They’ve never tried living underneath the water
Manics’ (fortunately) brief stint in something a bit more metal.
So some heavy riffage, crashing drums, massive soloing and immortal lines like “I fucked God up the ass”. However that line relates to the main character of American Psycho anyway. Lyrically it’s pretty much one of the band’s clearest as it just goes through all sorts of personality traits, behaviour and general mindworld of the titular character.
Patrick’s got some sort of a cult classic status among the fans (there was quite a cry over its non-inclusion on Lipstick Traces, supposedly because of space issues and its six and a half minute length). I’d like to think it’s less because of some sort of amazing quality it possesses and more because it’s absolutely ridiculous – possibly the most ridiculous song in the band’s catalogue. A lot of Gold Against the Soul era goes over the top on things but Patrick Bateman sticks everything up to eleven. Starts with a quote, the general HARRRRRRRRRD RRRRRRRRRRROCK mentality of the track, the subject matter, lines like the abovementioned godbuggering and “we are babies crippled in Christ”, the furious rockout outro, James’ roars (“foo-O-OOOOODDDDDD”) and the backing vocals in the chorus that sound like a children’s choir. It’s downright silly.
And that’s why we love Patrick Bateman: its over-the-top, nigh-comedic style. It’s pure cock rock hard rock metal whatever thingy power and it roars it every single second. It would be SoBadIt’sAwesome if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s got some genuinely good musical value there as well – the pre-chorus and chorus is brilliant.
Trivia: this is the band’s longest song (six minutes 31 seconds).