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It's The New Thing

Original UK release
First released ?? November 1978 on Step Forward Records 7": SF9

01. It's The New Thing (Smith/Bramah) 3:29  Lyrics

My boys take what I say
Do it the studio way
New equipment all clean
New gear
Clothes mean
I answer and take the calls
No trouble with the law
Turn it up for interviewers
Oh yeah prime movers
I wonder what is next year's thing?
Crash smash crash ring

They've got another side
Pop heroes of the mind
While you suckers queue or work
Money for us and play it up
We have never sold out
Spent hours on a clever act
Phoney advertising quotes that make you buy some raise your hopes
That it's the new leather thing
Crash smash crash ring

The broken backs of the real bands
A million closed minds
Weep for the old glam
Year of the average man
The Worst died because of you
Along with some others too
Erasing off our rainbows
We are men, we have big toes!
It's the new leather thing
Crash smash crash ring

Houdini believed his tricks
That is why he died
Oh I'm not coming out
There may be a film on tonight
Or Eliot's Untouchables
As for new hotels
Look like science fiction films or revival gothic pigswill
Watch the skies, what to think
Crash smash crash ring
[Bramah:] Rocket! / Rock it!

It's the new leather thing
Ba ba ba doo.....
New leather thing


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02. Various Times (Burns/Riley/Smith/Bramah/Pawlett) 5:10  Lyrics

Alright we're going to go back
to 1940
No money
And I live in Berlin
I think I'll join up
Become a camp guard
No war for me
An old Jew's face dripping red

I hate the prisoners
I hate the officers
They've no fight
I think I'll join
The red rose
Leave Belsen
I'll go to Switzerland
A human resistor
Don't think, ask him

Present :
I don't like them
said Ian
in his black-out threat
I think I'll drop out
Become a no-man
And live my rules
But I'm the sort that gets
out of the bath with a dirty face

Everyone I meet's the same now
No brains or thought
A good case for the systems we like - we get
Human race
Various times
Don't think, ask him

Black windows
And smokey holes
My head is full of lead
And the beer is so weak
Since they got rid of time around here

Dr. Doom fresh from Salem
And the witch trials
The Lathe of Heaven
Time mistaken
Three places at once
Human race
Don't think, ask him
Ask him
Ask him

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(Side 1: track 1; side 2: track 2)

Mark E Smith - vocals
Martin Bramah - guitar
Marc Riley - bass
Karl Burns - drums
Yvonne Pawlett - keyboards

Produced by: The Fall (with "help from above")
Engineer: Nigel Grey

Recording info & notes
Recorded at Surrey Sound on 9 September 1978.

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