A tribute to The Fall’s Mark E Smith has appeared in the Northern Quarter of Manchester.
Smith, who passed away in January at the age of 60, had been battling a diagnosis of terminal lung and kidney cancer up until his death. Despite the pain, Smith continued to perform “Mark was such a strong man and hated letting his fans down and tried to carry on regardless against all advice,” his family said.
He added: “I like the corner because it’s hidden and to an extent, the Fall were quite a hidden band and Mark’s lyrics have many hidden meanings too.
“It’s hard to find, and like The Fall in many respects, you have to look for it and that works for me.”
He added: “Mark was a maverick, and some say a genius, and I’d agree with that because I’ve seen him work. He taught me a lot about work, about never having to look too far for your materials or your inspiration – it should be right under your nose.”
“That was his magic – taking something so familiar and turning it into the unfamiliar, otherworldly. He’s incredible well-respected across the world by other artists.”