All I preach is extinction
The single most famous Manics bass riff – legendary enough to have the crowd sing (hum?) along to it when the band performed the first half of the song with just James in guitar during one of their tours.
From the menacing, foreboding opening quote to the sinister, jagged verse (that guitar line is brilliance) and chorus full of neurotic rage and ridiculous Richey namedropping at its best/worst, this is a quality tune. James’ delivery throughout the song is marvellous, whether he’s apathetic or shoutyscreaming. Sean’s drums are amazing. The melodic bridges turn the song to sound even more evil with their beauty. The lyrics are one of the few Richey ones where the overblown ridiculousness turns into something favourable and downright awesome. And then there’s the ending race to death, the final climax that ends the song in a madman fit. And fuck yeah James’ vocal melodies on the verses and, fuck it, throughout the song.
The Holy Bible’s climax moment, really. You’ve gone through four songs of different sorts of awesome and then this one comes and just blows the lid off the whole thing. The chilling angry heart of the entire album, the darkness and disgust present throughout culminating in one song – and we’re not even halfway through the album yet!
There’s much debate among the fanbase – and the band – whether or not the song’s rather aggressive pro-death sentence lyrics are really what Mr Edwards thought or if it’s an imagined extreme point of view. Most likely it’s a bit of both, an exaggeration of anger.
I don’t know if it’s ridiculous or awesome that the added sound effects in certain parts of the song on the US mix remind me of the door opening sounds in Doom. I swear they might even be the same effect.
The opening sound clip comes, quoteth Sciryl/Lyrics, “from the mother of one of the girls killed by the Yorkshire Ripper said to camera outside the court room in Leeds.” Chilling and appropriate enough.
And finally, yes James does shout “MANICSTREETPREACHERRRRRS” at the end of the list of murderers and fascists on the second chorus. Take of that what you will.