Spitting out a language I don’t wanna talk
What’s odd to me that Generation Terrorists itself has a bunch of tracks that sound very novice and very amateurish, yet some of the b-sides from the era show immense growth in songwriting and a certain type of sophistication not found in many of the parent album songs. Very quick learning? Who knows.
Democracy Coma is one of the tracks that really should have been on Generation Terrorists if it wasn’t for the fact that it would have sounded completely out of place there (then again, the same album contains things like Motorcycle Emptiness as well). The music is downright brilliant, sticking close to the style of early Manics but having much more effort put into it and sounding like a much more mature take on the style. The lyrics similarly continue on the “against everything” line of Generation Terrorists but instead of sounding ridiculous and sometimes downright stupid, they’re not bad at all. In fact, they’re quite good (with the exception of the whole “in Walkman sounds hear Sony control” thing but we can forgive that now). Part of what makes them so good is James’ delivery – just listen to that fantastic vocal melody on the verse.
Maybe if the band had waited for a bit before beginning the construction of Terrorists we might have something resembling more of a classic than the good-but-clusterfucky mess we have now. Judging by Democracy Coma at least, the band grew in songwriting pretty quickly and the result’s brilliant. Lipstick Traces place definitely justified.