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Manic Stations: Manic Street Preachers: Brighton Centre ****

David Bennun, Uncut, June 1997

THE SURVIVING REPRESENTATIVE of The Culture Of Despair sits on the drum riser, bass on his knees, fingers every which way across the fretboard, laughing like a drain as the words echo around him: "Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes…" Finally, the number over, he stumbles to his feet and approaches the microphone.

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