"Rip It Up" as written by and Edwyn Stephen Collins....
When I first saw you
Something stirred within me
You were standing sultry in the rain
If I could've held you
I would've held you
Rip it up and start again

Rip it up and start again
Rip it up and start again
I hope to God you're not as dumb as you make out
I hope to God
I hope to God
And I hope to God I'm not as numb as you make out
I hope to God
I hope to God

And when I next saw you
My heart reached out for you
But my arms stuck like glue to my sides
If I could've held you
I would've held you
But I'd choke rather than swallow my pride
Rip it up and start again

Rip it up and start again
Rip it up and start again
I hope to God you're not as dumb as you make out
I hope to God
I hope to God
And I hope to God I'm not as numb as you make out
I hope to God
I hope to God

And there was times I'd take my pen
And feel obliged to start again
I do profess
That there are things in life
That one can't quite express
You know me I'm acting dumb-dumb
You know this scene is very humdrum
And my favourite song's entitled 'boredom'

Rip it up and start again
I said rip it up and start again
I said rip it up and rip it up and rip it up and rip it up and rip it up and start again


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"Rip It Up" as written by Travis William Collins Scott Raymond Greenaway

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    General CommentGreat song. Edwin precedes Morrissey in his crooning..
    CharmingManon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlove this song. it's pretty self-explanatory, but I love the small buzzcocks reference ('boredom' was a buzzcocks song, and they were fans.)
    ghostmusicon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually, large reference because of all the lyrical similarities to 'Boredom', but there you go.
    ghostmusicon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I always took this song as a response to "Boredom" from start to finish. "Boredom" is all about getting nowhere in life, and this song basically says so what if you're a has-been...just "rip it up and start again".
    miesvanderroboton April 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits even got "Boredom"'s simple little solo on it. You can hear them playing it in the background after he says "And my favourite song's entitled 'boredom'".

    a very nice book named after this song about Post-Punk was released, its a really good book.
    Staticburn89on June 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti was just about to write about the book 'rip it up and start again' i wondered where the title came from
    if you like this music - please read the book - its excellent
    bloc_party15on July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, it's been over a year since anyone's written anything on this song - and given it's not the least bit dated, I'll add that it's one of the most beautifully written, charted songs of the 80's. It's a fantastic example of reverence (revering the Buzzcocks) which the hipster/indie scene should take heed of. Mere covers are no match for the likes of this song, or in the same vein, The Fall's I am Damo Suzuki.
    agent_cooperon March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentVery similar both musically and lyrically to Boredom by the Buzzcocks, but most obviously in the verse when he references the song directly. Here is the chorus from the Buzzcocks:

    "You know me - I'm acting dumb
    you know the scene - very humdrum
    boredom - boredom"

    I think that's quite self explanatory. I also think they did a rather good job with it; quite often when bands make references to their influences in song it doesn't come off too well but it worked here. The way Edwyn Collins sings it in comparison to Howard Devoto(?) from Buzzcocks adds quite a degree of ambiguity.
    RausRausFilaFilaon December 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe bass line is lifted straight from Chic - Edwyn said so
    KellKellon September 12, 2008   Link

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