Empty Souls

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"Empty Souls"
EmptySouls.jpg
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Lifeblood
Released 10 January 2005
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:09
Label Epic
Writer(s) Nicky Wire, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore
Producer(s) Greg Haver
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"The Love of Richard Nixon"
(2004)
"Empty Souls"
(2005)
"Underdogs"
(2007)

"Empty Souls" is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in 2005 by record label Epic as the second and final single taken from their seventh studio album, Lifeblood.

Content[edit]

"Empty Souls" is said to be the political response from the band in relation to the September 11 attacks.[1]

The single edit features a lyric that was changed from the album version. The chorus line on the album version runs "collapsing like the Twin Towers", but for the single it was changed to "collapsing like dying flowers". The backing vocals can still be heard to sing the original line, although this may have been kept in by mistake.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song sees the band separated throughout, only to meet up at the end after treks through various parts of Berlin, Germany.[1]

Release[edit]

"Empty Souls" was released on 10 January 2005 by record label Epic as the second and final single from the band's seventh studio album, Lifeblood. The single reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart,[3] missing out on becoming the 1,000th number 1 in UK chart history to the latest in a series of Elvis number 1 single re-issues making the top of the charts at the time.[4]

The DVD version of the single features two new songs which are both sung entirely by the band's bassist, Nicky Wire. The music for "Dying Breeds" is also entirely written by him, and the music for "Failure Bound" is the track "No Jubilees" played backwards. The video for "Dying Breeds" was directed by Wire's brother Patrick Jones, who made similar short videos for album tracks such as "1985".[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "Empty Souls (single version)" – 4:09
  2. "All Alone Here" – 3:16
CD single 2
  1. "Empty Souls (album version)" – 4:09
  2. "No Jubilees" – 3:42
  3. "Litany" – 3:29
  4. "Empty Souls" (video)
DVD
  1. "Empty Souls" (video)
  2. "Dying Breeds" (video) – 3:59
  3. "Failure Bound" – 2:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 2[3]
UK chart performance
UK Top 40
Week 01 02
Position
2
26

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Power, Martin (17 October 2010). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press. 
  2. ^ Martin Clarke, Manic Street Preachers: Sweet Venom (Plexus, 2009).
  3. ^ a b "Manic Street Preachers". Official Charts. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Martin Clarke, Manic Street Preachers: Sweet Venom (Plexus, 2009).
  5. ^ Martin Clarke, Manic Street Preachers: Sweet Venom (Plexus, 2009).

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