You make me feel celestial
The Know Your Enemy era was full of stylistic experimentation and whilst Pedestal’s overall sound is rather “era-less”, it could have only been spawned by the Know Your Enemy sessions.
Pedestal is the Manics at their creepiest. The pounding, thrusting force of the song (fuck I love those drums) and the screechy guitar has something inherently sinister in it and then come in James’ vocals: snarly, low-tones, singing about blind worship: “I put you on a pedestal/I put you where you belong”. Then the bridge kicks in, the drive of the song picks up a few paces, the dominant tone of the singing turns into submissive (“willing to be put in my place/willing to live in this space”) and Nicky gets a background vocal cameo that seems to come from beyond the grave.
Whether the chorus completely ruins the creepy effect with its relentless crashing and pah-pah-pah-pedestals is up to discussion. I personally love the vocal tick and the whole “you make me feel celestial” comes off as… nervewreckingly tense.
No bloody idea what it’s supposed to be about but I’m one of the few defenders of this brilliant b-side because of its brilliantly creepy atmosphere. That and that sexy drum sound.