The Fall were an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band existed in some form ever since, and was essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group’s music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, but is often characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and was always underpinned by Smith’s distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.
The band is noted for its prolific output; they have released over 25 studio albums, and more than triple that counting live albums and other releases. They never achieved widespread public success beyond a handful of minor hit singles in the late 1980s, but maintained a strong cult following. The band were long-associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed them from early on in their career and cited The Fall as his favorite band, famously explaining, “They are always different; they are always the same.”
A 12 CD box set. The Fall’s 70s box set combines all of the band’s work in that decade. Featuring the albums ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ and ‘Dragnet’. Plus all of the singles from the time. And eight live shows – many have been unreleased. Including a recording of what is thought to be the band’s first ever gig – these shows showcase the very earliest version of the Fall in full effect, raw and uncompromising.