He may look 65, but today is Fall frontman Mark E. Smith‘s 50th birthday. Is there a more important figure in rock who has been around this long that is still making relevant music? I don’t think so. In my mind, the Fall have only made one studio album not worth owning (1997’s Levitate), so that’s at least 25 albums you should snap up, including the just-released Post-Reformation TLC. Show your appreciation by buying some, won’t you?
So how does M.E.S. feel about hitting the half-century mark? Find out when the man visits the Tom Robinson Show on BBC 6Music. (If you can understand him.) It’s airing right now (2pm – 4:30pm EST) and will be archived for repeat listening after that.
And if you happen to be in Wolverhampton tonight, you can wish his a happy birthday in person as The Fall play The Robin 2.
Here are seven of my favorite Fall moments:
MP3: Industrial Estate
MP3: 2 x 4
MP3: No Bulbs
MP3: Bill is Dead
MP3: Idiot Joy Showland
MP3: Dr. Buck’s Letter
Cheers, Mark. May you spew bile for another 50.