tommyjarvis -> You Love Us: The Top 25 Manic Street Preachers Songs - #6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! (9/10/2011 10:16:39 PM)
"We live in urban hell, we destroy rock and roll!"
I'm no hipster, so now that the trend for making band-related lists has gone mainstream, I'm only now getting into it. So, following the threads dedicated to The Smiths/Morrissey, Pulp, Radiohead and Scott Walker, here are the top 25 songs by the band who, with apologies to die-hard fans of Stereophonics, Catatonia, Super Furry Animals and Lostprophets, are clearly Wales's finest contribution to music.
Not many mainstream rock bands over the last two decades have displayed quite the range of the Manics. From the glam-punk of the early days to their current status as dignified elder statesman, via uber-dark nihilism and stadium-sweeping epics, they are a band who have never stagnated and have always been willing to take risks and court controversy. Whether it be through DIY tattooing, releasing a chart-topping single without an accompanying video, donning balaclavas on Top of the Pops or releasing two singles on the same day, James, Nicky, Sean and Richey (RIP) have always done things their own way. And now, with the band about to release a new compilation encompassing two all of their singles before taking an extended break, the time is ideal to take a look at the highest point of two decades on the UK rock scene.
As always, I welcome comments, abuse and trolling. Enjoy.
(Disclaimer: I haven't heard Know Your Enemy, Lifeblood or Postcards From A Young Man in full, apart from the singles; nor am I very familiar with Lipstick Traces or their B-sides. So the list is likely to be less full of obscurities. However, that still leaves plenty to be dealing with.)
List so far:
24. Door To The River
22. She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach
21. Motorcycle Emptiness
20. The Everlasting
19. Stay Beautiful
18. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
16. Judge Yr'self
13. Suicide Is Painless (Theme From M*A*S*H)
12. The Masses Against The Classes.
11. Condemned To Rock 'n' Roll
10. Life Becoming A Landslide
8. Peeled Apples
7. You Love Us
6. A Design For Life
5. 4st 7lb
4. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
1. Miss Europa Disco Dancer