Portray your tedium for the world to see
On one of the special editions of Postcards From a Young Man you can find a glimpse to a list of recorded songs for the album. “Don’t Be Evil” is there and next to it is a little remark: “b-side”. And while obviously it’s now a part of the album, it really does kinda explain things.
I do quite enjoy Don’t Be Evil to be honest – it’s probably the best straightforward rocker song on the album. There’s some daft joy and upbeat spirit to it. The lyrics are cringeable but Bradders makes them fun enough to tolerate ’em (particularly the “don’t be evil/just be corporate” part is joyous to sing along because of the sheer vibe it’s spurt out with). But it is a bit b-sidey, in the sense that it doesn’t quite come off as strong enough to be on the album. It’s fun and good, but it’s not album-good.
What’s worse is that it’s the closer of Postcards and it really doesn’t work in that position. It doesn’t really do what closers are meant to do, ie close the album in a suitable manner. It moreso seems like a bonus track thrown at the end. It doesn’t really even follow up well on the preceding Future Has Been Here 4 Ever either. One of Postcards’ main flaws is how its final run is a bit haphazard and Don’t Be Evil contributes to that a fair amount. It’s just unsatisfying in its position. Random. A bit messy.
But it is still a fun enough song, outside all that.