Let’s fall asleep to a plastic lullaby
One can quite easily say that there’s no other song like Dead Passive in Manics’ catalogue.
An acoustic march for verses (with drums coming in on later verses) with a whimsical frolic full of name-checking for a chorus. Strangely jubilant despite the rather scathing lyrics. It’s a song that could have probably been released at any time in the band’s career with only minor changes (it’s got such a weird timeless quality to it) but the Everything Must Go -era and its rich, orchestra-filled sound claimed it as its own and thus the weird jangle’s accompanied by… a flute. And big orchestra drums in the chorus too. So not only is it jubilant, it’s now also elegant.
And thus the song turns into an odd waltz/march where people dance for the hedonistic world full of superficial relationships. Not one of my very favourites but it certainly stands out.