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Editors’ Notes

50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong does an admirable job attempting to nail down Manchester’s most infuriating band. With more than two dozen studio albums to its credit and few true hits, the group (essentially singer Mark E. Smith and whomever he can tolerate at the moment) specializes in music that’s hard to decipher on first or even fifth listen. What initially might sound like an anonymous, grating clang becomes a mesmerizing spell that no other band can capture. With that understood, The Fall has accessible moments to lure the uninitiated into the fold. The aggressive pulse of “Rowche Rumble,” the taunting jag of “How I Wrote Elastic Man,” the magnetic riff behind “Cruisers Creek,” and the surprisingly (relatively) conventional cover of The Kinks’ “Victoria” make for a decent introduction. From there, the challenge is on. Deciding where to go is up to personal tastes. However, Live at the Witch Trials, Grotesque, This Nation’s Saving Grace, Slates, The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall and The Infotainment Scan are all worthy points of entry.

Customer Reviews

Does and Donts of the Fall (short)

Not a bad compilation.. Although i dont understand how Living Too Late,C.r.e.e.p, Eat Y'self Fitter, etc..made it into this mix of "greatest hits." I would definately liked to have Big New Prinz and Wrong Place Right Time added to the list. Though this compilation is seriously lacking on "i am Kurious, Oranj" (1988 album) which i think is definately a 'Do' on the "Does and Donts" of the Falls Discography.

Mark E. Smith is a god

Let this review stand for all the Fall albums, at least the first 20 or so. Nothing else is like it, nothing compares. It's a mystery why I can't get enough of something so simple and repetitious.

The Greatest Band No One Knows About !

Mark E. Smith is the genius behind The Fall. Start listening from the beginning (70's)
and move on up to now (2015), you will be amazed, shocked, perplexed, frightened,
illuminated and enlightened ! This is what non-conformity does to music, it makes it amazing to discover....a new world of sonic delight.


Formed: 1977 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the late-'70s punk and post-punk bands, none are longer lived or more prolific than the Fall. Throughout their career, the band underwent myriad lineup changes, but at the center of it all was vocalist Mark E. Smith. With his snarling, nearly incomprehensible vocals and consuming, bitter cynicism, Smith became a cult legend in indie and alternative rock. Over the course of their career, the Fall went through a number of shifts in musical style, yet the foundation of their sound was a near-cacophonous,...
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