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‘There’s this normal Spanish guitar thing that goes dun-da-da-dun da-da-dun (quickly, imitating matador music). That’s what I’m playing. It’s one of the first things I learned to play on guitar- very simple. I was very fond of that. I totally knew what the fuck John was singing about. It was very odd, Wobble doing that bass line that he does on it. The song came about in the studio, starting with Wobble (imitating his bass). I thought it was a fucking joke- it sounded like an advert for a woman with a vacuum cleaner. I looked at Richard like I wasn’t going to do anything but he thought that he meant he should play, so he did. I thought ‘I know what I’ll do’ so I played that tune.

When I played in E, I could get this modal type of drone thing. When people do this, they usually use different tunings and that’s quite hip because you get an effect. But what happens is unless you’re really subtractive or dubby with your own playing, you’ve got to be able to put your foot on the gas and take it right off again. If you don’t do that, you’re playing through some kind of trick. I figured the only way around that was the disintegration of playing the guitar as a drone instrument. That was sort of innately out of tune with itself except for the fact that you could cover that because you had a low E and a high E. So it was just a question of how you handled that as to how it would work.

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