I know I believe in nothing but it is my nothing
I’ve listened to Manics like a crazy obsessive fucker during my lifetime but Faster’s one of the about two songs that I’ve managed to completely overlisten.
It is an impressive song, sure. Bloody awesome in fact. The arrogant energy, relentless rage and zealous vigor of the song are stunning. It just goes and goes and never rests. A lot of people talk about its machine-gun like vocal delivery but the whole song is like a machinegun battery relentlessly firing. It isn’t a standout piece from The Holy Bible, and the only song that was taken from that album in Forever Delayed, for nothing.
But I’ve burned it out. I can still acknowledge it’s awesome and as I’m listening to it right now, it sounds awesome. But most of the time these days it fails to spark the reaction it used to give me. It was so great I listened to it tons and now I’m way too familiar with it to jump along to it anymore.
I’m also going to get burned by this but it’s a crap live track. Seriously. It has all the ingredients to be an awesome one but James’ habit of often leaving lines out does damage to the machinegun delivery and generally the live versions sound much tamer than the rabid studio version (and especially the US mix). It fails to deliver fully.
Still a great song though, despite all the hype and burnout. Also one of Richey’s best lyrics. And the video for the song is still one of the band’s best in its minimalist glory.
There’s a couple of remixes going on about Faster: there’s about two different ones but spread in a myriad of names. Both are done by the Chemical Brothers and they’re pretty cack. Not worth hunting down (although one of them is on the Forever Delayed bonus disc).
Faster was doubled up with P.C.P. as a double A-side lead single, but Faster was the main focus track as only it got the video. The single’s various versions gave us two long sleeve quotes, one by former slave Solomon Northup and another from Animal Farm.