Released as a B-side but included on the US version of Generation Terrorists, ‘Democracy Coma’ is a back-to-basics Manics rocker than has received some just respect in recent years.
Two versions appear on the debut album, two known demo versions of it exist, but the world’s first taste of the most minor of Manics A-sides was on the ‘Love’s Sweet Exile/Repeat’ single.
Famous for both its popular and risqué video and a searing solo from one James Dean Bradfield, ‘Love’s Sweet Exile’ could – and perhaps should – have carried this double A-side single by itself.
Somewhat ruined but also oddly improved by its hilariously awkward lyrics, ‘Soul Contamination’ is a fairly obscure and minor effort is still worth seeking out for the sake of completism.
A comparatively experimental (for the time) foray into acoustic songwriting, ‘R.P. McMurphy’ is one of the most memorable early B-sides.