Mark E. Smith leaves us

Mark E Smith, the irascible frontman of Manchester post-punk band the Fall, has died at the age of 60.

The Fall are, for me, a barometer of how my acceptance of different music changed over the years as I aged and became much more open to different genres with my tastes 53b152d1c719d_mark_e_smithbecoming increasingly eclectic. I would listen to the John Peel Show, who The Fall appeared in session for 24 times, and wish that the next song would come on as I thought the Fall were bloody awful.

As the years passed I thought they were OK, and then at some point, for reasons I cannot entirely explain, it all sort of clicked into place and I really like a lot of what I’ve heard. I have been looking for a copy of Hex Enduction Hour on vinyl for quite a number of years now as I thought that would be a good place to start digging into the rather large back catalogue. Never found it and if I do the price probably just doubled, as it tends to do when an artist passes away.

Yesterday I drove to work accompanied by a Fall playlist. I arrived rather grumpy with everybody I met but quite happy to be so. This is the playlist:

1. Totally Wired
2. The Classical
3. Mountain Energy
4. Repetition
5. Spoilt Victorian Child
6. Victoria
7. Blindness
8. Mr Pharmacist
9. Hip Priest
10. Theme From Sparta F.C.
11. How I Wrote Elastic Man
12. C.R.E.E.P.
13. Hit The North Pt 1
14. L.A.
15. Kicker Conspiracy
16. Lost In Music
17. There’s A Ghost In My House
18. Lie Dream Of Casino Soul
19. Eat Y’self Fitter
20. Oh!Brother
21. Who Makes The Nazis?
22. The Man Whose Head Expanded
23. Rowche Rumble
24. 2 x 4
25. Cruiser’s Creek



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