[T28] ‘Tennessee’

Released on: Generation Terrorists (Album #1) Columbia Records, 10 February 1992
Track: 9

Re-recording of [B2] ‘Tennessee (I Get Low)’

There is no “messier” Manics album than Generation Terrorists, which is not only lengthy but also contains a remix, a cover, a song put together from old demos and re-recordings like ‘Tennessee’, which resurrected the band’s first ever B-side. Although bringing the song back made more sense than bringing back [A1] ‘Suicide Alley’ would have, it still seems like a slightly regressive move. The changes made to the song for its inclusion on the album were quite minor, and don’t conceal the fact that it originated in a time when the Manics’ songwriting skills were significantly less refined (if they could be called refined in 1992).

Although the recording quality and production on Generation Terrorists in general has been criticised, ‘Tennessee’ has always been particularly unpopular in this regard. Fortunately, the 20th anniversary remaster clears the issues up significantly.

Choice Lyric (Full Lyrics)
“his pain forgets her agony / his heart PMRC”

Comanche – a Plains Indian tribe of Native Americans whose territory, greatly reduced since European colonisation, is based in Oklahoma.

PMRC – acronym for the Parents Music Resource Center, founded in 1985 to censor violent, sexual, or otherwise “objectionable” lyrics and music videos. Created the “Parental Advisory” stickers seen on records to this day (including the Manics’ own The Holy Bible). The organisation was founded by Tipper Gore, wife of US politician Al Gore, who was later referred to in [T65] ‘ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart’.


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