Poverty expressed in your heart
God what a dull song.
I used to call Soul Contamination my least favourite Manics song. Nowadays I wouldn’t say that. It’s not because the song’s got any better, it’s moreso because it’s not so shit it’s annoying, it’s just plain bloody dull. Uninteresting. Uneventful.
So it’s a very early Manics b-side. That’s what it sounds like too. It’s got all the youthful naïvety of early Manics but this time there’s not enough vigour, unintentional humour or genuinely good songwriting to save it. It just beats along. Tra-la-la-la.
And good fucking god the lyrics. They’re not even so bad they’re funny, they’re just downright bad.
Put this at the bottom of your priority list when b-side hunting.