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feel every beat
(sumner, marr)

have you ever been a victim in a violent fight?
when you know it’s not true and you know it’s not right
got not one ounce of inch control
you got lust for blood running in your soul

you know if every person upon this earth
became the image of the mother in a violent birth
we could sow the seed to stop this sand
and heal this brutal, beat-up land

if there’s a place to be, why don’t you come with me
listen to your father, listen to your brother
take every chance that comes, maybe you’ll find someone
we don’t need to argue, we just need each other

there’s a mirror on the table if you feel you could use it
don’t be ashamed, go ahead, just do it
contend your cranium, let it explode
put your faith in the mother lode

now if all this seems to be eccentric
be aware, be sure i meant it
the tunnel of love has got no end
i’m well received but i don’t send

if there’s a place to be, why don’t you come with me
listen to your father, listen to your brother
take every chance that comes, maybe you’ll find someone
we don’t need to argue, we just need each other

versions
7" remix (3:56)
12" remix (6:48)
2013 edit (5:39)
album edit (4:22)
album version (5:06)
dna mix (5:39)
downstairs dub (3:28)
downstairs mix (6:08)
dub mix (6:02)
tactile mix (5:54)
withdrawn version

releases
electronic
feel every beat
electronic/disappointed
electronic (remastered)
second nature
get the message: the best of
electronic (special edition)

comment
sumner and marr achieved the impossible by following some distant memory with this, an ecstatic end to their debut album. like idiot country its laconic rap challenged the corruption of rave culture in britain, but called for empathy from both sides where the previous song had expressed defiance. bernard sumner: “in simple terms, the government and the police stopped parties and started a war. the rave scene’s gone from something really good and really positive to something really seedy and very, very dangerous.”

johnny provides the distinctive falsetto in the second and fourth lines of the chorus (featured more prominently in the dave shaw and dna remixes), and layers the track with some brazen, staccato guitar riffs that break up the song as well as complement the keyboards and live drums from david palmer. the expressive, freeform words contrast the concept of violence as a male dilemma with the line ‘listen to your father, listen to your brother’, and include an ambiguous reference to drug use with ‘there’s a mirror on the table if you feel you could use it’.

a vibrant mix of rock and house, it was a brave choice of second single from the first lp. although the 7" remix lacked some of the punch of the album version and it stalled at number 39, it now stands as one of their very best songs, still as bright and fresh today as it was in 1991. bernard even nominated it as a personal highlight in the august 2001 edition of q: “i really like the beat and the raw feel. electronic never wrote anything like it again.”

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