Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Welsh Wednesday #74

#74: Judge Yr'self by Manic Street Preachers

I can't believe the Manics haven't actually featured in this series before now. OK, so they have appeared numerous times on the blog but it seems wrong - hell, not just wrong, inconceivable - that they don't have at least one Welsh Wednesday post.

The track I've gone for is not one of their better-known ones, but it is a bit of a gem. Following 'The Holy Bible', the band planned to submit a track to the soundtrack for the movie Judge Dredd, mainly because Richey was a fan of the comic book character. It was recorded, but before it was finished, Richey disappeared. In no mood to continue with the song, Judge Yr'self was shelved. The next thing we heard from the Manics was 1996's mega-anthem A Design For Life.

Fast-forward to 2003. Judge Yr'self was dusted off, given a proper mix and even had a video made. It appeared on the b-sides album 'Lipstick Traces' and fans finally had the chance to hear what was possibly the last track to feature Richey. It certainly has more of a 'Holy Bible' feel to it than an 'Everything Must Go' one, and too good to have been left on the shelf.

1 comment:

  1. I've dipped in and out of the Manics over the years* and as such, this is a new one as far as I'm concerned.

    Liking it a lot. Could be a Nirvana riff/tune

    * never returned to them since the cover version of This Is The Day which made me squirm....