The introductory guitar chord sounds a little like ‘My Generation’, how about that?
I without doubt prefer this song. I especially like the slight discord of the opening keyboard line. It sounds like a screeching train and propels the ominous and darkly energetic atmosphere of the song. Yet it might also have something to do with Roger Daltrey’s unwillingness to sing in the past tense. The vocals feel like the narration of a ghost story, the guitars rumble, idiosyncratic and alive. Clinic have character. They have character because the emphasis is upon energy rather than perfection, they make you want to play music because you sense that they enjoy it. They are not a band slaved over a laptop, modulators or synthesizers, they are a band playing raw, noisy and simple rock music. Where a loss of assuredness in 4 instruments has forced so many bands into ill-advised instrumental expansion, it was precisely Clinic’s faith in simplicity which made their debut and ‘The return of Evil Bill’ so fantastic. For the love of God check the whole album out.
Clinic-The Return Of Evil Bill