In ine of spoken passages on Sunbather, we can hear the voice of a nervous, broke Kerry McCoy, the band's guitarist and songwriter, doing a drug deal (he had been using opiates at the time). Clarke encouraged McCoy, also his best friend of over a decade, to sample the meeting; "It's raw and soul-bearing," Clarke said, "The evils of hell mixed with one's own personal hell [of] addiction and self-worth."