In “The Last 3 Digits … ” he encounters someone who “looked at me like Prince Charles does when he visits people in Glasgow”. Do we think this is the only example in all history of a crudely-drawn cock (with the requisite three drops of spunk, natch) lovingly embossed onto the cover of a hardback book? And yet, and yet. Their songs were – and still are – bound up with the arse-end of modern work, the grimmer aspects of weekend hedonism, and a very contemporary awareness of horizons shrinking at speed. But every now and again, as in “Tied Up in Nottz”, the words work as poetry: “The smell of piss is so strong it smells like decent bacon / Kevin’s getting footloose on the overspill / under the piss-station / two pints destroyer / on the cobbled floors / no amount of whatever is gunna / chirp the chip up.”, It sounds like a flash of the modern English condition, but that is only half the point. The book covers the period between 2007 – 2014 and is a no holds barred surrealistic journey from the bottom of the UK’s underbelly up to the upper levels of Westminster. Simon Tucker reviews the new lyric book by Jason Williamson, he of Sleaford Mods fame. I almost did, NEARLY made you weep? Who else in modern English music is doing anything quite like this? Second Second Second Second Why am I second to the boots I wear? On close inspection, these 66 sets of lyrics are not really works of protest. Taken from Sleaford Mods’ album ‘English Tapas’, out 3rd March on Rough Trade Records. They are now poised to release their fifth studio album entitled 'Eton Alive' in February 2019. Joe Talbot, lead singer of Idles, is taking issue with Jason Williamson, lead singer of Sleaford Mods. Discovered dance music and heavy metal at the same time making for a strange brew of taste. Grammar Wanker, published before Christmas in a limited edition of 500 copies but now granted a “standard hardback” edition, puts the focus on Williamson’s words, and the world they portray. Certainly, in a piece called “Rollatruc” (the mis-spelled name of a brand of fork-lift vehicle), it is human qualities that burn through: “He said, ‘How many baskets did you put on / that pallet?’ / I said, ‘About 28.’ / He said, “Well, I just counted 15, mate.”, A little later, with echoes of their fellow East Midlander Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, there comes this: “That’s the trouble with people like you and me / we get stressed out about pallets and fucking nothingness /cos that’s all we got / we walk around all our fucking lives telling bosses / and anyone else to fuck off /Fistfight after fistfight after fight / until all we got left is a forty minute break / cos everybody’s too scared to tell us /we’re only allowed twenty.”, There is similar sadness in the words that seem to shine a light on Williamson’s own thoughts, often by describing drug comedowns: “Impending angina destinies / the regret of 14 years wasted / I cry my fucking eyes out / cos yesterday, I really miss my bastard yesterdays.” More broadly, he is good at evoking the condition of a generation that will not give up the chemical recklessness it discovered in the late 1980s and early 90s, something examined in a very bleak piece titled “Graham”: “Loads of old people necking pills / ecstasy has truly taken its toll on some of these faces / the fucking eyes have hills.” He also repeatedly nails the sense of popular culture being reduced to endless retrofied options that always come with the tang of disappointment: “I fuckin’ hate Northern Soul / it’s like Motown’s on the dole.”, Williamson’s latest work differs from the earlier stuff in the book in that it is more clipped and chaotic (the pieces in the last quarter often read a bit like cut-ups), sometimes sacrificing narrative in favour of mood and a sense of place. Saturday 9 January, live from Village Underground It's at night when they come, When I'm alone, and not with anyone, Through the shouts and music, of the crowd down the road boozing, Near the free car park, The central character in “My Jampandy” has “a side profile matching that of Gordon fuckin’ Brown”. Second, for all that there is the occasional mention of politics, they deal in something different: a relentless social realism in which there is an absence of value judgments and any alternatives being proposed. Sleaford Mods are one of the most important, politically charged and thought-provoking duos currently making their mark on the UK music scene and beyond. No sugar just glass. They are known for their abrasive, minimalist musical style and embittered explorations of austerity-era Britain, culture, and working class life, delivered in Williamson's East Midlands accent. As with a lot of printed lyrics, his most recent pieces tend to prove that reproduction on the page is often beside the point: the best way to absorb this stuff is to play it loud, and use the written word to keep up. Sleaford Mods Lyrics "Second" Ah! Pre-order Sleaford Mods' Eton Alive from Amazon. Find me on twitter @simontucker1979. Packaged beautifully with added crudely drawn cock, Grammar Wanker is a sensory delight which should be on any creative writing or English Literature course. The book covers the period between 2007 – 2014 and is a no holds barred surrealistic journey from the bottom of the UK’s underbelly up to the upper levels of Westminster. I’m obviously slacking these days :) was going for full blown tear-jerker. However the publishers have told us: Alternatively keep on checking the website: bracketpress.co.uk or follow Bracket Press on twitter (@BracketpressUK) for up to date news. It’s funny, but sad, too. The huge amount of swearing – there are lyrics to songs titled “Jolly Fucker”, “Liveable Shit”, “Fuck all Realleh” – might suggest nihilism, but Williamson’s words are at their best when all his rage is tinged with an unlikely sense of tenderness. Whereas early works like My Music and Fuck All Realleh are more straightforward, narrative driven prose, as he progresses and refines his art we find him using phrases and one-liners which are actually more powerful than the sprawling verses that comprised of his earlier works. All words by Simon Tucker. The color of my skin when I get there drunk? The song takes its title from a … Ah! But their 40-something lyricist and ranter Jason Williamson is the product of a rock background, and their debt to punk, in particular, is obvious. Director: Václav Marhoul Sleaford Mods is an experimental hip hop duo from Nottingham, England, that has been active since the mid-2000s. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! To call Sleaford Mods “rock” may seem misplaced: they do not use guitars, and their live performances are built around a solitary laptop. Buy it here. Sleaford Mods contact information (name, email address, phone number). They’ve released the sensational state-of-nation address, Divide and Exit, an album that was not just musically and lyrically great, but a vital release in these times of austerity and oppression. Sleaford Mods are an English electronic punk music duo formed in 2007 in Nottingham.The band features vocalist Jason Williamson and, since 2012, musician Andrew Fearn. Tickets for Jason's reading at Rough Trade in Nottingham from here . But there are arguably more of them around than ever before, and a lot of them are very artistically accomplished. NEWS: To be published – Ever Fallen in Love: The Lost... NEWS: A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day. Get the most important news straight in your inbox before 9am every day … Grammar Wanker is a tour-de-force, a howl of despair that is at once brutal, hilarious, … Sleaford Mods lead barker Jason Williamson is back with his third book of stories and things following his lyrics book Grammar Wanker and Slabs From Paradise. Its foreground is often dominated by people of pensionable age, hot new acts often arrive when they are in their mid-30s – or even older – and musicians are no longer expected to reflect the social and political currents of their age. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Released on May 15th 2020. To watch Williamson deliver these lyrics on stage is to not only get a sense of 21st-century life, but people whose drive to say something about it sets them apart from 99% of modern musicians. The Painted Bird (2020) Photograph: Tabatha Fireman/Redferns It’s simultaneously cheering and odd, but it seems a far less unlikely state of affairs when you see them live. This band was on stage because they had no fucking choice.”. So Mr. Williamson, what have you done to find gainful employment Since your last signing on date? We have 5 albums and 39 song lyrics in our database. Live event listings and tickets. Read it and weep? £7.99. Last modified on Wed 29 Nov 2017 11.57 GMT. If you want a soundtrack to how Britain fell part, listen to Sleaford Mods. Raised by music obsessive parents on a diet of Ska, Bowie, Queen… and the Bay City Rollers. Mon, 04 Feb, 2019 - 00:00 Sleaford Mods Albums. Lyrics to 'Jobseeker' by Sleaford Mods. My, that’s a lavishly hand-tooled edition. 4.9 out of 5 stars 64. Now, to close this year in style, we are treated to Grammar Wanker, a book of lyrics by Sleaford Mods lyricist Jason Williamson. Sleaford Mods are a genre melding musical duo hailing from Nottingham, England. I do this for the love of an art form which welcomes all types and speaks to us all. All albums made by Sleaford Mods with reviews and song lyrics. But there are arguably more of them around than ever before, and a lot of them are very artistically accomplished. Sleaford Mods is composed of Jason Williamson on vocals and producer Andrew Robert Lindsay Fearn. Grammar Wanker: Sleaford Mods 2007‑2014 by Jason Williamson – review Drug comedowns and fist fights – an angry and uncompromising collection of lyrics. Sleaford Mods are set to continue their onslaught into 2020 with the release of All That Glue, a collection of songs spanning the last seven years of the bands career; an array of crowd pleasers, B sides, unheard tracks and rarities for fans and the curious, released via Rough Trade. Who else in modern English music is doing anything similar? Over the course of the book we see Williamson’s writing become more concise and succinct. This was followed by a critically acclaimed tour which saw the duo play to ever increasing and appreciative crowds all across Europe and included their first ever gig in New York. Sleaford Mods. This has to be the most pretentious and ill-considered review I’ve ever read. Read it an’ weep folks, 2014 belonged to the Mods…. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. View Sleaford Mods song lyrics by popularity along with songs featured in, albums, videos and song meanings. More from Simon can be found at his Louder Than War author’s archive. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic situations arising from that trap. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic siutations arising from that trap. They’re also on Facebook and they tweet as @sleafordmods. The second decade of the century was a momentous one for the UK. • Grammar Wanker is published by Bracketpress. For a start, many of them are funny. On Making Music by Adam Walton – book review, CAST: Academy 2, Manchester – live review, Buck & Evans: Ratio Studios, Merthyr Tydfil – live stream review, Becoming Human: An Interview with Simon Collins, NEWS: To be published – Ever Fallen in Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes Book by Pete Shelley with Louie Shelley. Grammer Wanker was limited to 500 copies but they have all sold out now. Audio CD. 4.7 out of 5 stars 102. What’s more, the bracingly sparse arrangements over which he spits out his words – programmed drums, bass and not much more, composed by his creative partner Andrew Fearn – sometimes sound like the basis of rock’s last stand: as if the only way it can possibly leave behind its mountain of baggage is by being stripped down to its merest essence. Audio CD. Sleaford Mods are online here: sleafordmods.com. 5 offers from £4.99. Cast: Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgard Grammar Wanker is a tour-de-force, a howl of despair that is at once brutal, hilarious, poetic, and arrow-sharp.