Sunday, 1 March 2015

Manics Top 50s - 1st March 2015

Today, a week after the first announcement, we have the first multi-chart day.  In fact our first contributor here was the first to submit a chart, like most Manics fans the chance to write about your favourite band proved too good a chance to pass up and so here we have in full the chart with intro.

After the initial charts leaned more towards the earlier albums, today we see some later selections pushing their way in, no doubt there will be much jostling for position over the coming weeks as champions for every one of the albums have their say.  Don't see your favourite here?  You know what to do!

Matthew Smith @MatthewLALH

"I've been aware of the Manics for ages, ever since hearing Design For Life on the radio for the first time. Even for a young lad, it's hard not to be affected by that song. When I started to delve a bit deeper, I was fascinated by how much there was to explore. I loved the audacity and the androgyny of You Love Us and Motown Junk, and the utter genius of Motorcycle Emptiness. I loved the way they looked, the way they casually referenced Camus and Kerouac, and how fucking great a guitarist James is. But then I discovered the Holy Bible and it really did change everything. It was exciting, full of angst and defiantly bleak. Perfect for an 18 year old. Faster was always going to be at the top of my list just because of how far my jaw dropped when I heard "I know I believe in nothing but it is my nothing." To put it simply, they're the most consistently brilliant (and, between 1991 and 1994 at least, the coolest) British band of all time. Long live the Manics."

Matthew Smith Top 50
1. Faster
2. Motown Junk
3. Australia
4. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
5. You Love Us
6. PCP
7. Motorcycle Emptiness
8. A Design For Life
9. 4st 7lb
10. Yes
11. Little Baby Nothing
12. Spectators Of Suicide
13. From Despair To Where
14. Stay Beautiful 
15. Strip It Down
16. Postcards From A Young Man
17. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
18. Enola/Alone
19. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
20. Bored Out Of My Mind
21. Journal For Plague Lovers
22. She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach
23. Die In The Summertime
24. La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh)
25. Everything Must Go
26. Walk Me To The Bridge
27. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
28. Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky
29. No Surface All Feeling
30. New Art Riot
31. The Masses Against The Classes
32. Mausoleum
33. Life Becoming A Landslide
34. Donkeys
35. Revol
36. Comfort Comes
37. Kevin Carter
38. You Stole The Sun From My Heart
39. This Is Yesterday
40. Marlon JD
41. Archives Of Pain
42. Sculpture Of Man
43. (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love
44. Removables
45. Roses In The Hospital
46. Found That Soul
47. Methadone Pretty
48. Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier
49. 1985
50. NatWest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds

By Era
Generation Terrorists 11
Gold Against the Soul 6
The Holy Bible 11
Everything Must Go 9
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 2
Know Your Enemy 1
Lifeblood 1
Send Away the Tigers 1
Journal for Plague Lovers 4
Postcards From a Young Man 2
Rewind the Film 0
Futurology 1
Others 1


Gabriel Rutherford @the_epic_llama

"When I heard about the Manics top 50 chart, I knew there was going to be a lot of indecision. I had jumped at the chance to do a top 50 and to write the piece you’re reading now, but it was decidedly tougher than I expected. I thought I had a set top 20 easily. Then, on re-listening, I thought “Hold on. That’s not quite as good as I thought” or “Oh god, that has to be higher than that”.  

As I’m sure we all know, the Manics have a pretty damn extensive back catalogue and one that requires a massive amount of browsing. Opinions are often very split on some albums or songs (we’re looking at you, Lifeblood) and almost completely unified on others.  My personal top 50 will probably incite some debate, mostly due to the inclusion of a Rewind the Film song and the lack of Generation Terrorists songs. While I do love GT, I feel it’s stronger as an album than a bunch of separated songs. Even talking over the chart with my dad raised a debate about the inclusion of Be Natural and Sorrow 16. 

Manics fans do have very strong opinions on their favourite album or song. However, what I found hardest was picking numbers 50-20. Because very, very few Manics songs are bad songs. The hard part was differentiating between the good songs that would make maybe 50-40 and the ones that would make the top 30.  

There are some songs that nearly made the top 50, but missed out by a few places. So getting honourable mentions are: 

Spectators of Suicide, Found That Soul, Imperial Bodybags, Roses in the Hospital, Drug Drug Druggy, Marlon J.D, The Love of Richard Nixon and Donkeys.

So, with that said, this is my top 50 Manic Street Preachers songs ever."

Gabriel Rutherford’s Top 50 Manics songs
1. Motorcycle Emptiness
2. A Design for Life
3. Faster
4. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
5. You Love Us
6. Archives of Pain
7. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
8. From Despair to Where
9. 4st 7lb
10. Motown Junk
11. Mausoleum
12. No Surface All Feeling
13. Revol
14. PCP
15. Sleepflower
16. Yes
17. Tsunami
18. Kevin Carter
19. Of Walking Abortion
20. Stay Beautiful
21. Europa Geht Durch Mich
22. Enola/Alone
23. Die in the Summertime
24. Australia
25. Everything Must Go
26. Autumnsong
27. She is Suffering
28. Repeat
29. Yourself
30. The Intense Humming of Evil
31. Let Robeson Sing
32. Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky
33. Ocean Spray
34. This Sullen Welsh Heart
35. Journal For Plague Lovers
36. Removables
37. Your Love Alone is Not Enough
38. Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier
39. All Is Vanity
40. Strip it Down
41. Be Natural
42. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
43. Suicide is Painless (Theme from MASH)
44. Further Away
45. Black Dog on my Shoulder
46. Nostalgic Pushead
47. My Little Empire
48. Sorrow 16
49. Slash N' Burn
50. Walk Me to the Bridge

By Era
Generation Terrorists 9
Gold Against the Soul 5
The Holy Bible 12
Everything Must Go 10
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 5
Know Your Enemy 2
Lifeblood 0
Send Away the Tigers 2
Journal for Plague Lovers 2
Postcards From a Young Man 0
Rewind the Film 1
Futurology 2
Others 0


Gracie (user of Forever Delayed forum)
1. Slash N' Burn
2. Sorrow 16
3. PCP
4. Motown Junk
5. Prologue to History
6. Stay Beautiful
7. You Love Us
8. Faster
9. Motorcycle Emptiness 
10. Been A Son
11. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
12. Peeled Apples
13. Donkeys
14. Journal For Plague Lovers
15. Futurology 
16. Australia 
17. Epicentre 
18. Roses in the Hospital
19. Of Walking Abortion 
20. ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart
21. Patrick Bateman
22. Facing Page: Top Left
23. Another Invented Disease 
24. Revol
25. From Despair To Where
26. Mausoleum 
27. Let Robeson Sing
28. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
29. A Design For Life
30. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)
31. Sleepflower
32. The Masses Against The Classes
33. This Joke Sport Severed 
34. Tsunami
35. A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
36. Divine Youth
37. Miss Europa Disco Dancer
38. No Surface All Feeling 
39. All Is Vanity
40. Antisocialmanifesto 
41. William’s Last Words
42. Further Away
43. The Girl Who Wanted to be God
44. Some Kind of Nothingness 
45. Pretension/Repulsion 
46. Sex, Power, Love and Money
47. Doors Closing Slowly 
48. The Next Jet To Leave Moscow
49. Dead Martyrs 
50. There by the Grace of God

By Era
Generation Terrorists 7
Gold Against the Soul 6
The Holy Bible 6
Everything Must Go 5
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours 2
Know Your Enemy 4
Lifeblood 0
Send Away the Tigers 1
Journal for Plague Lovers 9
Postcards From a Young Man 2
Rewind the Film 0
Futurology 5
Others 3

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