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"Revol"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album The Holy BIble
Released August 1, 1994
Format CD, cassette, 10" vinyl
Recorded ?
Genre Alternative
Length 3:04
Label Epic
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"Faster/P.C.P."
(1994)
"Revol"
(1994)
"She Is Suffering"
(1994)

"Revol" is a song released by the Manic Street Preachers on August 1, 1994 and was the second single released from the The Holy Bible album that was released at the end of the month. The verses comprise lists of famous and controversial names in history being dismissed one-by-one in short—and often insulting—staccato lines (such as 'Chamberlain, you see God in you', 'Pol Pot, withdrawn traces, bye-bye' ... 'Che Guevara, you're all target now', 'Gorbachev, celibate self-importance').

The track may be considered an autobiographical account of Richey’s attempts to hold down any meaningful relationships. "Revol" is "lover" backwards. The lyric also places the names of famous political figures next to images of failure in sexual and emotional relationships. Nicky Wire however has said not even he knows exactly what the song is about.

It reached number 22 in the UK charts on August 13, 1994.

James Dean Bradfield has also been critical of the song in the past, saying that he hates the UK version. He is, however, a fan of the US Mix by Tom Lord Alge, which can be found on the 10th Anniversary re-issue edition of The Holy Bible.

Contents

Track listing

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CD1

  1. "Revol"
  2. "Too Cold Here"
  3. "You Love Us (Heavenly)"
  4. "Love's Sweet Exile" (live version recorded in Bangkok in April 1994)

CD2

  1. "Revol"
  2. "Drug Drug Druggy" (live version)
  3. "Roses In The Hospital" (live version)
  4. "You Love Us" (live version)

10"

  1. "Revol"
  2. "Too Cold Here"
  3. "You Love Us (Heavenly)"
  4. "Life Becoming A Landslide" (live version recorded in Bangkok in April 1994)

Cassette

  1. "Revol"
  2. "Too Cold Here"

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