An autobiographical song documenting occasions where his idiosyncratic musical path has intersected with aspects of the (comparative) mainstream in terms of influence, and prospective collaborations; with references to Kurt Cobain, “strange boy” Beck, and Kylie Minogue (“quite polite “, apparently ).
Childish is ambivalent about this attention, happy to be involved on his terms but unlikely to lose any sleep if nothing comes to fruition and he can maintain his distance (“they don’t know me”). This is told in the customary Childish rasp over a perfunctory approximation of the ‘Gloria’ riff, pepped up with organ and a fine layer of extra fuzz towards the end. However, while hardcore Childish obsessives will no doubt be enthused,beyond the slight novelty aspects of the subject matter there’s little to interest those less committed.
Giving this release a split single feel, B side ‘True’, sung by Julie, ironically has a faint echo of Nirvana’s ‘About A Girl’ in the chorus, and is a tale of boy trouble involving a chap who walks the “thin line between a dick and a nice guy”. This has a freshness missing from the A side with a nice melodic swing and combines a less blustery approach with a contrasting finely gnarled guitar solo.
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