Columbia 88697159332/88697159322/88697159347: 1st October 2007
1. Indian Summer
“If God persists, persists in saying yes, I guess we’ll have, we’ll have to test ourselves, maybe the Summer, will come and clear our minds, and find the impulse, to love the sunshine”
2. Anorexic Rodin
“You re-ignite the Tet Offensive, it’s why you went, it’s so defensive, perfect echoes of your youth, like an anorexic Rodin”
3. Heyday Of The Blood
“We must be so indicted, so detached from all we see, so detached from all we see, in the heyday of the blood, you’re so convinced of your own worth”
4. Foggy Eyes
“I don’t know why we make each other cry, don’t know why we all got foggy eyes, I think about all the things I never do, how I’m such a disappointment to you”
5. Lady Lazarus
“You said so much more than you denied, you secretly wish to be crucified”
6. You Know It’s Going To Hurt
The singles from Manic Street Preacher’s new album ‘Send Away The Tigers’ have a tendency to sneak up on you and slowly embroider themselves on your heart. So it proves with ‘Indian Summer’ which didn’t grab me on first listen but by the 5th or 6th had totally convinced me. The chugging rhythm, crashing Drums and shimmering Guitars mix with a wonderfully carefree spirit in the vocals.
‘Indian Summer’ is backed by another generous collection of quality B-sides. ‘Anorexic Rodin’ is a tight little Guns ‘n’ Roses style rocker and ‘Heyday Of The Blood’ sounds like a cousin of classic B-side ‘Patrick Bateman’ but recorded at Sun Studios. ‘Foggy Eyes’ is a cover of a Beat Happening song (Who not un-coincidentally, also have a song called ‘Indian Summer’) and one of MSP’s best ever B-sides, which is mainly down to the fantastic twanging Guitar riff. Nicky Wire’s lead vocals are becoming a familar and welcome event, he may not have the power or frankly, the ability of James but you can truly feel the passion in his voice on ‘Lady Lazarus’. ‘You Know It’s Going To Hurt’ is a haunting and magical instrumental and not unlike the best work of iLiKETRAiNS.
Here are three incredible rarities from recent releases to underline how good the Manics are at the moment:
Lastly, here’s the original version of ‘Foggy Eyes’: