Failure is his own impotence
Probably the weirdest single ever released when you consider only the lyrics. Sure there’s been loads of singles with questionable lyrics but I really find it hard to think there’s anything as incoherently absurd in such a weird way as Revol, a song that consists of equating tyrants with various sexual acts and whose chorus consists of nazi-era German terminology. And it’s all sung in a machine-like, highly ticced and abrupt speak-singing.
Compare this to the song’s musical directness. A short three-minute burst of angry punk rock energy. Intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, chorus, all played fast together in a hurried pace. The lyrics aren’t really that good but I love the way they work with the music.
Famously hated by the band, James has defended the US mix of the song and even said it was a must inclusion on the band’s greatest hits. Where it never appeared, naturally. I do like the original but once again, US mix really improves things with the additional ‘oomph’ in the production.
The video’s good, a bit of a Faster -lite style performance video. It’s nifty and serves its job, the only bad thing in it being James’ sailor outfit – only Donald Duck makes that look cool.