"How I Wrote Elastic Man" as written by Mark Smith, Stephen Hanley, Marc Riley and Craig Scanlan....
I'm eternally grateful
To my past influences
But they will not free me
I am not diseased
All the people ask me
How I wrote "Elastic Man"

Life should be full of strangeness
Like a rich painting
But it gets worse day by day
I'm a potential DJ
A creeping wreck
A mental wretch
Everybody asks me
How I wrote "Elastic Man"

His soul hurts though it's well filled up
The praise received is mentally sent back
Or taken apart
The Observer magazine just about sums him up
E.g. self-satisfied, smug

I'm living a fake
People say, "You are entitled to and great."
But I haven't wrote for 90 days
I'll get a good deal and I'll go away
Away from the empty brains that ask
How I wrote "Elastic Man"

His last work was "Space Mystery" in the Daily Mail,
An article in Leather Thighs
The only thing real is waking and rubbing your eyes
So I'm resigned to bed
I keep bottles and comics stuffed by its head
Fuck it, let the beard grow
I'm too tired,
I'll do it tomorrow
The fridge is sparse
But in the town
They'll stop me in the shops
Verily they'll track me down
Touch my shoulder and ignore my dumb mission
And sick red faced smile
And they will ask me
And they will ask me
How I wrote "Elastic Man"


Lyrics submitted by Major Valor

"How I Wrote Elastic Man" as written by Stephen Hanley Mark Smith

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  • +3
    General Commentbrilliant song, but you miss the key thing.

    MES actually sings Plastic man throughout the song. The whole thing is about people not understanding what his work is all about. Hence

    Away from the empty brains that ask
    How I wrote "Plastic man"

    They're asking about a song called Plastic man although the song is called Elastic.

    Also heaps of rants againts journos - for those not in the UK The Observer is a sunday newspaper which includes a magazine - eg self satisfied, smug
    davo111on August 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDid anyone dare ask Mark E Smith how he wrote 'How I Wrote Elastic Man'?
    light vesselon December 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the song that inspired the Elastica Song (which features Mark E. Smith) "How I Wrote Elastica Man".
    Major Valoron August 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems like it is a song about a writer who had a smash hit with *elastic man* and hasn't been able to muster up annything of quality since then - and he is frustrated. in fact he is destroyed by his inability to produce anything of worth and is sick and tired of people asking him, and they will ask him: how i wrote elastic man, how i wrote elastic man, how i worte elastic man!

    i love this song. they got me with:


    E.g. self-satisfied, smug

    when's the last time you heard a rock / pop song with the term, "E.g.?"
    moikon September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favourite bit is

    "The observer magazine just about sums him up
    E.g. self-satisfied, smug"

    because when i first heard it, i thought it was saying that the observer magazine called him self satisfied and smug in an article.
    but then i realised that he's using the description the magazine gave him, to also sum up the magazine. so both of them are self satisfied and smug.
    well, i think, anyway.
    cheddaringoon July 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood comments, especially davo about the plastic-elastic thing. Should comment that I think this is also a sideways tribute to Ray Davies and The Kinks. Plastic Man was one of The Kinks' fabulously cutting songs about the British middle-class. The Fall later did a great version of "Victoria" which had a similar theme...
    makhnoon August 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah straight away i thought of Plastic Man
    asertyon November 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMr. Smith, you don't seem to explain in the song. How exactly did you write elastic man?
    feinsteinon September 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this is about Jack Cole. He was the writer/creator of Plastic Man, who, at a young age (43), killed himself. No-one's quite sure why. Jack also wrote Mystery in Space comics (although not for the Daily Mail). However, he left comics behind when the industry faded, going off to work for Playboy (Leather Thighs?)

    As for whether it's plastic or elastic, well...in the comics, petty villain Eel O'Brien falls into a vat of acid and becomes pliable ('you'll believe a man can ply'). He goes after his ex-criminal friends for abandoning him. This revenge act gets mistakenly interpreted as heroic by a reporter who asks what his superhero name is. Eel replies, "Elastic Man". However, the reporter runs off shouting Plastic Man, with Eel trying in vain to correct him.
    starchiefon June 22, 2012   Link

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