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the fall

Live at the Cedar Ballroom, Birmingham, 1980

Cog Sinister


Released: 1st Mar 2019


When Mark E Smith died in January 2018, an era ended with him.

The Fall were an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. They underwent many line-up changes, with vocalist and founder Smith as the only constant member. First associated with the late 1970s punk movement, the Fall's music underwent numerous stylistic changes, often concurrently with changes in the group's lineup. Nonetheless, their music has generally been characterised by an abrasive, repetitive guitar-driven sound, tense bass and drum rhythms, and Smith's caustic lyrics, described by critic Simon Reynolds as "a kind of Northern English magic realism that mixed industrial grime with the unearthly and uncanny, voiced through a unique, one-note delivery somewhere between amphetamine-spiked rant and alcohol-addled yarn." They were always at their best on stage, and this collection captures them in full flow.

Live at the Cedar Ballroom, Birmingham, 1980


  1. Slates, Slags, etc
  2. The Container Drivers
  3. Jawbone and the Air Rifle
  4. Totally Weird
  5. New Face in Hell
  6. Printhead
  7. An Older Lover
  8. City Hobgoblins
  9. Leave the Capitol
  10. Pay Your Rates
  11. The N.W.R.A.
  12. English Scheme
  13. Underground Medicine