I was thinking everybody had a chance
Filled with minor controversy this. I once read that Sean hated this song so much that when it came the time to record the drums from it, he bashed together something in the studio and then just decided that the song’s drum section should just be looped from what little he played. Then there’s also the fact that the final verse often included in the lyrics (“Robin Cooks’ gone wild/He’s licking too much pussy”) and so forth apparently does really appear in the song but it’s either mixed so ridiculously low or was taken out at the last moment that it’s practically unhearable.
And fair enough, it’s a pretty odd track. The lyrics are what they are, completely daft and in a way foreshadowing the silly-politics move they took on some of the Know Your Enemy songs. It has a really odd vibe too, not just because of the ramshackle drum loop but also because it just sounds so… alien. James gives a great vocal performance but it sounds like he was the only person present in the recording and even he didn’t think much of it. It’s like the ugly duckling no one cared enough about.
I like it though. Not loads, but on the sliding scale between shit and good, it’d appear more on the good side. I like the ramshackle drum loop and I think there’s some really good vocal moments in the song (“ha ha ha ha! They all believed in you!”). But all that said, when you think at how brilliant the b-side quality was in the Truth era, it really does come off as one of the weaker ones. It kinda shows that no one really gave a crap about it.