Print Edition - 2018-01-26  |  Life & Style

The Fall vocalist Smith no more


Jan 26, 2018-

Mark E Smith, the distinctive frontman of the post-punk band The Fall, has died aged 60.

Pam Van Damned, the band’s manager, said he died at home on Wednesday morning.

Paying tribute, Smith’s former bandmate Marc Riley said the singer “taught me a lot about life and he taught me a lot about music”.

Smith famously hired and fired more than 60 bandmates.

Riley, now a radio DJ, was on air when the news broke. The pair had a tumultuous relationship—as was the case with Smith and many of the musicians who passed through The Fall’s ranks.

“Aged 16 he really did teach me so much,” Riley told listeners.

“The Fall were my favourite band when I joined and they were still my favourite band when I got kicked out.” The Fall had 27 songs in the top 100 of the UK singles chart between 1984 and 2004. There’s a Ghost in My House was their highest entry at number 30 in 1987.

Born into a working-class family in Broughton, Salford, Smith grew up in Prestwich, and worked first in a meat factory and then as a shipping clerk on the Manchester docks

Published: 26-01-2018 08:33

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