Is this what you do with eternity
Nicky the star. Despite the fact that Nicky only appears for a brief moment in this otherwise James-sung song, his part steals the spotlight.
Groundhog Days is completely based on the quiet-loud-extremes. Verses consist of nothing but James and his acoustic guitar whereas in the chorus the whole band makes as much noise as possible from their instruments. So far so good, we’ve got a perfectly nice b-side in our hands. The swell lyrics help too – not going on about the literal groundhog day (as in the brilliant film, lines of which are even quoted in the song) but simply about the feeling of everything feeling like the same miserable shit as every other day when you wake up.
But then enters Nicky. After the second chorus the band continues their noisy rock escapade while Nicky delivers a spoken word section, spitting out oneliners with a pissed off tone for a short while before James runs into a solo and then finishes the song by himself. It’s only about 30 seconds of the four-minute song but the way it’s all delivered and how on the first listen it just comes out of nowhere makes it the classic moment of the tune.
Which then lifts the perfectly nice b-side into a damn good hidden treasure.