Everything must go

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Everything must go
Studio album by Manic Street Preachers



Label (s) Epic Records

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Alternative rock , Britpop

Title (number)


running time

45 min 26 s



Mike Hedges , Manic Street Preachers

Studio (s)

The Holy Bible
Everything must go This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Everything Must Go is the fourth music album by the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers . It was released in 1996 and is the first to be recorded and published after the mysterious disappearance of lyricist and guitarist Richey James Edwards . It remains one of the band's best-selling albums to date and has received positive reviews from both critics and fans. In 1996 the Manics won the Brit Award for both Best Album and Best Band. The album made it to number 2 on the UK charts. Everything Must Go is certainly the band's LP that polarizes the least, as it appeals to both younger and older fans of the Preachers. Q Magazine readers voted the album # 92 of the best albums of all time, 23 places behind The Holy Bible .


After Edwards' sudden disappearance, the three remaining band members considered ending their careers until Nicky Wire wrote the poem A Design for Life in 1995 . James Dean Bradfield liked the highly political content so much that he started writing the music for what would later become the Top 10 hit. In 1995/1996 the Manics finally wrote 17 other songs, 12 of which (including A Design for Life ) came on the final album, called Everything Must Go . The album is very different from the band's previous LPs, mainly in that the gruff guitar rock on The Holy Bible has been replaced by a catchier, simpler Britpop . The lyrics were also far less personal than on the predecessors and were largely politically and historically oriented. Edwards wrote the lyrics for 5 of the songs.

Track list

(Texts written by Nicky Wire, music by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore, unless otherwise noted)

  1. Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier (T: Wire / Edwards) - 3:28
  2. A Design for Life - 4:16
  3. Kevin Carter (M: Bradfield / Moore / Wire, T: Edwards) - 3:24
  4. Enola / Alone - 4:07
  5. Everything Must Go - 3:41
  6. Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky (M: Bradfield / Moore / Wire, T: Edwards) - 3:02
  7. The Girl Who Wanted to Be God (T: Wire / Edwards) - 3:35
  8. Removables (M: Bradfield / Moore / Wire, T: Edwards) - 3:31
  9. Australia - 4:04
  10. Interiors (Song for Willem de Kooning ) - 4:17
  11. Further Away - 3:38
  12. No Surface All Feeling - 4:13

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