Chris: Let’s talk Praying Hands in 3. 2. 1. Now!
Jon: Stuttery opening phrase.
Chris: Distinct riff right up top.
Jon: Yeah. Almost an inverted Satisfaction riff.
Chris: Yeah. Squawking synth. Thumping drums. This chorus.
Jon: Gunshot snares. This little interlude reminds me of Social Fools.
Jon: OK RELAX! etc.
Chris: Ha yeah.
Jon: One of their more didactic songs.
Chris: Yeah. It’s really poppy. The chorus is such a frenzy. It feels cyclical.
Jon: I dunno if I’d even call it a chorus. It’s more like a weird ejaculation.
Chris: Haha yeah.
Jon: Punctuation almost.
Chris: Get spiritual minded.
Jon: It took me a while to notice how insanely good the drums are on most songs. And this song also sets up Space Junk perfectly.
Jon: Very very food flow on this record. Good feng shui.
Chris: Oh yeah the sequence is so good. The links, if you can call it that. Ends again on a clean note.
Jon: All the songs end on the same kinda vibe as the “THIS IS THE END” from the Be Stiff EP. OK BYE.
Chris: Yeah exactly. When listening to the record as a whole you really don’t notice it. It just flows so well.
Jon: Yeah it’s like a suite almost.
Chris: It’s like lighting in a movie, you only notice it when it’s bad.
Jon: Oh well put.
Chris: The litany of rules in this song too always stuck out to me. In that ultra fast pace. I could never put my finger on it but it felt like I was getting a certain cynical look at these social structures without totally being free of them.
Jon: Yeah. Like, what else are we hearing in the “brush your teeth or they’ll fall away” tone. In the world.
Chris: Lol right, exactly. I have an admission to make.
Chris: I never read the lyrics to this song, and always heard that line as “brush your teeth in the formal way”
Jon: Hahaha. That’s pretty great. I can see a Devo song about dental etiquette honestly.
Chris: Haha yeah, I’d listen to that. I think the song still works as fascist hygiene routine.