Mark E. Smith Turns Every Band Into the Fall

The Fall, as of 2013. Photo courtesy of The Fall/Facebook

Every Wednesday, Douglas Wolk explores the people, places and coincidences that tie disparate musicians together.

Re-Mit — the 30th or so studio album the Fall have released in their 36-year career — came out in the U.K. this week. (The alternate version of its track “Sir William Wray” that was released a few weeks ago as a Record Store Day single is below.) The Manchester rock institution has now had the same lineup for four consecutive albums and nearly six years, which is longer than they’ve ever managed before.

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