Today the doctors allow the illusion of choice
I’m not sure anyone expected a song with that name or the lyrics we were given beforehand, including the already-then-infamous “pig pig piggy” chorus, to be so damn giddy and upbeat.
Virginia State Epileptic Colony is pure upbeat jangle pop. It’s even downright goofy and tongue-in-cheek. As if to contrast the lyric completely, the band has decided to just take the piss out of its seriousness and turn it into a silly little torchsong. And suddenly the “pig pig piggy!” line is pure hilarity, especially when followed by the ridiculously hooky “V-S-E-C” spelling bee lesson. And check out that ridiculously awesome keyboard interlude, plinky-plonky piano frolicking happily alongside the jangly rock backing.
I was already dooming the song beforehand when I first got to read the rather atrocious lyrics but turns out Virginia State is the album’s surprise hit. Sheer brilliance. Would have made an amazing single if the album had those.
The less we talk about the Fuck Buttons remix, the better. Way to ruin one of the best songs on the album by turning it into an overlong mash of random bits and bobs and miscallenous metallic sounds that have seemingly nothing to do with the original. Tripe.