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Generation Plagiarists - Dotmusic, 15th February 2001

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Title: Generation Plagiarists
Publication: Dotmusic
Date: Thursday 15th February 2001


The new Manic Street Preachers album 'Know Your Enemy' features a hidden 'secret' track originally recorded by obscure UK avant-rockers McCarthy, dotmusic can exclusively reveal.

The track, entitled 'We Are All Bourgeoisie Now' and originally recorded in 1987, has been shrouded in secrecy.

It has not been included on the original promo pressings of the record, or listed on the tracklisting released to the music press.

McCarthy released three albums in the late eighties and early nineties and featured guitarist and songwriter Tim Gane, who is now the brains behind equally leftfield adventurers Stereolab.

Speaking to dotmusic today, Gane confirmed that he had been approached about the Manics using the track and said he will get royalties "if they sell any records".

He explained: "They've already done a cover of one of our tracks - 'Charles Windsor' - which was on a B-Side to 'Life Becoming A Landslide'. I also did a remix of 'Tsunami' for them."

Gane, who has just returned from Chicago, USA, where Stereolab have been recording their 12th album, told us how he felt about the Manics: "I like what they say, rather than their music. But I'm not a rock music fan."

'We Are All Bourgeoisie Now' was originally featured on the B-Side to McCarthy's 'Should The Bible Be Banned'.