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|Single by Manic Street Preachers|
|Released||21 January 1991, Re-issue 21 May 2011|
|Format||CD, vinyl record (12", 7")|
|Genre||Alternative rock, glam punk, hard rock|
|Label||Heavenly HVN8 12|
|Producer(s)||Robin Wynn Evans|
|Manic Street Preachers singles chronology|
"Motown Junk" is an early stand alone single from the rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 21 January 1991 and peaked at #94 on the UK Singles Chart. The track has long been a live favourite from the earlier part of their career to the present day. The title track shows the band during their pinnacle of iconoclastic attitude, such as in the lyric, "I laughed when Lennon got shot". The Motown in the title refers to famed 1960s and 1970s label Motown Records. The song also displayed their diverse cultural scope with a Public Enemy-sampling intro and an outro sample of The Skids.
Both B-sides featured on the single ("Sorrow 16" and "We Her Majesty's Prisoners") were on the later singles "Slash 'n' Burn" - "You Love Us" respectively - from the band's debut album, Generation Terrorists. The single was the band's first from their then record label, Heavenly Records. Despite its relatively poor charting, the single gained the band much attention from the press.
The single's cover features a watch recovered from the Hiroshima bomb site depicting the exact moment of detonation.
In 2008, the band added a Johnny Boy Anniversary Mix free embedded version to their official website, which featured spoken dialogue by Richey Edwards.
In 2011, Heavenly Records re-released Motown Junk to sell at the Manic Street Preachers gig on 21 May 2011 and at the Berwick Independent Marker.
CD / 12"
- "Motown Junk"
- "Sorrow 16"
- "We Her Majesty's Prisoners"
- "Side A: Motown Junk"
- "Side B: Sorrow 16"