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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk for my Generation
Looking back at the greatest albums of the punk revolution its easy to see where the inspiration for this album came. Just glance back to The Ramones or The Clash and there are obvious similarities to this debut for the Welsh (then) four-piece.
Generation Terrorists is in essence a punk album for the younger generation, it retains the snarling teenage angst of the...
Published on 25 Aug 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
I think 'Motorcycle Emptiness' is easily the best song on here, with a great riff, great verse, great bridge and beautiful chorus. Perhaps I should mention that I think music is far more important than lyrics, and only a really bad lyric like 'have you heard of matthew maynard? he's my favourite cricketer, i would rather watch him play than pick up my guitar, than play...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk for my Generation, 25 Aug 2002
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This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
Looking back at the greatest albums of the punk revolution its easy to see where the inspiration for this album came. Just glance back to The Ramones or The Clash and there are obvious similarities to this debut for the Welsh (then) four-piece.
Generation Terrorists is in essence a punk album for the younger generation, it retains the snarling teenage angst of the genre's early offerings of the 1970s with that same boredom and political message of albums such as "Never Mind the Bollocks" or "London Calling". In its own right it is equally as important as any of the early punk albums. This kick-started the Manics career and propelled them onto a big label, giving one of the best bands of the 1990s their voice.
Having said that, there are only a limited number of excellent songs. Most of the 18-strong album is pretty standard rock n' roll stuff, though the lyrics are intelligent and typically Manics. Standout tracks include 'Slash n' Burn', 'Stay Beautiful' and 'Little Baby Nothing' - yet what makes the album so brilliant is just two songs, without which this record wouldn't get that fifth star. They are 'Motorcycle Emptiness'; a remarkably beautiful song which is virtually perfect as music goes; and 'You Love Us' - an acid-spitting, gun-waving, petrol bomb-throwing slice of vitriolic punk rock.
In all the album suffers from some major flaws, its too long by about four or five tracks and contains some pretty average material, as well as being 10 years too late for the punk wave. But its strange that these are the qualities that make it so awesome an album. Its snarling yet smart, brash, cocky and loud (effectively a definition of the genre). Its flaws actually galvanise the album and make it what it is.
All in all it is an incredible punk album that has a certain magic that puts it into the 5-star category, despite its flaws.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WE LOVE YOU!, 11 Mar 2002
This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
This is one of the best debut rock albums in the world. The Manic Street Preachers are perhaps lryically one of the most controversial bands of the decade, however their unique ability with these use of politics slamming lryics shines through and is not lost beneath the excellent guitar solos of James Dean Bradfield along with his powerful yet tuneful voice which no other singer can touch. Songs like Motorcycle Emptiness, You Love Us, Stay Beautiful, Little Baby Nothing and Love's Sweet Excile will stay with the Manics to the grave and fans still get excited about them when they are played live ten years on. This album is the start of something beautiful, a rock and roll band with strong beliefs which they can reach people with in an entertaining manner, you've not heard The Manics untill you've heard this rocker of an album, 18 songs and everyone is a very strong effort!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Generation Terrific, 5 April 2007
This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
After the Manics' return to Guitar Hero territory with Send Away the Tigers, I felt the need to dig out this rough diamond. And damn, it's fine. If you go back four or five years, you'd be met with fans claiming that Generation Terrorists hadn't aged well, but for some reason it sounds rejuvenated again in 2007. Upon its release in the early 90s it was completely out of sync with the British indie rock scene of stargazers in their 'loose fit' clothing, and it's no different now, the antithesis of all the indie kids with their guitars held as high as possible and their Talking Heads book of songwriting accompanying them through their short-lived careers before the bandwagon collapses.

Looking back, Generation Terrorists was an extraordinarily ambitious debut. A 73 minute double album of glam/punk/metal/softrock, incorporating dance remixes by the Bomb Squad, poetry intros and Meatloaf-style duets with pornstars. I mean, c'mon, you're sold already, right? The many literary and political references in the lyrics and philosophical quotes on the sleeve might not impress NME readers in an age when most of the current NME bands are little more than gap year students, but it was a brave new world after the antipathetic music scene the Manics were born into.

The musical and lyrical ambitions might not always have been met, but Generation Terrorists has its fair share of Manics classics. Motorcycle Emptiness often vies with A Design For Life for the title of the ultimate Manics song, You Love Us is their evergreen calling card and Little Baby Nothing is a slab of twisted melodic pop that deservedly joined the other two on 2002's greatest hits compilation Forever Delayed. Stay Beautiful remains a live favourite with a chorus chant to end all chorus chants, while the grand finale of Condemned to Rock 'N' Roll has a gloriously unashamed RAWK guitar solo that lasts longer than many full songs these days. Even the cover of Damn Dog, which previously sounded like such a mistake and afterthought, has a playfulness to it that's easier to appreciate in an era where the Manics have once again pressed the fun button.

It's not all about pink rose-tinted spectacles. Natwest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds is still a duff note so early on in the tracklisting, and some of the lyrics on the album do fall under the dreaded banner of 'Sixth Form', but the flaws add to the charm of this mental collection.

PS. If anyone from Sony is reading, it's time for a remastering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Debut From A Fantastic Band, 24 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
As debuts go, this one really has stood the test of time. Originally, the Manics stated that they wanted to shift 16 million copies of this, and everyone laughed. Obviously, they fell far short of that, but did actually shift a quarter of a million copies, which, for a debut band, is extremely impressive.

Anyhow, this album is all Clash-style politic and G'n'R guitar riffery, though not shamelessly so. James Dean Bradfield is one of the best British guitarists of all time, Sean Moore is a technically brilliant drummer and the Edwards/Wire lyric combination is an explosive one.

This album emanates sheer youthful urgency. It is full of brash, loud and deliberately provocative lyrics, in the likes of 'Repeat' and 'Slash n' Burn', the latter being a fierce condemnation of Americanisation, the former being a vicious, foul-mouthed attack on certain British institutions. Give them a listen. They haven't dated (much), and they are an interesting snapshot of the Manics as young men.

'Condemned To Rock And Roll' is probably the best song that Guns 'n' Roses never wrote, a seven minute landslide of aggressive guitars, furious drums and Bradder's rather excellent vocal, culminating in the angsty lyrics: "There's nothing I wanna see, there's no-where I wanna go", hinting at the nihilism which the Manics would hone to perfection on 'The Holy Bible, a mere three years later.

This album is also laden with singles, from the radio-friendly 'Little Baby Nothing' and 'Stay Beautiful' to the anthemic 'You Love Us' and 'Motorcycle Emptiness' and the slightly underwhelming 'Love's Sweet Exile'. Generally though, this album is focused and knows exactly where it's going, despite it's length (18 songs).

Perhaps if a few of the weaker songs, such as 'Born To End' or 'Damn Dog' had been relegated to B-sides, this album would have been more complete, more whole. As it is, it's a perfectly decent, musically and lyrically excellent album, with plenty to say and plenty to offer. It hints gloriously at everything the Manics had to offer, whilst painstakingly setting out the full Manics manifesto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its as good as debut albums come, 29 Nov 2003
This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
The Manics are a puzzlingly love-em/hate-em kind of band. A bit of digging reveals that most of the hate-em brigade are unaware of the existence of anything that occurred before 'A Design for Life'. This is it (or at least the first of the trilogy of 'early manics').
Its a rock record that doesn't sound much like much else, at least I can't put my finger on anything similar. Maybe its a little on the long side (I can't actually recall all of the eighteen tracks as i sit and write this), but it still sounds fresh and exciting. And varied. Try 'You Love Us' if you want to shout, or 'Motorcycle Emptiness' if you're after something beautifully crafted and underrated to impress your friends with. Or simply try it all and find out what generated all the Manic Street Preacher fuss in the first place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like 1977 Was Only Yesterday, 17 Sep 2003
This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
This album is by no means perfect. However, the overall feeling you take away after listening to an album like this overcomes the odd song that isnt great.
For me, the great song of this record is "You Love Us". It condenses everything the Manics were saying in '92 into one song. Aimed at the music press, and there isnt a more deserving target for purest vitriol than the NME, this is more explosive than anything else Ive ever heard. It just takes the inflamatry, iconoclastic nature of "Motown Junk" ("I laughed when Lennon got shot") one step further.
Not to say that the rest of the album is filler. "Slash N Burn" does exactly that. "Motorcycle Emptiness" is one of the Manics truly great songs and "Little Baby Nothing" tackles the subject of prostitution (a subject that would be tackled 2 years later on the "Holy Bible" album in the shape of "Yes"). And as for Repeat, "God Save The Queen" for the 90s.
The album is very long, 18 tracks taking up around 70 minutes. You dont often get albums that long any more. The Manics have always wrote about things lesser bands will not touch. When Shed Seven were singing about love, the Manics were writing about anorexia. This is what sets them apart from all other bands, and long may they continue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine and groundbreaking debut, 25 May 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
It is important at the start of the review to do the unpleasant task of criticising. It is said by some that the album is too long, 18 tracks on a debut is ambitious to say the least and it is argued by many that some of the songs on the album are more b-side worthy than album worthy. Also, it has been said that the sound of the album is attempted to be too comercial; James Dean Bradfield trying almost too hard for his debut to sound like Guns n Roses classic Appetite for Destruction.
But this is only what SOME people say. This is an excellent album, coming out of the epoch of Maddchester, this really does stick out as a fine example of the drive of good and honest rock music. The length of the album only re-enforces their own personal love for the rock genre, and doing this well.
There are the basic confrontational songs (Stay Beautiful, So Dead and Slash n Burn), the out spoken political rants (Repeat UK, Another Invented Disease) and even an attack on organised religion (Crucifix Kiss).
The album also contains the epic (believe me, I never underuse the word epic) track Motorcycle Emptiness, a beautiful and heart rendering song, which at the time was considered to be "too advanced" for inclusion, but as JDB himself said -"it was probably the savior of the album". It is the best track by some distance, but the rest of the album is still consistantly good.
A brilliant debut, needed in any rock fans collection. Richie and Nicky look great too! First class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life will never be the same, 28 Dec 1999
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The Manics' debut album, and one they felt so strongly about that they claimed that they would split up after its release. Thankfully the band of contradictions never kept that promise. 'Generation Terrorists' is a huge and angry album - and could possibly do with being a couple of mediocre songs shorter. Nevertheless, if the album contained 17 songs of trash and 'Motorcycle Emptiness' it would still be great. This song is an epic. 'Generation Terrorists' manages to attack Britain and its institutions ('NatWest'), the exploitation of women ('Little baby nothing') and many other things, while still rocking and being amazingly musical. A sign of a great album is one where the listener can look forward to every track starting while still enjoying the one playing, and this is one of these. Their irony and sensitivity make a perfect mix. They said "I am nothing, I should be everything", and seven years later in 1999 they are very nearly eveything.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists, 19 July 2004
This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
Many people regard this is as the finest Manics album. It's easy to see why. In my experience, this is frequently the favourite album of people who despised the bloated and self-indulgent "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours".
This is a mightily impressive album - musically powerful, and lyrically incisive. It is this album that really created the myth of the Manics. The opener, "Slash N' Burn" is a gutsy, and technically brilliant track. James Dean Bradfield's lyrics soar and the guitars crunch and chug. Happily, the rest of the album is as good as the opening track promises. "Born to End", "Motorcycle Emptiness" and "You Love Us" are all satisfyingly anthemic, while "Little Baby Nothing" is moving, and beautiful in a way that you can sometimes forget rock music is capable of being. This is the Manics at their best - eloquent, political and controversial. Thank God for a band that doesn't just do love songs.
How Many Good Tracks? Fifteen, out of 18
Best Track: Motorcycle Emptiness has a rare fragility that is hard to explain or imitate.
Worst Track: Both the Repeat tracks seem to jar a little, as there is none of the brilliant musicianship that there is elsewhere on the album to save it from simply being an antagonistic chant.
With nods to The Cure in some places, and Guns & Roses, The Clash and The Ramones in others, this is a fabulous album full of musical integrity, politics and intelligence. The power of the lyrics is only matched by the power of the music - essential listening for any rock music fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual great Manics but with incredible guitars!, 22 Jun 2001
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The Manics have always had the lyrics and the talent, but somewhere along the way they lost the ability to rock. This album combines their political style with brilliant riffs and guitar solos that are sadly missing from later albums. Slash 'n' Burn, Motorcycle emptiness and Stay Beautiful are all rock classics. If only the other five albums were as exciting...
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