Buried all in the belly of a song
I can’t remember the last time this happened – rather than blasting through the obstacle of wonky lyrics with awesome tunage, here we have a rather standard Manics throwaway with some really good lyrical work.
There’s not a lot of lyrics here, only 8 unique lines some of which are then shuffled around together a few times during the song, but they’re all very good. Particularly verses are actually downright great – it’s just two lines per verse but with only a couple of bits Wire seems to be able to say something more interesting than he can sometimes spend a song doing. The base concept of the song is simple as well – it’s the thoughts of a guy who’s been an asshole thinking that yeah, he has been a bit of a prick and who quickly gives a fast excuse for it. But it’s just said so well.
Musically… well, you can tell why it was cast off the main album and relegated to a b-side. It’s got a swinging rhythm that you can tap your foot to and enjoy but you can’t say it makes a big number in the scene. Alright little stomper that you can find yourself enjoying quite a bit on an off-hand surprise moment but I have slight problems remembering how it goes outside all that.