Look, Know



Do y'know what you look like
Before you go out?

But I say happy memories
Leave a bitter taste
I need a good brainwash agent
To cut out this present shout of:

Do y'know what you look like
Before you go out?

That's why you eat crap food
That's why nobody talks to you
That's why you messed up everything you do

Do y'know what you look like
Before you go out?
Look Know

He was the first one to wear a flying jacket and go to a club
And she has the general policy of not being seen dead in a pub
Straight-leg jeans when she goes out
There's a microbe attached to their brains that itches
And gives a morning shout

Do y'know what you look like
Before you go out?

But I say happy memories leave a bitter taste
I got a prison in me
Our bodies weren't made for times like these
I always have a wash
And that's enough

Do y'know what you look like
Before you go out?

You gotta know what you look like nowadays
Before you go out
Or some existential crap will write about you
They say don't drink alcohol!
You gotta know what you look like, oh!
Before you go out
Know, look, look

But I say get it down yer neck
Ein beer
And I will you and you attack attack
Pure Sartre food (2)
Catchment club   (3)

Do y'know what you look like
Before you go out?

With all the fashions you filched off faggots
With all the fashions you filched off faggots

Do y'know what you look like
Before you go out?

Here's health!




1. The version on Hip Priests and Kamerads begins with the same keyboard introduction and spoken words that starts "Fortress" on Hex Enduction Hour, and a similar keyboard riff appears on the first part of "The Man Whose Head Expanded."

The riff is a preset beat on the Casio VL tone keyboard. The same riff appears in "Da da da ich lieb dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha" ("Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha") by the band Trio. They were associated with Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave), but reportedly they preferred to call their style Neue Deutsch Frölichkeit, or "New German Cheerfulness." "Da Da Da" was a number 2 hit in the UK in 1982 (thanks to nochmal in the comment section of "The Man Whose Head Expanded" for bringing this to my attention). "Da Da Da" came out not long before the appearence of Hex Enduction Hour.


2. Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was a French philosopher not known for cleanliness or sartorial elegance, but it may be he who is referred to in the line "some existential crap will write about you."


3. A "catchment area" seems to be an area from which a rugby club may recruit. This lingo is used in multiple countries. Maddeningly, while there are many references to "catchment clubs" on the internet, I haven't found one that explains what one is, but the general idea is like a farm team, I think. From the site for an Australian club:

Broncos catchment? 

The catchment area for the Charleswood Broncos is north of McGillivray Blvd, south of the Assiniboine River, west of Route #90, and east of the Perimeter Hwy, as well as South Headingley from Wilkes Avenue to Assiniboine River. All players living or attending a school within these boundaries can register for football with the Charleswood Broncos.  If you are outside this catchment area, please check MMFA website for catchment club.


Comments (8)

Joseph Mullaney
  • 1. Joseph Mullaney | 13/07/2014

Marc Riley sings prominently on this, which is probably why MES refused to allow it to be reissued.

  • 2. nairng | 07/09/2015

The title may refer to Lucknow, an Indian city significant to the history of the British Raj...

  • 3. Chout | 05/05/2016

Love this site! Just dove head first into the world of The Fall and have been referring daily to this site for weeks, so thank you!

  • 4. bzfgt | 24/06/2016

Thanks for reading, Chout, and if you have any corrections or suggestions those are always welcome.

  • 5. dannyno | 04/03/2017

"Catchment club"

A "catchment club" seems to be a thing, certainly in rugby and other sports, something to do with regional talent spotting maybe?

  • 6. Martin | 21/03/2017

Re: "Catchment club". I'm unconvinced by the above explanations re rugby clubs. The term seems to be used more in Australia than in other countries. The more common term in England is surely "catchment area". In any case, I doubt that MES knows too much about rugby: it doesn't feature anywhere else in his lyrics, as far as I know.

  • 7. dannyno | 21/03/2017

Yeah, it is a bit of a thin connection, to be honest.

  • 8. bzfgt (link) | 23/03/2017

Also Canada, Martin. It may be thin but right now it's the only usage of "catchment club" anyone knows about, so I am not as skeptical as you guys are. Which isn't to say I'm confident it's right, I just wouldn't quite say "thin."

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