Last Commands of Xyralothep Via MES

Lyrics

Locus   (1)
Beware characters connected with car adverts (2)
Real, assumed or imaginary
The vocal testament of M.E.S.
Coming from the little town of Speck Marsden (3)
1. Cash - the eternal fork out
To keep everything normal is well beyond the capacity
All monies will try and escape thee
Beware of thy lazy right hand 
This is the focal of M.E.S. locus and Xyralothep (4)
Avoid respectable television and respectable newspapers
They have neither the talent of art
Or the instinctive snout of the media
2. Deploreth thy real god
He mutters incomprehensibly
Still on job one
With alloys
The calibrator (5)
In a cave not yet invented or constructed
This is your vessel M.E.S.
From he to you
This one M.E.S. procured
Mountain's waters blocked by dormant tree
See later on this LP (6)
6. Avoid fat aggressive men and handsome aggressive men
In conflict they disappear overnight with bad backs
7. Cod-science/cod-psychology is to be avoided
But do not make your enig-noise public
As it will bring the wrath of the drud
e quarters (7)

Notes

1. "Locus" was the original working title of the song, as it appeared on 2003 set lists (thanks to Zack). According to an interview with Ben Pritchard, Dave Milner (who is indeed credited!) originally titled it "Locust," but this is likely to be a case of an interviewer hearing him wrong (see the comments below).

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2. "Touch Sensitive" was used in a Vauxhall automobile commercial, and MES has claimed he wasn't paid.

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3. There are three towns in England called Marsden. The one in West Yorkshire is quite close to Manchester.

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4. The name is reminiscent of "Nyarlathotep," otherwise known as "The Crawling Chaos," a sinister deity in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. He is sometimes said to resemble an Egyptian Pharoah, and the suffix "-hotep," which means "to be at peace," is found in numerous ancient Egyptian names. Another example of a lyric substituting an 'X' for an expected letter is "Mike's Love Xexagon," also on The Real New Fall LP.

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5. WIlliam Blake's demiurge "Urizen," a wintry sky god who is often interpreted as representing calculating reason in abstraction from the other faculties (particularly the imagination), is portrayed, in Blake's painting "The Ancient of Days," as gripping a compass with which he measures something at his feet. In an illustration from The Book of Urizen, he is depicted in a cave writing in the book of the law, as described by David Erdman in The Illuminated Blake: "He is writing secrets and commandments, but his copy book is enrooting; the closed books in which he is transcribing may be seen as a single coffin lid; the Mosaic tablets at his back (where the proverb-communicating Devil of Marriage 10 has living wings) suggest a double tombstone: are both Testaments stony to Urizen." Caves in Blake, as in Plato's famous fable, often seem to indicate cognitive limitation, although in Blake's case it is imaginative vision that is bloked by the walls rather than, as in the most common reading of Plato, rational understanding. 

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6. A reference to "Mountain Energei," which wound up being placed earlier on the LP.

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7. From the Lyrics Parade: "This could be a response to Julian Cope (who refers to himself as the "arch-drude"), who commented on his website: "...you hear that new Fall record and it's just more embittered semi-mystical coded fraudulent ramblings about NOTHING nothing NOTHING." (editor's interpretation, which may well be completely wrong!)"  

This actually seems very plausible, considering the "enig-noise" line. 

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Comments (10)

Mark
  • 1. Mark | 03/07/2014
The snippet of taped gobbledigook at the start of this track includes a reference to KitKats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KitKat
Mark
  • 2. Mark | 03/07/2014
Following on from the previous comment, there's also mention of hedgehogs and the "Coco bah" phrase from the Peel session version of "Grooving With Mr Bloe / Green-Eyed Loco Man" in there.
Zack
  • 3. Zack | 16/01/2015
"Locus" was the informal "setlist title" of this song, as you can see from the 2003 setlists on the Fall gigography as well as one or two actual 2003 setlists in my personal collection.
Martin
  • 4. Martin | 10/03/2015
Very small correction needs to be made, I think:

"Nor the instinctive snout of the media":

The "nor" needs to be changed to "or".
dannyno
  • 5. dannyno | 27/01/2017
Worth noting that "Locust", with a "t" was according to Dave Milner, his original title for the song [Source: The Pseud Mag #15, April/May 2007]

https://sites.google.com/site/reformationposttpm/fall-tracks/last-commands-of-xyralothep-via-m-e-s
bzfgt
  • 6. bzfgt | 11/02/2017
Pritchard, that is (said it of Milner, who wrote it).
bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt | 11/02/2017
Also it would be good to know how the interview was conducted, if it was aural it may be an error.
Zack
  • 8. Zack | 11/02/2017
The interview where Ben Pritchard called the song "Locust" ( http://markprindle.com/pritchard-i.htm ) took place in a bar after a gig and I strongly suspect that "Locust" was a transcription error.

Again, the Fall Gigography has scans of no less than three setlists from 2003 on which the song is called "Locus." The group continued to call the song "Locus" on setlists and in at least one interview even after Country on the Click's tracklisting (containing the song's full, official title) was released c. March 2003.
dannyno
  • 9. dannyno | 15/02/2017
"Locus" it is, then!
bzfgt
  • 10. bzfgt | 18/02/2017
Thanks for that, Zack, I suspected the same so I'm going to throw shade at "Locust."

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