With their first cover since ‘Suicide Is Painless’, the Manics chose to record ‘Wrote For Luck’ by Happy Mondays, a band from the Madchester scene they were known for hating.
Probably the B-side that the band themselves think of as their very strongest, ‘Donkeys’ is nothing less than essential ’90s Manics melancholia.
One of the more political and also heavy songs of the GATS era, ‘Us Against You’ is an amusing and fine hard-rocking B-side which namechecks John Major and Virginia Bottomley (as you do).
The most infamous Manics B-side of all time is the six-and-a-half minute monster that is ‘Patrick Bateman’, a searing character study on the main character in Bret Easton Ellis’ novel ‘American Psycho’.
One of the more maligned closing tracks on a Manics album, ‘Gold Against the Soul’ is also the only time a title track has acted as a closing track.