| (Translation, quote in French here) |
"In Something Rotten, there is talk of sexual abuse ..."
B.M. : "Not sexual abuse, it's an abstract song. Anyway, I never sit on precepts such as deciding in advance the theme to-be of a song. This track has been composed in a very instinctive way starting on a dub-reggae jam. I went to the microphone without text, and I threw the first words that came to my mind. Once the song finished, I wondered what it was about. There is a sinister atmosphere in the song. It reminded me of an old song of Fine Young Cannibals: Johnny come home ... I was sure I would be questionned about this track ... It makes me think of a young person who needs to leave his family for quite extremes reasons. Afterwards, you are free to interpret it a hundred ways. I think once again it is important to let the listener free to make its own benchmarks."
Brian Molko, Guitar Part n°109, April 2003
(Translation, quote in French here)
"At the time, we smoked a lot of weed. Me and Stef, we always spend a month together before entering the studio, to test stuff. This time, we didn't want to touch the guitars, but use different tools. Something Rotten came up with a bass line dub-reggae. We searched for something very different in us - it's perhaps the most experimental song on the album, there are at least fifty synths. I play sax on it - the first instrument I have tried in my life. I never really learned, but I bring it out from time to time when we want to laugh, and I play free jazz. The day before yesterday, we were listening Captain Beefheart and I heard some sax stuff which made me think somewhat about Something Rotten. The voice is the demo's one : so it's the first and last time I sang it. When I came in front of the microphone, I had no idea what I would say. I spoke of violence against children and we kept it unchanged. It was very instinctive and abstract, so I didn't understand the reactions the song elicited. The English press get hold of it because of Pete Townshend (The Who guitarist accused to have download child pornography images on a Texan website)… It has used it to condemn pedophilia while it has never been the initial aim.
Myself, I have never suffer from sexual abuse when I was young. It's true my family situation was not great, my parents were frustrated not being able to make me do what they wanted. My mother is very Christian and didn't take the fact I left the Church. My father wanted me to work in finance, like him. But as a child, I knew it was impossible. It forced me to find an identity very young. I'm somehow the family black sheep…"
Brian Molko, Les Inrockuptibles N°382 : March-April 2003
Brian: A dub reggae jam we gave to Jim as a challenge and he rose to it. An abstract song about something sinister that’s close to home.
Brian Molko, interview, Rock Sound, April 2003