The Fall: 10 Essential Songs

Hear highlights from late, great post-punk malcontent Mark E. Smith's sprawling four-decade discography

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"Bury!" (2010)

Post-punk was all the rage again at the start of the 21st century, and the Fall suddenly found themselves cited as forefathers and icons by a generation of indie musicians young enough to be their kids. Some of them even wound up in the Fall as Smith began recruiting fresher and fresher lineups – resulting in some stunning late-period high points. One of the most potent is "Bury!," a buzzing, propulsive rant in which Smith paradoxically counters his own legendarily confounding lyrical bent: "This song means something/Every song means something." As he once told Melody Maker, "I think a lot of stuff needs to be said in songs that isn't being said. And that's why I keep going." And so he did, until the very end.

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