Released for free with two long-forgotten fanzines along with a track by the long-forgotten indie band The Laurens, ‘UK Channel Boredom’ is a minor recording in the early Manics discography that isn’t too memorable itself.
What began as the very first Manic Street Preachers B-side would go on to be re-recorded for the band’s debut album Generation Terrorists. Although less well remembered than its A-side, ‘Tennessee (I Get Low)’ contains more clues as the band’s future musical and lyrical intentions.
The very first professionally-recorded Manic Street Preachers track sees the band – then a trio – resurrect the spirit of ’77 in South Wales. Backed with B-side ‘Tennessee (I Get Low)’, ‘Suicide Alley’ is an obvious homage to The Clash but also the moment that saw the Manics coalesce as a unit.