Sometimes justice can be sweet and so pure
If you look at Inky Fingers musically, it’s not particularly interesting. There’s very little in terms of hooks or anything to grab onto, and it’s another victim of the Manics’ recent desire to cut b-sides abrupt almost as if they cannot be bothered to spend time on them anymore. A stereotypical single bonus track, then. Nor is there anything eye-catching in the lyrics either, it’s more of Wire’s somewhat awkward political criticism.
But the sound of the song is one of the more interesting ones in the past handful of years for the band. While the band’s been spicing up their music with some electronic features in the past, nothing’s really sounded similar to this. The song is entirely carried by a soft, minimal electronic beat on top of which a big fat bass riff strums a more hard-hitting rhythm. All the other sound elements that go with them – which aren’t many – follow similar whimsical routes. It’s atypically quirky and absolutely fascinating. The mood follows a similar route: despite the lightweight tone of many of the elements and almost upbeat vocal melodies, the atmosphere of the song is very tense and almost a bit warped. A menacing prowl disguised as something more innocent.
In the end it doesn’t lift the song far higher than “interesting b-side” status because it lacks a strong tune and suffers from abruptenditus, but it’s certainly a strong curio.
Wouldn’t be surprised if this was one of Nicky’s.