New Art Riot (EP)

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New Art Riot E.P.
EP by Manic Street Preachers
Released 22 June 1990
Recorded early 1990
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock
Label Damaged Goods
Producer Robin Wynn Evans
Manic Street Preachers chronology
"UK Channel Boredom"
New Art Riot
"Motown Junk"

New Art Riot E.P. is an EP by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. Released on 22 June 1990, through the Damaged Goods label, it was the first to feature the four-piece line-up of James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Richey Edwards and Sean Moore.

Featuring short, fast-paced hard rock songs and influenced by favourites of the group such as The Clash,[citation needed] the EP provided the musical template for the band of what was to come.


New Art Riot E.P. was produced by Robin Wynn Evans (of The View, Sam Brown and Dodgy fame). When Edwards asked for the sound of a guitar smashing to be added to one of the tracks, Evans replied "smash your guitar then!" The dismembered neck of the guitar was then signed by the band and Evans, and was used as a doorstop at his Perthshire T Pot studio.[citation needed]

The promotional video for the song "Strip It Down" features the band wearing spray-stencil slogans on their shirts, Bradfield sporting bleached blonde hair, performing in front of a psychedelic fractal backdrop.[1]


The EP was originally issued as a limited edition 12" vinyl of 1,000 copies. It has since been repressed and reissued on CD and vinyl, as well as being made available digitally.

A live version of "New Art Riot" (titled "New Art Riot in E Minor") featured as a B-side on The Holy Bible single "Faster/P.C.P.".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nicky Wire and Richey Edwards, all music composed by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore.

No. Title Length
1. "New Art Riot"   3:10
2. "Strip It Down"   2:26
3. "Last Exit on Yesterday"   2:41
4. "Teenage 20/20"   3:01




  1. ^ Price, S. (1999). Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers). Virgin Books. p. 29. 

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