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Manic Street Preachers talk 'Generation Terrorists' - watch

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This year, Manic Street Preachers released a swanky 20th anniversary deluxe edition of their debut album Generation Terrorists.

As well as digging up all manner of demos, videos, live tracks and rarities, the band gave their 1992 opening statement a proper listen through and shared their thoughts.

Over the next three weeks, we'll get the whole thing covered. Here's what they had to say about the first six tracks.



"It was supposed to be the Stones playing metal," frontman and guitarist James Dean Bradfield says of the riff to 'Slash 'n' Burn'.

Bassist Nicky Wire added of 'Nat West-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds': "It was a bit of a cornerstone when we were doing it. It was meant to be one of the big tracks of the record.

"A lyric that is kind of more hauntingly prescient than it ever was - Blackhorse apocalypse and all that.

"I spent quite a lot of time on that - writing it with Richey [James Edwards]. If anything sums up trying to cram millions of words into a song, it's that chorus."

Manic Street Preachers in concert

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The band also reminisce about (and mock) the first - and last - time drummer Sean Moore did live backing vocals, on album track 'Born To End'.

Bradfield recently confirmed that the group are working on a new studio album which he promised will be "much better" than 2004's maligned Lifeblood.

The band may also write new theme music for WWE Superstar Wade Barrett, who has a lyric from Generation Terrorists track 'Motorcycle Emptiness' tattooed on his arm.

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