Never Found in the 80s – The Fall
After consulting with the folks on Facebook and sifting through the overwhelming pile of their votes (a grand total of ten – Douglas Arthur’s multiple votes for The Feelies only count as one) to decide which musical artist I would profile next, it is time to tackle the arty, farty, avant-garde side of 80s music. I can’t think of a better example than UK’s The Fall.
The Fall started in 1976 in Manchester, England, with founding members Mark E Smith, Martin Bramah, Tony Friel, Una Baines, and Steve Ormrod. Ormrod did not last long with the band, but he wasn’t the last to go. No, over the years the band’s line-up was exceedingly fluid. Wikipedia lists no less than 65 people have been involved in the band over the years. The only constant has been Mark E Smith.
Smith’s vocal style is unique and quite unmistakable. His lyrics are a strange, somewhat impenetrable poetry that reflects a dry sense of humor and a general disdain for humanity. The Fall was barely found on the mainstream charts in their home country and there was no charting at all in the States.
Here is their single ‘Cruiser’s Creek released in 1985. Enjoy the art of The Fall…
The Fall still produces music and plays live. They released ten albums in our beloved decade and, over all, they have 30 studio albums to their credit. Their latest, ‘Re-Mit’, came out in May of this year. And, incidentally, their current line-up, finalized in 2007, has been the longest lasting in the band’s history.