Bill is Dead
 

Written by


C Scanlon; M E Smith

First Release


Extricate – Fontana 842.204-1
(A 4 track promotional album sampler (FALL 1) contained the tracks: I'm Frank / Telephone Thing / Bill Is Dead / Sing! Harpy)


Date of First Release


February 1990


Group line-up on first recording


Mark E Smith – vocals: Craig Scanlon – guitar; Stephen Hanley – bass; Martin Bramah – guitar; Marcia Schofield – keyboards; Simon Wolstencroft – drums.


Subsequent releases


Extricate – Cog Sinister COGVP122CD (1998)
Oxymoron - Receiver RRCD246, November 1997
A Past Gone Mad - Artful ARTFULCD30, 19 April 2000
Time Enough At Last - Castle CMETD706, 28 April 2003
The War Against Intelligence - The Fontana Years - Universal 0770002, 20 October 2003
Rebellious Jukebox - Shakedown Records SHAKEBX115, 10 November 2003
Rebellious Jukebox - Recall Records (SBOX015), 15 August 2005.
Rebellious Jukebox - Recall Records (SMDCD578), 12 February 2007
Extricate – Cog Sinister 9847463 (2007)
The Fall Box Set 1976-2007 - Castle CMXBX1558, 10 September 2007

Official Live Recordings


The Twenty-Seven Points - Cog Sinister/Permanent PERMLP36, 7 August 1995
In The City... - Artful Records ARTFULCD3, 27 January 1997
Live In Zagreb - Cog Sinister/Voiceprint COGVP109CD, 4 June 2001

First Played Live

Cambridge – 12/07/89

Last Played Live

Pheonix Festival – 14/7/95

No. of times known to have been played live

61

Commentary

This could almost be a love song, The Fall play it straight – shock!

It is apparently an ode to his father who had recently passed away.

There is a video of this track  Bill is Dead

The Sick Anchors did a cover version of this song.

MES says

 "Bill is Dead - which everybody assumed was about my dad and his mate Bill - began as a piss-take of The Smiths. Only later did it become something a little more personal."