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It’s hilarious that while the other b-side of the Little Baby Nothing single, Never Want Again, shows some sort of maturement and added finesse in the band’s stylistic approach, Dead Yankee Drawl is bang-on typical Generation Terrorists era style.
The less said about the lyrics the better – it’s the ridiculously worn and tired “America sucks, their culture is taking over, it’s the apocalypse y’all” ranting and knowing how awkward our favourite band was with their slogan-filled ranting back in their early days, Dead Yankee Drawl is pretty much a parade of clichés. It’s not even humourous like a lot of their other political rantings back in the early days because the subject is simply so overused and overdone. Musically, it peaks at its chorus where the bog-standard GT phase glam cock rock strut is switched to a militaristic march beat and some nice backing vocals.
Actually, the singing in general is pretty much the high point of the song. James sounds really good in this for his early days. The lyrics may be bollocks but the vocal melodies work really well and you can tell that he’s switching from the GT-style belting to the more RRRRRAWWWWKING Gold Against the Soul -style singing.
Essentially, James’ voice saves the track from being typical early Manics b-side filler.