Don’t want no friends
Ballad of the Bangkok Novotel already introduced us to the concept of Nicky on lead vocals, but now they’re on an album too. That’s pretty much the only thing you need to know whether or not you’ll like this if you haven’t heard it yet.
Very unorthodox MSP track. Wire makes some riff-resembling noises on his guitar over a drum machine, rants about feeling shit and hating everyone, chorus switches to James and his funky-ass bass riff. Both end up clashing together eventually. Glorious chaos is ensued. My favourite moment is the final chorus, James’ tuneful singing mixed in with Wire’s angry shouting from the background. Gorgeous ugliness.
If you’re a big enough fan to buy some DVDs or search for live tracks, do yourself a favour and get a live version of this track either on the Louder Than War DVD or from one of the bootlegs from the KYE tour. Wattsville Blues is a fan-tas-tic live track. On the DVD you can even see people grooving along! Wire slightly resurrected it for his solo tour as an intro to other songs even.
It’s not really the cut from Know Your Enemy I’d show off as the first thing from the album (though I very much love the song), but in a way it manages to capture the album’s “not giving a shit what we’re doing, we’re releasing – now let’s make some noise” spirit pretty perfectly. It’s marmite but this is the one marmite I like.