It’s disheartening how a song like “Dear God” can mean so much at some point in life and then make you cringe years later. Nobody told you ten years ago that those lyrics were embarrassing. They seemed tough and audacious and hard-hitting, but now you have to wonder how Andy Partridge even came up with such one-dimensional tripe.
The video has glimpses of artistic hope, the music still holds up and the kid’s voice at the end is as chilling as it ever was, but there’s no question that lyrically this is the sort of childish atheism you could find among faceless hordes of Scandinavian death metal bands.
P.S. After all these years, Drums And Wires is still their best album.