Trying To Kill M.E.

Album: Computers And Blues (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as M.E. or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, that laid The Streets' Mike Skinner low for a year. He told The Daily Record: "It's not just the embarrassment of having this thing that no one really believes exists. I think people will find it hard to believe you could drive yourself into such a state by simply writing music. I would, too, if it hadn't happened to me."
  • The song documents Skinner's struggle during the frustrating period. He explained to The Sun: "I was incapacitated, It seems to have faded now. But at the time. But at the time I think I was working too hard. It was important to just mention it really. It was such a big thing for me. It lasted about a year at its worst. I had to stop working. I spent quite a long time just watching James Bond films, which I've got quite fond memories of in a way."

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