We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful

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It may be a mouthful, but as delivered it becomes a wonderfully funny, intentionally bitchy sentiment for this EP's lead track. The first released fruit of his efforts with Mick Ronson as producer, which eventually led to the Your Arsenal album, "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" was rumored to be about past Smiths pals/huge U.K. stars James. No matter the target, though, the song, with music from guitarist Whyte, is an amiable enough chug, with Ronson's production bringing out the guitars in full. The remainder of the EP consists of tracks taken from a 1991 U.K. live date. "Suedehead" sounds a bit hollow in comparison to the studio take, not to mention the later live version on Beethoven Was Deaf. "I've Changed My Plea to Guilty," an interesting choice for a live song, gets an acoustic/electric guitar full-band take in place of the piano on the studio cut while retaining the take-a-bow-in-the-spotlight qualities of the original. A slightly murky take on another unexpected number to appear live, Viva Hate's "Alsatian Cousin," finishes out the disc.

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