Nylon magazine gave a positive write-up to "The Chemicals", declaring that the song "flaunts Shirley Manson's signature sultry vocals in a simple, building chorus that teems with Bubble City - Chemicals* - Chemical Livin (Vinyl, ready to erupt into a burst of head-banging bass and percussion.
For Record Store Daythe vinyl "The Chemicals" single was pressed to 10" fluorescent orange vinyl  and backed with a new cut titled "On Fire". Acclaimed music video director Sophie Muller created a visual clip for "The Chemicals", by editing together footage of her family and friends shot at John Martyn - The Church With One Bell London nightclub with the audio track.
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