Frontman Brett Anderson underscores Bloodsport's love-as-violence title as he sings, "I smile as the rope cuts through me." He told NME about this glimpse of a sordid relationship: "Sabotage isn't a real rocker but it's not that mellow either- it's mid tempo. It's quite '80s indie in its darkness, akin to The Cure or Joy Division and that kind of stuff, quite slow and very atmospheric."
Anderson explained the album title to The Sun: "In a way, it is a concept album," he said. I was writing and realised that every song was about a different stage within a relationship. Co-dependency, suspicion, obsession - it's almost like a journey through the arc of a relationship. "I wanted my lyrics to have that sexual tension and ambiguity that classic Suede had without it being self-referential," he added. "And the title Bloodsports summed up the carnal chase of love - the word carnal meaning meat."