Ain’t no fun at the government hall
The most interesting thing in Strip It Down is the video. It’s not technically a music video, just something the band recorded for some television show for an one-off use. It doesn’t even utilise the full song. Regardless, it is insanely hilarious. Go Youtube it, seriously. It’s just so wonderfully amateurish in its random wannabe-psychedelia.
Well that kinda sums up the song too, excluding the psychedelia bit. It’s just so wonderfully amateurish. That whole thing can be extended to the whole New Art Riot EP however and what separates Strip It Down from the rest, enough for it to become the track of the EP (or at least a shared position with the title track), is that it’s just a little bit more professional than the rest. The tune’s memorable and the song’s actually got some other value than just unwanted hilarity like the title track. It’s good. There, I said it. Lyrically it’s absolute bullshit though but that’s true for every early MSP track.
It’s the first sign of the band growing up as songwriters, even if it’s a goofy “anyone could write this” punk rock track.
I do however find it quite annoying that an ultimately pointless live version of this was chosen to take space in the Lipstick Traces b-side compilation instead of any studio b-side track, especially when you consider how controversial the song choice selection was in the first place.