The final cover on the ‘Australia’ single was of Frankie Valli’s classic ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ which while hardly a predictable Manics choice, still came off pretty well.
The second of three covers on the ‘Australia’ single is probably the best; a rollicking Manics interpretation of the irreverent Camper Van Beethoven signature song ‘Take the Skinheads Bowling’.
When the ‘Australia’ single was being prepared, Nicky Wire hit a major bout of writer’s block, prompting three covers to appear on the single as B-sides. The first is of Primal Scream’s ‘Velocity Girl’.
Yet another broadly disappointing song with an anti-monarchist theme, ‘First Republic’ is saved to some extent by one odd, surprising moment.
‘Sepia’ is, quite justly, one of the most acclaimed Manics B-sides. An extended reference to the classic film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, it was rewarded with a slot on the Lipstick Traces compilation.