Calendar

Lyrics

(1)

Hey
Don't you want
To be caught
Unbrainwash
Today 

Hey
Don't you want
To be caught

October gives way to Christmas
January... 
Calendar
What gets in the way
It was a very good month last week
What gets in the way
Your mirrors are dissolving today (2)

The last  
Three weeks 
were the greatest month
Of February  (3)
Calendar
What gets in the way 

Calendar

Unbrainwash
October
Calendar

Notes

1. A song co-written with Damon Gough, otherwise known as "Badly Drawn Boy," who plays guitar on the version of the track on the "Masquerade" single. The song began its life as an instrumental by the latter called "Tumbleweed." Martin has found the following information on the web page of Badly Drawn Boy's booking agent:

"After releasing two EPs, Gough's future was graced with a series of fortuitous moments. The first of these came in December 1997 when Mark E Smith mistakenly took Gough's car for a taxi outside a Manchester bar. Smith demanded a lift home and Gough obliged, but only after they agreed that the Fall would record a Badly Drawn Boy song called 'Tumbleweed.'"

Legend has it that when Smith lurched out of the back seat he left his false teeth behind. 

It has been suggested that the lyrics are a complaint directed at the record company; hard to say. Harley recalls an interview "around the time of Calendar complaining about months passing by while record companies get their act together to release a completed record - and that's the first thing that came to mind when I heard the song. I've never tracked down the interview, but he was still making the same point in 2011Back inside and with fresh drinks, I ask whether they had to turn around the album quickly to meet his self-imposed Christmas deadline? 'No, it was quite a long process, for me, really. Started about April, so about three or four months. The main thing was to get it out before Christmas. Which is sacrilege in the music business because you can’t bring out things then because there’s a Christmas rush. "Best Hits of Robbie Williams" or whatever, so the factories are all clogged up with crap...People just look at you: "We need six months to do it. We  need six weeks to develop the marketing." All this shit. "We need six weeks to do the marketing, six weeks to do the interneting." Can’t you just get the fucking thing out?'"

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2. From Country Folk at the Fall online forum: "I always assumed the 'mirrors are dissolving' line was to do with the the popular A&R past-time of snorting lines of coke from a mirror."  "Mister Rode" from 2013's The Remainderer contains the line "My mirror dissolves every day." 

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3. Zack: "Calendar" was recorded in January 1998 as per The Big Midweek and released on the "Masquerade" CD single on February 9 as per the Fall Gigography.

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Comments (5)

Martin
  • 1. Martin | 22/02/2014
From this website: http://www.indemandtalent.com/talent/artist.php?id=453054587: "After releasing two EPs, Gough's future was graced with a series of fortuitous moments. The first of these came in December 1997 when Mark E Smith mistakenly took Gough's car for a taxi outside a Manchester bar. Smith demanded a lift home and Gough obliged, but only after they agreed that the Fall would record a Badly Drawn Boy song called "Tumbleweed."

So, Calendar was released in 1998, but the only reference I've been able to find for Tumbleweed so far is its presence on a 7" by Badly Drawn Boy, the release date for this being 13 November 2000: http://www.45cat.com/record/tnxl009t. So did it have a previous release or had MES heard a pre-studio version?
Zack
  • 2. Zack | 15/02/2017
Re: January / February - "Calendar" was recorded in January 1998 as per The Big Midweek and released on the "Masquerade" CD single on February 9 as per the Fall Gigography - http://thefall.org/gigography/gig98.html.
harleyr
  • 3. harleyr | 22/03/2017
I mentioned somewhere else that Smith gave an interview around the time of Calendar complaining about months passing by while record companies get their act together to release a completed record - and that's the first thing that came to mind when I heard the song. I've never tracked down the interview, but he was still making the same point in 2011:

https://kevinegperry.com/2011/11/24/mark-e-smith-we-only-have-this-excerpt/
Back inside and with fresh drinks, I ask whether they had to turn around the album quickly to meet his self-imposed Christmas deadline?

“No, it was quite a long process, for me, really. Started about April, so about three or four months. The main thing was to get it out before Christmas. Which is sacrilege in the music business because you can’t bring out things then because there’s a Christmas rush. ‘Best Hits of Robbie Williams’ or whatever, so the factories are all clogged up with crap.”
harleyr
  • 4. harleyr | 22/03/2017
Actually the quote continues in relevant fashion...

But you wanted to make sure you were in people’s Christmas stockings?

“Yeah. Definitely. I don’t wanna wait behind ‘The Best of Barry Manilow’, you know what I mean? That’s what The Fall used to be about.”

Getting a record out every year?
“Yeah. As I’m sure you’ve found out most groups are very content to sit on their fucking arses. With Cherry Red we want to bring out a single or two and a fucking LP before Christmas. As opposed to the last record companies we’ve had. It’s more economical for record companies nowadays to bring out ‘The Best of the fucking Three Welsh Dwarves’ or whoever. So I’m pleased that it’s out. I’ve got back to my bloody roots really: ‘Our cassette will be in your shops next week’. People just look at you: ‘We need six months to do it. We need six weeks to develop the marketing.’ All this shit. ‘We need six weeks to do the marketing, six weeks to do the interneting.’ Can’t you just get the fucking thing out?”
dannyno
  • 5. dannyno | 22/03/2017
There's this one from Opscene #62, Dec/Jan 1997/1998:
http://thefall.org/news/980111.html


With a lot of record companies it is not clear who and where somebody is responsible for. It can take months before a new record ever comes out. Which is extremely frustrating.

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