Our lives drift into a faceless sense of void
Pure comedy gold meets awesome mad and frantic rockout. Machine gun fire sloganeering lyrics, relentless chugga-chugga from James’ electric guitar, bat shit insane guitar solo that’s probably James’ most masturbatory guitar moment ever, oh my. The gentle acoustic intro with soft oooohs and Patrick Jones’ poetry lulls you into false thoughts about the track before the whole thing just explodes into the 3-minute hyperactive glorious mess it is.
Love’s Sweet Exile was originally called Faceless Sense of Void and while there’s some minor differences (the usual non-beefed up sound of demo recordings, some structural differences) the demo isn’t massively different from the album version. The album version got a single release, a double a-side together with Repeat which I assume never got any sort of airplay thanks to its lyrics, and the accompanying video is probably the closest thing to gay soft porn the band’s ever done. Which is why it’s a fan favourite.
2010 saw an incredibly random and bizarre release of a whole new reinterpretation of the song, released free as a download. This “Acoustic Blue” version is a fully fleshed-out re-recording of the song (not a remix!) that turns the song into a dreamy, slightly alt-country tinged float, removing the rock n roll energy (and guitar solo) and replacing it with soft, hazy atmosphere. No one knows why it was made as the band hasn’t said a single word about it, the release was too smalltime for it to be a promotion for anything and overall, it makes absolutely zero sense. But it’s actually surprisingly really, really good and makes one wish they’d try this style with another song.
“Then came human beings, they wanted to cling but there was nothing to cling to”