The Love of Richard Nixon

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"The Love of Richard Nixon"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Lifeblood
Released 18 October 2004
Format CD, DVD
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock, synthpop
Label Epic
Producer(s) Greg Haver, Tom Elmhirst
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"There by the Grace of God"
"The Love of Richard Nixon"
"Empty Souls"

"The Love of Richard Nixon" (About this sound sample ) is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in 2004 by record label Epic as the first single from their seventh studio album, Lifeblood.


The song is, according to the band, "a soundtrack to disillusion, hatred, love and never giving up".[1] 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.[2] 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: "'If Radiohead are Kennedy, then Manic Street Preachers are Nixon: the ugly duckling who had to try 10 times harder than anyone else. Paranoid megalomaniacs.'"[3]

The sound is more electronic than most of their previous hits, indicative of a slight switch in sound on Lifeblood; according to the band the song contains no guitars.[1]


"The Love of Richard Nixon" was released on 18 October 2004[2] by record label Epic as the first single from the band's seventh studio album, Lifebood. It hit number 2 in the UK charts.[4]

Track listing[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "The Love of Richard Nixon" – 3:38
  2. "Everyone Knows/Nobody Cares" – 4:12
CD single 2
  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)
  1. "The Love of Richard Nixon" (video)
  2. Quarantine (In My Place Of) (short film) – 3:50
  3. "Voodoo Polaroids" – 3:55


Chart (2004) Peak
UK Singles Chart 2[4]
UK chart performance
UK Top 40
Week 01 02


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

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