Oh, this one’s fuuuuuuuuun.
Let It Go started off as a spectacularly cheesy 70s keyboard thing that David concocted, and we’ve tried to keep its fundamental cheesiness throughout the song. That explains the brass section stabs in the chorus. Musically we’ve kept it really simple – one bass, one lazy guitar, some drum loops and a few vocals – and vocally I’m trying to be Michael Stipe, which seemed appropriate for a song urging everyone to get naked and do rude things to one another. The backing vocals are inspired by Aerosmith’s Love In An Elevator.
The lyric on the same kind of lines as our song Youth Is Wasted On The Young, me pointing out that life is far too precious and short to spend any of it worrying about what other people think.
I wrote this in the middle of Scotland’s gay marriage panic. For a while you couldn’t open a newspaper, turn on a TV or listen to the radio without hearing all kinds of pinch-faced puritans preaching a gospel of No Fun For Anyone Ever, based on some middle ages nonsense wrongly credited to a beardy man who lives in the sky. But it wasn’t just the usual suspects that annoyed me, it was the phone-in callers and the newspaper website commenters too, all these miserable people demanding a say in something that’s none of their damn business. They’re the “insufferable fools in their pubs and their pews” of the lyric.