Senior Twilight Stock Replacer

Lyrics

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Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer (2)
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer

Time to wonder
Bury zero seven seven (3)
Fifty-eight
Driver B
Released Albion 
Late to reclaim (4)

Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
See
S.N.I.P. (5)

To think about more
Plants
And more time to wonder
Where more gas and food is coming from

Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Big day in omnipresence in Trafalgar

Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
Senior Twilight Stock Replacer

St. Gabriel's medical centre (6)
(Senior Twilight Stock Replacer)
Get free calls for a year
(Senior Twilight Stock Replacer)

[Senior Twilight Stock Replacer]

Reclaim in the Lord

Notes

1. This opens with a chant that in its cadence is reminscent of "Guest Informant." As compared to that number, on the other hand, the music is both funkier and statelier, making it one of the Fall's more anthemic efforts. A "Senior Twilight Stock Replacer" would seem to be a store employee who stocks shelves on the evening shift. In an August 2018 interview with Perfect Sound Forever, Dave Spurr explains the title: 

"I've a couple of favourites on Imperial Wax Solvent. One that makes me smile is 'Senior Twilight Stock Replacer.' A friend of mine used to wash dishes in a restaurant and to make his job title sound a little more important, he told everyone that he was a 'Sub Aqua Ceramics Operative.' In between Fall gigs in the early days, I worked night shifts at a large hardware superstore, so I decided to steal my friend's idea and told everyone I was a 'Senior Twilight Stock Replenishing Technician.' It's damn near impossible to fit all that into a chorus, so it got shortened to 'Senior Twilight Stock Replacer' and the riff to the song was born!

Incidentally, Google turns up a surprising number of queries about such a job at places like Tesco (a British grocery chain), but none of them seem to be serious and, tellingly, none seem to predate the release of Imperial Wax Solvent

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2. MES's vocal comes in on this line, and, puzzlingly, it is mixed very loud while the whole rest of the track simultaneously dips in volume, which gives a synthetic and disjointed feel to the song at this point. Like the interjections on "Can Can Summer," this seems an ill-conceived move that sabotages the track a bit. 

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3. There seems to be a row of stores at this address, which may be where stock is being replaced. 

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4. These lines vaguely suggest some sort of wholesale transactions are occurring; "Albion" is an old name for the isles of Britain and is still sometimes used in that sense.

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5. No, I don't know do you?  

^

6. St. Gabriel's is in MES's home town of Prestwich.

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Comments (8)

npru
  • 1. npru | 26/01/2014
Quite possible that this song is about a job opportunity at the Tesco superstore in Prestwich, which was one of the first in the UK to have 24 hour opening. Its telephone number has a 77 in it. The Twilight Stock Replacers start work around 10.30pm when the customers are few.

St Gabriels is just a Health Centre, not a hospital
Andra Lex
  • 2. Andra Lex | 24/03/2014
This site here gave me much a laugh, when I searched after the Fall´s
Senior Stock Replacer with Bing Search. The first thing which was shown under the Annotated Fall was such a funny text, when read only
on the Bing list. I thought just the same as quoted: The Fall text can only mean, that an older person is looked for to refill the supermarkets shelves before dawn. To be more exakt, at about five o´clock to maybe ten. That is what I can whatch at my place anyday.
dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 13/05/2014
I hear "Reclaims in the Lord", rather than "Reclaim in the Lord". I know, I know, picky.
dannyno
  • 4. dannyno | 13/05/2014
"Bury zero seven seven "

You'd assume this was a dialing code, but 077 numbers are reserved for mobile phones.
dannyno
  • 5. dannyno | 13/05/2014
And it's "To think about more plants", not "thinking"
nairng
  • 6. nairng | 19/07/2016
Could "driver b" be a reference to Buju Banton's dancehall reggae hit "Driver A", I wonder? Probably not, but still
dannyno
  • 7. dannyno | 01/08/2018
Dave Spurr provides some back story, from August 2018 interview with Perfect Sound Forever:

https://web.archive.org/web/20180801151759/http://www.furious.com/perfect/fall/imperialwaxsolvent.html

DS: I've a couple of favourites on Imperial Wax Solvent. One that makes me smile is "Senior Twilight Stock Replacer." A friend of mine used to wash dishes in a restaurant and to make his job title sound a little more important, he told everyone that he was a 'Sub Aqua Ceramics Operative.' In between Fall gigs in the early days, I worked night shifts at a large hardware superstore, so I decided to steal my friend's idea and told everyone I was a 'Senior Twilight Stock Replenishing Technician.' It's damn near impossible to fit all that into a chorus, so it got shortened to 'Senior Twilight Stock Replacer' and the riff to the song was born!
bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt (link) | 06/08/2018
Dan, bless you for running that through the Wayback machine before giving it to me!

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