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by Manic Street Preachers
#Day5 of the #AprilMusicChallenge - 'A song that needs to be played LOUD'. And the Manics certainly do so here on this live performance on the long-lost and largely forgotten Friday late night Channel 4 show Naked City.

If I remember correctly, it ran in the slot also occupied by The Word when that was between series, but only lasted for two years (1993/1994) and 16 episodes of its own. It did, however, do much to launch the subsequent media careers of Johnny Vaughan and Caitlin Moran. The latter had been a Melody Maker writer for a couple of years beforehand, though, and was still barely 19 years old at the time of this broadcast. (Wikipedia informs me that it is her 43rd birthday today, 5 April, in fact).

As for the song, it provided one of the (relatively) lighter moments on that year's album The Holy Bible, from which this was extracted as its first single reaching No. 16 and leading to an (in)famous appearance on Top Of The Pops that resulted in a record number of complaints to the BBC - allegedly 25,000 - due to James Dean Bradfield's wearing of an 'IRA-style' balaclava (with his name on).

I can't use that clip on here as it's blocked in 18 countries, but if you think you can handle it, this is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5PI7k_ZiQ0. Must we fling this filth at our pop kids, eh?

#1994
1994 - Epic - United Kingdom - "I hate purity. Hate goodness. I don't want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone corrupt."
Posted: 4th April 2018
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