Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc. the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953, but expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of genres, including pop, R&B, hip hop. Epic Records has released music by artists including Glenn Miller, Tammy Wynette, George Michael, The Yardbirds, Shakin Stevens, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent, Sly & the Family Stone, The Hollies, Celine Dion, ABBA, Culture Club, Dave Clark Five, Gloria Estefan, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Michael Jackson. Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels. Artists who have signed to Epic Records include French Montana, Fiona Apple, Sara Bareilles, Jennifer Lopez, Keyshia Cole, Hardwell, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Hudson, Zara Larsson, Mariah Carey, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Camila Cabello, Swizz Beatz and Louis Tomlinson.
Epic Records was launched in 1953 by the Columbia Records unit of CBS for the purpose of marketing jazz and classical music that did not fit the theme of its more mainstream Columbia Records label. Initial classical music releases were from Philips Records which distributed Columbia product in Europe. Pop talent on co-owned Okeh Records were transferred to Epic which made Okeh a rhythm and blues label. Epic's bright-yellow and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases; this has included such notables as the Berlin Philharmonic, Charles Rosen, the Juilliard String Quartet, Antal Doráti conducting the Hague Philharmonic and George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. By 1960, Epic became better known for its signing of newer, fledgling acts. By the end of the 1960s, Epic earned its first gold records and had evolved into a formidable hit-making force in rock and roll, R&B and country music. Among its many acts, it included Roy Hamilton, Bobby Vinton, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Tammy Wynette, The Yardbirds, July, Helen Shapiro and Jeff Beck.
Several of the British artists on the Epic roster during the 1960s were the result of CBS's Epic/Okeh units' international distribution deal with EMI. Epic was involved in a notable "trade" of artists. Graham Nash was signed to Epic because of his membership in The Hollies; when the newly formed Crosby, Stills & Nash wanted to sign with Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegün worked out a deal with Clive Davis whereby Richie Furay's new band Poco would sign with Epic. Epic's commercial success continued to grow in the 1970s with releases from ABBA in the UK, Cheap Trick, The Clash, Charlie Daniels, Heart, The Isley Brothers, The Jacksons, George Jones, Meat Loaf, Johnny Nash, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, Minnie Riperton, Charlie Rich, Sly & the Family Stone, Steve Vai, Edgar Winter. Contributing to the label's success was its distribution of Philadelphia International Records, which produced additional hit records by acts such as The Three Degrees and McFadden and Whitehead. During the 1960s, Epic oversaw the smaller subsidiary CBS labels including Okeh Records and Date Records.
In 1968, Epic recordings began being distributed in the UK by CBS after the distribution deal with EMI expired that year. Sony Corporation bought CBS Records in 1987, the company was renamed Sony Music in 1991, it began splitting European operations into two separate labels and Columbia, in 1992, in 1997, Sony Music Australia and New Zealand followed suit. In 2004, Sony merged with music distributor BMG, bringing Arista Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA Records, Zomba Group of Companies to one parent company known as Sony BMG Music Entertainment. In 2008, Sony bought out BMG for $1.2 billion, bringing all affiliated labels together as Sony Music Entertainment International, SMEI. The merger was approved by the European Union in 2009. Epic's 1980s and 1990s mainstream success were fueled by its signing and releasing of albums by notable acts such as Michael Jackson, Culture Club, the Miami Sound Machine and Gloria Estefan and George Michael, Adam Ant, Living Colour, Dead or Alive, Cyndi Lauper, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Luther Vandross, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rage Against the Machine, Céline Dion, Oasis among others.
One of the label's greatest financial payoffs came via the release of Thriller, the 1982 album by Michael Jackson, which went on to achieve 51–65 million in worldwide sales, becoming the biggest selling album in history. Epic Soundtrax was founded in 1992, it was central to Epic's 1990s success, with 11 releases cumulatively selling more than 40 million records over a three-year period. Notable releases included soundtrack albums for Honeymoon in Vegas, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump and Judgement Night. In July 2011, L. A. Reid became the CEO of Epic Records, signing artists such as TLC, Toni Braxton, Cher Lloyd, Avril Lavigne, Future, Yo Gotti, Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled and Travis Scott. Epic signed the winners of The X Factor during the seasons that Reid appeared on the show. In 2013, Sylvia Rhone, former president of Universal Motown, launched the imprint Vested In Culture through Epic Records. A year she was named president of the label. In November 2014, Mosley Music Group created
Rewind the Film
Rewind the Film is the eleventh studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 16 September 2013 by record label Columbia; the sound is different from previous records and is more acoustic-driven. It features Cate Le Bon and Richard Hawley; the album peaked at number 4 in the UK Albums Chart. Rewind the Film was recorded in the Manics' Faster studio in Cardiff, Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Hansa Studios in Berlin. In a statement, the band announced, " this record has a relation in the Manics back catalogue, it's the sedate coming of age, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours."Rewind the Film is the first of two new albums the Manics recorded in 2013. In February 2013, the band announced via Twitter, "MSP were in the great Hansa Studios in January with Alex Silva. Berlin was inspirational... Sean been playing a french horn in the studio today - sounding wonderful."In May 2013, the Manics announced that they were in the process of recording two new albums with 35 new songs being recorded.
Vocalist/lead guitarist James Dean Bradfield told the NME, "We've nearly finished mixing this. It's much more acoustic based – I think there's one electric guitar on the entire record, but it's not Campfire Street Preachers, we're not banging boxes or anything... The lead track sounds like a mix between "Rocks Off"-era Stones and Vegas-era Elvis." Bradfield revealed, "I can tell you that both albums will be different from each other in terms of style... One will be more acoustic and gentle in nature with lots of horns and a real atlantic soul element to it, while the other's going to be way more spikey with lots and lots of electric guitar on there."After recording the new material, the Manics embarked on a 3-date concert tour of Australia and New Zealand in June–July 2013, in tandem with the British and Irish Lions rugby union tour of Australia. The Manics did not perform any new songs during this tour, they posted the message, "Manics fans might want to listen to 6music Monday morning." The song "Rewind the Film", featuring former Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley, premiered online and on BBC Radio 6 on 8 July 2013.
The new album's title and release date were announced on the Manics' official website on the same day. In June 2013, Richard Hawley discussed how he came to work with the Manics: Other guest artists on Rewind the Film include Lucy Rose on the track "This Sullen Welsh Heart" and Cate Le Bon on the track "4 Lonely Roads." The Manics revealed Le Bon's involvement in March 2013, posting, "The brilliant Cate Le Bon has given us a stunning vocal on a new Manics track-Four Lonely Roads-her voice is so pure+beautiful. Excited." James Dean Bradfield claimed that guest vocalists were brought onto the album as he felt his own voice wasn't good enough for all of the new songs: "I've got a sneaking feeling that I've been singing our songs for so long it's hard to find something new as a vocalist. It's easier as a drummer or a bassist to find a different direction, but if you try to change the sound of your voice, you end up sounding like a dick... And I felt. There's no point in having an ego about it. I don't care.
I've had enough props and glory."The Manics revealed to the NME that the Rewind the Film track "30-Year War" is an anti-Margaret Thatcher song written long before the former Prime Minister's death in 2013. James Dean Bradfield described "30-Year War" as the most "angry" track on the album, Nicky Wire said, "It starts with the miners' strike and moves through Hillsborough, it's a critique of the attack on the working classes over the last 30 years. It's the most spiteful, angry track on the album, it's the link to the other record - it sounds like Lodger-era Bowie."Nicky Wire provided a detailed track-by-track review of Rewind the Film for The Quietus, published online on 4 September 2013. Wire said, "We wrote'3 Ways to See Despair' for Morrissey but we were too scared to ask him. He's the one person. I can take it from most people."In July 2013, BBC Radio 6 revealed that the second album recorded by the Manics in 2013 is titled Futurology and has a tentative release date of June 2014. Regarding that album, James Dean Bradfield has stated, "It's shinier.
It's much more band-based, a tiny bit of Krautrock influence. It's not like The Holy Bible but there's a bit of the same intent and threat. Lyrically, it's got a European fascination; the landscape of Europe, the malaise of Europe, the malaise of us Brits not feeling part of it. We're not talking like the Tories, don't worry – there's not a song where we opt out of Europe; the lead track is me singing half in English and half in German." Nicky Wire told the NME, "I think by next March or April, we'll have it all ready... It's not just chucking something out. It's the next step on from The Holy Journal for Plague Lovers. It's quite intense but synthetic as well." Rewind the Film was released in deluxe versions. It was released digitally and on vinyl; the deluxe version of Rewind the Film includes a second disc, featuring demo versions of all twelve album tracks, plus live versions of "There by the Grace of God", "Stay Beautiful", "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough", "The Love of Richard Nixon" and "Revol".
All live tracks were recorded at the Manics' "A Night of National Treasures" concert at The O2 Arena, London on 17 December 2011. Also
New Art Riot
New Art Riot E. P. is an EP by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. Released on 22 June 1990 by the Damaged Goods record label, it was the band's first release 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, the EP provided the musical template for the band of what was to come. On the synthesis behind the record's creation and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards stated: "We've just got pissed off with seeing so much ugliness about. Everybody knows life is ugly, but it seems to me all bands around today want to do is reflect it". New Art Riot was recorded in March 1990 at Workshop Studios in Redditch, England, it was produced by Robin Wynn Evans of 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 signed by the band and Evans, was used as a doorstop at his Perthshire T Pot studio.
New Art Riot was released on 22 June 1990 as a limited edition 12" vinyl of 1,000 copies by record label Damaged Goods. The release led to a reasonable amount of media coverage on the band. Melody Maker qualified the EP as Single of the Week; 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. New Art Riot has since been repressed and reissued on CD and vinyl, as well as being made available digitally. A live version of "New Art Riot" featured as a B-side on the band's single "Faster". All lyrics written by Richey Edwards. Manic Street PreachersJames Dean Bradfield – vocals, guitar Nicky Wire – bass guitar Richey Edwards – guitar Sean Moore – drumsTechnicalMark Tempest – production, engineering New Art Riot at YouTube New Art Riot E. P. at Discogs
Send Away the Tigers
Send Away the Tigers is the eighth studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers, released on 7 May 2007 by record label Columbia. It reached number 2 on the UK Albums Chart; the album was due to hit number 1 in the charts, but at the end of the week 690 copies separated the Manics from the Arctic Monkeys on the top spot. The album is named after a phrase the English comedian Tony Hancock used to refer to "battling one's inner demons by getting drunk"; the album is seen as a return to the hard-edged, more guitar-driven sound of their earlier releases, being described as a hard rock album by AllMusic and Sputnikmusic, as well as glam rock by Uncut and Reno Gazette-Journal. The band itself has described it as a mixture of Everything Must Go; the album was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. The album sleeve features a quotation from Wyndham Lewis: "When a man is young, he is a revolutionary of some kind. So here I am, speaking of my revolution". "I'm Just a Patsy" is a direct quotation from Lee Harvey Oswald -, referenced in the song - upon his public denial of the murder of U.
S. President John F. Kennedy. Nina Persson from The Cardigans shares vocals on "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough", the first single from the album; the song "Rendition" concerns the act of extraordinary rendition, described as a global system of human rights violations. The song is inspired by the Academy Award-winning 1982 film Missing starring Jack Lemmon; the photographs used as the album artwork are taken from the book Monika Monster Future First Woman on Mars by Valerie Phillips. The models are a Polish-American college student called her cousin Kate. In September 2008 the band embedded three songs on their website, named "Donkeys", "Untitled Instrumental" and "Motown Junk", they were replaced by songs from their next album in April 2009. The song "Underdogs" was made available as a free download and limited edition one sided 7" single on 19 March 2007 as a'thank you' to the fans who have supported the Manics over the years; the song received its premiere on the Phill Jupitus show on BBC 6 Music on Saint David's Day.
The album was released on May 7, 2007, it entered and peaked the UK Album Chart at number 2, it sold 38,769 copies in the first week, the album was BPI certified as achieving Gold status during week 30 of 2007. In Ireland the album peaked at number 4, it reached the Top 10 in Finland and as for Europe, the album peaked at number 9 in the European charts. The preceding single of the album "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" featured Nina Persson from The Cardigans and debuted at No. 26 in the UK Singles Chart, reaching its peak on the second week, where it reached No. 2. "Autumnsong" was the second single and it managed to peak at No. 10, on the other end, the last single from the album, "Indian Summer", peaked at No. 22, making it the first Manics single not to chart in the Top 20 since 1994's "She Is Suffering". The band released a special edition of the record on 12 May 2017; the special edition featured a remastered album as well as b-sides and rarities spread over two discs, plus a DVD which features the band's 2007 Glastonbury performance, rehearsal footage, an album track-by-track, promo videos.
Considered a return to form for Manic Street Preachers, Send Away the Tigers was released to positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 69 out of 100, which indicates "generally favourable reviews," based on 13 reviews. Q Magazine awarded the album four stars out of five, describing Send Away the Tigers as a "back-to-basics" rock record and calling it "overdue": "Send Away the Tigers refocuses the trio, allowing them to relocate their original plot and make a big rock classic." The publication cited the single "Autumnsong" as its highlight, while "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" won Best Track at the 2007 Q Awards. NME gave the album eight out of ten, calling it the band's best release since 1996's Everything Must Go, the "cathartic regeneration that the band needed in order to become relevant again." Talia Kraines, writing for BBC Online and called Send Away the Tigers a "brilliant pop record."Among less positive commentaries, The Guardian and The Observer both awarded the album three stars, with the latter describing Send Away the Tigers as a "pedestrian retread of former glories."
Alex Denney went further in a negative review for Drowned in Sound, describing the album as a "bloated swansong", "embarrassing" in parts, with the band "going through the motions". AllMusic disagreed, with Stephen Thomas Erlewine describing its short and concise length as a "welcome progression from a band that only a couple of albums back seemed stuck in a rut with no way out." Retrospectively, NME cited the record as when the band "rediscovered their sense of purpose and ushered in their third great phase" with the critically acclaimed Journal for Plague Lovers and Postcards from a Young Man following. Bassist Nicky Wire remains fond of the album, saying of the pre-Send Away the Tigers period: "It didn't feel like we were a band just before that. We were on the verge of nothingness and to dig that out of ourselves made us fall in love with music again." The album helped earn the band the following accolades from critics: NME "Godlike Genius Award" in the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards. The album was placed at #16 in Q Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2007.
Uncut made Send Away the Tigers the 43rd best album of 2007. The record was re-evaluated
The Holy Bible (album)
The Holy Bible is the third studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 30 August 1994 by record label Epic. At the time the album was written and recorded and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards was struggling with severe depression, alcohol abuse, self-harm and anorexia nervosa, its contents are considered by many sources to reflect his mental state; the songs focus on themes relating to human suffering. The Holy Bible was the band's last album released before Edwards' disappearance on 1 February 1995. Although it reached number 6 on the UK Albums Chart global sales were disappointing compared to previous albums and the record did not chart in mainland Europe or North America, it was promoted with tours and festival appearances in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand – in part without Edwards. The Holy Bible has sold over half a million copies worldwide as of 2014 and over the years it received significant critical acclaim; the album has been featured and listed on lists of the best albums of all time by British music publications such as Melody Maker, NME and Q.
According to drummer Sean Moore, the band felt they had been "going a bit astray" with their previous album, 1993's Gold Against the Soul, so the approach to the follow-up was for the band to go back to their "grass roots" and rediscover "a little bit of Britishness that we lacked". Singer and guitarist James Dean Bradfield recalls the band feeling they had become "a bit too rockist we had lost our direction"; the band stopped listening to American rock music and returned to influences that had inspired them when they first formed, including Magazine, Skids, PiL, Gang of Four, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees. Epic Records had proposed that the album be recorded in Barbados, but the band had wanted to avoid what Bradfield called "all that decadent rockstar rubbish", it was bassist Nicky Wire's idea, says Bradfield, that the band "should not use everything at its disposal" in recording the album. Instead, recording began with sound engineer Alex Silva at the low-rent, "absolutely tiny" Sound Space Studios in Cardiff.
The album was mixed by Mark Freegard, who had worked with The Breeders. "She Is Suffering" was produced by Steve Brown. The recording took four weeks. Bradfield has described the recording of the album as preventing him from having a social life and Alex Silva attributes the break-up of his relationship with his girlfriend at the time to the long hours involved in the recording. Guitarist Richey Edwards attended recording sessions but would, according to Wire, "collapse on the settee and have a snooze" while the other band members did all the recording, he was drinking and crying. "Inevitably", says Bradfield, "the day would start with a'schhht!'. Whereas lyric-writing on the two previous albums was split evenly between Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire, the lyrics on The Holy Bible were 70-75% written by Edwards, according to James Dean Bradfield. At the time of the album's 10th anniversary reissue Wire claimed to be responsible for "This Is Yesterday" and "Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart", contributing only titles to some of the other songs.
However, on reinspecting his notebooks, Wire was surprised to find he had contributed more lyrics than he had remembered, having written significant portions of "Of Walking Abortion" and "Mausoleum" and a number of lines from "Faster", now believing himself to be responsible for around 30% of the words on the album. The album's lyrics deal with subjects including prostitution, American consumerism, British imperialism, freedom of speech, the Holocaust, self-starvation, serial killers, the death penalty, political revolution, childhood and suicide. According to Q: "the tone of the album is by turns bleak and resigned"; the same magazine commented in 1994 that "even a cursory glance at the titles will confirm that this is not the new Gloria Estefan album". Sean Moore has described the content of the lyrics as being "as far as Richey's character could go". According to Bradfield: "Some of the lyrics confused me; some were voyeuristic and some were coming from personal experience I remember getting the lyrics to'Yes' and thinking'You crazy fucker, how do I write music for this?'".
Critic Simon Price notes that the potential radio-friendliness of the song is undermined by its focus on the subject of prostitution and the recurrence of sexual swearing in the lyric. Interviewed at the time of the album's release, Nicky Wire said that the track "Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart" was "not a anti-American song", but instead was about "how the most empty culture in the world can dominate in such a total sense". "Of Walking Abortion" is about right-wing totalitarianism, of which Wire commented: "there's a worm in human nature that makes us want to be dominated". "Archives of Pain", dealing with the glorification of serial killers and advocating capital punishment, he said "was the song that me and Richey worried about most the song isn't a right wing statement, it's just against this fascination with people who kill". In 1994, Bradfield described the song as "one of the most important things we've done" but said it was "very right-wing" and "miscalculated".
Wire described "Revol" as being about Edwards' idea that "relationships in politics, relationships in general, are failures". "P. C. P.", he said, was about how "PC followers take up the idea of being liberal but end up being quite the
McCarthy were a British indie pop band, formed in Barking, Greater London, England in 1984 by schoolmates Malcolm Eden and Tim Gane with John Williamson and Gary Baker. Lætitia Sadier joined the band on vocals for their final studio album, they mixed a melodic style, dominated by Gane's 12-string guitar playing, with Eden's overtly political lyrics satirical in tone, which reflected the band's far-left leanings. Malcolm Eden, Tim Gane and John Williamson met at Barking Abbey Comprehensive School. Gane was a drummer, but was taught to play guitar by Eden, who taught Williamson to play bass. Eden and Gane were fans of punk groups such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks, they covered their songs in small gigs as teenagers. Baker joined in 1984, with the new line-up deciding on the name McCarthy, they released a self-financed first single, "In Purgatory" in 1985; the band were signed by the Pink Label, releasing two further singles "Red Sleeping Beauty" and "Frans Hals". The band had a track included on the NME C86 album.
Their debut album I Am a Wallet was released in 1987. DJ John Peel featured the album in a BBC Radio 1 session; because of Eden's Marxist political views, the band were brought up with other left-wing acts like Billy Bragg and The Redskins. I Am a Wallet has since been described by Nicky Wire as "the most perfect record, a Communist manifesto with tunes", was rated by James Dean Bradfield as his top British album of all time. Two further singles were issued in early 1988, followed by the album, The Enraged Will Inherit the Earth. A year they released a third album Banking and the Inner Life Today, with Lætitia Sadier on vocals. Eden stated that there was no need to continue with the band, believing that their creativity peaked with the album; the band's final show was at the London School of Economics in 1990. The band had two songs in John Peel's Festive Fifty: "Frans Hals" in 1987, "Should the Bible Be Banned" in 1988. After their disbandment and Sadier formed Stereolab, while Eden formed the short-lived Herzfeld.
Baker went on to a career before going on to work for The Guardian. Williamson went on to work for Domino Records. McCarthy were a major early influence on Manic Street Preachers who covered three of their songs: "We Are All Bourgeois Now" appeared as a hidden track on their Know Your Enemy album. Nicky Wire has commented on the band and the album I Am a Wallet: "McCarthy - the great lost band of the'80s they redesigned my idea of politics and pop, it could be intelligent, it could be beautiful, they were frail, romantic idealists. The songs exercised your brain, they were my education, my information and they are to blame for the realisation of the Manic Street Preachers. I still fall in love with this album every six months, it makes me feel guilty because it's so good". Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart. I Am a Wallet The Enraged Will Inherit the Earth Banking and the Inner Life Today "In Purgatory" "Red Sleeping Beauty" "Frans Hals" "The Well of Loneliness" "This Nelson Rockefeller" "Should the Bible Be Banned" "Keep an Open Mind or Else" McCarthy at War EP "Get a Knife Between Your Teeth" A La Guillotine!
That's All Very Well But... John Peel Session "A Child Soon In Chains" "Frans Hals" "An MP Speaks" "Antinature"Janice Long Session "The Wicked Palace Revolution" "The Vision Of Peregrine Worsthorne" "The Well of Loneliness" "Monetaries"John Peel Session "Charles Windsor" "The Funeral" "Should The Bible Be Banned" "This Nelson Rockefeller"John Peel Session "The Myth Of The North-South Divide" "I'm Not A Patriot But..." "Keep An Open Mind Or Else" "The Lion Will Lie Down With The Lamb" twee.net article McCarthy John Peel Sessions About McCarthy Lyrics Archive
Roses in the Hospital
"Roses in the Hospital" is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in 1993 by record label Epic as the third single from their second album, Gold Against the Soul. At the end of the song James Dean Bradfield can be heard singing the line "Rudi gonna fail", a reference to "Rudie Can't Fail", a song by The Clash from their seminal album London Calling; the Manics have cited The Clash as one of the key influences on their sound. "Roses in the Hospital" was released in September 1993 by record label Epic Records as the third single from the band's second album, Gold Against the Soul. Reaching number 15 in the UK charts, it would prove to be the highest charting single from any of the group's first three albums. Sales of the single were aided by the band's appearance supporting Bon Jovi at the Milton Keynes Bowl on 18 August 1993; the line "we don't want your fucking love" was excised from the radio edit of the song, being replaced by a reiteration of the title.
The song's closing refrain of "Forever delayed" would provide the title for the band's greatest hits compilation, an album on which "Roses in the Hospital" itself would not make an appearance. CD"Roses in the Hospital" – 4:15 "Us Against You" – 3:19 "Donkeys" – 3:10 "Wrote for Luck" – 2:4212""Roses in the Hospital" "Roses in the Hospital" "Roses in the Hospital" "Roses in the Hospital" "Roses in the Hospital" "Roses in the Hospital"7" / cassette"Roses in the Hospital" "Us Against You" "Donkeys"