[My Gang] The Fall - 50 Year Old Man : Reco of the Week 01 Jul 08

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Jul 1 2008, 17h16

Artist: The Fall
Track: 50 Year Old Man full track
Album: Imperial Wax Solvent (2008)
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Quite the funniest thing I've heard in a long time.

Mark E Smith gives us a self-deprecating rant about being 50 and how much he likes it. I found the lyrics online (below).

The song stands at almost 12 mins and is in three parts, visiting styles The Fall have used before with an unexpected banjo section in the middle. It sounds bluegrass to me, though I might be wrong. It begins with gripes about computers and Virgin trains and continues with what he likes to do with hotel towels amongst other things. He's a proper grumpy old git. You can't say it's a return to form because The Fall never had any to begin with. They've always bemused and fascinated us right from the start. Utter nonsense but so inspirational at the same time.

We're very proud of our local heroes in Manchester and there's none finer than Mark E Smith. He's ours. For the benefit of the rest of the world, here's The Fall's Wikipedia page.

Lyrics (warning - contains strong language):

Computer doesn't work for me
I had a Sinclair back in 1983
OL2QU, pre-warranty
And don't forget he's still up to it
That Steve Albini
He's in collusion with Virgin trains
Against me

I'm a fifty year old man
I'm a fifty year old man

But it won't get me

Go down Manchester town
Can't navigate it
The club scene, man
You can't compare with it
One third of securities count
I can't understand that
Again

You're not real boy
I say you're not real boy
You're a gym [teacher]
You're a Cancer and I expect
A little shit

I'm a fifty year old man
And I like it

I got a three foot rock hard on
But I'm too busy to use it

I'm a fifty year old man

I'm a fifty year old man
What you gonna do about it?

I go round a hotel
I see "Throw the towel on the floor"
On The Green Man
I throw it on the floor and
I piss in it

I'm a fifty year old man
And I like it

I'm trying to...

And don't forget
You try to destroy me
You're in collusion with the trains
Don't try and kid me

I'm a fifty year old man

Go down to the town
Can't navigate it
The club scene, man
You can't get in there

[Banjo interlude]

[Backing vocals repeat: 50 year old man]

I'm a fifty year old man
And I like it
I'm a fifty year old man
What're you gonna do about it?

And don't forget, you tried to destroy me
Steve Albini
You're in collusion with the trains
Don't try and kid me

I'm a fifty year old man
And I like it
I'm a fifty year old man
What're you gonna do about it?

I've got a three foot rock hard on
But I'm too busy to use it

I'm a fifty year old man
And I like it
I'm a fifty year old man
What're you gonna do about it?

Go down Manchester town
Can't navigate it
The club scene, man
You can't compare with it

I'm a fifty year old man
And I like it
I'm a fifty year old man
What're you gonna do about it?

And don't forget he's still up to it

[Interlude]

An inferior product mess
An inferior product man
Just over two thirds the price
I'm proud of it
I'm proud of it

I'm a type of guy who knows what is on CD
And then they lecture me on turning rubbish out
While shouting themselves out of existence

If they care so much, why don't they try eating
some of those cardboard cut-outs themselves
And they stuff the complimentary catering down their neck
Do the fifth re-take of their attempt to be scruffy
On a train
And go back to counselling and communicating

I'm an inferior product man
I'm an inferior product mix
They call me "Bad Head"
Don't ever forget it
And here is the fade out
Fade out
Fade out


Source: soundopinions.org

Babs My Gang



Admin - Stats as of this week:

Last.fm listeners of this track - 1,995 (fully streamable)
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 4,956
Position in Top 20 Last Week: 7 / 188
Position in Top 100 Tracks: 76 / 882 (up 111)

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Comentários

  • MrLark

    I once saw MES [no shoulder pads though] at Piccadilly bus garage. But then a lot of people did. A friend of mine saw him on a Virgin train bound from Manchester to London. Eight cans of Holsten Pils to pass the journey. Said friend was/is massive fan but dared not approach. You don't have to be weird to be wired. I heard US 80s/90s on the John Peel show when I was 14. And everything changed. Good day!

    Jul 3 2008, 8h39
  • Babs_05

    Wow, I've never seen him. Never saw him in town, never saw him on the Manchester to London train and I've been on that half my life. Mind you, I'm always so lost in thought, I walk past friends... I can't remember when I first heard him now. I got my transistor radio the year of My Sharona. It must have been Peel for me too. You couldn't listen to Peel and go back to pop. Except My Sharona, that doesn't count. Good day, MrLark!

    Jul 3 2008, 14h57
  • hierophantus

    I tend to think this is another song where MES gives voice to a character, not a song about himself. For example, "My boss, he has the imagination of a gnat" is pretty tough to apply to MES, since he has no boss, after all. And I doubt he really believes Steve Albini is colluding with the trains. But who knows. It is MES, after all...

    Jul 4 2008, 0h43
  • MrLark

    yes, yes, Wings, and athelete cured are other good examples of MES in character. And Babs, funnily enough we were talking about My Sharona last night. How can anyone write such a great song around a two note riff? That's unpossible!

    Jul 4 2008, 13h13
  • Babs_05

    I don't know who Steve Albini is but I'm happy to blame him for the Manchester to London trains, hierophantus. hehe, unpossible. Like it, MrLark. :D My Sharona is in a league of its own.

    Jul 4 2008, 14h10
  • MrLark

    During the 1980s, Steve Albini was in Big Black, a very noisy band from Chicago. He went on to form Rapeman and then produce for The Wedding Present and Nirvana, among others. He also recorded Joanna Newsome's harp on her last album, which is a bit of a leap from Chicago noise, but there you go. Maybe Virgin Trains will use Colombian Necktie on their next advert. Maybe not.

    Jul 7 2008, 9h24
  • metawirt

    Thanks for drawing my attention to that song (+album)! If you want to listen to Mr. Albini (and some bands+albums he produced) just use the tags or

    Jul 18 2008, 16h44
  • Babs_05

    Next time I'm on that train to Manchester, I'm going to thinking Steve Albini whilst looking out for Jodrell Bank. I wish I had an iPhone, then I could listen to Steve Albini in Last.fm on the way. And The Fall. Obviously. My pleasure, metawirt. Thanks for the comment and for reading. :)

    Jul 18 2008, 18h11
  • szarka

    When I started playing the song & noticed the length, I thought for sure I wouldn't make it to the end of the track. But somehow it worms its way into your brain and begins to sound perfectly normal & acceptable after a while...

    Dez 5 2009, 23h44
  • Babs_05

    ... and a year later, it can still be on your mind. Thanks for the comment, szarka.

    Dez 6 2009, 14h44
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