If there’s one thing that would have made Mark E. Smith vomit with disgust it would be the site of Alex Turner and Miles Kane attempting to cover his music.
The world lost one of the true music innovators yesterday morning (January 24) when Mark E. Smith, the iconic frontman of The Fall, passed away aged 60. The band’s manager Pamela Vander released a statement, it read: “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.”
A man with so much aggression on stage managed to touch the hearts of an industry, influencing their sound and inspiring their dedication to music: “Mark E Smith was a complex, driven man. I greatly admired him as an artist and – both despite and because of his eccentricities – really liked him as a person. Riot in Righteousness, Mark mate,” wrote Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh in tribute.
And, as we all know, The Fall influenced and inspired countless musicians over the years. Take, for instance, those two blokes Alex Turner, Miles Kane. The duo, who brought their self-indulgent stage show to T In The Park in 2016, managed to turn the stomach of anybody affiliated with The Fall with this shit:
And, if things couldn’t have gotten any worse, they felt the need to perform it once more and somehow brainwashed Johnny Marr to get in on the act.