Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bargain of the week

Six CD's. seven hours of music all for £2.99 - The Fall: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004 has to be the bargain of the week from a well known online retail establishment.

The Fall aren't everybody's cup of tea but for sheer longevity, turnover of band members and recorded output they are in a league of their own. Just as Seamus Heaney could turn his poetic brain to a variety of subjects so Mark E. Smith has managed to write songs (and think of titles) that go beyond the normal.  Who else could be responsible for a back catalogue spanning over thirty five years that contains such wonderful titles as: 'Container Drivers', 'Spoilt Victorian Child' 'Faust Banana' and 'The War Against Intelligence' and that's just for starters.

Smith would probably hate being called a poet but the lyrics of the opening two verses of the track 'Jawbone & The Air Rifle' are for me modern poetry, albeit modern poetry driven by a fierce guitar rhythm and pounding snare drums.

 The rabbit killer left his home for the clough
And said goodbye to his infertile spouse
Carried air rifle and firm stock of wood
Carried night-site telescope light

 A cemetery overlooked clough valley of mud
And the grave-keeper was out on his rounds
Yellow-white shirt buried in duffle coat hood
Keeping edges out with mosaic colour stones


Span Ows said...

I have often thought that song lyric writers were the real poets whereas the poets veered off into arty-farty changes for changes sake (bit like modern art etc) making their art a poor shadow of its former self.

Paul said...

I think that's very true, Mark E Smith does write some cracking lyrics.

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