Post-Punk Icon, Mark E. Smith, Dies Aged 60

After a significant period of health issues, is was reported on 24th January that The Fall founder and front-man, Mark E. Smith, had died. Formed in 1976 after a brief career as a clerk at Salford docks, The Fall were a rebellion against just about everything, from punk to politics. His drawled delivery of often incredibly bizarre lyrics inspired far more by literary figures than musical, was immediately recognisable and though his 31 studio albums with the band rarely troubled the charts, his fan-base stayed loyal to the end. With a cast of band members who found themselves sacked and occasionally re-employed with alarming regularity (including future DJ, Marc Riley and wife/ex-wife Brix Smith) their legacy has inspired countless bands and he never failed to entertain with his acerbic outbursts.

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