Live Ledge #319: Mark E. Smith

Less than an hour after I read that Mark E. Smith of The Fall had died, I made an appearance on my friend Patrick Lalley's talk radio show. Obviously, I chatted about his death, and about his legendary 40 year career.

Yet I have to admit I was at a loss for words when Lalley asked me to name the band's biggest song. It's not that they didn't have noteworthy songs. They obviously did. The problem is the sheer number of records Smith made over the years. Well over 30 full-length albums, and seemingly an equal number of live and compilation albums. There's a six-disc set of Peel Sessions, and last year's Singles collection needed seven discs to be truly comprehensive.

So yes, I failed under pressure before quickly throwing out a few song titles. Tonight's the night I give the man the tribute he deserves. Besides a number of songs from throughout the band's catalog, there are sets devoted to Fall songs covered by other artists, the original versions of songs The Fall covered, extracurricural collaborations featuring Smith, and even a number of songs written about the man. There's even a short set featuring music released by his ex-wife, Brix Smith.

Even though it was produced under sad circumstances, this was a fun show to put together. Friends helped out with song selections. Audio clips of Mr. Smith came from a wealth of material from YouTube. My hope is that all of you guys who have never really listened to The Fall will go out and buy a record or two.

This episode is avaialable at all of your favorite podcast services, or you can...


1. Jeffrey Lewis, The Story Of The Fall
2. The Fall, Theme from Sparta F.C. #2
3. The Fall, Bingo-Master
4. The Fall, C.R.E.E.P.
5. The Fall, Repetition
6. Elastica, How He Wrote Elastica Man (Feat. Mark E. Smith)
7. The Inspiral Carpets feat. Mark E. Smith, I Want You
8. Blaney feat. Mark E. Smith, Time For You To Go U
9. Edwyn Collins & Mark E. Smith, Seventies Night
10. The Jazz Butcher, Southern Mark Smith (Big Return)
11. Barbara Manning, Mark E. Smith And Brix
12. Pavement, The Classical
13. Preston School Of Industry, Mere Pseud Mag. Ed.
14. Cobra Verde, The Dice Man
15. Sonic Youth, Rowche Rumble
16. J Church, Psycho Mafia
17. The Kinks, Victoria
18. The Sonics, Strychnine
19. The Other Half, Mr. Pharmacist
20. Move, I Can Hear the Grass Grow
21. Mothers Of Invention, I'm Not Satisfied
22. The Saints, This Perfect Day
23. The Fall, There's a Ghost in My House
24. The Fall, Totally Wired
25. The Fall, Cruiser's Creek
26. The Fall, It's a Curse
27. Brix Smith, Here Today
28. Brix & The Extricated, Pneumatic Violet
29. Brix & The Extricated, Feeling Numb
30. Von Sudenfeld, The Rhinohead
31. The Fall, Quit iPhone
32. The Fall, Second House Now
33. The Fall, A Day in the Life


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