Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Ok. 3: Good. 4: Great
The Manics have a long and varied history of duets or guest singers, and this B-Side of The Everlasting sees the unusual choice of Sophie Ellis-Bextor trying to keep up with James. She is completely drowned out in the chorus, but her voice is certainly unique enough to give the verses a distinct flavour. The whole thing has a bizarre other-world feel and in many ways it doesn’t sound like a Manics song – the twisted horror movie style organ, the Bextor vocals, but lyrically it covers familiar Manics ground; anti-London barbs, and useless culture usurping avoided truths.
It’s another on of those songs which I have trouble listening to regularly and I frequently skip it if it comes on when I’m on a Manics binge. When I am in the mood to listen to it though, I do appreciate it. Inexplicably though I can’t find a video for it on Youtube so you’ll have to be happy with clicking the link below for a surprise bonus!
Misheard Lyric: Mashed potatoes and monkeys too!
Actual Lyric: Cappuccinos amongst the fumes