MANIC STREET PEACHERS – Emotional Magnum Opus ‘EVERYTHING MUST GO’ Released 25 Years Ago

20 May 2021

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Active: since 1986 / 13 studio albums so far,
new one The Ultra Vivid Lament out in September.

Birthday album: EVERYTHING MUST GO – 4th LP
Released: 20 May 1996 – 25 years ago
Score: #2 in the UK

NME‘s Ted Kessler wrote: “No other group makes music that sounds so much like
one final, valedictory salute everything, and much of ‘Everything Must Go’ sweeps as
if it should accompany the closing MSP titles as our heroes ride off into the sunset.
But you leave the show feeling privileged to have experienced such a life-affirming and
tuneful bout of self-counselling, and you feel it’s done them good as well. ‘Everything Must
Go’ punches at its own heavy, emotional weight – of recent memory only Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’ can spar in the same ring – but as the right hand pounds you with desolation, the
left follows through with a tentative and gentle tickle of optimism.”
Score: 8/10.

Nicky Wire (bassist, lyricist) in an interview with The Guardian (2016): “We always
wanted to be massive. It would have been great for Richey to have been with us at those
huge gigs. That’s the real sadness. It’s great that he is on the record with some of his lyrics though – Small Black Flowers, for instance. We’d be playing to 10,000 people and there would be couples swaying along to: “Harvest your ovaries dead mothers crawl.” Is there a bleaker
line in rock history?”

James Dean Brandfield (Vocalist, guitarist) in the same interview: “Look, let’s get in
a room together as a band rather than as friends, and see what the dynamic is like without Richey. Writing a song like A Design for Life was a massive relief: it was the only way we could
be ourselves again.”

Turn Up The Volume: My all-Manics-time favorite album. An emotional magnum opus. The first LP without the sadly missed Richey Edwards. It felt and still feels like a heart and soul tribute to him. When they played the LP from start to finish in Brussels 5 years ago – to celebrate the 20th birthday – I was blown away. It was a magic and, yes, spiritual experience. Hail hail Manics!

Singles/clips: A Design For Life / Australia / Kevin Carter / Everything Must Go

– A DESIGN FOR LIFE –
(timeless masterstroke)

– AUSTRALIA –

– KEVIN CARTER –

– EVERYTHING MUST GO –

Full album…

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(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels 2016 – 20th ‘Everything Must Go’ birthday concert)

‘THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS’ – The Only No 1 UK Longplayer (So Far) For The MANICS This Day In 1998

27 September 2020

Welsh emotive rock legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS scored their one and only
No 1 UK album (so far) with the 1998 marvelous feat ‘THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS’, their fifth LP. It topped the Britannia charts starting 27 September 1998.
Twenty-two years ago.

With a little luck, they would have had several chart-topping longplayers as they had no less than five number two scores with Everything Must Go in 1996, Know Your Enemy
in 2001, Send Away The Tigers in 2007, Futurology in 2014, and their latest Resistance
Is Futile
in 2018. Pretty superb for a band that tackled social and all sort of unjust human issues with razor-sharp lyrics and a loud and clear sound. Not exactly birds and bees music for the masses.

James Dean Bradfield about TIMTTMY: “To be universal you’ve got to stain the consciousness of the people. You’ve got to dig out a truth that everybody knows, but they don’t want to hear, then tell it in a manner that’s so indignant, so beautiful, that they’ve got to accept it back into their lives again.”

Pitchfork about TIMTTMY : “They manage to infuse some quite dour lyrics with some of the most haunting melodies in rock this side of Radiohead. Bradfield and Moore seldom choose the obvious chords, arrangements and melodies, resulting in music that is heads- and- tails above almost any band on the planet.”

Singles/clips: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next /
You Stole the Sun from My Heart / Tsunami / The Everlasting

– IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT –

– YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART –

– TSUNAMI –

– THE EVERLASTING –

Full album…

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HISTORY – 15 April 1996 – MANIC STREET PREACHERS Release Their Classic…

15 April 2019

Twenty-three years ago, on 15 April 1996, Welsh legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS released A DESIGN FOR LIFE. One of those once in a lifetime classics you can listen to forever and ever. The timeless song featured on Everything Must Go, the first album without Richey Edwards  who disappeared the year before on 1st February 1995.

A Design For Life peaked at #2 on the UK singles chart and despite
the group’s countless other masterpiece songs this lifelike diamond is,
to Turn Up The Volume‘s manics hooked ears, the 24 karat gold pièce de
résistance
of their impressive and incomparable canon. Impossible to
get tired of this authentic standout beauty…

We don’t talk about love
We only want to get drunk
And we are not allowed to spend
As we are told that this is the end

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Welsh Legends’ Fifth Album ‘THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS’ Turns 20…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

12 September 2018

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS

Album: THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS
Their fifth studio LP and their first No 1 LP in the UK

Released: 14 September 1998 – 20 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: ” ‘If Everything Must Go’ found ‘Manic Street Preachers’ coping with Richey James’ sudden, unexplained disappearance, its follow-up, ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’, finds them putting the tragedy behind them and flourishing as a trio. Wisely, the group builds on the grand sound of ‘Everything Must Go’, creating a strangely effective fusion of string-drenched, sweeping arena rock and impassioned, brutally honest punk. Since the band never writes about anything less than major issues, whether it be political or personal, it’s appropriate that their music sounds as majestic and overpowering as their pretensions… it emphasizes the Manics’ uniqueness as one of the few bands of the ’90s that can deliver albums as bracing intellectually as they are sonically.” Score: 4/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: With every LP The Manics turned more and more into intensely gripping-and-melancholic-sing-along-anthem-smiths. Glowing symphonies, human stories, and epic sounds touching countless souls. I clearly remember the concert they played in Brussels on 22 October 1998 in a small club (try-out for UK tour) and hearing those top tracks (see below) off the album live for the very first time. Eternal souvenir!…

THREE TOP TRACKS: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next /
You Stole The Sun From My Heart / Tsunami

* IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT – imperishable standout…

* YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART – one of their live classics for many years…

* TSUNAMI – overwhelming ardour…

THE TRUTH in full…

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS Touch Hearts And Souls In Rainy Belgium…

MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Lokerse Feesten, Belgium – 10 August 2018

The Manics once covered B.J. Thomas‘ 1970 hit Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head (written by Burt Bacharach/Hal David). Well, yesterday at the open air Lokerse Feesten Festival in Belgium it rained fiercely all night long. After the long heat wave period, it
seemed like the rain wanted its revenge. James Dean Bradfield thanked sincerely the
wet crowd for being there. And, yes, the bad weather definitely didn’t stop thousands of us, including a legion of British fans wo crossed the channel for the Welsh legends and co-headliner Kasabian, to scream at the top of our/their lungs.

The short, but highly vibrant one-hour set was a flaming mix of the crème de la crème of their countless hits, three standouts (International Blue / People Give In / Hold Me Like Heaven) from their new flamboyant LP Resistance Is Futile and a perfectly matching cover of The Cure‘s In Between Days .

Despite being soaked to the bone you can’t but being totally energized by Manic Street Preachers’ imperishable live power, overwhelming stage energy and their anthemic tsunami of massive tunes. Our bodies went cold by the persevering rain but the Welsh romantics did again, for the umpteenth time in my case, what they do best: keeping the many fans’ hearts and souls warm and glowing and their voices lubricated.
We still love them, no doubt about that…


Nicky Wire, colorful as always


Raindrops kept falling on our heads


Passion, power and energy

SETLIST
Motorcycle Emptiness
International Blue
You Stole the Sun From My Heart
Everything Must Go
People Give In
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
In Between Days (The Cure cover)
Kevin Carter
A Design for Life
You Love Us
Hold Me Like a Heaven
Motown Junk
Tsunami
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next


Newest album RESISTANCE IS FUTILE – stream here.

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(pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Debut LP ‘GENERATION TERRORISTS’ Released 25 Years Ago Today –

Looking back in time. Memorable moments in sonic history!

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‘GENERATION TERRORISTS’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Released 10 February 1992

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Welsh legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS released their debut album, a double one, twenty-five years ago – on 10 February 1992. I fell in love with the Manics for the reasons most of us of fell in love with them at the very start: they looked bloody ‘cool’, they ranted like newborn punks and, most important of all, they sounded anthemic & really big. But in my opinion (all opinions are subjective of course) GENERATION TERRORISTS would have been a 24 Karat Gold debut album as a single not a double one with the following tracklist:

Slash ‘n’ Burn / Motorcycle Emptiness / You Love Us / Little Baby Nothing / Stay Beautiful /
So Dead / Repeat UK / Spectators Of Suicide / Crucifix Kiss and Methadone Pretty.

Anyway Generation Terrorists overall was a hellish rock ‘n roll manifesto in sound
and content and the start of a brilliant career. Here we go back in history…

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Fun to read: on the occasion of the album’s 20th birthday British music weekly NME claimed to have 20 reasons why you should love Generation Terrorists. Check them here

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Young preachers – rest in peace, Richey…

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BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Stellar Albums Turning 25 In 2021

These five stellar albums celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2021

1. Everything Must Go by MANIC STREET PREACHERS (Wales)

Released: 20 May 1996 – 4th LP
The Guardian (UK) wrote: “‘Everything Must Go’ achieved the zenith of the Welshmen’s
original ambition: to conquer the mainstream with anger, art and soul.”

Stream here…

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2. Ugly Beautiful by BABYBIRD (UK)

Released: 21 October 1996 – sixth LP
The Independent wrote: “Another South Yorkshire sexual ironist to set alongside Jarvis, Babybird’s Stephen Jones delves here into clefts and crannies most people would rather
leave unprobed.”

Stream here…

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3. ‘Odelay’ by BECK (US)

Released: 18 June 1996 – fifth LP
AllMusic wrote: “Odelay is a full-fledged, full-bodied album, released on a major label bearing an intricate, meticulous production by the Dust Brothers…Like a mosaic, all the details add up to a picture greater than its parts”

Stream here…

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4. Entroducing… by DJ SHADOW (US)

Released: 16 September 1996 – debut LP
Melody Maker wrote: “The album flips hip hop inside out all over again
like a reversible glove. You need this record. You are incomplete without it.”

Stream here…

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5. Scream, Dracula, Scream! by ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT (US)

Released: 10 October 1996 – fourth LP
NME wrote: “Play it loud enough and the neighbours will complain to the fuzz
that a bunch of Hell’s Angels are having a party… Inhale this fuel. Rocket From
The Crypt are blasting. Get burned.”

Stream here…

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels – 1st of May 2016

Playing ‘EVERYTHING MUST GO‘ in full – 20th birthday – in full

The magnificent remastered version of ‘EVERYTHING MUST GO‘ here…

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(All concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)