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  • greatest_fish30 29 Sep 2007 01:37:12 445 posts
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    I know there was a thread about Manic Street Preachers but it appears to of been deleted. I am a relatively new fan of their music and I am looking to buy another one of their albums. I own The Holy Bible and think its amazing and I also own Lifeblood which is a bit meh. I am leaning towards buying their new album because it's two singles are so darn catchy. Before I do that though, I thought I might I might ask the people of Eurogamer for their expert opinion. ;)

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • Khanivor 29 Sep 2007 18:33:54 40,559 posts
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    Buy Generation Terrorists. Best album they have ever made by far. Shame it was their first.
  • Merlinho 29 Sep 2007 18:46:32 5,909 posts
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    FFS. The best album the Manics have ever made is The Holy Bible. Don't let anyone else say otherwise.

    Edit: Everything Must Go is a very different but still classic album. If you're looking for something the same as the Holy Bible, it'll be very hard to find.

    I'd suggest picking up Everything Must Go for starters, Generation Terrorists has some great tracks but I wouldn't call it a great album, there's a little bit too much crap, but then it is 18 tracks long.

    Of course, there is a best of also available, and a B sides album (Lipstick Traces).

    Oh, the new album is a lot better than Lifeblood also.
  • ecureuil 19 Dec 2007 10:52:37 76,736 posts
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    Official - Manics are 'Godlike geniuses'

    :)
  • StringBeanJean 19 Dec 2007 11:04:03 1,777 posts
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    I've been a manics fan for a long time now and I can tell you that all their albums are worth getting and they're all well cheap in the shops.

    I dunno how old you are but the Manics are the best band ever if you're a teenager as they actually make you an intellectual. Fact! At the age of fifteen I knew all about politics, philosophy and poetry just through their songs and their sleevenotes.

    The best album is The Holy Bible by far though.
  • ecureuil 19 Dec 2007 11:07:36 76,736 posts
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    StringBeanJean wrote:
    I dunno how old you are but the Manics are the best band ever if you're a teenager as they actually make you an intellectual. Fact! At the age of fifteen I knew all about politics, philosophy and poetry just through their songs and their sleevenotes.

    Same here. I answered an A-level exam by using quotes from Manics songs, I thought I was a fucking genius. Utterly bombed that one.
  • afray 19 Dec 2007 11:08:33 2,251 posts
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    Manics rule. Saw them in the CIA about two weeks ago, and they were awesome live too - even better than Arcade Fire. They genuinely seemed to enjoy being up there and were having a great time.

    My personal favourite is Everything Must Go but only by a whisker.
  • Tiger_Walts 19 Dec 2007 11:13:59 16,587 posts
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    I'm surprised at the number of people who don't like Gold Against the Soul. It's a solid, complete work with some great tracks. Come to think of it, no-one ever substantiates their dislike of it. Understandably it doesn't shine too much next to the powerful and scary Holy Bible and the raw Generation Terrorists.

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  • FabricatedLunatic 19 Dec 2007 11:17:14 13,002 posts
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    I didn't get into the Manics until the "This Is My Truth" era, by which time they were a bit crap (relatively speaking :p).

    Simon Price's "Everything" book certainly was an enlightening read. As with Morrissey I'm more interested in the band's ethos than their music - although The Holy Bible is one of my favourite albums evah.
  • FabricatedLunatic 19 Dec 2007 11:36:48 13,002 posts
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    Tiger_Walts wrote:
    I'm surprised at the number of people who don't like Gold Against the Soul. It's a solid, complete work with some great tracks. Come to think of it, no-one ever substantiates their dislike of it.
    Even the band themselves don't like it :D

    It's over-produced (they spent a fortune on the recording), directionless, and has too many weak songs and dodgy lyrics. Life Becoming A Landslide is still one of their best tracks, though.
  • ecureuil 25 Feb 2008 19:46:23 76,736 posts
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    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Virgin Radio now.... they are doing 'under my umbrella' awesome!

    Oh! Gotta hear that.
  • convercide 27 Feb 2008 20:10:33 5,994 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Virgin Radio now.... they are doing 'under my umbrella' awesome!

    Oh! Gotta hear that.

    Here you go.

    If you can read this, you don't need glasses.

  • Merlinho 27 Feb 2008 20:30:22 5,909 posts
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    NatAttack wrote:
    Merlinho wrote:
    FFS. The best album the Manics have ever made is The Holy Bible. Don't let anyone else say otherwise.

    Let me say otherwise.

    I hate it. It is awful.

    Lifeblood is my fave so far. You wanna make something of it, eh? EH?

    Yes, if Lifeblood is your favourite, I'll happily take you on, you pansy :p
  • Beardedmonkey 3 Mar 2008 15:17:04 83 posts
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    FabricatedLunatic wrote:
    Tiger_Walts wrote:
    I'm surprised at the number of people who don't like Gold Against the Soul. It's a solid, complete work with some great tracks. Come to think of it, no-one ever substantiates their dislike of it.
    Even the band themselves don't like it :D

    It's over-produced (they spent a fortune on the recording), directionless, and has too many weak songs and dodgy lyrics. Life Becoming A Landslide is still one of their best tracks, though.

    I agree. As an album it doesn't really work, but it has some of really good individual tracks on it.

    'La Tristesse Durera', 'Life Becoming A Landslide', 'From Despair To Where' and 'Sleepflower' are all ace tracks!
  • ecureuil 3 Mar 2008 17:28:29 76,736 posts
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    convercide wrote:
    ecureuil wrote:
    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Virgin Radio now.... they are doing 'under my umbrella' awesome!

    Oh! Gotta hear that.

    Here you go.

    Brilliant! Has it been released on the NME CD yet?
  • Messiac 3 Mar 2008 17:38:13 3,465 posts
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    Yep in last weeks NME.
  • JayeM 9 Mar 2008 17:45:27 3,386 posts
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    Original is much better.
  • JayeM 9 Mar 2008 17:48:07 3,386 posts
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    I think a lot of people just dismiss the original because it's a genre they don't like. As soon as someone covers it in a different style they think it's brilliant.
  • JayeM 9 Mar 2008 17:53:08 3,386 posts
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    Yeah, I agree, really good cover. Just commenting on some of the YouTube comments.

    This must be one of the most covered songs, Mandy Moore's version is nice too.
  • Merlinho 18 Aug 2008 08:03:17 5,909 posts
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    Off to see the Manics at Newport Centre on Thursday, apparently they're premiering some of their new material, should be good, CIA last year was most excellent.

    That is all, really I'm just competing with the "I'm going to see Sigur Ros" thread :p
  • Deaddesire 1 Dec 2008 10:06:55 1 posts
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    Hi everyone!

    I agree with Beardedmonkey about GATS: It really does have some fabulous tracks on it. I think Sleepflower is one of the best, unsung rock anthems ever written.
    However, The Holy Bible wins hands down over all of their albums. It's perfect. Thats it.

    If you are interested, inspired by the officialising of Richey's death, I've written an article about being a Manics fan on my blog, HERE. If you'd take a look I would be most grateful :)

    Do ajy of you know when the Manics will be touring Europe next?

    Stay Beautiful xxx
  • Lateralaus 1 Dec 2008 10:48:29 1,091 posts
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    The holy bible is an awesome album!
  • ecureuil 1 Dec 2008 11:31:15 76,736 posts
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    Deaddesire wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    I agree with Beardedmonkey about GATS: It really does have some fabulous tracks on it. I think Sleepflower is one of the best, unsung rock anthems ever written.
    However, The Holy Bible wins hands down over all of their albums. It's perfect. Thats it.

    If you are interested, inspired by the officialising of Richey's death, I've written an article about being a Manics fan on my blog, HERE. If you'd take a look I would be most grateful :)

    Do ajy of you know when the Manics will be touring Europe next?

    Stay Beautiful xxx

    Good article, thanks. Manics will tour with their/Richey's new album 'Journal For Plague Lovers' comes out around April next year.
  • ecureuil 29 Mar 2009 16:00:55 76,736 posts
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    New song - Peeled Apples

    No singles from this album, it's the first track. Fucking brilliant stuff, loving that heavy riff. Can't wait for this album.

    Oh, tour tickets went on sale on Friday, I ordered mine already and they've probably sold out.
  • Merlinho 29 Mar 2009 16:26:24 5,909 posts
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    Balls, I didn't know! Hope they haven't sold out

    /goes off to have a look

    Edit: huh, no Cardiff date announced. I expect there will be one in due course. Playing Llandudno? Mental.
  • ecureuil 29 Mar 2009 16:28:06 76,736 posts
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    It might just be a warmup tour, they're not playing that many dates and most of the venues are quite small. Also don't think they were playing much in the North.
  • Merlinho 29 Mar 2009 16:32:10 5,909 posts
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    I guess they will do a tour of the new album later in the year, in the Autumn probably. I can't wait for it myself. Can't listen to the new song now but I will have a listen later.
  • ecureuil 29 Mar 2009 16:36:35 76,736 posts
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    It's only a radio rip, and Zane Lowe talks over the end of it, but you get the idea.
  • Merlinho 29 Mar 2009 19:14:54 5,909 posts
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    Yeah...slight hint of this in it!
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