The clash will be as chaotic as you want it
One of my biggest pet peeves regarding singles is the inclusion of original tracks not available on the other issues on the vinyl issue of the single. It’s not that huge of a problem anymore as digital music stores have increased and thus it’s fairly easy to get the songs digitally, but if that option isn’t available there’s a pretty large chance you won’t hear the song. Unless of course you own a turntable which I never will due to the extremely limited use they’d have in my hold.
Fear of Motion is a treasure buried under the vinyl sands. Let Robeson Sing was never that popular of a single anyway so it can be said that Fear is one of the hidden treasures of the Manics discography. I thank my lucky stars someone had managed to rip it and upload it all those years ago when I frantically searched for it.
Fear of Motion is a gem. It’s one of the best b-sides the band has done. It’s wonderful: the frantic yet oddly tranquil pace, James’ near-emotionless vocal delivery and the fast pace all the words in the song are sung before leaving the rest of the track for the ripping guitar solo, the chiming, echoing keyboard textures everpresent on the track, the cryptic lyrics. Its only bad point is that it’s over so quickly.
The other reason why I’m not overly keen on restricting original tracks as vinyl b-sides is that gems like these have a higher chance to continue being hidden instead of being easily heard by all the fans, like it deserves to be.
Fear of Motion is a b-side essential.