No more pills and no more drugs
Hearing R.P. McMurphy for the first time was pretty jawdropping. The Manics during their Generation Terrorists phase were a bunch of glammed up 80’s hard rock fans and both the songs before it and during Generation Terrorists are pretty glammy rocking stuff. R.P., that appeared on one of their earliest singles, is an acoustic little frolic with a hilariously awesome “na na na na” chorus. It sounds like a completely different band from a completely different era. But I guess that’s nice little proof that this band had it from the beginning. It’s a fun listen in general, one of the more standing out Manics acoustic tracks.
What’s even more curious that this used to be one of those goofy rock tracks. The early demos, as well as the live performances, have a full band electric backing that transforms it into a more usual Manics fare. I suppose the band just wanted to try something new with the studio version.
As to whether the song actually is about the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest character is arguable. When you read through the lyrics, very little seems to actually go on about the story or a character and instead the song seems to just use McMurphy as an anchor point or something to some bigger point. God knows about these early Manics lyrics.