You love us like a holocaust
The band’s early signature tune and long-time set closer, a bitter ‘anti-Valentine’ song that’s somewhere between egomaniac and self-loathing. Like many Generation Terrorists tracks, it sacrifices intelligence and seriousness for pure ridiculous beefed-up fun, but unlike so many other Generation Terrorists songs, it’s also genuinely great instead of having its weaknesses masked by the youthful vigour and fun feeling.
It was in fact such of a signature tune that it got two official recordings. The original Heavenly Recordings version is a more whimsical one, covered in all sorts of backing vocal yelps, Nicky’s “Control!” cameo and it’s got the apocalyptic sing-along outro. For Generation Terrorists, now on Sony, the band re-recorded the song and beefed it up: instead of a whimsiness it got an “fuck you, we’re here, we’re awesome and you WILL love us” in-your-face attitude and turned the song into a fierce belter, even replacing the sing-along outro with some storming guitar masturbation from James.
I really wish there was some sort of a mixture between the Sony and Heavenly versions of You Love Us though, even when performed live. The Sony version’s got proper kick to it, the sort of attitude a song of this caliber should have. But I miss the liveliness and slightly goof-off feeling of the Heavenly version. The original outro is also miles better than the boring guitar wankery ending. The band’s occasionally performed the original outro as an intro to the song live but dammit, they should do it more often.
Both singles also got videos. The Heavenly version video is a bit more DIY, composed of random live clips and some studio playing (featuring an adoooorably young band). The Sony version follows the remake’s buffed up nature and is the more iconic one, presenting the band as something more glamorously dangerous. Both are good, though I prefer the Sony version. Both singles also had different sleeve quotes: Heavenly was graced with a Marilyn Monroe quote “I knew I belonged to the public and to the world not because I was talented or even beautiful but because I had never belonged to anyone or anything else”, while the Sony version got a bit more to-the-point quote of “False media – we don’t need it do we” from Chuck D.