La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)

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"La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Gold Against the Soul
Released 26 July 1993
Format CD, vinyl record (12"), cassette
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:13
Label Columbia
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"From Despair to Where"
(1993)
"La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)"
(1993)
"Roses in the Hospital"
(1993)

"La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in 1993 by record label Columbia as the second single from their second studio album Gold Against the Soul.

It reached number 22 in UK Singles Chart.[1]

Content[edit]

The song's title is taken from the last words of Vincent van Gogh, loosely translated as "the sadness persists".[2][3] However, the lyrics are written from the perspective of a war veteran, containing the line "wheeled out once a year, a cenotaph souvenir" and tracking the bathetic progress of the former soldier's war medal: "It sells at market stalls/Parades Milan catwalks".[2][4][5]

The B-side, "Patrick Bateman", is a "tribute" to the American Psycho character.

Release[edit]

"La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" was released as a single on 26 July 1993 by record label Columbia. It reached number 22 in the UK Singles Chart on 31 July.[1]

"La Tristesse Durera" also made an appearance as track number four on Forever Delayed (28 October 2002), the Manics' greatest hits album.

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Length
1. "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" (7" version)  
2. "Patrick Bateman"    
3. "What's My Name" (live The Clash cover at Cambridge Junction, 20 October 1992)  
4. "Slash 'n' Burn" (live at Norwich UEA, 21 October 1992)  
12"
No. Title Length
1. "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" (album version)  
2. "Patrick Bateman"    
3. "Repeat" (live in Norwich, 21 October 1992)  
4. "Tennessee (I Get Low)"    
Cassette
Side A
No. Title Length
1. "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)"    
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Patrick Bateman"    

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Archive Chart: 1993-07-31" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "la tristesse durera...". Manics.nl. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Wise, Nick (1997). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press. pp. 1995–1996. ISBN 978-0-7119-6011-4. 
  4. ^ Owen, Paul (27 November 2008). "The Manics' lyrics were something special". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Middles, Mick (2000). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-7119-7738-9.