Don’t wanna live in a golden age
A lot of The Great Western era encapsules an element of fun and joy that rarely gets a spotlight in the Manics catalogue as James gets to let out his inner pop fan and relishes himself in cheery melodies and upbeat structures. I Never Wanted Sunshine is pretty much just that.
James may have never wanted sunshine but it’s what the song’s made of. It’s fairly simple and sweet rock-up that goes on with full throttle and bounces along without stopping. It’s always wonderful to hear an artist have genuine fun during the recording process and the joy here is infectious. Can you honestly say you can resist that massive urge to sing along to the chorus that hooks you up from the very first listen and get-go, or to the almost Arcade Fire-esque “woo-oo-oooh” finale?
The best thing is how engaged James himself sounds. He sounds like he’s having a real blast. That “c-c-c-c-c-c-cause” adlib is brilliant.
This energetic little romp should have been on the album instead of the few weaker cuts. It’s not a life-changing song but goddamn, it’s just feel-good fun. Definitely one of James’ best b-sides.