Marc Riley

Born and bred in Manchester, England, Riley was in a band at school called The Sirens before joining The Fall between June 1978 and December 1982. 

He originally was a fan of the group and then worked as a roadie before being added to the line-up playing bass.

He switched to guitar and keyboards in 1979 and held this position until falling out with Mark E. Smith during the group's 1982 tour of Australia and New Zealand. 

In 2005, he told the BBC that Smith had sacked him by telephone in early 1983, telling him that they were undertaking a tour without him. According to Smith this happened on Riley's wedding day, but Riley has said that this wasn't true. 

Riley formed his own band,The Creepers. Steve Hanley, Paul Hanley and Craig Scanlon played on The Creepers' first single. They released several albums during the following years, but had disbanded by the end of the decade. 

He then formed a band including ex-members of Pere Ubu and Captain Beefheart's Magic Band called The Lost Soul Crusaders (named after a fictional group in an episode of the detective series Columbo whose lead singer was played by one of Riley's heroes, Johnny Cash) but the record company funding the band went bust before any material could be recorded.

Animosity between Smith and Riley continued to influence both bands' material most notably "Hey Marc Riley", a rewritten version of Bo Diddley's "Hey Bo Diddley". Riley responded in kind with his 1984 single "Jumper Clown" — a reference to Smith's then affection for bad 1970's jumpers, as well as "Snipe" on the 1985 Shadow Figure EP and his own live only co-opting of Bo Diddley, "Marc Riley is a Gunslinger". 

Riley co-owned the In-Tape label with Jim Khambatta until it went bust in 1991, managing the label between 1983 and 1986.

In 1988, he co-produced (with Jon Langford) a Johnny Cash tribute album, Til Things are Brighter, to raise funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Riley is perhaps best known as one half of the duo Mark and Lard with fellow DJ Mark Radcliffe, who together presented "Hit The North" on BBC Radio 5 , before the duo moved to Radio One's 10pm slot in 1993. They moved to the breakfast show in February 1997, and finally to the 1pm to 3pm slot in October that year. Their final show on the station was in March 2004. After leaving Radio 1, the duo cordially went their separate ways; Riley moved to BBC 6 Music, and Radcliffe to BBC Radio 2. In 2009 Mark and Lard have reformed and are currently fronting radio adverts for Manchester City FC (Riley is a long-time fan of the club).

He can currently be heard on BBC 6 Music, where he presents the Sony Radio Academy Award-nominated  7-9pm show, Monday to Thursday. He used to present Mint with Rob Hughes on Sunday evenings. The station cancelled this popular show, although Riley has hinted that elements of it may be included in his week time show. Rob Hughes still joins Marc on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Riley and Mark Radcliffe formed the parody group The Shirehorses who played at Glastonbury in 1997 in what they called the headline slot, going on as they did at 10am. They also did shows in various parts of the country including one supporting Blur. They released two comedy/parody albums under the guise of The Shirehorses: The Worst Album in the World Ever (which reached number 22 in the UK Albums Chart)and Our Kid, Eh, the latter an affectionate parody of Radiohead's album Kid A (which reached number 20).
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