Saturday, August 11, 2018

Wasting Time in Numbers and Rhymes




On August 11, 1978, The Fall released its debut EP, Bingo Master's Break Out, introducing the world to Mark E. Smith , a Manchester dockworker who would become one of rock's most tireless and most prolific wordsmiths. Already present here : the singing/shouting, the ending of phrases with a nasal "ah", and an amphetamine amped race through the song.

The title track is about a bingo hall caller who, after wasting time in numbers and rhymes, has lost his will to live. The third track, "Repetition", offers Smith's introduction to what would be coming : "Repetition in the music and we're never gonna lose it", 








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