Steve Hanley (musician)

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Stephen Hanley (born 29 May 1959) is an Irish-born English musician who grew up in and lives in Manchester, He is best known as the bass guitarist in the Fall from 1979 to 1998. His distinctive and muscular basslines were a signature part of their sound, often carrying the songs' instrumental melodies. Hanley is second only to Mark E. Smith in longevity in the band. With Peter Hook, Andy Rourke and Gary Mounfield, he is widely considered one of the pre-eminent Manchester bassists of his generation.[1] He has always been very private and rarely interviewed; for this reason his 2014 autobiography The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall was highly anticipated. On publication it was met with widespread acclaim for its frank honesty and dry, no nonsense humour.[2]

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Background information
Birth nameStephen Hanley
Born (1959-05-29) 29 May 1959 (age 63)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, guitar
Years active1976–present
LabelsBeggars Banquet, Phonogram, Rough Trade, Newmemorabilia

He is currently a member of Brix & the Extricated with guitarist and vocalist Brix Smith Start.[3] He also plays bass with The House Of All, consisting of a number of other ex-Fall members, whose debut album was released in January 2023 to widespread acclaim.