RP McMurphy

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Ok. 3: Good. 4: Great

This B-Side from Stay Beautiful is a wonderful blend of acoustic and electric, of literature, film, and music, and showcases the band’s ability to take a tortured figure, icon, or moment in art and both hold up that figure and convey the band’s own thoughts on a variety of topics metaphorically via the figure. RP McMurphy is of course the name of the central character from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – a book and film which the band love, and the band use him and the source material to cover their thoughts on individuality, sanity, commercialism, and a number of other subjects. As would become prevalent later, the lyrics also contain references to sleep, peace, suggesting a complete distancing from society.

Musically the song is rather lovely; the tambourine makes a dubious return, there is lilting, simple guitar and backing piano, and James does his best to reach the high notes without blasting them out while simultaneously surviving the lyrics which don’t always fit the structure of the music. The verses are pleasant enough, but it’s all about the pre-chorus and chorus itself, a chorus which is basically a bunch of ‘na na nas’ which merge into the refrain of ‘no more pills and no more drugs’.

Misheard Lyrics: Where to begin….1. Straight jacket your ovarires

2. Baby Donna on a glove you birth, Mummy bruises the skin of her.

Actual Lyrics: 1. Straight jacket your own beauty

2. A baby drowning under a profit curve, money bruises the skin at birth.

RP McMurphy: 4/Great



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