Manic Street Preachers – Design For Life – David Wrench Remix
Almost hard to recall that NME proclaimed the Manic Street Preachers the future when they started. They were going to blaze brightly but briefly and then disband. That was fine by me, as buying the New Art Riot EP left me recalling Mr Lydon’s “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” But they kept going and produced Everything Must Go in 1996. It was the nearest they came to tolerable in this house, with their big anthemic rock singalongs. More interestingly was their use of remixers for the singles – Everything Must Go, A Design for Life, Kevin Carter and Australia.
20 years on there’s the inevitable tour and reissue. And here’s a new remix from David Wrench. It’s kept the anthemic quality and added extra synths. But I still prefer the Apollo 440 instrumental orchestral remix as it loses the foghorn vocals. It’s good that this version made it onto the release. Buy here.
Blurb: Following the announcement at the end of 2015 for seven shows celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the MANIC STREET PREACHERS fourth album ‘Everything Must Go’, the band have now confirmed there will be a very special reissue box set of the album which will feature vinyl, CD’s, DVD’s and a book. The band’s 21 song performance at the Nynex Arena in Manchester to over 20,000 people on 24th May 1997 has been fully restored will be available in full for the first time both on CD and DVD and long-time collaborator BAFTA Award-winning director Kieran Evans (Kelly & Victor) has shot a new film to accompany the album. There will also be a double CD and both formats will be released on 20th May 2016, exactly 20 years to the date of the original album. 2016 also sees the band celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their formation in Blackwood, South Wales.
The live shows will see them play the album in full for the very first time and then after an interval, returning to play some of their greatest hits, new songs and some seldom heard nuggets from their twelve album history. Editors will join the band as special guests for the tour, excluding Swansea where Super Furry Animals and Public Service Broadcasting will support. Prior to the UK shows they play dates in Europe and headline the Victorious and Truck Festivals later in the summer.
Originally released in spring 1996, ‘Everything Must Go’ was the band’s first massive commercial success. The record was certified triple platinum in the UK and went on to sell over a million copies and bag multiple Brit awards. It features four top ten singles (‘A Design for Life’, ‘Everything Must Go’, ‘Kevin Carter’ and ‘Australia’). Touring the record, the band played an early show in the tiny basement bar of the Haçienda to headlining to 20,000 people at Manchester’s Nynex Arena in less than twelve months. Although some songs from ‘Everything Must Go’ are still cornerstones of Manic Street Preachers gigs, several of the album tracks haven’t been played live since ’96.