Nail a crucifix onto your soul
Outside the absolutely pointless remix of Repeat, Crucifix Kiss is the weakest point in Generation Terrorists and one of the very weakest points in the whole Manics catalogue.
The music’s passable. At times. During other times it’s just mindnumbingly boring and bland, trying to be the sort of larger than life rock swagger that everything on GT tries to be but failing catastrophically. The music’s blandness automatically switches your attention to the lyrics, a decision your brains and ears regret moments later when the downright stupid biblical bravado and zany quoting get to you. “Christen me führer nazarine?” Did we just step into the world of c-grade metal? Pardon the pun but “jesus fucking christ” are the apt words to describe the entire clusterfuck of the lyrics. GT has fairly crappy lyrics in general but most of the time they’re so bad they’re funny and they fit the entire proposterous attitude that’s the whole album’s point. Crucifix Kiss is just plain bad.
I never skip songs, even bad ones, on albums but Crucifix Kiss makes an exception. I’ve heard it for years and years now and it’s still poor.
For the US release of Generation Terrorists a bunch of songs on the album were dropped and some were re-recorded with new, proper drums and so forth. Crucifix Kiss was one of those re-recorded tracks. What a waste of a good remix treatment.
That opening quote, by the way, is an excerpt of poem by Patrick Jones called Torying, read by the man himself.