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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"Hip Priest" (1982)

"The Fall is an institution," Smith once boasted to NME before checking his ego ever so slightly: "It's my life, but I'm not the Fall." If any one Fall song contradicts Smith's uncharacteristically humble claim that he was just another guy in the band, it's "Hip Priest." Fueled by loping bass and a minimal, utilitarian beat – then topped with Smith's poetic acrobatics – it's practically a post-punk hip-hop track. It even sports some of the singer's most potent shade-throwing and self-mythologizing: "All the young groups know/They can't ever take advantage, 'cause I'm a Hip Priest."

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