Manic Street Preachers share unreleased track Studies In Paralysis

Virgin Radio

26 Aug 2022, 12:53

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Manic Street Preachers have shared a previously unheard song titled Studies in Paralysis along with a music video by Kieran Evans.

The track will appear on the band’s upcoming expanded and remastered version of their 2001 album Know Your Enemy, due to be released on 9th September. You can pre-order the record here.

The remastered version of Know Your Enemy will be divided into two albums across two discs titled Solidarity and Door To The River and the three CD format of the release will also include a disc of unheard demos.

Speaking about the music video, director Kieran Evans said: “It started with an email from [Nicky] Wire (it always does!).  Would I be up for working on visualising two unheard tracks from the ‘Know Your Enemy’ sessions that were to feature in the beautifully expanded and reworked re-issue of the album?  Of course I would!  Both ‘Rosebud’ and ‘Studies In Paralysis’ landed an hour later and were stunning and took my breath away. F**k me…They left these off the original album…what were they thinking???!!!

“An hour later, another email landed from him – “I’ll send some DV footage of the Miloco sessions up to you”. But this footage was very different from previous recording sessions he’d filmed. There was a seriousness to everyone’s behaviour and recording performances. There was no frivolity or funny off camera ‘moments’. The atmosphere felt intense, you could feel the pressure they were under.”

He added: “Cutting this footage to ‘Studies in Paralysis’ was a task. I went through many iterations and edits to get the right “feel” to reflect what is a truly glorious song… Thankfully…I think we definitely got there in the end.”

You can watch the video below:

Last month, the band also released a new playlist called Sleep Next To Plastic, featuring cover versions of songs recorded from across their career, such as Madonna’s Borderline, The Cure’s Inbetween Days and Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns and Roses.

It also included a number of lost recordings, B-sides and album tracks, as well as songs previously unavailable on streaming services.

Know Your Enemy, the remastered version, will be out on 9th September.