When I was young P.C. meant Police Constable
The first time I listened to P.C.P, it sounded like a massive disappointment.
That intro man, that intro. A raging, powerful and menacing march. It’s the counter-strike, the rebellion finally marches onward to sieze the reign. Then it quickly ends and we’re treated to a rather simplistic punk-influenced rock ditty. Which was alright but oh god if it had only kept on going to the style of the intro…
I do really like P.C.P. in general these days. The intro is still absolutely brilliant but the rest of the song’s revealed its genius to me as well – the bridge between the verses and choruses, the jagged rhythm of the verses, the outro (and its fun backing vocals), etc. For such an aggressive tune it’s very fun and bouncy. The sort of fun rock singalong, if you could sing along to James’ minigun delivery. Yes it’s a very very serious song but they just made it sound so fun.
Which is a great thing all things considered. It’s the finale of The Holy Bible which tends to have pretty dark moments, the lyrics are full of death and gloom (and wangst), the track right before it is the band’s darkest moment musically. But there at the end, it’s the sort of light of day exit. Sure the lyrical matter is still gloomy and pretty serious, but musically it’s an appropriate release. At the same time it keeps the album’s frenetic madness and closes it with a perfect fitting.
The US mix, once again, improves the song. The enhanced rhythm section really gives new life to the song as the drumrolls become gigantic and powerful.
While the song was released as a double A-side alongside Faster, it never got a video. Which is sort of a shame.