Anti-Social Workers: The Fall at North London Poly
Barney Hoskyns, NME, 31 October 1981
UNLIKE MOST other Angry Young Singers, usually by proxy, Mark E. Smith is not a rhetorician. He does not reduce the obscenities of the English class system to the slogans that idiots perpetrate in the name of awareness. He simply kicks us head first into the shit of proletarianism booze, barbiturates, bingo parlours, slates, slags, etc. and rubs us in it. In re-inventing the north of England, he has only shown us that it has been a grotesque fantasy all along.
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