Paul Hanley (musician)

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Paul Hanley
Paul Hanley c.2012
Background information
Birth namePaul A. Hanley
Born (1964-02-18) 18 February 1964 (age 54)
Manchester, England
GenresIndie rock, punk rock, hip hop
Occupation(s)Musician, Songwriter
Years active1980–present
LabelsBeggars Banquet, Castle, Chaos Tapes, Cog Sinister, Cottage, Flying Nun, Kamera, Newmemorabilia, Receiver, Rough Trade, Sanctuary, Strange Fruit, Blang Records
Associated actsBrix & the Extricated
Factory Star
The Lovers
The Fall
Shout Bamalam

Paul Hanley (born 18 February 1964) is an English drummer and writer, best known as the drummer for the Fall (1980-85) and the Lovers. He currently plays with Brix & the Extricated.[1]


Paul Hanley was the drummer in the Fall between 1980 and 1985.[2] For much of that time he was part of a two-drummer line-up with Karl Burns and also played keyboards. He was preceded as a member of the Fall by his brother, Steve, who remained in the band for a further 13 years.[3]

They subsequently moved on to Tom Hingley and the Lovers. The Lovers' first album, Abba Are The Enemy was released in 2004. Their second, Highlights, was released in March 2008.

He was also briefly a member of fellow ex-Fall member Martin Bramah's group Factory Star, as was his brother Steve Hanley. He is currently a member of Brix & the Extricated, who released their first album Part 2 in September 2017.

Hanley's first book Leave The Capital,[4] a treatise on the rise of Manchester's recording industry, was published in November 2017 by Route Books.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Paul Hanley is married with three children. He is currently completing an English degree with the Open University.[6]


With The Fall[edit]

Studio albums[edit]