As ever, the manic-depressive Holy Joy
sing tales of love, drink, and loss. Unlike the claustrophobic feel of the previous albums, Positively Spooked
is far more optimistic, something the band attributed to touring the former Soviet republics. Written in the so-called second Summer of Love, songs such as "Real Beauty Passed Through" and "Evening World Holiday Show," whilst not exactly rave music, reflect the upbeat dance culture of the time. The "up" mood of the album is best reflected by "Freda Cunningham," where the happy-go-lucky heroine is revealed to be the same tragic single mother in the single Rosemary Smith
. According to the NME, Positively Spooked
contains the greatest Band of Holy Joy
song, "Bitten Lips" -- a song dedicated to Kay Kent, the deceased Marilyn Monroe lookalike. Although the distorted fairground element is still prevalent, a definite dance element is apparent, or as the song says, "Look Who's Changed with the Times."