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Today I thought I would share this great song by the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers – “Motorcycle Emptiness”. This song is in the BBC Radio 2 list of the 100 best guitar riffs at number 13, I blogged about the list here. “Motorcycle Emptiness” was released as a single in June 1992 and comes from their debut album Generation Terrorists. The song got to number 17 in the Dinsunited Kingdom singles charts. And, isn’t the name Manic Street Preachers one of the best names ever for a band? 😛



"Motorcycle Emptiness" by The Manic Street Preachers was released in June 1992

“Motorcycle Emptiness” by Manic Street Preachers was released in June 1992



The Manics are from Blackwood which is in the Gwent valleys to the north of Newport, so about 20 or so miles north-east of Cardiff. Along with The Stereophonics (who are from the Cwmaman in the Cynon Valley near Swansea), The Manics are probably the best known band to come out of Wales in the last 20 years.

This song is incredibly catchy, and to be honest I am surprised it didn’t get to higher than number 17 in the charts. But, it has certainly become one of their best known songs.


Culture sucks down words
Itemise loathing and feed yourself smiles
Organise your safe tribal war
Hurt maim kill and enslave the ghetto

Each day living out a lie
Life sold cheaply forever, ever, ever

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

Life lies a slow suicide
Orthodox dreams and symbolic myths
From feudal serf to spender
This wonderful world of purchase power

Just like lungs sucking on air
Survivals natural as sorrow, sorrow, sorrow

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us
All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us
All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us
All we want from you are the kicks you’ve given us

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness

Drive away and it’s the same
Everywhere death row, everyone’s a victim
Your joys are counterfeit
This happiness corrupt political shit

Living life like a comatose
Ego loaded and swallow, swallow, swallow

Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness motorcycle emptiness
Under neon loneliness everlasting nothingness






Which is your favourite Manics song?

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