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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a debut album, Generation Terrorists was always going to have some criticisms to be found within it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karolus Magnus
Very happy with my purchase. Fast delivery and not a scratch on it. Thank you 😃Published 2 months ago by Sian Dyas
Epitomises what the manics are about, paints a clear picture of the 'culture, alienation boredom and despair' their music was born from. Read morePublished 4 months ago by HernandezLaDon
Contains my favourite manics track motorcycle emptiness this album is a corkerPublished 10 months ago by Lisa Pursglove