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Mark E. Smith

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Mark E. Smith in 1981

Mark E. Smith (born March 5, 1957) is the lead singer, lyricist and hub of The Fall, a renowned and idiosyncratic offshoot from the UK post-punk/new wave music scenes.

The Fall have continued for over twenty-five years to produce unpredictable and challenging music, varying richly in both character and quality, with the abrasive lyrics and half-droned, half-ranted vocals of frontman Mark E. Smith providing the one constant note through a bewildering succession of personnel changes.

As well as his work with The Fall, Smith has released the spoken-word albums The Post-Nearly Man and Pander! Panda! Panzer!. He has supplied guest vocals for the Inspiral Carpets, Elastica, Long Fin Killie and others.

Smith married Californian guitarist (and Fall band member, 1983-1989, 1996) Brix Smith on 19 July 1983. They divorced in 1989.

When the brilliant English DJ (who championed The Fall), John Peel, died in 2004, Smith appeared on a BBC interview, shouting down statements made by the presenter and occasionally spitting his tongue out.

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