The Manics weren’t about to end their overly-ambitious, bombastic all-or-nothing debut album on a whimper, but on a bang – cue ‘Condemned to Rock ‘N’ Roll’.
In the end ‘Methadone Pretty’ was hidden away almost at the end of Generation Terrorists, but in another world this catchy and underrated song could have been a single.
The most withering assault on religion the Manics have ever concocted, ‘Crucifix Kiss’ is arguably a little too blunt for its own good, but still represents a new milestone in the band’s songwriting.
The only cover ever released as part of the main tracklisting of a Manics album, ‘Damn Dog’ is both one of the most frivolous moments of the early discography and a heartfelt tribute to the 1980 film ‘Times Square’.
Although the original Heavenly version of this track is usually preferred, there’s no getting around the fact that a new edition produced by Steve Brown was necessary if ‘Spectators’ was to make sense on the first Manics LP.