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If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
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    There’s something going wrong in this world.there’s too much violence and lack of respect for everything.we have the right to teach our children to build a better world for their future.so then they will live in a better place and we will be sure and proud that we made a good job as parents.that’s what my parents have done with me.it all happened naturally and so it has to be for everyone of you out there.peace.

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    Your lyrics.....- 'if you tolerate this' has had a massive resonance in the current climate, here in Manchester.. on the demos over the last few weeks.. I have seen it, hummed its, read it on placards,,,The Tory party, as if it was one party,,, will hold their conference in my city at the end of the month. So wrong. Can we use your lyrics as we berate them for them damage they have done.

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    I was 15 in 1998. The age you get totally into music. Got besotted by this song. Played the album over and over again. Bought all the Manics albums. Ever since, my family had to listen to it in the car when we went on holidays to Wales. After more than 20 years (gosh I feel old) the song never lost its meaning and its timeless sound.

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    Back when music meant something, I remember being at high school when this is my truth was released. I spent hours learning and playing if you tolerate this, probably to an unhealthy level. Bands no longer write songs with such context, yet the manics are still doing so and will always be relevant! "Painting is stronger than I am - it makes me do what ever it wants" - Pablo Picasso

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    Travel...

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    The travel.

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    Shit happens stay strong

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    Please come to Poland! <3

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    I've been on a trip to Portugal, when "If you tolerate this..." was released as a single and when I first heard it on the radio. It instantly blew me away. Just one week before I fell in love with a girl who today is my wonderful and beloved wife. So despite the truly depressing background of the song, it will always remind me of my one and only, everlasting truth.

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    The Manics have taught me so much. They have educated me. And about so much more than school ever did. This is the reason why I will always love these brilliant intelligent men. So I will send them as much love as it is possible for someone to send to their all time favourite band. You really are genius. Thank you for the music.

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    James Dean's voice is always amazing, but when I hear this song I'm so moved everytime. I cannot put my finger on what exactly it is, for me, the voice, the music and the sentiment are simply perfection. As with all the manics songs they provide a message and have importance, and this song represents the many ways we as adults shape our children's perspectives on life and themselves, and how crucial it is to get this right, for individuals, society and the planet. The future is everything.

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    This has the purest lyric of all time that is my personal favourite on the streets tonight an old man plays, with newspaper cuttings of his glory days. "

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    we dont understand whats happening, the masses manipulated sleep walking to totalitarianism blind popularism sheep that want to feel a part of a lie, dead sheep, nothing nothing no future you live you die you buy a house have a job in the middle you made it, you live you die no feeling, sheep, my truth I have little on the outside, inside I have it all, I love, I can give love, I can accept love I have no agenda, I am alive I feel, those sheep are not, I scream inside for the sheep to wake

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    The song speaks to me about the fight against fascism, the effort and sacrifice of the international brigade and how we must continue to stand up for decent, working class values. The song also connects me spiritually to my Grandfather who fought with the International Brigade during the Spanish civil war! One for all and all for one

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    There are dimensions beyond sight, we feel them when we stand in our truth, and something of them stands with us when we do giving us the courage we need to act . From this place the deceptions of the world fall away and we see the true beauty of what is possible. ¡{~º~}¡ I am so glad you brought this song into the world, every time I really sit and listen to it I cry.

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    Hard hitting lyrics that still ring true to this day. In our world now it is a great opportunity to look back on this and see how things nearly went to shit in the past and how we can know that our children wont be 'next'.

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    This is my song that my Dad associated to me when I was born as it was playing on the radio back on the Sunday in 1999. Making this album almost the exact same age as me as I turn 20 this year.

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    WE ARE ALL THE SAME !

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    Enjoy every minute of your life

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    I had been a bullied girl for 10 years. At first, kids insulted me, due to being fat and wearing glasses at elementary school, neither psychologists could help me to get through it. i usually said my mom that I was ill or not feeling well as I didn't want t get up to go to that hell. This got worse in secondary (beats up, insults...), even they pursued me outside school. This situation, made me become a bit mistrustful to people. Kids never give up and fight if you're suffering from bullying.

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    Always loved the song for the fact it gives me immense pride in my fellow Welshmen who fought Fascism in Spain, the sad truth with the ugly return of fascist rhetoric means this song will remain relevant. Despite how bleak everything seems it's giving me faith that we can once again fight this evil ideology and bring about a better world for those that will follow us. ¡No pasarán!

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    'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next' has always resonated with me, ever since hearing that first strange, distorted chord. Lyrically, it's up there with The Smiths' 'How Soon Is Now?' for me. Being raised in a working- class, nowhere town in Britain, both bands taught me a lot about myself and the socio- politics of this country. The rising chorus of 'Tolerate' holds a timeless power that belongs to the working people. It's a song that politicians will never understand.

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    Manic Street Preachers I discovered in 2012, the first song I heard was "You Stole the Sun from My Heart". I consider them one of the best music groups and James Dean Bradfield as the best singer in the world. I saw them live in Prague 2012 and 2014, I have a lifetime experience. So much elan, feeling, truth ... Thank you very much for everything!

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    I'm from Russia and I feel that my country is on on the verge of civil war. People's discontent is growing up every day, but government can only suppress it with brute force and weapons. It's really scary. I know about war only from historical books and dodn't want to experience it in real life. This is the reason why I associate this song with place where I live. Russia needs changes, but changes without casualties and blood.

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    Been a fan for many years, so many songs mean so much, but have a loving memory of this song playing in my car with a my daughter 5 yrs old singing for all her worth too it, happy to say she loves it still as do i

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    Because surely everyone has a black dog on their shoulder?

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    There's never been anything quite like If You Tolerate This in terms of the impact on my life that song has had. It's the first Manics song I fell in love with and something that will be beside me until the very end. It remains as melancholic and gorgeous as it first did two decades ago.

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    The video for If You Tolerate This was premiered on MTV on my 18th birthday. I remember sitting for ages waiting so I could record it on vhs, then replayed it over and over. Ran with the tape to my boyfriend's house to make him watch it too as soon as he was up. I was already a huge Manics fan but the beauty of Tolerate and the fact the video was released on that day made it so much more special. It is one of my favourite songs ever and it still gets me in the gut when the boys play it live.

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    I genuinely think that this song is as close to perfection as any song can be. How can you say so much with so few words? You can hum it to yourself walking alone and you can shout it out loud on a gig together with thousands of other people with tears pouring down your cheeks. It echoes with my feelings so much, I also feel so young and so vain, I also walked La Ramblas, but not with real intent... It makes me wonder, are there any real heroes left in our egoistic postmodern world?

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    This song reminds me of a dark part of the history of my country,Spain.It makes us look back to the past to understand our present and future better.

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    Having learned nothing about the Spanish Civil War in school the line "If I can shoot rabbits/then I can shoot fascists" caught my attention and sent me on a quest to read up on a part of history I knew nothing about. That quote remains one of my favorites.

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    July 1998 While celebrating my Honeymoon in Greece I heard "If you tolerate …" on MTV Europe. I instantly fell in love. Upon arriving back in Toronto Canada I researched and discovered all the music I missed and have been a fan ever since. I have been fortunate to have seen the Manics live twice and look forward to a third time. Such powerful messages and thoughtful lyrics. Thank you Manic Street Preachers! All the best!

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    STILL EPIC. STILL RELEVANT.

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    THANK YOU - ASHLEY

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    A great homage to all volunteers that came to my country and fought against fascism. Every time I walk Las Ramblas it comes to my mind. At the same time an universal song that reminds us that fascism is everywhere and if we don't defend freedom it would be lost. More necessary now that when it was released. I also enjoy the music, not only the lyrics. And the voice of James sounds beautiful. An hymn in my youth.

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    A better non conformist world for my children

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    A simple slice of evocative pop rock, produced to absolute perfection. The strings, the sound effects, the layers of backing vocals in the outro, they all combine to create a truly magical work of art. The sheer definition of what a number 1 hit ought to be.

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    The first radio play of Tolerate took place when I was 14/15 and at school. I was in a science lesson and I snuck under my desk to listen to snippets of it on headphones on my portable radio. It was well worth the risk of getting into trouble!

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    In the summer of 1999, I was in between my 2nd and 3rd year at Boston University. Up late one night, I saw the video for "If You Tolerate This..." on MTV. Being an American I'd never heard of this band, but I was instantly hooked by that song. I was working a summer internship, location of which was right next to a Newbury Comics store (music store in the Boston area). As soon as I was out the next day I ran to Newbury Comics to buy the CD, and I have been a fan of the Manics since that day.

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    This song represents what i love from the manics,apart from loving everything,but this song and " small black flowers..." are just two beautiful tears that will never be forgoten as long as they mean everything to someone.There will never be enough words to describe what the manics brought to art and music.

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    "This is my truth tell me yours" is the best album and the most beautiful and versatile sentence I have ever heard. These words reflect so many stories and feelings - now and in the future. I've had these words on my sleeve since 2010 and will have them with(in) me forever.

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    Always remember this show and this album because on the way to the show in Sept 98 my car broke down with 3 friends in travelling from Huddersfield, ended up having to be towed home all our moods had turned sad, what made it worse was hearing if you tolerate this on the radio on the way back home in the tow truck thinking we were never gonna get there! Can never thank my dad enough for getting us there in time for support band Mogwai and Amazing Manics gig in a small venue I'll never forget!

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    I BOUGHT TRUTH AT '98. THIS WAS MY FIRST CD EVER. I FOLLOW THE MANICS AND THEIR CULTURE UNTIL TODAY!! TOLERATE INSPIRES ME EVERYTIME I LISTEN TO IT! MAKES ME PROUD, GIVES ME STRENGTH, MAKES ME NOT TO STOP FIGHTING! DON'T TOLERATE NOTHING, CHANGE THE WORLD... AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT!!!

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    Great song back when it released yet in such an uncertain world 20 years on, the lyrics seem more relevant than ever and that is the beauty of the manics work. Timeless song

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    I was quite anti-Manics as a 15/16 yr old, to be honest. I guess thier image didn't suit the company I held at that time. I loved Design for Life and that album as a whole but kept it to myself. This album though, took it to another level for me. Great socialistic views and real introspection of issues. Superb piece of work

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    I was a massive manics fan before and I remember the news that a new manics song was out and I kept missing it on the radio and music channels. There was no you tube then so you just had to be at the right place and time to hear it. It felt like the whole world had heard it except me. I remember when I finally got to hear it just blew me away! So melancholic and beautiful. I Must have listened to this song well over 1000 times and it’s never gotten old.

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    I was 13 and developing my own tastes in music. The video for If You Tolerate This came on MTV2 and it was nothing like any other music video I'd seen before, it was so haunting. At the time I didn't entirely understand the lyrics but the images stuck with me and made me want to understand what the song was about. After that I went looking for other Manics songs and they quickly became my favourite band. I still feel a sense of pride that my older brothers listen to Manics because of me.

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    Tolerate was the track that introduced me to the Manics. I bought the single on tape because I couldn’t afford the CD and I played Tolerate and Kevin Carter live on loop all afternoon. My cousins came to our house later that day and I was showing them the Bradfield hop I had seen JDB do on CD UK that morning. Soon enough I was doing the hop round my bedroom with my brother and cousins - reminiscent of a scene from Father Ted. My Mum shouted up as she thought we were coming through the roof.

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    First album I listened to by them. The rest is history. A band at their introspective best. Song wise has to be ‘If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next.’ Song inspired by The Spanish Civil War and The International Brigades. More relevant now as it was then with the rise of the far right across Europe. We tolerated it and it’s happening now.

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    I’ve only been introduced to MSP and this album in the past year and it means so much to the person who suggested it to me. It now means so much to me. I think this song is so relevant in regards to how society is ridiculously intolerant now. The lyrics are so raw and honest, putting feelings into words like I would never be able to. You have changed my life so thank you.

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    I was living in the Canary Islands at the time of release. There was a guy that used to call to the bars selling CDRs of the latest release. I played my bootleg copy endlessly, eventually wearing it out. I bought a legit copy within days of moving home.

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    I was working in a supermarket at the time when the radio started playing 'Tolerate'. My older colleague stormed out of the warehouse shouting 'Who plays this song? I love it! Who is it?' Obviously I indoctrinated him afterwards.

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    About 10yrs ago I was very lost. I didn't know where I was going or what I was gonna do. A music aficionado friend of mine made me a mix of songs he thought I should hear and "If You Tolerate This" was the second track. I'm not one for lyrics but the sound of that song touched me very deeply. That song bore feelings of love, and joy, and hope, and sweetness. And everytime I listen to it, it still does.

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    when first i heard this song on the radio, i instantly knew that the manics had a new album. So later that afternoon i went to the record store and buy the cassette. but late that day, a good friend of mine also bought it and gave me the tape. i didn't dare to tell him that i already have the new album. that's my truth

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    “If you tolerate this... “. My great grandfather was killed by fascists in Spain Civil War... My grandfather fought there too with the Republic army against fascism and then, when all finished and it won, he was sent to a prisoner of war camp in today’s Morocco, where some where killed. This song will be with me forever, it brings me back all the beautiful and tender memories of my grandpa, who lived (thankfully) until 1992... Spain and the World itself still does not learn about mistakes.

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    I couldn't pick 1 favourite song on this brilliant album. But having been a casual fan since EMG, it wasn't until I happened to hear Tolerate while on holiday early this year that the Manics hit me like a giant sledgehammer of awesome. 11 months later I'm collecting every single and album, obsessing over every riff, bassline & drum fill, parsing every lyric, & crossing my fingers and toes that I can make it to a concert next year. I tolerated 2018 thanks to this band. <3

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    I grew up in a family where music wasn't a big thing, it wasn't celebrated or understood to be anything more than a distraction. When I was 13, my best friend made me a mix tape with various indie tunes of the early nineties. One song stood out however above all the distorted guitars and sparkly choruses; A Design For Life. I needed more. IYTT was then released. I purchased it as soon as it was out and rushed home to play it on repeat. Music finally mattered. It always now will.

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    If you tolerate this was the first song that spoke to me deeply both sonically and lyrically, something I had an affinity with, so much so I picked up the guitar that week and haven't put it down in 20 years. This is my truth

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    This track takes me back to 1998 when I was travelling through the desert states of America. The clear blue sky’s and almost deserted roads allowed me plenty of time to reflect and fondly remember my father who passed away 2 years earlier, a proud Welshman he fought against tryranny and fascism in The Second World War and to this day the song brings a fair few tears to my eyes.

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    I was 14 years old when my whole life changed after listening to "If you tolerate this"on the radio after school.Suddenly I found a purpose, I started dreaming, I started having goals to be a better person and help as much as possible in this world.I learnt how to be a Human thanks to this band.Books-history-music-Art all came together and created a perfect puzzle that brought me to today.20 years after that day: All the money in the world can't buy my love for this band and their art.

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    When i first heard if you tolerate this it was on the itv chart show on a saturday morning and it was a real stop whatever it is your doing and listen to this moment..it just blew me away. My all time favourite song. For many years after it was a regular on the jukebox in my local. I think the locals got fed up with me playing it, i didnt stop though.

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    When I was 16 the time I heard if u tolerate this.. Changed my life! Everything about music. I bought the album and listened it for one year non stop. I learned english as a turkish people because of understanding lyrics. 20 years of manics in my life wish my entire life will be with manics..

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    'If you tolerate this your children will be next' paved the way for 20 years of musical genius, accompanying me through different moments in my life. This song struck me immediately. At the time I was studying to become a Spanish teacher and the references to Spain were a bonus for me.

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    ‘If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next’ was one of the first songs I ever heard and loved. Hauntingly beautiful, dramatic and cathartic. I would play the album on repeat during childhood holidays to Pembrokeshire. The Welsh connection still resonates now; The album has not left my playlist for 26 years and still accompanies me on my travels. Thank you for showing me a world of music that I still live and breathe to this day.

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    It is a source of huge regret that this song still resonates. I remember its' power when I first heard it on the original release. I really hoped it would mean less in the 21st century, however it inspires me to carry on fighting.

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    I remember the TIMTTMY tour the first time around and I was in my 2nd year at University in London. I went to the Wembley Arena gig with my friend, my cousin and my Mum. It was brilliant as Catatonia supported the Manics too. I have never been a huge fan of this album but there are some good stand out tracks, which sound brilliant live. Looking forward to reliving the experience next year.

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    1998. 14 yrs old. Ourense: the Blackwood of Spain, no internet, no MTV, but a local tv channel used VIVA videos: it appeared one night, I was totally impressed by the video but knowing few years later my inner TRUTH they were touching with it, the secret key, the connection with me: my two grandparents were "called" to Spanish Civil War & it was always sadly like that: WHAT YOU DON'T SEE OR TALK DOESN'T EXIST ANYMORE. TOLERATE always gives me goose bumps.

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    Was stunned at the beauty of this song and the power the subsequent video had in portraying its message. How three young men from Wales could resonate the hardship people, including many family members of mine suffered during the Spanish Civil War with a warning of the future if lessons are not learned was nothing short of a triumph.

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    I had been a fan of the band since their debut album. I found GT at the HMV in Toronto amidst a plethora of grunge and glam and took a chance on it. So many years & 3 albums later I was ecstatic to find the If You Tolerate This single at the same store. As with every new release from the lads, I didn't know what to expect from the new single. The melancholic grandeur of the final chorus still raises goosebumps today like it did so many years ago. The lyrics remain timeless and poignant as ever.

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    I was in 8th grade, English class. Out teacher often put MTV on while we worked, and If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next video came on. It completely blew me away and I fell in love with the song, which led me to discover the previous Manics albums and made me into a lifelong fan.

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    In August of 1998 I was living in Sheffield. 'If you tolerate' came up on the TV and I immediately fell in love with that song. I had been a random listener up until that point. After that I bought all the Manics discography and became a fundamental part of my education. I've seen them four times live (Barcelona, New York, Murcia, and Valencia) and hope to see them many more.

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    My favourite band getting to number one, back when that kind of thing mattered to me.

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    I bought the album in 1998 when it was released and lost it in 1999. Bought a new one in 2000 and lost it again in 2008. Months after I bought my third copy that same year, the shop owner brought back the second copy. Still, where had my first copy gone? In 2010 I was at my uncle's house and saw 'This Is My Truth...'. I asked him when he bought it to which he replied: "you gave it to me ten years ago". I could not remember it. Two people are now listening to that album which is nice.

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    I first fell in love with the music and the album when it was released in 1998. I saw the tv ad for the album and I had to have it. I also remember the truth of hearing tolerate for the first time too. By far my favourite band

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    ... I was watching the Chart Show like I always did on the weekend. But this one day a music video came on that completely captivated me. A month before there had been the Omagh bombing and the song along with it's video just resonated with me. For the next few weeks and months I listened to the radio desperately trying to catch this amazing song as I didn't own a CD player at the time. When I did hear it again it just blew me away all over again and I HAD to find out about the band behind it!

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    This was my first experience of the manics and I've fallen in love with every album of theirs before and after "This Is My Truth...".

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    First time I heard If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next was a warm summer day. I had a summer job delivering fruit and veg. It came on Radio 1 and I pulled the van over for a listen. Wow. Lyrically no band has touched me like the Manics. Thought of the Irish who fought for the Republic. There may have been a tear in my eye by the end. So proud of the guys. Knew it would be a massive hit

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    A harrowing song referencing the Spanish Civil War whilst being so beautiful and elegant in its melody. For me it is so inspirational for this track to have been a British number 1

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