Sunday, 28 January 2018


This is my own special compilation in tribute to the late great Mark E Smith who sadly died a few days ago. I imagine most old Fall fans, on hearing of his passing, will listen to their earlier albums, but I've been a dedicated fan for 35+ years and I decided to concentrate on some of my favourite songs since the turn of the century. Maybe much of their later work wasn't of the high standard of those early days, many dismiss anything they recorded after the 1980s, but for me there were always at least 3 or 4 excellent songs on (almost) every studio album they released. I hope you all enjoy this collection of songs, and sink a beer or two in memory of the genius that was Mark Edward Smith.

  1. I Wake Up in the City (4:38)
  2. Cowboy George (3:22)
  3. Exploding Chimney (2:29)
  4. Mountain Energei (3:20)
  5. Serum (4:54)
  6. Hittite Man (5:46)
  7. Wise Ol' Man (3:34)
  8. Blindness (6:27)
  9. Junger Cloth (4:56)
10. New Facts Emerge (4:02)
11. Dr. Bucks' Letter (5:17)
12. Latch Key Kid (3:18)
13. Midnight in Aspen (3:11)
14. Mister Rode (7:36)
15. Last Commands of Xyralothep Via M.E.S. (3:20)
16. Fall Sound (3:53)
17. Taking Off (3:58)
18. Crop-Dust (5:30)


Track 1 from the album "2G+2", 2001
Track 2 from the album "Your Future Our Clutter", 2010
Tracks 3 & 12 from the album ""Imperial Wax Solvent", 2008
Tracks 4 & 15 from the album "The Real New Fall LP", 2003
Tracks 5 & 11 from the album "The Unutterable", 2000
Track 6 from the album "Re-Mit", 2013
Track 7 from the EP "Wise Ol' Man", 2016
Track 8 from the box set "The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004", 2005 [Session 24, 4 August 2004]
Track 9 from the album "Sub-Lingual Tablet", 2015
Track 10 from the album "New Facts Emerge", 2017
Track 13 from the album "Fall Heads Roll", 2005
Track 14 from the EP "The Remainderer", 2013
Track 16 from the album "Reformation Post TLC", 2007
Track 17 from the album "Ersatz G.B.", 2011
Track 18 from the album "Are You Missing Winner", 2001


manerg said...

20 pints and several whiskey chasers in honour of MES


Joel Rizzo said...

Was looking for a rar/zip of New Facts Emerge and found yr handy dandy comp instead. Looks like a well picked mix. I'm still in mourning over MES dying but at least he's no longer ill. He really looked bad these last few months and was heart breaking to see. The Fall always be tops for me, no matter what. Just got the Cherry Red Singles Box a while back and it's as good an argument for their superiority, in RnR terms as any. RIP MES!

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much. RIP the great man!

zipper said...

Thanks for this Fall comp. Not a fan of everything they've done but they hit the spot (or the North) more often than not. Cheers!

jonder said...

I like your choices! For me it's difficult to listen to the albums in full from "Fall Heads Roll" onward, but there are many great songs mixed in with those that are less inspired. I fully agree with Joel Rizzo that, while I miss MES and will always love The Fall, at least he is no longer suffering.

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