Build more jails, fill more graves
Who would’ve thought that a ditty about capital punishment would be so fun?
Voodoo Polaroids is the other gritty, heavily rocking Lifeblood b-side alongside Quarantine. Terms like ‘gritty’ and ‘heavy’ shouldn’t be applied to its mood though – just the general sound as opposed to Lifeblood’s calmer, clearer and more melodic sound – because it’s actually a pretty jubilant song. Very rolling, very fun. I wasn’t overly charmed with it at first until I found myself singing it aloud constantly and just having great fun crafting lyrics of my own wherever I couldn’t remember how the real ones went (which was pretty much most of the song). That pretty much alerted me to that there’s something worth savouring in the song and, well, it’s a damn great ditty.
The whole capital punishment stance on this song is the complete opposite to Archives of Pain’s pro-stance. Voodoo Polaroids takes a more of an anti-position to the whole thing, bit by bit going through execution methods and occasionally quipping something about them (“vengeance is good” and so forth. Or “vengeance is God”, I can’t tell which). Mostly just listing, letting the rather simple chorus spell the main point. Dripping with sarcasm, this one. I’ve no idea what the titular voodoo polaroids are and the otherwise pretty handy Manics.nl is stifled about that particular info snippet as well. My guess it’s some obscure literary reference that Nicky nicked when he thought it sounded cool. It does sound cool.