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Mark Edward Smith (5 March 1957 – 24 January 2018) was an English singer, songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, lyricist and only constant member of the post-punk group The Fall, a renowned and idiosyncratic offshoot from the UK post-punk popular music scene. He was from Prestwich, near Manchester.

Smith formed The Fall in 1976 after attending a Sex Pistols gig at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in June that year. The band went on to feature over 60 different members, and released 32 studio albums. His lyrical style has been described as consisting of "grim, dark and ironic humour", and notoriously difficult to work with, he has been characterised as a "strange kind of antimatter national treasure", and an enduring cult icon.



With the Fall


D.O.S.E. featuring Mark E. Smith

  • "Plug Myself In" (1996), Coliseum – 2 CDs, 12" vinyl

INCH featuring Mark E. Smith

  • INCH EP (1999), Regal

Von Südenfed

  • "Fledermaus Can't Get It" (2007), Domino
  • "The Rhinohead/Slow Down Ronnie" (2007), Domino

Mark E. Smith & Ed Blaney

  • "Real Good Time Together" (2008), Voiceprint
  • "Transfusion" (2009), Voiceprint

Other collaborations and guest appearances

The Adult Net
  • "White Night" single (1986) – "Naughty But Nice"
The Clint Boon Experience
  • "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down" single (1999), Artful – "Now I Wanna Be Your Dog (live)"
  • What's That Noise album (1989) – "I'm in Deep"
Edwyn Collins
  • I'm Not Following You (1996), Setanta – "Seventies Night"
  • Elastica EP (1999), Deceptive – "How He Wrote Elastica Man", "KB"
Dna (Greek Musical Collective)
  • The Dark Project Album (2003), Dna feat. Mark E. Smith "Misery" written by Dna (Michael Nivolianitis and Alexander Christaras)

  • Iceland Airwaves '05 V/A album (2005), Iceland Airwaves – "Not Clean" (also released as a single)
  • Plastic Beach album (2010) – "Glitter Freeze"
Inspiral Carpets
  • "I Want You" single (1994) – "I Want You"
  • Keep the Circle (B sides and Udder Stuff) album (2007) – "Saturn 5"
Jon the Postman
  • Puerile album – Intro to "Louie Louie"
Long Fin Killie
  • "Heads of Dead Surfers" single (1995) – "Heads of Dead Surfers"
Mild Man Jan
  • "Fistful of Credits" single (2000) – "Fistful of Credits"
Mouse on Mars
  • Wipe That Sound EP (2004), Sonig – "Cut the Gain", "Sound City"
  • 21 Again album (2014) – 21 Again
  • "England's Heartbeat" (2010) – Shuttleworth feat. Mark E. Smith
  • "Dangerous Sex" single (1989) – "Repetition"
  • "Cheap Space Chant" (1996)

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