"Slave to the Wage" is a song about not working yourself into an early grave. The day I recorded the vocals to that track was the day that I found out that Scott Piering, the legendary plugger and our friend, had died and I was thinking about him that morning. There was a cloud that was hanging over us that day.
I strangely felt his presence.
Brian Molko, Melody Maker, October 20th 2000
"What was the inspiration for 'Slave to the Wage', then? You've never had a straight job to run away from.
Molko : The song tells you to be an individual, believe in yourself and have the courage to chase your dreams. If you do, the rewards at the end are tenfold versus doing what your parents tell you to do. Get a good job, get married, have 2.4 children, 1.2 goldfish, 3.6 cars ... To a lot of people, that's the epitome of personal success. Which is why so many people get through a mid-life crisis. People reach a point in their lives and go, "Is this it?"
Brian Molko, Alternative Press, August 2001
"It's just a song about not working for The Man and chasing your dreams. It's about not working yourself into an early grave. It's our version of Bob Dylan's Maggie's Farm which finds it's way into the lyrics as well".
Brian Molko, Unknown magazine, 2000
VOX: How about "Slave To The Wage"?
Brian Molko: It’s a song about chasing your dreams. It’s kinda like the Robert Frost poem, "The Road Less Traveled." It’s basically saying, promoting individuality and saying that you don’t have to follow society’s rules in order to become a personal success. It often involves a bit of risk taking and courage. But we’re certainly living proof of the fact that these decisions that we made when we were very young, we’re living proof embodied that the road less traveled can be incredibly fruitful, if you stay true to yourself, if you have the desire to be an individual, if you have the desire and the courage to chase your dreams. If you want to work at a bank, and that gives you a hard-on, then go work for a bank. Or, if you want to be an artist and that gives you a hard-on, be an artist. Don’t feel that you have to work at a bank. And if you're prepared to make sacrifices and take risks, if you're lucky, if your karma is good, then these things will payoff in the end. Which I think it's a positive message really.
Brian Molko, voxonline.com, 2000