The Fall: 10 Essential Songs

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

"Repetition" (1978)

"Repetition in the music/And we're never gonna lose it," chanted Smith in "Repetition," on of the first bona fide Fall classics. Punk rock may have trumpeted its rejection of technical talent, but the Fall's lopsided, off-kilter mantra of wandering guitar and wheezing keyboard – which clocked in at a plodding five minutes, an interminable blasphemy for punk – made the Sex Pistols sound like Stravinsky. "We never deliberately played badly, despite what a lot of people think," Smith told Smash Hits. Unrepentant amateurs in a field of not-so-secret opportunists, Smith and crew blundered and bulldozed their way into post-punk greatness.