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Album: Metal Box (1979)
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Songfacts®:

  • This propulsive post-punk brooder was inspired by a crime report. It was about an abducted girl who identified her kidnappers from a song on a tape played repeatedly, which was found in their recovered car.
  • The song lasts nearly eight minutes, enabling the quasi-industrial groove to wear itself into the ears of the listener. However, it is a length that guitarist Keith Levene remains unhappy about. He said in 2001: "Basically, for me, the track goes on too f--king long. I wish I caught that. If I did it, I'd wrap it up a lot quicker and clean it up a bit. That's our second attempt at that."

    "It was a hard line for me to keep playing. I kept doing it again and overdubbing it and then I just decided that I couldn't keep doing it. I still didn't quite have it. I knew what I wanted." (For more on Public Image Ltd. check out our interview with John Lydon).

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