James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 5: Everything Must Go

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And so, on the fifth day of ‘James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young’ we arrive at ‘E’.

And for this there were a few contenders.

But there was one that invokes so much nostalgia it was ultimately the only choice I could make.


E is for Everything Must Go


The Manic Street Preachers fourth album was their first release as a trio following on from the tragic and mysterious disappearance of lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards.

Although Richey’s musical contributions were questionable, his lyrics and personality were a fundamental part of the Manics DNA up to that point. Plus they were all friends from school, so the band felt his loss on a personal level.

‘Everything Must Go’ could therefore have been something much darker than it actually is. After all it’s predecessor, the Richey-inspired ‘Holy Bible’ is as bleak an album as you’re likely to come across.

‘Everything Must Go’ confounded expectations however, and is an uplifting (insofar as the Manics do ‘upbeat’), poignant and cathartic collection of songs, that marked the beginning of a period of sustained commercial success.

Growing up in Wales in the nineties means that the Manics are essentially royalty to me, and they are the band that I have seen live by far the most times.

I like pretty much all of their albums, including some of their more recent efforts. But the nostalgia-inducing albums are the ones from the nineties, both as a quartet and as a trio. Their 1992 debut ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the aforementioned ‘Holy Bible’, both could have been contenders for this alphabetised walk down memory lane.

But ‘Everything Must Go’ was an album that saw me through some of the worst of my teenage angst and it’s still a source of comfort when things are getting me down. Which, given the state of the world, means it’s been on the playlist quite a lot lately.

As with a lot of the albums I’ve been revisiting, it could be hard to pick a favourite track from ‘Everything Must Go’. Except that there is one track that just picks itself.

‘A Design for Life’ might just be my favourite song of all time.

  10 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 5: Everything Must Go

  1. April 6, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    You really are making me question my music cred here. Never heard of this band either….

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    • April 6, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      It’s not likely to get much better as I move through the alphabet I’m afraid. But you can relax in the knowledge that this was all only pretty cool about a quarter of a century ago in a different country…

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      • April 6, 2020 at 1:41 pm

        Thank you. I’m slightly less horrified now…

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  2. April 6, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Great band, great record. I played it to death back in the day and haven’t played it for years. Tonight…

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  3. Bryntin
    April 7, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Yep, on that revisiting train too… Although finding getting the CD out didn’t help as I realised neither computer has a CD drive now and I didn’t bother getting my good speakers repaired after breaking one terminal on it three years ago… Spotify took over!

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    • April 8, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Who’d have thought CDs would have become so ‘retro’?

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  4. April 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Yes. They are a brilliant band and often underrated. They put Wales on my map and there is a lot of great music there. Personally, my favourite Manics album is Generation Terrorists. ☺

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    • April 8, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      Loved Generation Terrorists too. But, aside from a couple of albums in the early noughties, I pretty much love everything they did, so it’s hard to pick a favourite. Everything Must Go just came out at that time in my life when I was really getting into music and going to gigs in a big way and therefore it’s the most nostalgia inducing, which gives it a slight edge over the others.


  5. June 1, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    That’s one band I could never get into. I found them boring, but know people rave about them

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