Ephemeral Whinging Aspect

My tagline (“digital ephemera…”) reminds me of a lyric in a song by The Fall. The Fall is a prolific punk/post-punk/brit-pop band that was formed in the mid 1970s by the inimitable Mark E. Smith. Why all the slashes to describe the genre of  The Fall? Because they are still around and they have managed to evolve and reinvent themselves many times over, despite numerous personnel changes. Or maybe because of those changes. MES is the mainstay of The Fall. He is not a particularly gifted singer; in fact, to get around that shortcoming, Smith more or less mumbles his songs. But he does so with style and endless creativity.

The lyric above comes from “It’s a Curse” off the Extricate album. In it, MES slurs “I do not like your tone/ It has ephemeral whinging aspects.” I could supply more lyrics in order to give you some context, but it wouldn’t really help. I have no clue what he’s on about. My point here is: does MES really mean “ephemeral” or does he perhaps mean “effeminate”? Can someone really possess a whiny tone that’s ephemeral? I suppose one could make the argument for it, but I bet he meant effeminate, right? I actually know people who have an effeminate whinging aspect to their voice.

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