Donkeys

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great

A true cult favourite for most hardened fans, this one has been adopted by fans as their own anthem and dedication, hardly surprising with lines like ‘put some lipstick on, at least your lies will be pretty’ speaking a thousand truths for us outcasts and misfits who find affinity with the band. Musically it’s okay, standing out mainly for a fantastic solo and of course Bradfield’s high pitched final screech. I do like how the solo sounds so skyscraping, only for it to be restrained and drawn back as the song comes to a softer, stuttering finish.

This B-Side to Roses In The Hospital is one of the most highly regarded by fans and the band alike and would later appear on Lipstick Traces – I like it okay and go between giving it a 2 or 3 score, but the solo tends to keep it in the higher group.

Donkeys: 3/Good

Misheard Lyrics: 1. Donkeys don’t have lots of tears. Actual Lyrics: Donkeys don’t allow their tears.

Misheard Lyrics: 2. And emotion never fear. Actual Lyrics: No emotion never feel.

Misheard Lyrics: 3. Donkeys wake up in a sty. Actual Lyrics: Donkeys weight cracking a spine.

Misheard Lyrics: 4. Lost with solace inside/loves the silence inside. Actual Lyrics: Those with silence inside.

Misheard Lyrics: 5. Donkeys are only left with dice/lice. Actual Lyrics: Donkeys are only left with lies .

Love Letter To The Future

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great

This is an interesting one, a B-Side from Your Love Alone Is Not Enough which seems like a straightforwards rocker, but has plenty of substance and an interesting and unusual structure, at least from this band’s perspective. It opens innocently enough with chugging chords fading into a big riff, which then gives way to thick, unsteady massive chords and superb Bradfield verse vocals. The chorus returns to the big riff with powerful enough melodies and lyrics sung over the top. We get Bradfield putting on his guitar God hat again for a brief solo before returning for another fun and furious chorus – it’s overall a fun song with a few decent ideas in its structure which raise it above being just another heavy B-side.

Love Letter To The Future: 3/Good

Misheard Lyrics: 1. Measuring our lives in coffee stains

Actual Lyrics: 1. Measuring out lives in coffee spoons

Send Away The Tigers

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great

If any fans were put off by the experimental, electronic sounds of Lifeblood, then the opening track of Send Away The Tigers should see those fans sighing in relief. They play a little trick with a false organ start, but the opening guitar attack sets the tone for the album – a more streamlined, old fashioned rock sound with guitars, drums, bass, and vocals all unhindered by studio jiggerypokery. It’s a terrific opening riff, and the melodies and musical strength shines through the three and a half minutes, not allowing any spare seconds for additional nonsense – the point is made, and we can leave it at that. Lyrically, Wire seems to be on better form, and although the old themes of regret and nostalgia are prevalent there is a freshness to proceedings after the sleepy nature of the last album which makes you sit up and listen – and that chorus is bound to stay in your head for hours.

Send Away The Tigers: 3/Good (Patrick Jones video)

Misheard Lyrics:

  1. There’s no hope in the counties
  2. Faces on whores
  3. Same noise death and destroy
  4. Look at me I’m modest and free

Actual Lyrics:

  1. There’s no hope in the colonies
  2. Fixing some holes
  3. Same noise left to destroy
  4. Look at me I’m honest and free

Everyone Knows/Nobody Cares

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great

Another B-Side from that point in time when Nicky was having extreme difficulty putting together more than a couple of lines for any song. Luckily the music is sweet enough that we can use the excuse of being elegiac to cover up the absence of inspiration. The watery, waif like beats are out of place, the bass is funky, the servant keys and sounds aptly encourage the cold tone, the voices and static electronic beat accentuated the unfeeling nature of the world which the song is talking about, but it’s the melodies which raise the song above being a dirge.

Everyone Knows/Nobody Cares: 3/Good

Manic Mondays 7th January 2019 (30 Day Song Challenge edition)!

Greetings, Glancers! For today’s Manic Monday’s post, I’m going to do something a little different. This morning I was moving stuff between two laptops and I stumbled upon a document last saved in 2012. Having absolutely no memory of it, I opened it and was presented with the 30 Day Manic Street Preachers song challenge below – all questions already answered by me at the time. So, instead of pasting some lyrics in like I usually do, I’m going to paste the entire challenge. For any Manics fans out there, feel free to run your own challenge or add your own answers to each question in the comments. As with these sorts of things, my answer to any question could change on a daily basis, (I’ve no idea why I gave some of the answers I did, but I wasn’t allowed to repeat a song) but as a useless record of one point in time six years ago – here you are:

  1. The First Manics Song You heard: Motorcycle Emptiness
  2. The song that made you first start listening: A Design For Life
  3. Favourite song from GT: Condemned To Rock n Roll
  4. Favourite song from Gold: Life Becoming A Landslide
  5. Favourite song from the Holy Bible: PCP
  6. Favourite song from Everything: Small Black Flowers
  7. Favourite song from Truth: Ready For Drowning
  8. Favourite song from Enemy: Ocean Spray
  9. Favourite song from Lifeblood: Glasnost
  10. Favourite song from Send: Your Love Alone
  11. Favourite song from Journal: Virginia State Epileptic Colony
  12. Favourite song from Postcards: All We Make Is Entertainment
  13. Favourite song from Lipsticks: Democracy Coma
  14. Favourite Cover: Suicide Is Painless
  15. A song you know all the words to: Yes
  16. A song with your favourite guitar solo: Archives Of Pain
  17. A song that makes you sad: Love Torn Us Under/Too Cold Here
  18. A song that makes you happy: I Think I Found It
  19. A song with your favourite lyrics: Hibernation
  20. A song you didn’t like at first but now love: Born A Girl
  21. A song from the era with the best artwork: 4st 7lbs
  22. Favourite video: Little Baby Nothing
  23. Favourite non album single: Motown Junk
  24. Favourite B-Side: Prologue To History
  25. Favourite song from an EP: Are Mothers Saints?
  26. Favourite James or Nicky solo: Don’t Look Back
  27. A song you don’t like: Repeat US
  28. A song from your least favourite album: Epicentre
  29. A song from your favourite album: This Is Yesterday
  30. Favourite song performed live: Stay Beautiful

Enjoy!