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Mark E. Smith’s Cause of Death Announced by Family

A new statement from Mark E. Smith's sisters (Barbara, Suzanne, and Caroline) reveals The Fall leader's cause of death. Posted to the band's website, their note…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 13, 2018

Parquet Courts’ A. Savage – “Frightened” (The Fall Cover)

A. Savage of Parquet Courts has shared his take on the Fall's "Frightened" in tribute to Mark E. Smith, who died last month after battling terminal cancer. "Frightened" is the…
Arielle Gordon / February 13, 2018

Jonny Greenwood Talks Phantom Thread, Mark E. Smith and the Oscars on New Podcast

Jonny Greenwood recently sat down with British podcaster Adam Buxton to discuss the composer's music for Phantom Thread, his Oscar nomination, his friendship with Paul Thomas…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 9, 2018

Mark E. Smith’s Best Insults

For over 40 years, Mark E. Smith was one of the most entertaining personalities in rock, both on and off the stage, mainly for saying exactly what…
Maggie Serota / January 24, 2018

Pixies, Superchunk, Stuart Murdoch and More Pay Tribute to the Fall Frontman Mark E. Smith

The Fall frontman and notorious troublemaker Mark E. Smith passed away at 60 on Wednesday. After the news broke, fellow musicians, friends, and other artists…
Jordan Freiman / January 24, 2018

Spring Forward, Fall Back: Our October 1993 Mark E. Smith Story

Mark E. Smith is an odd person. Extremely odd. Very shifty. Very clever. The afternoon he meets me in London it looks like he's just…
Mark Blackwell / January 24, 2018

Legend of the Fall: Our May 2007 Interview with Mark E. Smith

When his entire band—with the exception of the keyboardist, who also happens to be his wife—walked out on Mark E. Smith in the middle of…
Glenn Kenny / January 24, 2018

The Fall’s Mark E. Smith Dead at 60

Mark E. Smith, the notoriously caustic frontman of post-punk icons the Fall, has died, according to a statement tweeted from a fan account and confirmed by…
Maggie Serota / January 24, 2018

The Fall Cancel Rare U.S. Tour Dates Due to Hospitalization of Mark E. Smith

When the Fall were announced as headliners for Louisville's Cropped Out festival, it was a big deal in certain corners of music fandom. The long-running…
Andy Cush / August 25, 2017

Real Cool Time: Photos From ATP Iceland 2013

Last weekend, tireless alt-festival outlaws All Tomorrow's Parties held the inaugural ATP Iceland, a two-day fest at Ásbrú, a former NATO base in Keflavík. Bands…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2013

The Fall, ‘Ersatz G.B.’ (MVD/Cherry red)

It's the great contradiction of the Fall's 30-odd-year career that their defiant, genre-hopping post-punk racket has, with repetition, become almost predictable. Or at least predictably…
David Peisner / November 2, 2011

The Fall, ‘Your Future Our Clutter’ (Domino)

Steadily spewing cantankerous noise since the '70s punk uprising, these Brits epitomize ornery independence. Frontman Mark E. Smith, the only constant over the years, shifts…
Jon Young / May 4, 2010

New Albums from The Hold Steady, Deftones & 5 More!

Here's a rundown of the essential albums available online and in record stores today:…
SPIN Staff / May 4, 2010