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Hot June, summer afternoon
Hot June, summer afternoon

Alan Brazil and Hatton on about 'discipline for all' (1)
Involved in hyperbole about the track checklist. (2)
Post office workers are those who sit alone.
The promises they gave casual - used them before.
They've turned all cities into animal pens.

Hot June, summer afternoon
Hot June, summer afternoon
Hot June, summer afternoon
Hot June, summer afternoon

Upset, embarrassed skint in a tie

Notes

1. Alan Brazil is a former footballer and (current) sports broadcaster; "Hatton" is apparently Derek Hatton, a former Trotskyist and Labour Party politician turned radio host and commentator on sports. ^

2. "Hyperbole" is here pronounced "hyper-bowl."

^

 

3. On the bonus disc that comes with the deluxe edition of The Unutterable, the lyrics are entirely different, and heavily feature Julia Nagle:

 

Julia:

Why do I know so many ugly people?
I used to laugh at them with their soap-opera psychosis
I still can't watch soap-operas
Life is so much better than that (...)
But now these ugly, psychotic, attention-seeking crap actors scare me
They outnumber us
It's like an alien species that's dying to take over 

MES:

A (metal group) when you recording (demo) 

Julia:

A sense of security
Actual security, an alarm system
Pots of money in the bank for the taxman and everyone else
to try and steal
You end up s... trying to keep hold of it
Grab, grab
And it disappears nevertheless 

MES:

(Metal group. You... ninety nine code... metal group) 

Julia:

Because I can't adapt to them, they make no sense and don't hold any
keys I desire
That upsets them
That... now I can pretend otherwise
I never claimed to be an actor and have no desire to be one
Although it seems to be something I'm forced into just to accommodate
Them
These psychotic aliens

 

A sense of security
Actual security, an alarm system
Lots of money in the bank for the taxman and everyone else to try and
Steal
You end up trying to keep hold of it
Grab, grab
It disappears none the less 

Comments (7)

Martin
  • 1. Martin | 02/02/2014

To clarify: Alan Brazil is a former footballer (I even saw him play) but not yet a former broadcaster; he currently works for Talksport, a 24-hour radio sports station.

dannyno
  • 2. dannyno | 18/06/2015

"They've turned all cities into animal pens."

I think this refers to the measures taken against football fans to prevent football hooliganism, but which have meant ordinary fans being treated like cattle.

dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 18/06/2015

Under "more information", the link to Fall Tracks A-Z is going to the Daily Reckless site by mistake. Correct link: https://sites.google.com/site/reformationposttpm/fall-tracks/hot-runes

dannyno
  • 4. dannyno | 18/06/2015

On a whim I decided to have a look at the radio broadcast schedules during June 2000 (since June is mentioned in the lyrics and the song was first performed in 2000). And lo and behold, on the "TalkSport" channel Derek Hatton's "Sports Break" show followed on directly after Alan Brazil's Breakfast show.

dannyno
  • 5. dannyno | 18/06/2015

.. not every day, mind. But they were on the same channel and sometimes their shows were back to back.

Martin
  • 6. Martin | 09/04/2016

Article in The Guardian about hooliganism/rioting in the 200 Uefa European championships:

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2000/jun/19/euro2000.sport3

Sample excerpt:

Euro 2000 if its fans caused any further problems during the remainder of the tournament.

The unprecedented ultimatum and the behaviour of English fans has severely embarrassed the British government which came under fire from Uefa president Lennart Johannson for not doing enough to prevent hooligans from travelling abroad.

"After a weekend of violence in Charleroi and Brussels, Mr Johannson said: "Fans cannot be allowed to behave like this again and create havoc. The UK government owes it to everyone concerned to take similar steps to those taken in other countries to stop those troublesome fans from travelling abroad."

Alan Brazil's views on discipline:

https://www.sundaypost.com/sport/football/alan-brazil-he-says-what-he-thinks/

"A little bit of discipline in schools, a little bit of discipline at home. When i was a kid, when I was out of order, it did me no harm whatsoever...I got a wee slap, absolutely."

Obviously these comments are taken out of context, but I wouldn't be surprised if he had given similar comments during the 2000 Euro competition, which Mark E Smith may well have been listening to (on TalkSport).

Martin
  • 7. Martin | 10/04/2016

Has anyone got any ideas about the reference to post office workers? The only thing I can find is the Postal Services Act, which came into force in July 2000. Funnily enough, Mark E Smith refers to postal workers in The Fall's version of Jingle Bell Rock, proclaiming "Post office rot in hell". Whatever the answer is, it seemed that the lyrics were written quickly, as the Julia Nagle-sung demo version is so very different.

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