This midlife crisis number finds the Manics pondering failure but refusing to be defeated. The song is a collaboration with Scritti Politti's Green Garside, whose sweet vocals act as a contrast with James Dean Bradfield's more raw voice. Bassist Nicky Wire told Q magazine he was an obvious choice for the tune: "Green was inspirational in so many ways," he said.
The song title is taken from a early 1940s self-portrait by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.