I posted something on FB about his passing and I'd say 75% of people came back with "who's he?"
These are not kids or the elderly - these are people with a serious love of music who I've been kicking around with for years. They simply didn't know who he was or that he was the lead singer of The Fall (most, at least, had heard of the band!)
My point? Within OMJ I think we represent quite a small cross section of the population when it comes to being open minded about music/books/sport/culture or whatever. It's not that we are a particular class or IQ or stuff like that, more that our receptors are more open to imbibe what's around us
I'm rambling now and understand there's other forums who do the same - the point is that I suspect Mark E Smith isn't a big part of most people's history and he's not as big as perhaps we might believe
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