Design For Life

by Simon

A couple of other blogs – Vinyl Villain and Crying All The Way To The Chip Shop – posted the great Pete Wylie and Wah! yesterday.  Story Of The Blues is one of the greatest singles ever in my opinion, and its probably the reason I woke up with Design For Life by the Manic Street Preachers in my head. 

I’ve always thought that Wah were a huge influence on this, its a similar working class left wing anthem, with themes of pride and dignity, and huge soaring vocals and sweeping strings.  Very Spector in the garage.  And definitely no accident that Mike Hedges is manning the desk on production duties.

Actually Hedges is responsible for a huge chunk of my favourite records, including the Associates Sulk, The Beat Special Beat Service, some classic Siouxsie & The Banshees, and of course The Cure.  Go check out his production discography – its like the greatest hits of the bloggers I follow!

Theres also some sadness to this song.  Following on from JC Vinyl Villain and Dave Planet Mondo’s very sad news these past two weeks I’ve found myself thinking about my mum.  She loved this song, thinking it to be a very good picture of the Welsh. The drinking, the melancholy, the rough pride and the intelligence; the desire to better yourself and even escape, were all things she recognised.