Your ego will destroy itself
Even if the Tolerate single isn’t one of the best singles ever released, it’s certainly the very greatest Manics single. Not only was it fronted by the unbelievably gorgeous song – their best – but it was backed by two absolutely stellar b-sides that would be hit single material in their own rights and that any other band would die for to have on their albums.
Montana/Autumn/78 is simply irresistable. Fuzzed up keyboards constantly spazzing out in the background, Sean’s madman drumming, James roaring a fantastic set of lyrics (about the Unabomber, I believe? Or at least using him as a reference point to something), a stellar chorus with the wonder of making spat-out overcramped syllables sound fantastic and which features some downright brilliant backing vocal action. The ending is sheer perfection too as the song just swirls into a final climax after the final chorus, background vocals and guitar licks gorgeously shining through the airspace.
Such a huge shame that it ended up being a b-side AND left out of Lipstick Traces (why? WHY!?) because this would be one fucking amazing live track.