Bernard Manning’s stock is lower now than it’s ever been, but that doesn’t stop Clinic - arguably Liverpool’s most cherished export of the past 20 years - from summoning up his turbulent spirit to invoke the nightclub scene of Great Britain in the 1970’s on new track ‘Rubber Bullets’.

The first single from new album Wheeltappers and Shunters (coming out May 10th) channels their fellow Northerners Pulp in its exploration of the seedy side (is there any other?) of a decade soaked to its skin-tight, big-collared beige polo shirt in racial and class disharmony. Clinic claim to be neither "celebrating nor denegrating" that culture. That doesn’t stop them revelling in its grime.

"It’s a satirical take on British culture – high and low,” says Ade Blackburn. “It fascinates me that people look back on the 1970s as the glory days. It’s emerged that there was a darker, more perverse side to that time. When you look back on it now it was quite clearly there in the mainstream culture.”

The keyboards sound like The Fall, the guitars recall a hundred post-punk grots, and it bumps along to a Casio beat like Lily Savage in her pomp. It’s calculated to puncture any baby boomer’s unrepentant nostalgia for that most divisive of decades. And it’s wonderful.

Clinic's new album Wheeltappers and Shunters is out on May 10th through Domino - pre-order. They'll be playing this year's BBC 6 Music Festival in Liverpool.