She’d walk on broken glass for love
Anyone else think the start of this song sounds almost exactly like R.E.M.’s Begin the Begin?
At barely over two minutes, She Bathed Herself is one of the briefest moments of Journal for Plague Lovers. Unlike its name which goes beyond ‘dark’ all the way to ‘rather daftly melodramatic’, it’s not musically very grim at all. Sure, the Begintobeginesque pounding call-to-arms start might sound a bit serious but it’s not exactly evil. Moreso, well, like a roll call anthem. Then at the chorus it turns into something we rarely get to hear Manics witness but which works wonderfully: a proper bouncing-up-and-down-wildly shoutalong rock stomper, tailor-made for crushing innocent people at your feet on the front row of a gig or going daft in your bedroom, jumping along to the stomping, dumb-fun guitar rock.
It’s not the most ingenius thing in the world but that’s the point really. It’s just big dumb fun. With a bit more different lyrics than this sort of stuff usually.
Half of this was written by Nicky and according to the Nicky-sung demo on the limited edition bonus disc he’s behind the verses as the choruses on the demo are completely different. No jumpyshouty rock fun, but delicate, fragile melodic strumming that wouldn’t be out of place on Nicky’s solo album. Coupled with the fact that the demo’s only played with an acoustic guitar, it’s like a whole different song. Definitely one of the biggest points of intrigue on the demo bonus disc that comes with the limited edition of the album.
The Pariahs remix replaces the bouncy rock with some electronic cool, turning the song into something you could call synth-rock. It’s a pretty straightforward sound alteration remix, everything else is left intact. Enjoyable, even if not brilliant.