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The Fall in 1984 (top) and 2007 (bottom).

The Fall were an English post-punk band from Prestwich, Greater Manchester. Formed in late 1976, the group originally featured vocalist Mark E. Smith, guitarist Martin Bramah, bassist Tony Friel and keyboardist Una Baines, with their first permanent drummer Karl Burns joining the following year. The group went through many lineup changes but remained active until Smith's death on 24 January 2018, at which point the band included bassist Dave "The Eagle" Spurr (since 2006), guitarist Peter "PP" Greenway, drummer Keiron Melling (both since 2007) and keyboardist Michael Clapham (who joined for the band's final tour in 2017).

History[edit]

1976–1982[edit]

Mark E. Smith, Martin Bramah, Tony Friel and Una Baines formed the Fall shortly after attending a Sex Pistols show at Manchester's Free Trade Hall in July 1976.[1] The band played their first show on 23 May 1977,[2] with Steve Ormrod playing drums for his sole appearance.[3] The group's first permanent drummer, Karl Burns, took his place.[4] In November the group recorded their debut EP Bingo-Master's Break-Out!, which was issued the following year.[5] Friel left the band in December,[4] unhappy with the recent decision to hire Kay Carroll, a friend of Smith's, as their manager.[6]

Marc Riley replaced original bassist Tony Friel in 1978, and later switched to guitar the following year.
Marc Riley replaced original bassist Tony Friel in 1978, and later switched to guitar the following year.

After brief spells with Jonnie Brown and Eric McGann early in the year,[4] 16-year-old roadie Marc Riley took over Friel's position on bass in June 1978.[7] Baines had also left in March, following a "mental breakdown triggered in part by the druggy lifestyle she was leading".[8] She was replaced by Yvonne Pawlett in May.[4] The lineup of Smith, Bramah, Riley, Pawlett and Burns recorded the group's debut album Live at the Witch Trials, which was issued the following year.[9] Burns left before the end of the year and Bramah followed in April 1979, claiming that "What initially started out as a collective became a dictatorship" dominated by frontman Smith.[8]

Burns and Bramah were replaced by Mike Leigh and Craig Scanlon, respectively.[4] At the time of Scanlon's arrival, Steve Hanley also joined on bass, with Riley switching to guitar.[10] The new lineup recorded one single, "Rowche Rumble", before Pawlett also left the Fall.[11] In an interview years later, the keyboardist claimed that she "never fitted in" with the group, leaving to study biology and breed dogs.[12] Pawlett was not replaced, with Riley and Scanlon performing keyboards.[13]

In March 1980, Leigh was replaced by Hanley's brother Paul on drums.[4] The group issued Grotesque (After the Gramme) later in the year,[14] followed by the EP Slates early the next year, featuring brief member Dave Tucker on clarinet.[15] After replacing Paul Hanley for an American tour in the summer of 1981, due to the former being under the age of 21, Karl Burns rejoined the Fall in October 1981 to mark the start of the band's first two-drummer lineup.[16] This incarnation issued two studio albums in 1982, Hex Enduction Hour and Room to Live, before Riley was sacked after a physical altercation with Smith, playing his final Fall show in December.[17]

1982–1995[edit]

After Riley was fired in 1982, Mark E. Smith married Brix Smith in 1983 and she took his place in the Fall.
After Riley was fired in 1982, Mark E. Smith married Brix Smith in 1983 and she took his place in the Fall.

After several months with just one guitarist, the Fall added Brix Smith in the summer of 1983 after she married frontman Mark E. Smith in July, just three months since they first met.[18] She debuted on two tracks on the 1983 album Perverted by Language, which was followed by The Wonderful and Frightening World Of... the next year.[19] In November, shortly after the latter's release, Paul Hanley left the Fall to form Kiss the Blade, and the following month, his brother Steve Hanley went on paternity leave and was temporarily replaced by Simon Rogers.[20] After a four-month absence, Hanley returned and Rogers joined officially on keyboards and guitar.[1]

By early 1986, Karl Burns had left the Fall for a second time, with Simon Wolstencroft taking his place.[21] Before Wolstencroft's arrival, however, Paul Hanley briefly returned to record two tracks for Bend Sinister, as well as the single "Living Too Late".[22][23][24] Shortly after the release of Bend Sinister, Rogers left the group to focus on his production work, which he continued to do with the Fall for several years.[25] With new keyboardist Marcia Schofield, the band released The Frenz Experiment and I Am Kurious Oranj in 1988, as well as a string of commercially successful singles including "There's a Ghost in My House", "Hit the North" and "Victoria".[26]

In July 1989, it was announced that Brix Smith had left the Fall, with original guitarist Martin Bramah returning in her place.[27] It was revealed later that the outgoing member and Mark E. Smith had divorced earlier that year.[28] Bramah performed on Extricate and remained until July 1990,[4] when both he and Schofield (who by that time were dating each other) were fired from the band.[29] Following the pair's departure, keyboards were handled primarily by Wolstencroft,[30] as well as by violinist Kenny Brady, who joined at the same time.[4] Dave Bush, who initially joined the Fall crew as a roadie, took over as the band's new keyboardist in August 1991.[31]

After the release of Code: Selfish and The Infotainment Scan, Karl Burns returned for a second two-drummer lineup in May 1993.[31] He left again just a few months later, but returned in time for a North American tour in August.[32] After the release of Middle Class Revolt, Brix Smith also returned in August 1994, claiming she had "started to miss the artistic freedom that [she] had" in the group.[33] After the band recorded Cerebral Caustic, Bush was replaced by Julia Nagle.[34]

After nearly 16 years with the band, guitarist Craig Scanlon was fired from the Fall in late 1995.
After nearly 16 years with the band, guitarist Craig Scanlon was fired from the Fall in late 1995.

1995–2000[edit]

After the band spent much of the year touring, long-time guitarist Craig Scanlon was dismissed from the Fall in late 1995.[4] In later interviews, Mark E. Smith claimed that Scanlon's sacking after 16 years in the band was due to his "slovenly appearance" and "failure to maintain [his] amps", although he later changed his explanation by suggesting that the guitarist had been "trying to play jazz or Sonic Youth-style stuff over good simple songs that he'd written himself".[35] The Light User Syndrome was issued in 1996.[36] Brix Smith left in October, following an argument with Mark E. Smith at a show in October.[37] Karl Burns followed in December.[4]

Adrian Flanagan took over as the Fall guitarist in December 1996, followed by Tommy Crooks the following May (when Burns also rejoined).[4][38] The group continued touring until April 1998, when all but Smith and Nagle left the band following two shows in the United States which ended in fighting between band members.[39] Before the planned final show in New York, Smith was arrested after allegedly assaulting Nagle, his girlfriend at the time, which resulted in the show's cancellation.[40] A few weeks later, Smith and Nagle returned for three more shows in the UK, joined by temporary drummer Kate Themen.[41]

After several months off, the Fall returned in August 1998 with new bassist Karen Leatham and drummer Tom Head,[4] the latter of whom took over from Themen who was originally hired on a full-time basis after her first three shows.[42] By the following January, Neville Wilding was the band's new guitarist and Leatham had been replaced by Adam Helal, with both new members joining officially after performing on The Marshall Suite as session musicians.[43] Head was briefly sacked ahead of the 1999 Reading Festival, with Nick Dewey taking his place for the show, before he was reinstated the following day in time for the Leeds date.[44]

2000–2018[edit]

Frontman Mark E. Smith remained the sole constant member of the Fall throughout the band's tenure.

Shortly after the release of The Unutterable in November 2000, Tom Head was replaced by Spencer Birtwistle.[4] By February the next year, Neville Wilding and Adam Helal had also been replaced, by Birtwistle's Trigger Happy bandmates Ben Pritchard and Jim Watts, respectively.[45] By August, keyboardist and guitarist Julia Nagle had left the Fall after six years with the band.[4] Brian Fanning briefly took over the vacated role of second guitarist, but by October had left again, shortly before Birtwistle was replaced by Dave Milner on drums.[38] Milner was another former member of Trigger Happy featuring Pritchard, Watts and the Fall's manager Ed Blaney.[46]

In September 2002, the Fall played one show with two new keyboardists – Smith's girlfriend Elena Poulou alongside Ruth Daniel.[47][48] Retaining only Poulou on a full-time basis, the group issued The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) in 2003.[49] Watts was fired that March and replaced by Simon "Ding" Archer the next month.[50][4] After just a year with the band, Archer left the following April and was replaced by Steve Trafford.[51] In July 2004, Watts returned on guitar and Birtwistle returned on drums.[4] By December, the former had left for a second time, crediting concerns over credits and royalties, as well as a lack of creative input in the band.[52]

The Fall's lineup changed dramatically again in May 2005, after Pritchard, Trafford and Birtwistle all left the band suddenly following a show in the US.[53] The trio were quickly replaced by Tim Presley, Rob Barbato (both members of American group Darker My Love) and Orpheo McCord, respectively.[54] Later in the year, guitarist Peter Greenway, bassist Dave Spurr and drummer Keiron Melling all debuted with the Fall, due to the new members' differing schedules.[55] After the release of Reformation Post TLC (featuring Greenway and Spurr), the three new additions became full-time members upon the departure of Presley, Barbato and McCord in June 2007.[4]

For almost ten years the Fall's lineup remained stable, making it the longest-standing incarnation of the band's history.[56][57] Daren Garratt of the Nightingales joined as a second drummer between 2013 and 2015, featuring on The Remainderer, Sub-Lingual Tablet and Wise Ol' Man.[26][58] Paul Bonney of the Australian Pink Floyd Show took over for tour dates in 2016.[59] The lineup came to an end with the departure of long-time keyboardist Elena Poulou in 2016, after her divorce from Mark E. Smith.[60] Keyboards on the band's final studio album New Facts Emerge were recorded by Greenway (synthesisers) and Spurr (mellotron),[61] before Mike Clapham joined for the final touring cycle in 2017.[62]

On 24 January 2018, Smith died of lung and kidney cancer, marking the end of the Fall.[63]

Members[edit]

Final members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Mark E. Smith 1976–2018 (until his death)
  • lead vocals
  • occasional guitar, keyboards, piano, violin and harmonica
all Fall releases
Dave "The Eagle" Spurr 2006–2018
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • mellotron (2017)
Peter "PP" Greenway 2007–2018 (guest 2006–07)
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • synthesisers (2017)
  • Studio albums: all from Reformation Post TLC (2007) to New Facts Emerge (2017)
  • Singles and EPs: all from "Bury!" (2010) to Wise Ol' Man (2016)
  • Live albums and videos: Last Night at The Palais (2009)
  • Live Uurop VIII–XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son (2014)
  • Live in Clitheroe (2017)
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – six discs
Keiron Melling 2007–2018 (guest 2006)
  • drums
  • percussion
  • Studio albums: all from Imperial Wax Solvent (2008) to New Facts Emerge (2017)
  • Singles and EPs: all from "Bury!" (2010) to Wise Ol' Man (2016)
  • Live albums and videos: Live Uurop VIII–XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son (2014)
  • Live in Clitheroe (2017)
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – seven discs
Mike Clapham 2017–2018 keyboards none – live performances only

Former members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Martin Bramah
  • 1976–1979
  • 1989–1990
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • bass (May 1978)
Una Baines 1976–1978 (stand-in 1979)
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus (1978)
  • Bingo-Master's Break-Out! (1978)
  • Live 1977 (2000)
Tony Friel 1976–1977
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Steve Ormrod 1977 (died 1994) drums none – one live performance only
Karl Burns
  • 1977–1978
  • 1981–1986
  • 1993–1996
  • 1997–1998
  • drums
  • percussion
  • bass
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: Live at the Witch Trials (1979)
  • all from Hex Enduction Hour (1982) to This Nation's Saving Grace (1985), and from Middle Class Revolt (1994) to Levitate (1997)
  • Singles and EPs: Bingo-Master's Break-Out! (1978)
  • "It's the New Thing" (1978)
  • all from "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul" (1981) to "Cruiser's Creek" (1985)
  • The Peel Sessions (1987)
  • "The Chiselers" (1996)
  • Live albums and videos: Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus (1978)
  • A Part of America Therein, 1981 (1982)
  • Fall in a Hole (1983)
  • all from The Twenty-Seven Points (1995) to Live Various Years (1998)
  • Live 1977 (2000)
  • Austurbæjarbíó (2001)
  • Liverpool 78 (2001)
  • The Idiot Joy Show (2003)
  • Live at the Phoenix Festival (2003)
  • all from Pearl City (2005) to Oldham 1978 (2005)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – five discs
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – three discs
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – eight sessions
Jonnie Brown 1978 bass none – live performances only
Eric McGann
(real name Rick Goldstraw)
Yvonne Pawlett 1978–1979 keyboards
  • Studio albums: Live at the Witch Trials (1979)
  • Singles and EPs: "It's the New Thing" (1978)
  • "Rowche Rumble" (1979)
  • The Peel Sessions (1987)
  • Live albums and videos: Liverpool 78 (2001)
  • Live at Deeply Vale (2005)
  • Oldham 1978 (2005)
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – two sessions
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Marc Riley 1978–1982
  • bass (1978–79)
  • lead guitar (1979–82)
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from Live at the Witch Trials (1979) to Room to Live (1982)
  • Singles and EPs: all from "It's the New Thing" (1978) to "Look, Know" (1982)
  • The Peel Sessions (1987)
  • Live albums and videos: all from Totale's Turns (1980) to Fall in a Hole (1983)
  • Live to Air in Melbourne '82 (1998)
  • Liverpool 78 (2001)
  • Live at Leeds (2003)
  • all from Live at Deeply Vale (2005) to Alter Banhof, Hof, Germany (2005)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – three discs
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – four sessions
Mike Leigh 1979–1980
  • drums
  • percussion
  • Studio albums: Dragnet (1979)
  • Singles and EPs: "Rowche Rumble" (1980)
  • "Fiery Jack" (1980)
  • Live albums and videos: Totale's Turns (It's Now or Never) (1980)
  • Retford 1979 (2005)
  • Los Angeles 1979 (2005)
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Steve Hanley 1979–1998
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • occasional acoustic guitar
  • Studio albums: all from Dragnet (1979) to Levitate (1997)
  • Singles and EPs: all from "Rowche Rumble" (1979) to "The Chiselers" (1996), except Couldn't Get Ahead (1985) and The Peel Sessions (1987)
  • Live albums and videos: all from Totale's Turns (1980) to Nottingham 92 (1998)
  • I Am as Pure as Oranj (2000)
  • Live in Cambridge 1988 (2000)
  • Austurbæjarbíó (2001)
  • Live in Zagreb (2001)
  • Live at Leeds (2003)
  • The Idiot Joy Show (2003)
  • Live at the Phoenix Festival (2003)
  • Pearl City (2004)
  • Live at the Haćienda 1983–1985 (2005)
  • all from Retford 1979 (2005) to Alter Banhof, Hof, Germany (2005)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – eight discs
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – three discs
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – 18 sessions
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Craig Scanlon 1979–1995
  • guitar (rhythm 1979–82 and 1983–95, lead 1982–83)
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from Dragnet (1979) to Cerebral Caustic (1995)
  • Singles and EPs: all from "Rowche Rumble" (1979) to "The Chiselers" (1996), except The Peel Sessions (1987)
  • Live albums and videos: all from Totale's Turns (1980) to In the City... (1997)
  • Live to Air in Melbourne '82 (1998)
  • Live Various Years (1998)
  • Nottingham 92 (1998)
  • I Am as Pure as Oranj (2000)
  • Live in Cambridge 1988 (2000)
  • Austurbæjarbíó (2001)
  • Live in Zagreb (2001)
  • Live at Leeds (2003)
  • The Idiot Joy Show (2003)
  • Live at the Phoenix Festival (2003)
  • Live at the Haćienda 1983–1985 (2005)
  • all from Retford 1979 (2005) to Alter Banhof, Hof, Germany (2005)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – six discs
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – two discs
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – 15 sessions
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Paul Hanley 1980–1985 (stand-in 1986)
  • drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards
  • programming
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from Grotesque (After the Gramme) (1980) to The Wonderful and Frightening World Of... (1984)
  • Bend Sinister (1986) – one track only
  • Singles and EPs: all from "How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'" (1980) to Call for Escape Route (1984)
  • "Living Too Late" (1986)
  • Live albums and videos: Live in London 1980 (1982)
  • Fall in a Hole (1983)
  • Live to Air in Melbourne '82 (1998)
  • Austurbæjarbíó (2001)
  • Live at Leeds (2003)
  • Live at the Haçienda 1983–1985 (2005)
  • Glasgow 1981 (2005)
  • Alter Banhof, Hof, Germany (2005)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – two discs
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – five sessions
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Brix Smith Start
  • 1983–1989
  • 1994–1996
  • lead guitar
  • keyboards
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from Perverted by Language (1983) – two tracks only to I Am Kurious Oranj (1988)
  • Cerebral Caustic (1995)
  • The Light User Syndrome (1996)
  • Singles and EPs: all from "Oh! Brother" (1984) to "Hit the North" (1987), except The Peel Sessions (1987)
  • Live albums and videos: all from Seminal Live (1989) to 15 Ways to Leave Your Man: Live (1997)
  • Live Various Years (1998) – three tracks only
  • I Am as Pure as Oranj (2000)
  • Live in Cambridge 1988 (2000)
  • The Idiot Joy Show (2003)
  • Live at the Phoenix Festival (2003)
  • Pearl City (2004)
  • Live at the Haćienda 1983–1985 (2005)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – two discs
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – three discs
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – nine sessions
Simon Rogers 1985–1986 (stand-in 1984–85, session guest 1986–92)
  • keyboards
  • bass
  • guitar
  • programming
  • saxophone
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: This Nation's Saving Grace (1985)
  • Bend Sinister (1986)
  • The Frenz Experiment (1988)
  • Code: Selfish (1992)
  • Singles and EPs: all from "Couldn't Get Ahead/Rollin' Dany" (1985) to "Hey! Luciani" (1987)
  • "Hit the North" (1987)
  • "Ed's Babe" (1992)
  • Live albums and videos: The Twenty-Seven Points (1995) – one track only
  • Live at the Haćienda 1983–1985 (2005)
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – four sessions
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Simon Wolstencroft 1986–1997
  • drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards
  • programming
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from Bend Sinister (1986) to Levitate (1997)
  • Singles and EPs: all from "Hey! Luciani" (1987) to "The Chiselers" (1996), except The Peel Sessions (1987)
  • Live albums and videos: all from Seminal Live (1989) to 15 Ways to Leave Your Man: Live (1995)
  • Live Various Years (1998)
  • Nottingham 92 (1998)
  • I Am as Pure as Oranj (2000)
  • Live in Cambridge 1988 (2000)
  • Live in Zagreb (2001)
  • The Idiot Joy Show (2003)
  • Live at the Phoenix Festival (2003)
  • Pearl City (2004)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – four discs
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – two discs
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – 11 sessions
Marcia Schofield 1986–1990
  • keyboards
  • synthesisers
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from The Frenz Experiment (1988) to Shift-Work (1991) – one track only
  • Singles and EPs: all from "There's a Ghost in My House" (1987) to The Dredger (1990), except The Peel Sessions (1987)
  • Live albums and videos: Seminal Live (1989)
  • Live Various Years (1998) – three tracks only
  • I Am as Pure as Oranj (2000)
  • Live in Cambridge 1988 (1990)
  • Live in Zagreb (2001)
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – two sessions
Kenny Brady 1990–1991 (guest 1989)
  • violin
  • backing vocals
  • Extricate (1990)
  • Shift-Work (1991)
  • The Twenty-Seven Points (1995) – one track only
  • The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – two sessions
Dave Bush 1991–1995
  • keyboards
  • programming
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from Shift-Work (1991) to Cerebral Caustic (1995)
  • Singles and EPs: "Ed's Babe" (1992)
  • "Kimble" (1993)
  • Live albums and videos: The Twenty-Seven Points (1995) – three tracks only
  • Nottingham 92 (1998)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – two discs
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – four sessions
Julia Nagle 1995–2001
  • keyboards
  • programming
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from The Light User Syndrome (1996) to The Unutterable (2000)
  • Singles and EPs: "The Chiselers" (1996)
  • Live albums and videos: The Twenty-Seven Points (1995)
  • In the City... (1997)
  • 15 Ways to Leave Your Man: Live (1997)
  • Live Various Years (1998) – five tracks only
  • Touch Sensitive... Bootleg Box Set (2003) – three discs
  • The Idiot Joy Show (2003)
  • Live at the Phoenix Festival (2003)
  • Pearl City (2004)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – six discs
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – four sessions
Adrian Flanagan 1996–1997
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
Live Various Years (1998) – five tracks only
Tommy Crooks 1997–1998
  • Levitate (1997) – four tracks only
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
Kate Themen 1998 drums none – live performances only
Tom Head
(real name Tom Murphy)
1998–2000 (died 2015)
  • drums
  • percussion
  • The Marshall Suite (1999)
  • The Unutterable (2000)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – one session
  • Set of Ten (2018) – two discs
Karen Leatham 1998 bass
  • The Marshall Suite (1999)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
Neville Wilding 1998–2001
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • The Marshall Suite (1999)
  • The Unutterable (2000)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
Adam Helal bass
Spencer Birtwistle
  • 2000–2001
  • 2004–2006
drums
  • Studio albums: Are You Are Missing Winner (2001)
  • Fall Heads Roll (2005)
  • Singles and EPs: "Rude (All the Time)" (2001)
  • "(We Wish You) A Protein Christmas" (2003)
  • Rude (All the Time) (2005)
  • "Higgle-Dy Piggle-Dy" (2006)
  • Live albums and videos: 2G+2 (2002)
  • Touch Sensitive... Bootleg Box Set (2003)
  • Interim (2004)
  • Knitting Factory 2001 (2004)
  • Live in San Francisco (2013)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – one session
Ben Pritchard 2001–2006 (guest 2000)
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from The Unutterable (2000) to Fall Heads Roll (2005)
  • Singles and EPs: all from The Fall vs 2003 (2002) to "Higgle-Dy Piggle-Dy" (2006)
  • Live albums and videos: 2G+2 (2002)
  • Touch Sensitive... Bootleg Box Set (2003)
  • all from A Touch Sensitive: Live (2004) to All Tomorrows Parties 2002 (2004)
  • Live in San Francisco (2013)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – two sessions
Jim Watts
  • 2001–2003
  • 2004
  • bass (2001–03)
  • rhythm guitar
  • programming
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: Are You Are Missing Winner (2001)
  • The Real New Fall LP (2003)
  • Singles and EPs: "Rude (All the Time)" (2001)
  • The Fall vs 2003 (2002)
  • Rude (All the Time) (2005)
  • Live albums and videos: 2G+2 (2002)
  • Touch Sensitive... Bootleg Box Set (2003)
  • all from Live at the Garage 2002 (2004) to All Tomorrows Parties 2002 (2004)
  • Live in San Francisco (2013)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – two sessions
Brian Fanning 2001
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Are You Are Missing Winner (2001)
  • 2G+2 (2002) – three studio tracks only
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
Dave Milner 2001–2004
  • drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: The Real New Fall LP (2003)
  • Singles and EPs: The Fall vs 2003 (2002)
  • "(We Wish You) A Protein Christmas" (2003)
  • "Theme from Sparta F.C. #2" (2004)
  • Live albums and videos: A Touch Sensitive: Live (2003)
  • Punkcast 2004 (2004)
  • Live at the Garage 2002 (2004)
  • All Tomorrows Parties 2002 (2004)
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – one session
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Elena Poulou 2002–2016
  • keyboards
  • synthesisers
  • backing vocals
  • Studio albums: all from The Real New Fall LP (2003) to Sub-Lingual Tablet (2015)
  • Singles and EPs: all from The Fall vs 2003 (2002) to "Wise Ol' Man" (2016)
  • Live albums and videos: A Touch Sensitive: Live (2003)
  • Interim (2004)
  • Last Night at The Palais (2009)
  • Live Uurop VIII–XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son (2014)
  • Live in Clitheroe (2017)
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – seven discs
  • Other releases: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – two sessions
Simon "Ding" Archer 2003–2004 (live guest 2008, session guest 2013)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • occasional banjo
  • The Real New Fall LP (2003) – one track only
  • "(We Wish You) A Protein Christmas" (2003)
  • "Theme from Sparta F.C. #2" (2004)
  • Fall Heads Roll (2005) – three tracks only
  • The Remainderer (2013)
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Steve Trafford 2004–2006
  • bass
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Punkcast 2004 (2004)
  • Interim (2004)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 (2005) – one session
  • Fall Heads Roll (2005)
  • "Higgle-Dy Piggle-Dy" (2006)
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Tim Presley 2006–2007 (stand-in 2011, session guest 2013) lead guitar
  • Studio albums: Reformation Post TLC (2007)
  • Re-Mit (2013) – three tracks only
  • Sub-Lingual Tablet (2015) – one track only
  • Singles and EPs: "Fall Sound" (2007)
  • "Night of the Humerons" (2012)
  • Live albums and videos: Last Night at The Palais (2009)
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
Rob Barbato 2006–2007 (stand-in 2013) bass
  • Studio albums: Reformation Post TLC (2007)
  • Sub-Lingual Tablet (2015) – one track only
  • Singles and EPs: "Fall Sound" (2007)
  • Live albums and videos: Last Night at The Palais (2009)
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
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Orpheo McCord 2006–2007
  • drums
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
  • Reformation Post TLC (2007)
  • "Fall Sound" (2007)
  • Last Night at The Palais (2009)
Daren Garratt 2013–2015
  • The Remainderer (2013)
  • Sub-Lingual Tablet (2015) – one track only

Other contributors[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Details
Steve "Cowbell" Davies
  • 1978
  • 1980
  • congas (1978)
  • drums (1980)
Davies, the band's van driver at the time, performed congas on the band's first Peel session in May 1978, and later filled in for temporarily unavailable drummer Paul Hanley on a Dutch tour in June 1980.[64]
Kay Carroll 1979–1983
  • vocals
  • percussion
  • kazoo
The Fall's manager and Smith's partner between 1977 and 1983, Carroll performed as an additional contributor on Dragnet, Grotesque (After the Gramme), Slates, Hex Enduction Hour and Room to Live.[65][66]
Dave Tucker 1980–1981
  • clarinet
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
Tucker was a part-time member of the Fall, contributing to the Slates EP and several live shows.[67]
Richard Mazda 1981 saxophone Mazda performed saxophone on the single "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul", which he also produced.[68]
Arthur Kadmon 1982 guitar Kadmon and Niman featured on Room to Live, on "Hard Life Country" and the title track, respectively.[69]
Richard Niman saxophone
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Gavin Friday
(real name Fionán Hanvey)
1984 vocals Friday featured on two tracks for The Wonderful and Frightening World Of... and one for the Call for Escape Route EP, as well as appearing live with the band on a couple of occasions.[70]
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Craig Leon 1989–1991
  • keyboards
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
Leon co-produced Extricate, Shift-Work and Code: Selfish, and performed on all three albums.[71]
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Cassell Webb
  • backing vocals
  • keyboards
Webb, the wife of Leon, also featured as a guest on Extricate, Shift-Work and Code: Selfish.[72]
Phil Ames 1989 guitar Ames, Brix Smith's guitar tech, performed at a recording for the Offbeat TV series in February 1989.[73]
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Mike Edwards Edwards featured on "Popcorn Double Feature", the second single from the 1990 album Extricate.[74]
Charlotte Bill 1990
  • flute
  • oboe
Bill performed flute and oboe on the 1990 album Extricate, and also appeared at several live shows.[75]
Kevin "Skids" Riddles keyboards Riddles, a roadie for the band at the time, played a handful of Fall shows after Marcia Schofield left.[76]
Lucy Rimmer 1994–1996 backing vocals Both featured on Cerebral Caustic and The Light User Syndrome, as well as at several shows.[77]
Mike Bennett
Keir Stewart 1997 keyboards Stewart and Spencer performed at a handful of shows each in February and May 1997, respectively.[78]
Simon Spencer 1997 (died 2005) guitar
Andy Hackett 1997 Hackett performed guitar on select tracks on 1997's Levitate, but never performed live with the band.[79]
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Damon Gough Gough performed additional guitar on "Calendar", a B-side to the 1998 single "Masquerade".[80]
John Rolleson 1998 backing vocals Rolleson appeared with the band at the recording of their 21st Peel session on 3 February 1998.[81]
Stuart Estell guitar Estell joined the band for an encore on 30 April 1998 after attending a show in Reading as a fan.[82]
Elspeth Hughes 1998–1999 special effects Hughes featured on the band's 22nd Peel session,[81] and later on the album The Marshall Suite.[83]
Nick Dewey 1999 drums After Tom Head was briefly fired, Dewey substituted for the drummer at the 1999 Reading Festival.[44]
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Steve Evets 2000–2003
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Evets performed backing vocals on The Unutterable and Are You Are Missing Winner,[84] and later played bass at select shows in 2002 and at a show in Turkey in March 2003 after Jim Watts was sacked.[85][86]
Ed Blaney
  • 2000–2001
  • 2003–2004
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
The Fall's manager at the time, Blaney performed with the band on occasion, featuring on "Rude (All the Time)", Are You Are Missing Winner, the studio tracks on 2G+2, and a number of live albums.[87]
Ruth Daniel 2002 keyboards Daniel performed as a guest alongside Elena Poulou at the Fall's show on 29 September 2002.[47][48]
Dougie James 2004–2006 vocals James performed on "Big New Prinz" and "Boxoctosis" at shows between 2004 and 2006.[88][89][90]
Sean O'Neal 2004 O'Neal appeared at the 1 May 2004 Fall show in Austin, Texas, performing on "Dr. Buck's Letter".[88]
Tamsin Middleton 2013 backing vocals Middleton and Simon Archer contributed backing vocals to "Touchy Pad" on the EP The Remainderer.[91]
Paul Bonney 2016–2017 drums Bonney performed as a second drummer at several Fall shows between July 2016 and January 2017.[59]
Pamela Vander 2017
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
Vander, Smith's final partner and manager, contributed to several Fall shows during their 2017 tour.[92]

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Period Members Releases
Late 1976 – May 1977 none – rehearsals only
May 1977
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, guitar
  • Martin Bramah – guitar, backing vocals
  • Tony Friel – bass, backing vocals
  • Una Baines – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Ormrod – drums
none – one live performance only
May – December 1977
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, guitar
  • Martin Bramah – guitar, backing vocals
  • Tony Friel – bass, backing vocals
  • Una Baines – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Karl Burns – drums, backing vocals
January – March 1978
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, guitasr
  • Martin Bramah – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jonnie Brown – bass
  • Una Baines – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Karl Burns – drums, backing vocals
none – live performances only
March – May 1978
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, guitar
  • Martin Bramah – guitar, backing vocals
  • Eric McGann – bass
  • Karl Burns – drums, backing vocals
May – June 1978
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, guitar
  • Martin Bramah – guitar, bass, backing vocals
  • Yvonne Pawlett – keyboards
  • Karl Burns – drums, backing vocals
June – December 1978
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, guitar
  • Martin Bramah – guitar, backing vocals
  • Marc Riley – bass, backing vocals
  • Yvonne Pawlett – keyboards
  • Karl Burns – drums, backing vocals
February – April 1979
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, guitar
  • Martin Bramah – guitar, backing vocals
  • Marc Riley – bass, backing vocals
  • Yvonne Pawlett – keyboards
  • Mike Leigh – drums, percussion
none – live performances only
  • Una Baines – keyboards (4 April, substitute)
April – July 1979
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Marc Riley – guitar, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Yvonne Pawlett – keyboards
  • Mike Leigh – drums, percussion
July 1979 – March 1980
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Marc Riley – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Mike Leigh – drums, percussion
  • Kay Carroll – percussion, backing vocals (session guest)
March 1980 – September 1981
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Marc Riley – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Hanley – drums, percussion
  • "How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'" (1980)
  • "Totally Wired" (1980)
  • Live in London 1980 (1982)
  • Live at Leeds (2003)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – sessions 3, 5
  • Glasgow 1981 (2005)
  • Alter Banhof, Hof, Germany (2005)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
  • Kay Carroll – percussion, backing vocals (session guest)
  • Steve Davies – congas (11 May 1980, guest)
none – live performances only
  • Steve Davies – drums (June 1980, substitute)
  • Dave Tucker – clarinet (from November 1980, part-time)
  • Slates (1981)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 4
  • Karl Burns – drums (June – July 1981, substitute)
September 1981 – December 1982
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Marc Riley – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Hanley – drums, percussion, guitar
  • Karl Burns – drums, bass, backing vocals
  • "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul" (1981)
  • Fall in a Hole (1983)
  • Live to Air in Melbourne '82 (1998)
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
  • Kay Carroll – percussion, backing vocals (session guest)
January – September 1983
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Hanley – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Karl Burns – drums, bass, backing vocals
  • "The Man Whose Head Expanded" (1983)
  • "Kicker Conspiracy" (1983)
  • Perverted by Language (1983) – all but two tracks
  • Austurbæjarbíó (2001)
  • Live at the Haçienda 1983–1985 (2004) – four tracks
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 6
September 1983 – November 1984
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Brix Smith – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Hanley – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Karl Burns – drums, bass, backing vocals
  • Perverted by Language (1983) – remaining two tracks
  • "Oh! Brother" (1984)
  • "C.R.E.E.P." (1984)
  • The Wonderful and Frightening World Of... (1984)
  • Call for Escape Route (1984)
  • Live at the Haçienda 1983–1985 (2004) – nine tracks
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 7
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
November 1984 – March 1985
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Brix Smith – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Karl Burns – drums, bass, backing vocals
none – live performances only
  • Simon Rogers – bass (from December, substitute)
  • "Couldn't Get Ahead/Rollin' Dany" (1985)
March 1985 – May 1986
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Brix Smith – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Rogers – keyboards, guitar, bass
  • Karl Burns – drums, bass, backing vocals
  • This Nation's Saving Grace (1985)
  • "Cruiser's Creek" (1985)
  • Live at the Haçienda 1983–1985 (2004) – seven tracks
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – sessions 8, 9
  • Paul Hanley – drums (from February, substitute)
May – October 1986
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Brix Smith – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Rogers – keyboards, guitar, bass
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion
  • Bend Sinister (1986) – remaining tracks
  • "Hey! Luciani" (1986)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 10
October 1986 – July 1989
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Brix Smith – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Marcia Schofield – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion
  • Simon Rogers – keyboards (28 April 1987, substitute)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 11
  • Phil Ames – guitar (16 February 1989, substitute)
none – one TV performance only
July 1989 – July 1990
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Martin Bramah – guitar, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Marcia Schofield – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion
  • Kenny Brady – fiddle (17 December, guest)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 13
July 1990 – June 1991
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Kenny Brady – violin, keyboards
  • "High Tension Line" (1990)
  • Shift-Work (1991) – remaining tracks
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 14
  • Kevin Riddles – keyboards (July – August, guest)
none – live performances only
August 1991 – May 1993
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Bush – keyboards, programming
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion, keyboards
May 1993 – August 1994
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Bush – keyboards, programming
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Karl Burns – drums, guitar, backing vocals
  • Middle Class Revolt (1994)
  • Live Various Years (1998) – six tracks
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 17
  • Set of Ten (2018) – two discs
August 1994 – November 1995
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Brix Smith – guitar, backing vocals
  • Craig Scanlon – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Bush – keyboards, programming
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Karl Burns – drums, guitar, backing vocals
  • Lucy Rimmer – backing vocals (20 November 1994, guest)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 18
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards (from March 1995, substitute)
  • The Twenty-Seven Points (1995)
  • "The Chiselers" (1996)
  • In the City... (1997)
  • The Idiot Joy Show (2003)
  • Live at the Phoenix Festival (2003) – nine tracks
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
November 1995 – October 1996
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Brix Smith – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Karl Burns – drums, guitar, backing vocals
  • 15 Ways to Leave Your Man: Live (1997)
  • Live at the Phoenix Festival (2003) – four tracks
  • Pearl City (2004)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 20
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Lucy Rimmer – backing vocals (part-time)
  • Mike Bennett – backing vocals (part-time)
  • The Light User Syndrome (1996)
December 1996 – February 1997
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Adrian Flanagan – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Live Various Years (1998) – five tracks
  • Lucy Rimmer – keyboards (24 December, substitute)
none – one live performance only
February – May 1997
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Adrian Flanagan – guitar
  • Julia Nagle – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Keir Stewart – keyboards
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion, keyboards
none – live performances only
  • Keir Stewart – keyboards (26 February, guest)
  • Simon Spencer – guitar (13 and 14 May, guest)
May – July 1997
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Tommy Crooks – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Simon Wolstencroft – drums, percussion, keyboards
  • Karl Burns – drums
July 1997 – April 1998
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Tommy Crooks – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Hanley – bass, backing vocals
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Karl Burns – drums
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
  • John Rolleson – backing vocals (3 February, guest)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 21
April – June 1998
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Julia Nagle – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kate Themen – drums
none – live performances only
  • Stuart Estell – guitar (30 April, guest)
June – August 1998
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Julia Nagle – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Karen Leatham – bass
  • Kate Themen – drums
August – December 1998
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Julia Nagle – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Karen Leatham – bass
  • Tom Head – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Set of Ten (2018) – one disc
  • Elspeth Hughes – special effects (18 October, guest)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 22
December 1998
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Neville Wilding – guitar, backing vocals
  • Karen Leatham – bass
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Tom Head – drums, percussion, backing vocals
none – one live performance only
December 1998 – January 1999
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Neville Wilding – guitar, backing vocals
  • Karen Leatham – bass
  • Adam Helal – bass, backing vocals
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Tom Head – drums, percussion, backing vocals
January 1999 – November 2000
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Neville Wilding – guitar, backing vocals
  • Adam Helal – bass, backing vocals
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Tom Head – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Nick Dewey – drums (27 August 1999, substitute)
none – one live performance only
November 2000 – February 2001
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Neville Wilding – guitar, backing vocals
  • Adam Helal – bass, backing vocals
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Spencer Birtwistle – drums, percussion
none – live performances only
February – August 2001
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Watts – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Julia Nagle – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
  • Spencer Birtwistle – drums, percussion
August – October 2001
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Brian Fanning – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Watts – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Spencer Birtwistle – drums, percussion
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Ed Blaney – guitar, backing vocals (part-time guest)
October – November 2001
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Watts – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Spencer Birtwistle – drums, percussion
  • 2G+2 (2002) – live tracks
  • Touch Sensitive... Bootleg Box Set (2003) – two discs
  • Knitting Factory, Hollywood 2001 (2004)
  • Ed Blaney – guitar, backing vocals (part-time guest)
  • Rude (All the Time) (2005)
  • Live in San Francisco (2013)
November 2001 – September 2002
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Watts – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Dave Milner – drums, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ed Blaney – guitar, backing vocals (part-time guest)
  • Live at the Garage 2002 (2004)
  • All Tomorrows Parties 2002 (2004)
September 2002 – March 2003
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Watts – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Milner – drums, keyboards, backing vocals
  • The Fall vs 2003 (2002)
  • The Real New Fall LP (2003) – eight tracks
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 23
  • Ed Blaney – guitar, backing vocals (part-time guest)
  • Ruth Daniel – keyboards (22 September, guest)
  • A Touch Sensitive: Live (2004)
March 2003
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Evets – bass (temporary substitute)
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Milner – drums, keyboards, backing vocals
none – one live performance only
April 2003 – April 2004
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Simon Archer – bass, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Milner – drums, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dougie James – vocals (22 February, guest)
none – one live performance only
April 2004
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Simon Archer – bass, backing vocals
  • Steve Trafford – bass, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Milner – drums, keyboards, backing vocals
none – live performances only
April – June 2004
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Trafford – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Milner – drums, backing vocals
  • Punkcast 2004 (2004)
  • Sean O'Neal – vocals (1 May, guest)
none – one live performance only
July – December 2004
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Watts – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Trafford – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Spencer Birtwistle – drums
  • Ed Blaney – guitar, backing vocals (part-time guest)
  • Interim (2004)
  • The Complete Peel Sessions (2005) – session 24
January 2005 – May 2006
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Trafford – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Spencer Birtwistle – drums
  • Dougie James – vocals (October 2005/May 2006, guest)
none – three live performances only
May – September 2006
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Tim Presley – guitar
  • Rob Barbato – bass
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Orpheo McCord – drums, backing vocals
none – live performances only
  • Peter Greenway – guitar (26 and 27 August, substitute)
  • Dave Spurr – bass (26 and 27 August, substitute)
September 2006 – June 2007
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Tim Presley – guitar
  • Rob Barbato – bass
  • Dave Spurr – bass, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Orpheo McCord – drums, backing vocals
  • "Fall Sound" (2007)
  • Peter Greenway – guitar (occasional guest/substitute)
  • Keiron Melling – drums (October/November, sub/guest)
none – two live performances only
June 2007 – November 2013
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Peter Greenway – guitar, backing vocals
  • Dave Spurr – bass, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Keiron Melling – drums, percussion
  • Tim Presley – guitar (session guest)
  • "Night of the Humerons" (2012)
  • Re-Mit (2013)
  • Simon Archer – bass (March 2008, guest)
none – live performances only
  • Tim Presley – guitar (November 2011, substitute)
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
  • Rob Barbato – bass (16 and 17 August 2013, substitute)
  • Another "Set of Ten" (2019) – one disc
November 2013 – October 2015
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Peter Greenway – guitar, backing vocals
  • Dave Spurr – bass, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Keiron Melling – drums, percussion
  • Daren Garratt – drums, backing vocals
October 2015 – April 2016
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Peter Greenway – guitar, backing vocals
  • Dave Spurr – bass, backing vocals
  • Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Keiron Melling – drums, percussion
none – live performances only
May 2016 – May 2017
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Peter Greenway – guitar, synthesisers, backing vocals
  • Dave Spurr – bass, mellotron, backing vocals
  • Keiron Melling – drums, percussion
  • Paul Bonney – drums (July – January, guest)
none – live performances only
May 2017 – January 2018
  • Mark E. Smith – lead vocals
  • Peter Greenway – guitar, backing vocals
  • Dave Spurr – bass, backing vocals
  • Michael Clapham – keyboards
  • Keiron Melling – drums, percussion
none – live performances only

References[edit]

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Footnotes[edit]

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