Steve Hanley (musician)
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Steve Hanley c. 1980
|Birth name||Stephen Hanley|
29 May 1959 |
|Labels||Beggars Banquet, Phonogram, Rough Trade, Newmemorabilia|
|Associated acts||Factory Star, The Lovers, The Fall, The Sirens, Staff 9, ARK, The Reclaimers|
|Website||Factory Star on Myspace|
Hanley's distinctive basslines were a signature part of The Fall, often carrying a song's instrumental melody without forsaking the bass guitar's traditional role as a propulsive element of the rhythm section. He is described by critic Dave Simpson as "one of British music's greatest bassists". Second only to founding vocalist Mark E. Smith in longevity in the group, Hanley co-wrote over 100 songs on more than a dozen albums. Smith spoke publicly of his admiration for Hanley, telling Melody Maker in 1983 "The most original aspect of The Fall is Steve...I've never heard a bass player like him...I don't have to tell him what to play, he just knows. He is The Fall sound."
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Discography
- 3.1 With The Fall
- 3.2 With Marc Riley
- 3.3 With ARK
- 3.4 With Tom Hingley and the Lovers
- 3.5 With The Reclaimers
- 4 See also
- 5 References
In 1976 he played in The Sirens alongside Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon. When Riley left to join The Fall, they became Staff 9, but disbanded when Hanley and Scanlon joined The Fall themselves in 1979. During the first half of the 1980s, Hanley's brother Paul was also a member of The Fall playing drums and keyboards.
Hanley left The Fall in April 1998 following an onstage altercation in New York, which also resulted in the departures of longtime drummer Karl Burns and guitarist Tommy Crooks. Smith regretted the row and asked Hanley to return, but the bassist declined.
Following his departure from The Fall, Hanley formed ARK. In 2001 he joined The Lovers, a group fronted by Tom Hingley of Inspiral Carpets. Both these bands also feature Paul Hanley, Steve's brother. The Lovers have released two albums, Abba Are The Enemy, released in 2004, and Highlights which was released in March 2008. They continue to play regularly.
"The Big Midweek" a book chronicling Hanley's time in The Fall, written by him with Olivia Piekarski, was published by Route publishers on 15 September 2014 
Hanley has two children, Paul and Matthew. Paul is a drummer and plays in the Manchester-based rock band Cartoon Land. As of May 2015, he was a member of Brix Smith And The Extricated alongside brother Paul, Steve Trafford and Jason Brown.
With The Fall
Part studio, part live albums
With Marc Riley
With Tom Hingley and the Lovers
With The Reclaimers