We don’t talk about love
One of the greatest rebirths of a band that almost keeled over in musical history.
You’d be daft not to acknowledge the qualities Design has. It’s a grand anthem, meant to unify us all into a legendary good time together even if its lyrics are quite harsh and critical of a certain way of life or lifestyle prominent in the music of its days. It’s the band’s greatest live song and the traditional set closer, it’s the highlight of Everything Must Go, it’s their biggest hit (even if it charted ‘only’ as #2, its the song whose reputation lives on) and really, it’s just bleeding great. Grand swooping strings
Sadly my pet peeve with EMG, the rather weak production, buggers up Design slightly as well. It could use a bit more kick to it. The 10th anniversary re-release remaster improved that quite a bit though.
Remix-wise it got the Stealth Sonic Orchestra treatment that a lot of songs got during the Everything Must Go era. A Design’s got the best one of the SSO mixes, giving a bit of loungeroom finesse to the anthem rocker. I actually sorta wish the piano from the remix’s drum outro would be in the actual song.
Surprising for the fact that it’s such a big hit in its native country, there’s very little covers of it. The only one I know of is the one by Amy Wadge which isn’t really anything memorable but if you’re more fond of the whole “rock chick alone with a piano” thing, you’ll like it more than I do.
The video for the song is pretty much a perfect match of it, an anthemic video for an anthemic song. Also features the amazing scene of Sean accidentally throwing away his other drumstick in one of the circling sections. However, because of Youtube’s arsehole restrictions and no available video where embedding is allowed, enjoy this live version from Leaving the 20th Century where despite the utter clusterfuck of James breaking his guitar and causing a large part of the song to be without the said instrument, the song goes brilliantly. Even if James then proceeds to look like a tit when shadowboxing and such but hey, that’s why we love James. You can still check the official video here though.