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Ruby Trax - The NME's Roaring Forty is a compilation album released by the magazine NME in 1992 to commemorate 40 years of publication. The album features 40 cover versions of classic Number 1 songs by popular bands of the era, though technically not all of the songs (such as Ultravox's "Vienna" recorded by Vic Reeves) were number ones. It was released in the following formats: three LPs (NME40LP), three CDs (NME40CD) or two cassettes (NME40MC), all having a total of 40 songs.

Ruby Trax
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Compilation album by
various artists
Released23 November 1992 (1992-11-23)
GenreAlternative rock
LabelNew Musical Express
Producervarious producers
Singles from Ruby Trax
  1. "Theme from MASH" / "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
    Released: 7 September 1992 (1992-09-07)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The album spawned a double A-side single featuring Manic Street Preachers' version of "Suicide Is Painless", which was listed as "Theme from M.A.S.H.", and The Fatima Mansions' take on Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" . The 12" and CD versions of the single included an extra Manic Street Preacher song "Sleeping with the NME". The single peaked at #7 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

All proceeds from the album went to the charity The Spastics Society.

Track listingsEdit

3-CD versionEdit

Disc one
1."Coz I Luv You"Noddy Holder, Jim LeaThe Wonder Stuff3:26
2."When Will I See You Again?"Gamble and HuffBilly Bragg2:59
3."Little Red Rooster"Willie DixonThe Jesus and Mary Chain3:24
4."Atomic"Debbie Harry, Jimmy DestriThe Mission5:11
5."(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Robert John "Mutt" LangeThe Fatima Mansions6:26
6."Stranger in Paradise"Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright, George ForrestSaint Etienne3:25
7."Cumberland Gap"traditionalThe Wedding Present1:30
8."(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice"Lucio Battisti, Jack FishmanAztec Camera / Andy Fairweather-Low5:22
9."Show You the Way to Go"Gamble and HuffDannii Minogue4:40
10."Where Do You Go To My Lovely?"Peter SarstedtWelfare Heroine5:20
11."Bad Moon Rising"John FogertyThe Blue Aeroplanes5:21
12."Apache"Jerry LordanSenseless Things2:41
13."Mr. Tambourine Man"Bob DylanTeenage Fanclub2:11
Disc two
1."Another Brick in the Wall"Roger WatersCarter USM3:49
2."Maggie May"Rod Stewart, Martin QuittentonBlur4:08
3."Ashes to Ashes"David BowieTears for Fears4:32
4."Rock Your Baby"Harry Wayne Casey, Richard FinchThe House of Love2:31
5."I'm a Believer"Neil DiamondThe Frank and Walters2:42
6."Shaddap You Face"Joe DolceEMF1:56
7."Brass in Pocket"Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-ScottSuede3:42
8."Ring My Bell"Frederick KnightTori Amos4:35
9."Lady Madonna"Lennon–McCartneyKingmaker2:04
10."Like a Prayer"Madonna, Patrick LeonardMarc Almond6:10
11."Don't You Want Me?"Philip Oakey, Jo Callis, Philip Adrian WrightThe Farm4:09
12."I've Never Been to Me"Ron Miller, Kenneth HirschNed's Atomic Dustbin5:28
13."My Sweet Lord"George HarrisonBoy George3:27
Disc three
1."Voodoo Chile"Jimi HendrixJesus Jones5:15
2."Sunny Afternoon"Ray DaviesBob Geldof3:49
3."The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"Ennio MorriconeJohnny Marr & Billy Duffy4:50
4."Down Down"Francis Rossi, Bob YoungCud3:20
5."The Legend of Xanadu"Ken Howard, Alan BlaikleyThe Fall3:28
6."Secret Love"Sammy Fain, Paul Francis WebsterSinéad O'Connor2:53
7."World without Love"Lennon–McCartneyWorld Party3:10
8."Tainted Love"Ed CobbInspiral Carpets4:24
9."Baby Come Back"Eddy GrantElektric Music4:01
10."The Model"Ralf Hütter, Karl Bartos, Emil SchultRide3:49
11."Vienna"Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann, Billy CurrieVic Reeves3:21
12."Go Now"Larry Banks, Milton BennettTin Machine4:30
13."I Feel Love"Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete BellotteCurve4:25
14."Suicide Is Painless"Johnny Mandel, Mike AltmanManic Street Preachers3:40


  1. ^ Carlson, Dean. "Review: Ruby Trax: The NME's Roaring 40". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Chart Stats - Manic Street Preachers/Fatima Mansions - Theme From M*A*S*H/(Everything I Do) I Do It For You". Retrieved 26 July 2009.