Sideways Sunday: ‘Australia’ by the Manic Street Preachers!
SIDEWAYS SUNDAY – MANIC STREET PREACHERS – AUSTRALIA
Let us journey back in time to December 1996 when the Manic Street Preachers released Australia – it was their 23rd single to be released in the UK and reached number 7 on the charts.
The song was entitled ‘Australia’ as a location that was the furthest away from Wales possible, thought to be a metaphor for putting emotional distance between some of the feuding band members at the time.
On a personal note I love the song – I think it’s uplifting and has such a raw energy to it – plus the chorus is amazing to just let yourself go to and sing along – if I ever am lucky enough to go to Australia then this will be my go-to song!
My contemporaries might also remember the song for another reason..Renford Rejects which was an amazing kids TV show set around a 5-a-side football team in the UK produced and broadcast by Nickelodeon UK between 1998 and 2001.