Generation Terrorists is a mess, but a sometimes great one, with hints of what they would be capable of when their focus became clearer.
Somehow, they managed to get signed to an eight-album (!), lotsa-money deal and promptly offered up a 70+ minute double album debut where they tried to cram in every bit of their political manifesto and all their musical touchstones. Producer Steve Brown – whose former credits include The Cult and Wham! – merely tries to make sense of it all. It sprawls, from the self-explanatory Slash N Burn and NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds' righteous bank-bashing to the six-minute reflections of the towering Motorcycle Emptiness. The targets are external and internal: America, love, materialism. At one point, the working title was the perfectly descriptive Culture, Alienation, Boredom, And Despair; the refrain of Little Baby Nothing's broken dreams. That song altered when unavailable first choice guest singer Kylie Minogue (yes, really) was replaced by Tracii Lords – the former porn star somehow making it even more right.
And so it went. Generation Terrorists is a mess, but a sometimes great one, with hints of what they would be capable of when their focus became clearer.