Wednesday 8 February 2012, 10:00
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Manic Street Preachers' Generation Terrorists, we ask producer Steve Brown about his recollections of the album and its recording.
"I got the job with the Manics because they liked the work I did on the Love album by The Cult. I was working at the time in the States, so I'd not heard anything by them, although I had seen the press. On the record, I wanted to achieve what they wanted to achieve - and they wanted to be the biggest band in the world.
"They had full control of their creative direction, but I steered them on the singles front. Creatively, they were - and I think still are - very unique.
"It's not true that only James [Dean Bradfield] and Sean [Moore] recorded material used on the record. The whole band had a major input into the writing and playing of the album.
"I don't think the double album format detracted from the record; I love everything on Generation Terrorists, and so do a whole lot of other people!
"My favourite track on the record is Condemned To Rock And Roll, I think. There's nothing on the record I'd change and I'm very proud of my work on it. Lots of people have told me it's a classic.
"I'm glad it's regarded as being important in UK music history; we all worked very hard on it. I love the fact that I did it, and I least like the fact I'll never be able to do it again for them."
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