Pop Stickers



(This one's good for a laugh...)

We like pop-stick stickers
We like weak tea
We eat pop piggies 



We like pop stickers 
We like weak tea

Why are you laughing
Why are you smiling
At or with this song
It's not like your scene


No matter how bad it is
Little plastic (animal)

They are ...

We like weak tea

Let's get this thing together 
Now, come on, ...let's get this thing together
And make it (bad/better)...


1. This song from 1979 was later plundered for many of the lyrics of "Choc-Stock," which took its music not from "Pop Stickers" but from a song by Staff 9, the band Scanlon and Hanley played in prior to joining the Fall. 


Comments (5)

  • 1. Martin | 12/02/2014
Popsicles was "a trademark name registered by Frank Epperson of Oakland, Calif., presumably from (lolly)pop + (ic)icle." (1923). Odd that this word is used in the song instead of the more normal British English "ice lolly". Unless, of course, the term was also being used in England at the time the song was written.
  • 2. dannyno | 26/06/2015
Popsicles were known in late 1970s Britain. For example, I found an advert for a retailer called "Freezer Fare" in the Daily Mail of 28 May 1977, which promoted Popsicle ice lollies for 65p per pack of 12.
  • 3. dannyno | 09/08/2023
See the version of the lyrics, under the title "Let's" and dated 1979, in the Omega Auction catalogue for 12 September 2023:

Mark Oliver
  • 4. Mark Oliver | 26/08/2023
Another unfamiliar choon..what jumps out of the lyrics as presented here are the adjacent words 'Popcicles Icicles', which HAS to be a reference to the charming 1963 pop song 'Popsicles and icicles' by the Murmaids, written by David Gates of Bread- would have loved to have heard a Fall cover of that.
Mark Oliver
  • 5. Mark Oliver | 26/08/2023
The repeated 'weak tea' refrain reminds me of something in 'A Clockwork Orange', the 1962 book, written, of course, by another acerbic Mancunian ..Alex is in the prison chapel, where the inmates sing the hymn;
'Weak tea are we, new brewed,
But stirring make all strong,
We eat no angel's food,
Our times of trial are long.'
I'm assuming this was an original composition of Burgess but it sounds not unlike something MES could have come out with.

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