The melody is catchy as can be, and listen to how the guitar and bagpipes fight over it. Both instruments want in on that action--they'll fight throughout the song for it--and who can blame them. Boy, do the Mekons know how to start an album (It's a shame they couldn't kick start their careers with the same ease.) This is a defiant statement of purpose. What's their purpose? Truth be told, they aren't aiming to do much more than remain a working band with a forum in which to say their piece about the state of the world. And how to do they state their purpose? With a battle cry ("ai yi yi") and threats to employ "magic, fear, and superstition" to spread their message and sow disorder. They don't mean a word of it, of course; every threat, every boast, is drenched in knowing irony. Still, there's nothing ironic about their passion; and when you sing along, when you let the fantasy of an ascendant Mekons overtake you, the state of the world seems ever-so-slightly better.