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May 20, 1996


4.094 (average of 8 ratings)


rock > Britpop



Album Tracks:

  1. Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier
  2. A Design for Life
  3. Kevin Carter
  4. Enola/Alone
  5. Everything Must Go
  6. Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky
  7. The Girl Who Wanted to Be God
  8. Removables
  9. Australia
  10. Interiors (Song for Willem de Kooning)
  11. Further Away
  12. No Surface All Feeling

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.6
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 1.0
sales worldwide - estimated 1.6


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • A Design for Life (4/27/96) #2 UK
  • Everything Must Go (8/3/96) #5 UK
  • Kevin Carter (10/12/96) #9 UK
  • Australia (12/14/96) #7 UK


A 10th anniversary edition was issued that “included the original album, demos, B-sides, remixes, rehearsals and alternate takes of the album’s songs, spread out over two CDs. An additional DVD, featuring music videos, live performances, TV appearances, a 45-minute documentary on the making of the album, and two films by Patrick Jones, completed the three-disc set.” WK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Brit Award for best British album of the year. Click to go to awards page. Q Magazine’s Top 100 Albums

Everything Must Go

Manic Street Preachers


“Months after the release of the harrowing The Holy Bible, Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey James disappeared, leaving no trace of his whereabouts or his well-being. Ultimately, the remaining trio decided to carry on, releasing their fourth album, Everything Must Go, in 1996.” AMG “The album takes its name from a play by Patrick Jones, Nicky Wire’s brother,” WK although “the working title of this album was Sounds in the Grass – after a series of paintings by Jackson Pollock.” WK

“Considering the tragic circumstances that surrounded it, Everything Must Go is the strongest, most focused, and certainly the most optimistic album the Manics ever released.” AMGThe Holy Bible had been a stark, disturbing album with a minimal amount of instrumentation whilst this album embraces synths and strings, has a more commercial feel and fits with the Britpop movement that was prevalent at the time.” WK “Their music still rages, but it’s channeled into concise, anthemic rock songs that soar on their own belief.” AMG

“Five of the songs feature lyrics Richey left behind before his disappearance, and while offering no motivation for his actions, they do hint at the depths of his despair. Nicky Wire wrote the remaining lyrics.” AMG “Instead of introspective and autobiographical tracks such as ‘4st 7lbs,’ Wire’s predilection for grandiose, historical and political themes dominates. These themes would continue through their next album, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours.” WK Such “songs give the record its weight and balance, confronting the issue of Richey’s disappearance in a roundabout way, never explicitly mentioning the topic but offering a gritty dose of realistic optimism offering the hope that things will get better; after the nihilism of The Holy Bible, the outlook is all the more inspiring.” AMG

“Subjects tackled on the album include the tragic life of the photographer Kevin Carter, on the track of the same name, Willem de Kooning, and the maltreatment of animals in captivity on Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky. The latter track, with lyrics by Richey James Edwards, can also be interpreted as an exploration of his mental state before his disappearance; the line ‘Here chewing your tail is joy’ for instance may be as much about Richey’s self harm as it is the tormented self injury of zoo animals.” WK

“Part of the rhythm guitar on No Surface All Feeling was played by Edwards before his disappearance, making it only the second time that Edwards' guitar-work was present on a Manic Street Preachers recorded track (the other instance being ‘La Tristesse Durera’ on Gold Against the Soul.) Bradfield typically performs all the guitar parts for their recordings.” WK

“Above all, Everything Must Go is a cathartic experience – it is genuinely moving to hear the Manics offering hope without sinking to mawkish sentimentality or collapsing under the weight of their situation.” AMG

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previous album: The Holy Bible (1994) next album: This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours (1998)

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Last updated March 27, 2011.