This song was originally released by Wah!, one of the many lineups from within which Pete Wylie operated. Part One became, by far, his biggest hit. It receives more air time than all his other compositions put together.
The song is about standing up in the face of adversity, fighting off depression and not caving in to set backs. It was inspired by The Boys From The Black Stuff, a fictional TV series by Alan Bleasdale, which tells of social strife in Wylie's hometown of Liverpool in the late 1970s. Part Two takes the form of a spoken monologue and refers to the works of Raoul Vaneigem and Jack Kerouac.
On a personal front, the song also refers to Wylie's terminal disagreements with record company WEA over the direction and control of his material.
Suggestion credit: Stu - Fife, Scotland, for all above