Why give into useless devotion
I’m not much of a guitar obsessive. I mean, I do like the instrument and often love what people can do with the instrument but I’m not the sort of person who swoons over solos and feels that it’s a mandatory instrument to have on the spotlight all the time. But I do have my moments.
Manics in general are one of my bigger guitar-loving moments but there’s a few tracks in particular where the guitar really makes the song for me. Are Mothers Saints is one of them. From the subtle starting guitar jangle to the riffage of the second verse and finally the glorious, glorious extended solo, this is pure guitar heaven. It makes me want to pick up a guitar and learn to play it (tried training myself once – failed miserably).
Also, “if piss is yellow then life must be grey” has to be one of the most legendary opening lines ever. Lyrically it seems to be Richey-driven and about one of his favourite subjects, the nature of religion. But don’t quote me on that.