Music Scene

Lyrics

(1)

Oh aye you're a good lad (2)
Oh here is a pound note
The stupid bitch
They were made for each other

You should have met his brother
His mother was deaf and dumb

Well that stupid get
Played games with names
Of the place he'd worked
Of the women he tupped (3)

He thought he were envy of the music scene
Part of the choosy scene
Envy of the music scene (4)

Here comes long hair for the fair
No pay just take all the way
Those bastards stripped me bare
In front of all those people

Spat peanuts in my hair (5)
And all the leaves are brown (6)

And be part of the music scene
Heavy on the choosy scene
Part of the music scene 

And aye you're a good lad
Oh here is a new flat
That stupid twat
Made for each other

You should have met his brothers
Real fuckers
That stupid kid
Played games with names
All the gigs he'd worked
And the women he'd fucked

He was part of the music scene
Envy of the choosy set
Part of the music scene

Leave a mark on the city
I'll smash your doors down
Become a demolition worker
A metal construction worker

And behind our conscious minds
Our affections are turning grey

Yeah, we're part of the music scene
Heavy on the choosy scene
Part of the music scene

Part of the music scene
Part of the choosy scene

6 minutes!

6:40!

OK, studio, that's plenty (7)

Notes

1. This song is built around a bassline which is the same as the one in "Fodderstompf" by P.I.L., though to quite a different effect. Reformation has preserved this quote for posterity:

MES, in an interview In Printed Noises in 1980:
 
"...you get things like Music Scene,which is very personal, in a way it's very self-indulgent, but also it says a lot, because it's so personal. People just take anything from it - it's amazing, the interpretations that Music Scene has had."

^
 
2. From "The Murder Mystery" by the Velvet Underground: "oh you're such a good lad here's another dollar..."  
 
 
3. A "tup" is a ram, and as a verb this originally referred to a ram having sex with a ewe.  
 
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4. Pronounced "music skeh-neh" the second time in each chorus. TamFG comments on this:
 
The English word "scene" derives from the ancient Greek "skene" which I think is pronounced "skee-nee" and which, in classical drama, referred to the building connected to the stage upon which painted panels intended to be used as a visual background were attached.
It was also used to store costumes &c.
I've no idea if this is a conscious allusion however. It could certainly just be a deliberate mispronunciation a la "victuals" in "I Feel Voxish".
 
 
5. Dan: "I can't account for the spitting, but there is a story about slaves hiding peanuts in their hair in order to plant them later."
This is probably a red herring, though; it seems to be an account of being disrespected by scene-sters. I can see where Dan would want to make the connection, though, if they see MES as their slave or something.
 
 
 
6. This lyric is a quote from "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas & the Papas (or, as they were called on their debut album, "The Mama's and Papa's" [sic]).   
 
 
7. And the band played on...

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Comments (9)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 22/03/2014
I hear some of the "envy"s as "heavy"s. What do you think.

Also:

"No pay just take all the way" rather than "on the way"?
bzfgt
  • 2. bzfgt | 08/04/2014
Yes to both.
TamFG
  • 3. TamFG | 02/09/2015
The English word "scene" derives from the ancient Greek "skene" which I think is pronounced "skee-nee" and which, in classical drama, referred to the building connected to the stage upon which painted panels intended to be used as a visual background were attached.
It was also used to store costumes &c.
I've no idea if this is a conscious allusion however. It could certainly just be a deliberate mispronunciation a la "victuals" in "I Feel Voxish".
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 05/09/2015
Yes, he enjoys mispronouncing words...
dannyno
  • 5. dannyno | 04/02/2016
"Spat peanuts in my hair"

I can't account for the spitting, but there is a story about slaves hiding peanuts in their hair in order to plant them later.
Mike Watts
  • 6. Mike Watts | 08/11/2017
Is this song maybe about the Bee Gees? Can't imagine any of the Bee Gee's spitting peanuts at MES - well, actually I can, but I doubt it really happened...
dannyno
  • 7. dannyno | 09/11/2017
The Bee Gees?!
bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt (link) | 02/12/2017
Mike, why the Bee Gees? That is, pending clarification, random as fuck.
bzfgt
  • 9. bzfgt (link) | 02/12/2017
Don't get me wrong, I kind of like that it's random as fuck, and clarification may be a bit disappointing in a way if it actually makes sense...

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