Can’t you hear me howl
A 1980 film Times Square was a story about two young girls with different backgrounds, running away from their parents in New York, forming a punk band called Sleez Sisters and randomly becoming popular. The whole “from underdogs to gigantic success while defying every rule in the book” aesthetic of the film probably resonated quite a bit in the young Manics, or at least the Wire/Edwards part of the equation, and thus the band covered the Sleez Sisters song “Damn Dog” on Generation Terrorists.
The original version is a bit twee, as funny as it is to say that from a punk rock song, and it goes without saying that the Manics version is – like the rest of Generation Terrorists – a beefed up, big rock song. More guitar revving, more general in-your-face attitude. It’s catchy as hell and ridiculous in an enjoyable way like much of the band’s work at the time, but ultimately not the most rewarding song on the album or anything that really adds to the song collection. Outside its general aesthetic and context, of course. Which could just as well be a good enough reason for inclusion for a band who was more about The Message and style than purely music in those days.
It’s rather pointless to call a two minute song filler but it still is.