You’ve been this way since school
Know Your Enemy’s weakest moment. It’s not that it’s bad, not by all means. Everything MSP did 1998-2004 was at least good. But it’s… weaker. Doesn’t really take loads of listening. Not as interesting. Horrible lyrics.
This murky and down-trodden track relies on drum machines the most in the Manics song catalogue. A lot of things happen in the beat and most if not all are programmed. Sean’s electronic moment, apparently. The fidgety beat is the other musical main attraction of the song, the other being the highly filtered guitars which sound quite intriguing and even bitter. Overall the sound has a highly detached, cold quality to it – the song’s best part. It helps with the song’s point, depicting royal correspondents (or at least the one that had the job when the album was made) as ignorant arseholes and the general tone of the music reflects the sourness of the lyrics, but the lyrics themselves are painfully cringy – Nicky simply isn’t much of a good political writer.
The only song on Know Your Enemy I’d drop from the album and relegate into a b-side status.