Kill to live, kill for kicks
Good openers open the album in a convincing way and pave way for the tone set for the album. Great openers do the same but they grab you by the balls, sell you the tone and you can’t help but love it because the salesman is so goddamn amazing and really pumps you up for the rest of the album.
Slash n Burn is one of those great openers. Every single trademark of Generation Terrorists is clear from the very first minute. Roaring guitar, grand 80’s stadium rock vibe, ridiculously over the top pretentious guffaw lyrics, unashamedly poppy hooks and tongue in cheek underneath all the supposed seriousness. And then Slash n Burn double strikes by being damn awesome in itself. From the guitar intro to the soaring chorus and the brilliant build-up break, Slash n Burn is a jubilantly great crowd pleaser that was made to soar in giant stadiums.
It’s in this writer’s opinion the best single from Generation Terrorists, alongside Motorcycle Emptiness, but easily the most underspoken because all the others have some sort of a special fan love affair. Manics have always been a band who knows how to start an album and Generation Terrorists is no exception. Sadly, despite its quality as a great opener, even a fantastic opener can’t really save the rest of the album from being a bit too flakey and thus building up a bit too much anticipation for the whole thing. But let’s not hold that against the song.
The music video is pretty forgettable live clip with the studio song playing over the top. But I suppose it gives a nice view on the band’s early life.
Herman Melville’s “Only the man who says no is free” was used as the sleeve quote.