W.M.C.--Blob 59

Lyrics

Right we'll go here
Where is he?
Just been to the park (1)
Not the pub, the park
Go on

We too do not recognise the M.U. 
We come with our hands open in fiendship
We can lead you to proletariat visions of prosperity
W.M.C.!
The social alternative was incredibly frequent (2)

We come with our hands open in fiendship
We can lead you to proletariat visions of prosperity
We merely make cabaret
We are on Gramme Friday (3)

Notes

1. The previous song on Grotesque is called "In the Park."

From the liner notes: "This is a very funny track. It's a pity you can't hear what's going on."

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2. W.M.C. is "Working Mens' Club," and "M.U." may be "Musicians' Union." W.M.C.'s originated in 19th century Britain; they were intended to both provide opportunities for recreation and social interaction, and also to foster education and cultural growth, among working men. Reportedly, the former functions are more commonly attended to, which may be what the last line of the stanza above is alluding to. Somewhere along the way someone (Riley?) has started singing what always sounds to me like a traditional spiritual in the background but may be an original song. Live renditions feature MES singing this part of the song. The lyrics to this part of the song, according to Joseph Mullaney's transcription: "The one to deny It was I/Since you became blob 59/I spent a lot of time wondering/ who and what the hell/What the crime."

And from Lee Thacker: "The Blob 59 lyrics are easier to hear on the 'Live in Glasgow' bootleg:

As to who started this in the first place,
I'm not the one to deny it was I.
Since you became blob 59 I spent a lot of time
Wondering who and what the hell was the crime."

However, I can't hear any of that on the track that appears here on Grotesque.

From the Reformation! entry on "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul":

[From the version of the track found on the DVD release "Northern Cream" (details above). The review on the webzine issue of this website has this to say:

"About half of an early version of Lie Dream of a Casino Soul, in which the tune isn’t fully formed and we get the lyrics "to deny it was I...I spent a lot of time...wondering who or what the hell was the crime” (also uttered in Blob 59 / Prole Art Threat from 23 February 1981 in Glasgow); and then “all of Britain was a university town..." (prefiguring lyrics in CnC-S.Mithering) The track finishes with MES remarking, “That’s the experimental bit for tonight” (By the time Lie Dream makes its Peel session debut in late March, it has been considerably tweaked and sounds a very different beast.)"

From TamFrmGlsgw, "I'm fairly certain 'We come with our hands open in fiendship' is a reference to the Roman salute; that is the extended arm and open hand which symbolised friendship and peace. It is of course the same salute that was later adapted slightly for the Italian Fascist movement and subsequently Hitler's Nazi Party. I say this not least because 'hands open in fiendship' seems odd in lieu of the more expected 'arms open in friendship/fiendship,' and also because Smith has made reference to ancient Rome in other lyrics."

 

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3. A reference to speed, and to the next song, "Gramme Friday."

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Comments (12)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 17/09/2013
I hear "visions of posterity", not "prosperity"
Joseph Mullaney
  • 2. Joseph Mullaney | 15/06/2014
The song being sung in the background is `Blob 59'. The Fall played this live a few times, usually seguing into another song. There is a version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaBttUCHYaY

I'm not sure if it's an original or possibly a parody of some other song. The vocals are certainly not in MES's usual style. It sounds to me like a woman singing it on the album version, perhaps Kay Carroll?
dannyno
  • 3. dannyno | 22/07/2014
There is that song "The Blob" by The Five Blobs, written by Bacharach and David for the 1958 film "The Blob". No immediate similarities suggest themselves though.
Joseph Mullaney
  • 4. Joseph Mullaney | 09/08/2014
It's too distorted to make out properly, but I'm not convinced that it's `not the pub, the park'. It certainly doesn't sound like `park'.

Pretty sure it is `posterity'.
Joseph Mullaney
  • 5. Joseph Mullaney | 09/02/2015
Lyrics to Blob 59:

The one to deny
It was I
Since you became blob 59
I spent a lot of time
Wondering who and what the hell
What the crime
TamFrmGlsgw
  • 6. TamFrmGlsgw | 03/05/2015
I'm fairly certain "We come with our hands open in friendship" is a reference to the Roman salute; that is the extended arm and open hand which symbolised friendship and peace. It is of course the same salute that was later adapted slightly for the Italian Fascist movement and subsequently Hitler's Nazi Party.
I say this not least because "hands open in friendship" seems odd in lieu of the more expected "arms open in friendship" and also because Smith has made reference to ancient Rome in other lyrics.
TamFrmGlsgw
  • 7. TamFrmGlsgw | 03/05/2015
Just realised it's fiendship not friendship, sorry!
If anything, however, this further validates my point considering the sinister Fascist connotations of the Roman salute.
bzfgt
  • 8. bzfgt | 26/06/2015
It's cool, I edited your comment to make it look like that's what you said the first time. Let me know if I've misrepresented you...
Lee Thacker
  • 9. Lee Thacker | 20/02/2018
The Blob 59 lyrics are easier to hear on the 'Live in Glasgow' bootleg:
'As to who started this in the first place,
I'm not the one to deny it was I.
Since you became blob 59 I spent a lot of time
Wondering who and what the hell was the crime.'
Still no idea what it's about though!
dannyno
  • 10. dannyno | 21/02/2018
The "what the hell was the crime" line also appeared in an early version of Lie Dream of a Casino Soul: https://sites.google.com/site/reformationposttpm/fall-tracks/lie-dream-of-a-casino-soul
bzfgt
  • 11. bzfgt (link) | 24/02/2018
I don't seem to have Glasgow so I'll take your word for those lyrics.
bzfgt
  • 12. bzfgt (link) | 24/02/2018
Martin, sorry if I'm being thick, but I can't figure out what "this website" refers to in the following, could you please clarify?

"The review on the webzine issue of this website has this to say"

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