We’ll go down together and meet a few of you in hell
An example of the band’s growth. There’s a lot of anthemic songs with a defiant attitude in the Generation Terrorists era archives but Never Want Again doesn’t replace “defiant” with “arrogant” and generally stays more stylish and ‘mature’ throughout its length. It sounds joyous, it’s clearly got a subtle “fuck you” message to it but this time it sounds liberated and celebratory. There’s no riff salads here or messy lyrics, everything’s played and written very clearly. It’s basically a more grown-up version of what the band were expert at doing back then. It sounds like a single, to be honest. Could have been one I suppose.
Personal anecdote time!
I finished my mandatory school on a sunny late spring / early summer day. It was early morning, as the final days of the school year tend to be. It had felt pretty normal until the very last moments when I realised that this would be the last time I’d see my class teacher or be with this exact same class. Things got a bit nostalgic. I never hated school outside PE lessons yet all that nostalgy still got drowned under a sudden burst of joy as I realised that school was about to end (until I’d start college in the autumn but still). As I walked from my school to my home wearing my fancy clothes and my final report cards in my hand, this song suddenly started playing in my head. It was the heydays of my MSP fanboyism. I almost started singing along but stopped myself so I wouldn’t seem like a tit in public. When I got home, I of course played the song out loud and sang along with my shitty voice. Always such a song of joy for me, this one.