I just learned today that Mark E Smith of the post punk band The Fall passed away on Wednesday at 6o years old. The Fall was one of my favorite bands in the 80's. Smith was an alcoholic. Notoriously difficult to work with, he fired band member Marc Riley on his wedding day. Confrontational, even violent, he was charged with assaulting keyboard player Julia Nagle. And while it doesn’t excuse his behavior he was also a prolific songwriter and poet. I’ve spent countless hours listening to and dancing to his music. These are just a couple of my favorite songs by The Fall.