As for The Fall’s musical influences, they were varied and manifold, coming from many different genres: reggae, punk, rockabilly, garage rock, German avant-garde, all kinds of styles. And they went on to become a huge influence themselves, inspiring everyone from Suede to The Pixies, Sonic Youth, LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays and many more. Their ever-changing line up caused John Peel, a huge fan, to say, “They are always different, they are always the same.”
Along with his music, what was also special about Smith was he was one of the true characters of rock music. It seems everyone has a story about him that showcases his raucous and unpredictable behaviour and unique appeal. He was the cynical poet who revelled in satire and misanthropy.