The Love of Richard Nixon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"The Love of Richard Nixon"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Lifeblood
Released October 18, 2004
Format CD, DVD
Recorded Wales
Genre Alternative rock, synthpop
Length 3:38
Label Epic
Producer(s) Greg Haver, Tom Elmhirst
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"There by the Grace of God"
(2003)
"The Love of Richard Nixon"
(2004)
"Empty Souls"
(2005)

"The Love of Richard Nixon" (About this sound sample ) was the first single to be released from the Manic Street Preachers' seventh studio album Lifeblood. The song is according to the band: 'a soundtrack to disillusion, hatred, love and never giving up'. More specifically, the song is a sympathetic appraisal of former US president Richard Nixon and mentions some of his positive achievements, inevitably overshadowed by the Watergate Scandal. The timing of the single's release, two weeks before George W. Bush's victory at the 2004 US presidential elections, can also be seen as a statement by the band concerning the reputation of the USA's leadership at the time.

In an interview with Repeat Fanzine, the band also said it represents how they feel in comparison to Radiohead. Nicky in particular commented that they feel like Richard Nixon compared to Radiohead's John F. Kennedy.[1] ""If Radiohead are Kennedy," he smiles, switching to soundbite mode, "then Manic Street Preachers are Nixon: the ugly duckling who had to try 10 times harder than anyone else. Paranoid megalomaniacs.""[1]

It hit #2 in the UK charts.[2] The sound is more electronic than most of their previous hits, indicative of a slight switch in sound on Lifeblood; according to the band this track contains no guitars.

Track listing[edit]

CD1[edit]

  1. "The Love of Richard Nixon" – 3:38
  2. "Everyone Knows/Nobody Cares" – 4:12

CD2[edit]

  1. "The Love of Richard Nixon" – 3:38
  2. "Everything Will Be" – 5:08
  3. "Askew Road" – 2:58
  4. "The Love of Richard Nixon" (video)

DVD[edit]

  1. "The Love of Richard Nixon" (video)
  2. "Quarantine (In My Place Of)" – Short Film – 3:50
  3. "Voodoo Polaroids" – 3:55

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[2] 2

References[edit]