis of good rock.
    Saw them in Brighton, a great, loud energetic show. 
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2287
    I found almost everything The Fall released to be unlistenable but you can't deny the individuality of the man.
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