Archive for the ‘1994-1995’ Category

Betray my other self

The worst part in The Holy Bible era is its miserable b-sides history. Each single got a single b-side and two of those were pretty much James solo tracks because the rest of the band was lazy/fucked over their heads.

Out of all the Manics acoustic tracks I find the The Holy Bible ones the most uninspired. Sure, Love Torn Us Under has a peculiarly sinister atmosphere to it which is nice and all and fits with the general theme of its parent album but it’s not a particularly interesting track is it? The lyrics are poor – a bunch of “pity me” artsy wartsy angsty wangstiness – and the music doesn’t really have anything to grab onto. The guitar solo at the end sounds completely out of place and downright wonky.

Not a fan.


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Sculpture of Man

World War Three, a Sega dreamland

This is pretty much comedy, this. The THB-era didn’t give us much in the way of b-sides and the quality of most of them isn’t particularly memorable but it did give us Sculpture of Man. Which is certainly… something.

Sculpture’s so overdone in its vitriol and rage that it’s sheer and pure comedy. It’s the band’s shortest actual song but contains a fuckton of almost stream-of-consciousness lyrics that attack against everything and anything, all spat out in completely indistinguishable piles of words while the band frantically whack whatever they can out of their instruments. The somewhat calm starts lulls the listener into safety before the whole thing just explodes, until it hilariously turns into the slow jangle again. Oh, and let’s not forget the sing-along chorus. Yeaaaahh.

Sculpture of Man is a straight-up all-out punk song. It’s so overdone furious that it’s pure hilarity. And then it has the dubious additional hilarity of being under two minutes long and being the only worthwhile b-side from its respective era.

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Too Cold Here

Sometimes the mind is the smallest prison of all

Out of the two THB-era acoustic b-sides, this one’s the better. It’s still not much, mind you.

The problem with Too Cold Here is that it’s got one moment that’s absolutely brilliant and the rest of the song fails to live up to that moment. The verses are dull, the chorus is nice, but it’s the bridge in-between that’s fantastic as the song manages to rise from the gloomy angsting to a fragile elegy. It even affects the lyrics: the bridges have some really fantastic lines in them, the rest of the song is just ridiculously angstywangsty with really awkward lines.

More of a curiosity than a necessity, but those bridges really are brilliant.

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