1. The title of this song from 2010's Your Future Our Clutter alludes to the title of the previous album, Imperial Wax Solvent from 2008. According to MES:
Cumming: There seems to be a crossover between LPs – you have the track "Mexico Wax Solvent". Is that picking up from Imperial Wax Solvent?
MES: Well, I like to do that. It’s a bit of a joke, that. I wouldn’t have put that on the LP, but the record company liked it and the producer liked it so I thought okay. It’s nice, isn’t it? I would’ve taken it off because of the Mexico thing, the Mexican flu thing. Looks like I’m trying to make an LP out of all these things.
Cumming: Swine flu.
MES: [Laughter] Yeah. It’s not about that at all. It’s about expats really. Do you know this? After Spain, Mexico is the next place for retirement expats. Spain is getting too crowded. I think I’ve been there. On a cruise. Yeah, yeah. I went to Cancún on a cruise once, an American cruise. I’ve always got on very well with Mexicans, in America. We’ve got a big following of them over there, in Frisco.
Illness is a prevalent theme on Your Future Our Clutter, hence the compunction about swine flu.
Solvent may be added to wax when coating wood and also, closer to MES's experience no doubt, to dissolve wax deposits on denture molds.
"George" here a metonym for England, i.e. king George? In that case, it could be a reference to the ex-pat community (see note 1). On the other hand, the music is composed by Peter Greenway, whom MES dubs "Cowboy George
" elsewhere on the album, and MES often identifies a song's author in the title or lyrics (some examples are "Craigness
," "Stephen Song
," "Clasp Hands
," and "Jim's 'The Fall
qua rosa" means "pink water," but not in Spanish, or, with the above spelling, any other language--the closest would be Italian, which has 'acqua
rosa'. Of course, we don't know how MES spells the phrase, but Italian seems unlikely here; with the spelling aqua rosa
, the term is a Latin-Spanish hybrid (or Latin-Italian, of course). According to Leon Massey, "My dad had a knee replacement on the NHS in 2012. Imagine my surprise when the bottle of water at his bedside was labelled 'aqua rosa'!" I haven't been able to find any information on this brand of water. Mike Hardy points out that this may also be an allusion to blood.
ality Street is the name of candies produced by Nestlé in Britain, as well as the name of a 1937 movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Franchot Tone, a remake of a 1927 silent movie that was itself an adaptation of a play of the same name; a Spanish (not Mexican, unfortunately) version appeared on TV in 1980. None of these seem to have much to do with the song. There was also a gang in 1960s-70s Manchester called "The Quality Street Gang," which was apparently either a criminal gang or else merely a social club most of whose members had criminal records (the gang was never actually connected to any definite criminal activity). Several streets in Britain bear the name, although none appear in MES's bailiwick--but there is one in Edinburgh, where he lived for a time
5. Ginio (which is closer to "Gillio") and Yate
s (or "Yeats"), along with other "ex-pats," also appear in "O.F.Y.C. Showcase
There goes old Giles
There goes Archibald
There goes old Yates, there
There goes that Yankee who gets ex-pats to go on Quality Street
"Go on Quality Street" sounds like a reference to a TV show; at least, it seems unlikely to refer to a candy, a movie, a gang, or an actual street.
Archibold Yates from "Mexico Wax Solvent" could be a reference to Archimboldi in Roberto Bolaño's 2666.
In the book Archimboldi is an ex-pat (from Germany) who lives near the maquiladoras, where cheap stuff is made ("Where are Britian's lowest prices"). "Aqua Rosa" could refer to water bloodied rivers, or cheap perfume.
,' of course, is not a consonant; thus, I added a comma to the Lyrics Parade
's "X is the third consonant."
rimidine is an anti-microbial drug used to treat urinary tract infections, although it is mostly given to animals. Barbiturates are central nervous system depressants that are used in the treatment of pain, but are now mostly used as a general anaesthetic because of the high risk of overdose. Many of the album's lyrics deal, in one way or another, with MES's 2009 stay in a hospital after breaking his leg.
"physician" has even Doogie Howser beat by two years, if we take the age estimate literally.
gie" = Margaret Thatcher.
o" is a British food brand that is primarily known for making instant gravy.