OK, I think I may have been guilty of this, so I'll do my best to explain what I find so excellent about 'Fitter Happier'.
I love the way that instead of trying to describe perfectly a certain concept, it simply provides several short, almost haiku-like vignettes which, when taken together, describe perfectly the soul-less-ness and alienation of much of modern suburban life.
I love its subtlety, too; rather that trying to bludgeon the listener with depressing imagery, the full horror of the situation is allowed to build up slowly, much as it does in real life - in many ways, I think the progression of emotions felt when understanding this piece is intended to mirror those experienced when living out the suburban life it describes.
It starts with things that many would consider laudable;
not drinking too much,
regular exercise at the gym
(3 days a week),
getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries,
(no more microwave dinners and saturated fats),
Which leads, insidiously, to the stripping of identity and a progression towards a complacent lifelessness;
favors for favors,
fond but not in love,
But even then it pulls it back, and allows you to see why you chose this life in the first place:
less chance of illness,
tires that grip in the wet
(shot of baby strapped in back seat),
a good memory,
still cries at a good film,
still kisses with saliva,
Before delivering the final, crushing emotional blow
no longer empty and frantic like a cat tied to a stick,
that's driven into frozen winter shit
(the ability to laugh at weakness),
healthier and more productive
a pig in a cage on antibiotics.
I just love the nuance and finesse with which the message is portrayed - many lesser lyricists would, I am sure, just go for an apocalyptic overkill rush of sad imagery were they to try and convey the same effect.
And once the meaning hits, it is simply the most powerful and devastating idea I can think of. It still moves me to tears, even years after first hearing it.