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The Manics' sombre rawk classic 'Everything Must Go' saw the band a little more streamlined and far less lyrically provocative, and 20 years on it fits quite neatly into an alt rock canon that could include 'The Bends' and 'Melancholie'. To celebrate this momentous anniversary thing, here's an EP 12" of single "A Design For Life", a song which involves some emotive growling and indisputably enjoyable riffs. Okay, maybe it's disputable. We can dispute. Comes with a Stealth Sonic Orchestra remix and a couple of other tracks ("Dead Trees and Traffic Islands"; "Mr Carbohydrate"). 

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  • 88875188501 / RSD2016 item. Limited 12" EP on Legacy. Edition of 4000 copies housed in a printed inner sleeve inside a copper Mirricard outer sleeve

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A Design For Life by Manic Street Preachers
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8/10 Tom Customer review, 24th May 2018

Released for Record Store Day 2016 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its debut, this 12" version of "A Design for Life" comes in a limited edition copper mirrored sleeve and contains the original 12" b-sides "Dead Trees and Traffic Islands", "Mr Carbohydrate" and an orchestral remix of the song.

Perhaps the band's best-known single and the song that apparently spurred them on to continue as a band after the disappearance of founding guitarist and lyricist Richie Edwards, "A Design for Life" still manages to stir the senses with its driving arpeggiated lead guitar, swelling strings, compelling lyrics and singalong chorus.


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