Paul Hanley (musician)

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Paul Hanley
Hanley performing in February 1981
Hanley performing in February 1981
Background information
Birth namePaul A. Hanley
Born (1964-02-18) 18 February 1964 (age 56)
Manchester, England
GenresIndie rock, punk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, Songwriter, Writer
Years active1980–present
LabelsBeggars Banquet, Castle, Chaos Tapes, Cog Sinister, Cottage, Flying Nun, Kamera, Newmemorabilia, Receiver, Rough Trade, Sanctuary, Strange Fruit, Blang Records, Grit Over Glamour
Associated actsBrix & the Extricated
Factory Star
The Lovers
The Fall
Shout Bamalam

Paul Hanley (born 18 February 1964) is an English writer and drummer. He was previously the drummer for the Fall (1980–1985) and Tom Hingley 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]

In 2001 Paul began playing with his brother Steve again, this time as part of former Inspiral Carpets singer Tom Hingley's group 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. They are both currently members of Brix & the Extricated (fronted by ex-Fall member Brix Smith Start), who have released three albums: Part 2 (2017), Breaking State (2018) and Super Blood Wolf Moon (2019).

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] His second book Have a Bleedin Guess, which describes the making and impact of The Fall's Hex Enduction Hour, was published in October 2019, also by Route Books.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Paul Hanley is married with three children. In 2018 he gained a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature with the Open University.[7]

He once appeared as a contestant on the ITV quiz show, The Chase, which was shown as a repeat on 9 August 2019 edition of the British game show, but was eliminated, playing for £7000 in the first round.


With The Fall[edit]

Studio albums[edit]