‘Bingo-Master’s Break-Out!’ – Title Track Of Debut EP by THE FALL (1978)

Sonic knockouts from the past

4 March 2019

Bingo-Master’s Break-Out‘ by THE FALL

This was the title track (and one of the double A-side songs, with ‘Psycho Maffia‘ being
the other one) of the debut EP by Manchester legends The Fall aka the late, great MARK E. SMITH and his army of countless, hired musicians. It was immediately clear that this band was out of the ordinary. Gloriously out of tune vocals and guitars. A crazed chorus and a freaky story. Excellent! The then Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon wanted to release the EP on his New Hormones label, but due to lack of money, he gave the tapes back to the band. The EP remained unreleased for almost a year and it come out in August 1978,
by then half of the group had left. You may yell along right here…

Two swans in front of his eyes
Colored balls in front of his eyes
It’s number one for his Kelly’s eye
Treble-six right over his eye
A big shot’s voice in his ears
Worlds of silence in his ears
All the numbers account for years
Checks the cards through eyes of tears

Bingo-Master’s Breakout!

All he sees is the back of chairs
In the mirror, a lack of hairs
A lighted room, checks fill out
Here the players all shout

Bingo-Master’s Breakout!

A glass of lager in his hand
Silver microphone in his hand
Wasting time in numbers and rhymes
(One hand drug and faces bright)
Bingo-Master’s Breakout!
Came the time he flipped his lid
Came the time he flipped his lid
Holiday in Spain fell through
Players put it down to

Bingo-Master’s Breakout

A hall full of cards left unfilled
He ended his life with wine and pills
There’s a grave somewhere only partly filled
A sign in graveyard on a hill reads

Bingo-Master’s Breakout

THE FALL: Facebook

Lyrics Of The Day – Here’s… THE FALL

Living Too Late‘ by THE FALL

Crow’s feet are ingrained on my face
And I’m living too late
Try to wash the black off my face, but it’s ingrained
And I’m living too late
Sleepless, in-control spleen
Agreed ace family
Must have stump tripod in the genes
I’m immune to things
In my dreams
I saw through the trees
O’er the poison river locks
Talk treacherous would beat
But still my heart it is rock
Finally going through old parasite gate
But there’s a 24-hour clock watch
And I’m living too late
Sometimes life is like a new bar
Plastic seats, beer below par
Food with no taste, music grates
I’m living too late
Once talking was my favourite while
But now I know a conversation’s end
Before it’s done
Maybe I’m living too long
The daylight
I see trouble on the streets
Fearing catastrophe to meet
Walk down the devil’s boulevard
But still my heart is hard
They say them cellars [were’t even/were evil] black
But I know they’re wrong
Think it’s one
Living Too Long

From the 1986 album Bend Sinister

Quote(s) Of The Day – By… MARK E. SMITH

Photo by David Pearson/REX/Shutterstock

Genial THE FALL mastermind MARK E. SMITH passed away 1 year ago, on 24th January 2018. To remember the legend here are three of his countless, cracking quotes…

About political journalists

About his stage fright

About The Fall’s succes

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1979…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another firework year to remember: 1979.



Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION

Stream here


Stream here

‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH

Stream here


See/hear you next week for the year of 1980…

On-Repeat-In-January-2018… FOURTEEN KNOCKOUTS!

Striking vibrations that good we play it on

A versatile mix of electric eruptions and firework strokes
that energized all my senses and limbs this past month!
TURN UP THE VOLUME! Here’s plenty of sonic dope…

1/ ‘Fol De Rol’ by THE FALL (Manchester, UK)
From the troubled genius’ final 2017 album – rest in peace…
Album: New Facts Emerge

2/ ‘Black Habit’ by MIEN (US, UK, Canada)
Supergroup hits it big psych time with debut single…
Debut album: out 8 April – info here

3/ ‘Love’ by ANTEROS (London, UK)
Striking pop pearl, as catchy as flaming hell…

5/ ‘Current Affair’ by SEXTILE feat SIENNA (Los Angeles)
Hyperkinetic electro whirlwind to go totally apeshit to…
Album: Albeit Living

6/ ‘The Gift’ by THE LIMIÑANAS feat. PETER HOOK (France/UK)
Sensual psychedelia with a sultry touch and legend Peter Hook on bass…
New album: Shadow People – just out now

7/ ‘Jukebox Babe’ by MOON DUO (Portland, US)
Portland’s mind-expanding pair covers Alan Vega in swinging style…

8/ ‘The Great Chain Of Being’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
Another heavy eruption by the Aussie psych junkies…
Album: Gumboot Soup

8/ ‘Bubbilicious’ by TOKYO TABOO (London, UK)
Pschodelic glam punk, hot as an exploding volcano…
Album: 6TH Street Psychosis / Interview with TUTV!

9/ ‘Skin Spilling’ by BONNE APARTE (The Netherlands)
Weird and eccentric paranoia post punks…
Album: Scalps  – out 2 February – info here 

10/ ‘Ballad’ by NO FRIENDZ (London, UK)
Funky scream along indie kick for all useless people on this planet…
Album: split LP with Chupa Cabra – all info here

11/ ‘Luxury Animals’ by MUSH (Leeds, UK)
Jingle jangle noiseniks fronted by Lou Reed‘s ghost…

12/ ‘Black Smoke’ by BLACK FUN SURGERY (London, UK)
Glimmering disco ball electronics with a spell-binding edge…
New album: PATCHES – to be released soon

13/ ‘Serpent Speak’ by AURAL AIR (Dublin, Ireland)
Poetic guitar euphony and Laura Rai‘s remarkable voice…
EP: The Torpor OF Minds

14/ ‘I Didn’t Belong’ by HIGHLAND KITES (California, US)
Tremendous voice to solace your troubled heart and hurt soul in times of love sickness…
Debut EP: to be released this year

See/hear you next month, music junkies



The Jukebox Series: only the greats can fill a Wurlitzer…

25 January 2018


This episode was actually planned to be featured in a couple of weeks. But by now all fans definitely now that Mark E. Smith, the wayward mastermind of incomparable Manchester post-punk outlaws THE FALL died yesterday – 24 January – only 60. Smith was no less than a troubled genius. A fascinating wordsmith, a modern poet and made more records in his short lifetime than Radiohead would ever be able to complete in a full century. In memory
of this once in a lifetime artist and the countless brill line-ups of his band here are not the 15 usual picks, but 25 standout eruptions. R.I.P. Psycho Mafia Smith.

MARK E. SMITH: Biography – The Fall Discography – Facebook


Me and many fans!…