Forever Delayed

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For the DVD of the same name that was released around the same time as this album, see Forever Delayed (DVD).
Forever Delayed
Greatest hits album by Manic Street Preachers
Released 28 October 2002
Recorded 1991-2002
Genre Alternative rock, post-punk, hard rock, glam punk, punk rock
Length 78:45
77:11 (bonus disc)
Label Epic
Producer Various (see track listing)
Manic Street Preachers chronology
Know Your Enemy
Forever Delayed
Lipstick Traces
Singles from Forever Delayed
  1. "There by the Grace of God"
    Released: 14 October 2002

Forever Delayed is a greatest hits album by the Manic Street Preachers, released in October 2002. The album included three singles which had never appeared on earlier albums ("Motown Junk," "Suicide Is Painless," and "The Masses Against the Classes"), the latter being one of the band's two UK #1 hits, along with "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next." Several songs were edited for length ("Motorcycle Emptiness," "You Love Us", "Australia," "Everything Must Go," "Little Baby Nothing," and "The Everlasting") so that more tracks could fit onto the CD (though not listed as edits in the liner notes). The album entered the UK Album Chart at #4.[1]


The album featured two new songs: the single "There by the Grace of God" and "Door to the River." "Door to the River" was originally recorded in the sessions for the Know Your Enemy album, but the band deemed the song too unfitting to the album's general style. "There By the Grace of God" could be seen as a foreshadowing of what followed the hits compilation, as it features a more electronic/keyboard-heavy style that would eventually be the main style of the band's next studio album, Lifeblood.

The title of Forever Delayed is lifted from the lyrics of their song "Roses in the Hospital" (which does not feature on the CD album). A song called "4 Ever Delayed" was recorded for inclusion but ended up not being included. Plans of releasing it as part of a new 2 Disc edition of the compilation and as CD single were then toyed with but never surfaced. It eventually wound up on the band's following B-sides and rarities compilation Lipstick Traces (A Secret History of Manic Street Preachers) in 2003. The title of the greatest hits package had also been planned for several years previous, Nicky Wire first mentioned it in Everything - A Book About Manic Street Preachers, published in 1998.


The compilation album reached number #4 in the UK Album Chart, it spent a total of 12 weeks in the top 75, so far it has gone Double Platinum (600,000 copies) in the UK, it reached number #7 in Ireland and in Finland, and it also charted within the Top 20 in Denmark. The album has sold more than one million copies since its release in 2002.

Critical Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
BBC Music (unfavourable) [3]
Blender 4/5 stars [4] 3/5 stars [5]
NME (unfavourable) [6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [7]
Sputnikmusic (3.5/5)[8]
Stylus Magazine B− (Lindsay)[9]
C− (Monks)[10]
Uncut 5/5 stars[11]
Yahoo! Music UK 8/10 stars [12]

Forever Delayed is the first of 3 compilation albums by the Manic Street Preachers, and it was not well received by NME that stated: "So here it is, The Album That Should Not Exist. To the slogan-smothered, soul-bruised, scarred-for-the-cause skunkpunk heroes of 1991 - the scary/beautiful freaks claiming they'll self-destruct after one six million-selling album - this greatest hits would be musical treachery."

Allmusic rated the album with a 4 out of 5, saying: "Manic Street Preachers have always been a band of very specific charms, something that has not translated outside of the U.K. particularly well. Although it boasts a generous 20 tracks, the 2002 compilation Forever Delayed isn't likely to change that situation, even if it has the lion's share of their big singles, since a band devoted to sloganeering doesn't play outside of their province, or era, without some knowledge of their context."

Sputnikmusic made a track-by-track review, finishing with: "Overall I'd say this is a great introduction to the Manics, but it's nowhere near definitive. It's missing songs too many good songs (Slash N Burn especially), and it's far too biased towards This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours."

Track listing[edit]

# Song Title Length From Originally Released Producer
01 A Design for Life 4:20 Everything Must Go 15 April 1996 (No. 2) Mike Hedges
02 Motorcycle Emptiness (Edit) 5:06 Generation Terrorists 1 June 1992 (No. 17) Steve Brown
03 If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next 4:51 This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours 24 August 1998 (No. 1) Dave Eringa
04 La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) 4:06 Gold Against the Soul 26 July 1993 (No. 22) Dave Eringa
05 There by the Grace of God 3:47 Previously unreleased 14 October 2002 (No. 6) Mike Hedges
06 You Love Us (Edit) 3:14 Generation Terrorists 16 January 1992 (No. 16) Steve Brown
07 Australia (Edit) 3:42 Everything Must Go 2 December 1996 (No. 7) Mike Hedges
08 You Stole the Sun from My Heart 4:21 This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours 8 March 1999 (No. 5) Mike Hedges
09 Kevin Carter 3:24 Everything Must Go 30 September 1996 (No. 9) Mike Hedges
10 Tsunami 3:49 This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours 5 July 1999 (No. 11) Mike Hedges
11 The Masses Against the Classes 3:23 Non-album track 10 January 2000 (No. 1) Dave Eringa
12 From Despair to Where 3:21 Gold Against the Soul 7 June 1993 (No. 25) Dave Eringa
13 Door to the River 4:41 Previously unreleased Not Charted Mike Hedges
14 Everything Must Go (Edit) 3:07 Everything Must Go 22 July 1996 (No. 5) Mike Hedges
15 Faster 3:53 The Holy Bible 6 June 1994 (No. 16) Manic Street Preachers and Steve Brown
16 Little Baby Nothing (feat. Traci Lords)(7" Version) 4:12 Generation Terrorists 16 November 1992 (No. 29) Steve Brown
17 Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) 3:28 Non-album track 7 September 1992 (No. 7) Manic Street Preachers and Steve Brown
18 So Why So Sad 3:45 Know Your Enemy 26 February 2001 (No. 8) Dave Eringa
19 The Everlasting (Edit) 4:07 This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours 30 November 1998 (No. 11) Mike Hedges
20 Motown Junk 3:59 Non-album track 21 January 1991 (No. 94) Robin Wynn Evans

The Remixes[edit]

  1. "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" (The Chemical Brothers Remix) – 6:32
  2. "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" (David Holmes Remix) – 9:59
  3. "Tsunami" (Cornelius Remix) – 4:07
  4. "So Why So Sad" (The Avalanches Remix) – 4:59
  5. "Faster" (The Chemical Brothers Remix) – 5:46
  6. "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" (Massive Attack Remix) – 4:55
  7. "Kevin Carter" (Jon Carter Remix) – 7:43
  8. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" (David Holmes Remix) – 5:11
  9. "Tsunami" (Stereolab Remix) – 6:45
  10. "Let Robeson Sing" (Ian Brown Remix) – 5:01
  11. "The Everlasting" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Vocal Remix) – 5:14
  12. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" (Mogwai Remix) – 6:14
  13. "A Design for Life" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) – 4:50



Chart (2002) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 4
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 7
Irish Albums (IRMA)[15] 7
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[16] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[17] 32
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 36
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 43
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 65
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 67
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[22] 68
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 83


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  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ BBC Music review
  4. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  5. ^ review
  6. ^ NME review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived January 28, 2008)
  8. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  9. ^ Stylus Magazine review #1
  10. ^ Stylus Magazine review #2
  11. ^ Uncut review
  12. ^ Yahoo! Music UK review at the Wayback Machine (archived August 4, 2004)
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