The influence isn't hard to recognize once you know where it's from, it was inspired by turkish belly dancing music.
I went and looked at the lyrics and they seem slightly erotic, but at the same time you realize there's something just... dark about them. I think it's the word 'creeps', it's not really a nice word.
I was curious about the meaning and came across this interview on a blog:
3D on the meaning behind Inertia Creeps – “It was just about a relationship I had been going through. It’s about being in a situation but knowing you should be out of it but you’re too fucking lazy or weak to leave. And you’re dishonest to yourself and dishonest to the other person. You’re betraying them everyday and the whole scene feels like it’s closing in on you. The idea is a combination of movements propelling yourself forward and pulling yourself back at the same time. That’s what the track’s, about—a fucked up relationship basically and there it is.” [Innerviews.org – September 1998] (Blog where I found it: http://massiveattack.ie/wiki/inertia-creeps/)
Funny, isn't it?... synchronicity I guess. I can't say I feel the way he does, but it pretty much describes my situation.
As I was doing my research and watching the above video, I got distracted by this:
Yes it's the original grumpy cat.