There are no sunsets, just silence
Hate to disappoint those who haven’t yet got the Everything Must Go 10th anniversary box, but the Stephen Hague mix of this song doesn’t offer any sort of absurdly hilarious moments like the Australia one did. No handclaps or horn sections, it’s more or less the same song but with different sounds. It’s got synth-strings though which really lack the power of the real ones in the final release.
The Girl Who Wanted to Be God is Everything Must Go’s poppiest moment. Sweet, sugary (almost disco-y) strings back the sunny, rolling pop of the song with somewhat melancholy yet starry-eyedly romantic lyrics. I don’t know how much Richey was involved this one (credited to both Nicky and Richey) but it’s one of the very best lyrics he’s worked with.
I really cannot praise those strings enough though. I love them so much. Instrumentally in general this song’s pure bliss, with what James’ subtle guitar licks and so forth. But mmm, those strings. And I’ve always loved that hi-hat heavy beat too.