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Manic Street Preachers – Roses In The Hospital demo

If only I’d waited until today for the blogpost about Manic Street Preachers demos I would have been able to include this excellent version of Roses In The Hospital.

This one is definitely a pale imitation of the finished product which appeared on the album. It’s too bouncy & upbeat compared to the beautiful anthemic melancholia of the album version. & is that the guitar riff from album track Yourself used as a bridge on this version? Interesting how they removed one riff from this demo & developed it into a totally new song.

Despite my above criticisms I still love this. It’s great. I love how, as also mentioned above, it provides a window into the bands songwriting process. The idea that they may have decided that Roses In The Hospital had to many great melodies in it so why not write a whole new track out of one of them.

There doesn’t seem to be an upload to YouTube of this tune yet though it is available on Spotify etc.

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Manic Street Preachers – Gold Against The Soul & Drug Drug Druggy demo recordings

Over the last couple of weeks Manic Street Preachers, gearing up for the release of the long awaited Deluxe Edition of unloved classic Gold Against The Soul, have release two previously unreleased demo recordings as singles/teasers.

The first of these was the albums title track, Gold Against The Soul. The punkier, more lo-fi production shows the song in a whole new light. Stripped of it’s studio rock sheen, Gold Against The Soul is revealed as downtempo, polemic Rock with an, almost robotic, drum machine feel to the rhythm.

Drug Drug Druggy is often seen as a bit of a throwaway. An upbeat rocker about addiction & depression. They rarely play it live & the title is slightly in ‘cringe’ territory. The fidelity drop brings out different instruments to the album version. There’s a very nice organ part playing beneath everything else which I couldn’t swear, one way or the other, is on the original version. Multitalented multi-instrumentalist James Dean Bradfield shines magnificently here. His voice sounds incredible, the rhythm guitar is choppy & precise, & the lead guitars are as good as any that he’s played before.

As a bonus they have also uploaded this Top Of The Pops performance of their single Roses In The Hospital. Fun trivia: that isn’t Nicky Wire miming the bass. He had just got married & was un honeymoon, forcing him to miss the TOTP performance. To replace him they gave their tallest roadie a Minnie Mouse mask & asked him to mime along. Everything in a TOTP performance, bar the vocal, is mimed anyway so it made no difference. Manic Street Preachers lore is awash with such incidents. As a teenager I used to have abootleg VHS cassette which featured all of the bands TOTP performances so I had seen this before.

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Neil Young – Try

With the impending release of Neil Young’s famous lost album, Homegrown, he has released Try as an appetising single. Recorded between 1974 & 1975, Homegrown has surfaced occasionally in the form of (low fidelity) bootlegs, but never seen an official (well mixed & mastered) release. This is set to change with an official release set for next month.

Rarely heard outside of a couple of piano based live performances over the years, Try is classic ’70’s Neil Young. A lilting country ballad with gently strummed guitars & slow but purposeful percussion which gives it the air of a melancholic march. Extra melodic content is provided by a few dusty piano chords & some pretty lapsteel.

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