MANIC STREET PREACHERS – First UK No 1 Hit 24 Years Ago Today With ‘IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT’

Top singles from the past

5 September 2022

Twenty-four years ago today, on 5 September 1998 – Welsh legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS nailed their first numero uno hit single in the UK with one of their most emotive masterstrokes. IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT (more than 60 million streams on Spotify) is a titanic anthem that takes your breath away every single second of its almost 5 magnificent minutes.

The song’s title came from a Republican propaganda poster during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), showing a captivating photograph of a young child killed by the Nationalists under a sky filled with bomber planes, with the warning “If you tolerate this, your children will be next” written below.

Sing it, Manics.

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Waking Up With… STUDIES IN PARALYSIS (What?)

Works faster than caffeine

29 August 2022

Last year Welsh champions MANIC STREET PREACHERS celebrated
the 20th birthday of their 6th album KNOW YOUR ENEMY.

In two weeks – on 9 September – a remastered and extended deluxe edition
of the longplayer will make their masses against the classes fans, like me (I lost
track of the number of times I saw them play live), happy.

Two separate albums as originally planned, Solidarity and Door To The River
packaged as a 3 CD bookset, double CD, and double album.

Pre-order info here.

To get us in the manic mood you can listen to a previously unreleased song
from the Know Your Enemy sessions. STUDIES IN PARALYSIS is a heavy and
riff-motorized, sinewy rocker. Just what I needed to get awake.

Manics 4ever!

Stream the original LP version here

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS Love MADONNA

Welsh icons MANIC STREET PREACHERS covered several songs/artists in the
past (The Cure, Guns ‘n Roses, Small faces, Echo and The Bunnymen, and more).

Last March they played another of their fav songs – Madonna‘s 1984 hit Borderline
live for the 1st time. They love it so much that they went soon after to the studio to
record it.

Have a listen…

The Madonona original

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The Manics added the recorded version of the cover to their Covers playlist on Spotify.

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Loud And Clear Debut LP ‘GENERATION TERRORISTS’ Released 30 Years Ago Today

Back in time

10 February 2022

Welsh legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS released their debut album, a double one,
30 years ago today, on 10 February 1992. I fell in love with the Manics for the reasons countless fans fell in love with them at the very start. They looked utterly cool, like newborn punks and, most of all, of course, they sounded rip-riff-roaring, anthemic
and loud and clear.

Generation Terrorists overall was a hellish rock ‘n roll
tour de force and the start of a brilliant career.

NME said: “Angry as it was bright, the Manics blowtorched
their manifesto in pulverising punk guitar squeals.”

R.I.P. Richey Edwards

Key singles: Motorcycle Emptiness / Stay Beautiful / You Love Us

– MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS –

– STAY BEAUTIFUL –

– YOU LOVE US –

Full album on Spotify…

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5 Classic Crackers Turning 30

Top singles from the past

30 candles for 5 classic crackers in 2022

Artist: PJ HARVEY
Single: SHEELA-NA- GIG
Score: #69 in the UK,
#9 alt Billboard charts (US)
Album: Dry – debut LP

Sheela-na-gig, Sheela-na-gig
You exhibitionist

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Band: RADIOHEAD
Single: CREEP – debut single
Score: #7 in the UK,
#2 alt Billboard Charts
Album: Pablo Honey

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

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Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Single: MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS
Score: #17 in the UK
Album: Generation Terrorists – their debut

Under neon loneliness
Motorcycle emptiness

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Band: R.E.M.
Single: DRIVE
Score: #1 alt Billboard Charts (US),
#11 in the UK
Album: Automatic For The People

What if I ride, what if you walk?
What if you rock around the clock?
Tick-tock, tick-tock

R.E.M.: Facebook

 

Band: SUEDE
Single: METAL MICKEY – 2nd single
Score: #17 in the UK,
#7 alt Billboard Charts (US)
Album: Self-titled debut LP

She sells heart, she sells meat
Oh dad, she’s driving me mad, come see