British singer Mark E Smith, RIP


This 1977 live music video is the song Hey fascist, by the Fall.

I saw the Fall in 1978 at my first London punk rock gig, at Acklam Hall. Brian James (ex-Damned guitarist) and his then band the Brains also played that night.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Mark E Smith dead: The Fall’s lead singer dies aged 60

Punk singer died was forced to cancel shows last year amid reports of ill health

Ilana Kaplan

The Fall’s lead singer Mark E Smith has died. He was 60.

The band’s manager and Smith’s partner, Pam Van Damned, made the announcement via The Fall Online.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith,” she said in a statement.

“He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days.

“In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.”

It had been reported that Smith was ill for some time, which led to show cancellations in late 2017.

In October, he performed at a Wakefield concert in a wheelchair.

Tributes were led by Smith’s former wife and ex-band member, Brix Smith Start, who posted: “I’m taking the news in right now. I will put a statement out tomorrow. I hope you will all understand.

“Thank you for your lovely messages, they mean a lot. I love you, Brix”.

Born in 1957, Smith formed The Fall with Martin Bramah and Tony Friel aged just 19.

The band became a part of the 1970s punk movement and, while it went through several line-up changes, Smith was the founder and constant member of the band.

The Fall never quite found commercial success, but helmed a cult fan base care of their 32 studio albums.

Their most successful single was a cover version of the Kinks’ “Victoria”.

The band’s most recent record New Facts Emerge came out in 2017.

Smith previously worked with Elastica, Gorillaz and Inspiral Carpets.

The Fall’s Mark E Smith was the voice of the northern working-class culture that inspired him, says DAVID WILKINSON.

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