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Spent so much time watching that Man......rest in peace.
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Only 60. Has he been ill for some time?
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RIP Mark.

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shocking, but also surprised he was only 60. Last saw The Fall play 8-9 years ago & remember thinking he didn't look too well then and the way he shuffled around the stage I would never have guessed he was only 50ish..

Perhaps there was some illness...
What a shame a truly unique guy.

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aldinblack wrote: 25 Jan 2018, 00:24 shocking, but also surprised he was only 60. Last saw The Fall play 8-9 years ago & remember thinking he didn't look too well then and the way he shuffled around the stage I would never have guessed he was only 50ish..

Perhaps there was some illness...
What a shame a truly unique guy.

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Yes, seen interviews and he hasn't looked well for a long time , couldn't understand a lot of what he said . Unique band and bloke , sometimes brilliant , sometimes awful . Music will be a duller place without him .I quite liked The Fall .
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Well possibly the greatest lyricist of all time? A unique talent,used to stay up late when younger to record "The Fall" sessions on John Peel,just such

sad news.R.I.P Mr Smith.Fav song has to be "Hip Priest" but so many.
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sorry didn't see this thread a very sad day great tributes all across the media yesterday he will be missed I always looked forward to getting the new fall album and seeing them on youtube
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marky wrote: 26 Jan 2018, 07:47 sorry didn't see this thread a very sad day great tributes all across the media yesterday he will be missed I always looked forward to getting the new fall album and seeing them on youtube
A very different band , don't think there has been anything remotely close at any time to them . Did some great songs but at the same time some quite awful stuff - I think really you had to get it , if you didn't then you wouldn't like them . Mark E Smith wasn't someone who'd compromise one little bit .
I wonder how many people had at one stage or another been in The Fall , most he would have fallen out with at some stage . Can't think of any front man who delivered like Mark Smith ( won't call him a singer as he didn't sing ) . Bloody hell , people have said JJ was awkward - imagine these two in the same band - he would have driven JJ mad I think . :grin:
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He would have just sacked JJ anyway...

Once read an interview with him where he said about The Fall " we've never split up, well I haven't anyway"

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Jon the Impaler wrote: 26 Jan 2018, 09:31
I wonder how many people had at one stage or another been in The Fall , most he would have fallen out with at some stage .


60, I read the other day.
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Very sad news - The Fall have always been in my top 5 bands - hard to compare to any other group. MES was of course poorly for some time already, still a big shock when I heard this sad news.

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airflamesred wrote: 26 Jan 2018, 15:16
Jon the Impaler wrote: 26 Jan 2018, 09:31
I wonder how many people had at one stage or another been in The Fall , most he would have fallen out with at some stage .


60, I read the other day.
I thought it might be more - maybe in the 100's .
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