In 1992, a trio of angry Welsh rockers stormed the music-scene with a debut so visceral and so powerful, it makes today's heavily-branded guitar-bands a bit of a laughing stock. Initially, Manic Street Preachers were scornfully dismissed by some onlookers as 'tryers' and 'hype' - short sets, explosive interviews, trash-punk look, the sort of lads your mother wouldn't entertain at home (unless their husbands were out first!) - hadn't we all been here before? The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, Jesus and Mary Chain etc.
But, just like those three bands, messrs Bradfield, Wire, Moore and (the currently missing) Edwards borrowed elements from the best bits of rebellious rock and roll icons and morphed them all into an omnipotent and raging firebrand of fury. With tunes. And riffs the size of Russia. After a string of acclaimed singles, the band were signed to the Sony empire and a debut-album was spawned - "Generation Terrorists".
Containing eighteen tracks, the album appeared to huge anticipation in early 1992 - it featured several singles such as "Slash 'n' Burn", "You Love Us", "Stay Beautiful" and the epic "Motorcycle Emptiness", as well as belters such as the banker-bashing "Nat West-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds". Perhaps one of Brit-pop's most un-Brit-pop outfits of the time, Manic Street Preachers went on to record the best-selling "Everything Must Go", "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours" and "Send Away The Tigers - they are currently piecing together album #11.
A special edition of the album will be issued on 5th November, available in five flavours: Anniversary Edition (1 CD), Legacy Edition (2 CD/DVD), Limited Edition Collector's Edition (3CD/DVD/Book/10" Vinyl), 12" 180g double vinyl gatefold LP and as a download. Phew!
To celebrate its reissue, we have three copies of the standard single-CD edition of the 20th anniversary edition of "Generation Terrorists" to give away.
To win one of these superb CDs, all you have to do is enter our simple competition by clicking on the Enter Competition button below. The last date for entries is Monday 12th November. Entrants from the UK and Ireland only.