Manic Street Preachers
Their debut album, Generation Terrorists (originally titled "Culture, Alienation, Boredom And Despair"), was released on the Columbia Records imprint. The band toured the world and achieved success in most countries, including a particularly fanatical following in Japan, but failed to make any headway in the United States. The liner notes contained a literary quote for each of the album's eighteen songs (Albert Camus, Sylvia Plath, George Orwell among others) and the album lasted just over seventy minutes. The record contained six singles and sold 250,000 copies but, sales not meeting their expectations, the band felt that they had failed (Bradfield said of it, "If you make a record as good as Appetite for Destruction it sells, if you don't it doesn't"). The band, however, went on to release a split single with Fatima Mansions (a rock cover of "Suicide Is Painless") which became their first UK Top 10 hit, and began work on a second album.