Sabotage

Album: Bloodsports (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • 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."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music SceneSong Writing

With $50 and a glue stick, Bruce Pavitt created Sub Pop, a fanzine-turned-label that gave the world Nirvana and grunge. He explains how motivated individuals can shift culture.

PrinceFact or Fiction

Prince is shrouded in mystery, making him an excellent candidate for Fact or Fiction. Is he really a Scientologist? Does he own an exotic animal?

Adam Duritz of Counting CrowsSongwriter Interviews

"Mr. Jones" took on new meaning when the song about a misguided view of fame made Adam famous.

American Hits With Foreign TitlesSong Writing

What are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?

Joe Elliott of Def LeppardSongwriter Interviews

The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.

Philip CodySongwriter Interviews

A talented lyricist, Philip helped revive Neil Sedaka's career with the words to "Laughter In The Rain" and "Bad Blood."