Psycho Mafia

Lyrics

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Spit on the streets
Numb heads and feet
Nowhere to go
Won't let us in the shows

'Cos we talk about love
And the Psycho-Mafia
I'm talking 'bout love
And the Psycho-Mafia

No soul in the discos
No rock in the clubs
Won't let us in the pubs
And the city joys

Going on about love
And the Psycho-Mafia
I'm talking about love
And the Psycho-Mafia

Psycho-Mafia
Psycho-Mafia
'cho Mafia
'cho Mafia

Spitting on the streets
Shot heads and teeth
Our eyes are red
Our brains are dead

Going on about drugs
Psycho-Mafia
I'm talking about love
Psycho-Mafia

 

 

Notes

1. In this, one of the earliest Fall songs, MES coins what could have been a name for the Fall's fan base, in the mold of "KISS Army," or "Slaytanic Wehrmacht" (which tries a little too hard, but Slayer fans were game), or "Parrotheads" (Jimmy Buffet), or "Juggalos" (Insane Clown Posse), or of course "Deadheads." To the fans' credit, they didn't go for it, and to MES's credit he probably didn't mean for the name to be used that way anyway, but it's an amusing idea. Mick Middles calls it a "tale of late night violence and terror," whereas The Story of the Fall hears a "condemnation of mental hospital staff." According to MES, courtesy of Reformation

This song started out as a tribute to a local street-gang, but on completion of the lyrics, it took on a sinister aura - an aura of oppression, a sort of subconscious manifestation of events which were happening around the author at the time. The music, strangely enough, is a sort of tribute to the new R n B bands which were the only thing happening at the time of writing, i.e. early 1976.

The street hang may have been called "Sedgley Park Psychomafia," as Danny reports: Tony Friel's short lived website included an mp3 of Psycho Mafia annotated with "Sedgley Park Psychomafia (bus stop graffiti)", suggesting the phrase was something they saw - presumably the street gang wrote it.


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Comments (2)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 04/05/2014

You know what I think? I think it's "spit on the streets", not "spitting".

dannyno
  • 2. dannyno | 14/05/2014

Tony Friel's short lived website included an mp3 of Psycho Mafia annotated with "Sedgley Park Psychomafia (bus stop graffiti)", suggesting the phrase was something they saw - presumably the street gang wrote it.
http://web.archive.org/web/20040216114513/http://www.atomicsoup.co.uk/MUSIC.htm

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