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Blackwood, Wales (1986 – present)

Manic Street Preachers are an alternative rock band from Blackwood, Wales, formed in 1986. Often referred to as “the Manics”, they are James Dean Bradfield (vocals, guitars), Nicky Wire (bass, occasional vocals) and Sean Moore (drums, backing vocals, occasional trumpet). The band were originally a quartet: lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards mysteriously vanished on 1 February 1995. He was declared presumed deceased in November 2008.

The Manics released their debut album Generation Terrorists in 1992. Their combination of androgynous glam punk imagery, outspoken invective and songs about “culture, alienation, boredom and despair” soon gained them a loyal following and cult status. The band’s later albums retained a politicized and intellectual lyrical style, while adopting a broader alternative rock sound. Enigmatic lyricist Richey Edwards gained early notoriety by carving the words “4 REAL” into his arm with a razor blade (narrowly missing an artery and requiring seventeen stitches) in response to the suggestion that the band were less than authentic. The dark nature of 1994’s The Holy Bible reflected the culmination of Edwards’ instability.

Following Edwards’ disappearance, Bradfield, Moore, and Wire persisted with the Manic Street Preachers and went on to gain critical and commercial success, becoming one of Britain’s premier rock bands. They have had eight top ten albums and fifteen top ten singles.


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  • dehumpn

    just wanna speak my peace about Lifeblood. While the album is hit and miss, when I saw them play in Newport 2010, Bradfield said they wouldnt be playing tracks off it anymore. i thought he was selling the album short. True its not their best, but the track Empty Souls is so deep, just keeps me coming back time and time again.

    16 Apr 10:49pm Reply
  • Hannibal89757


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  • Split_thunder

    сейчас бы сингл выпустить и было бы норм

    30 Mar 1:51pm Reply
  • heliosphah

    люблю, очень люблю

    29 Mar 7:01pm Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    I wonder why THE HOLY BIBLE isn't in the "Most Listened" albums :(

    21 Mar 7:23pm Reply
  • Titan50

    there any way we can get spotify to change their "icon" for the Manics? because I'm kinda tired of it just being a bad close-up of Sean's face

    15 Mar 4:46pm Reply
  • ciskaka


    11 Mar 5:30pm Reply
  • ciskaka

    seni Touché Amoré denen bir gurubla aldatıyom bebeyim ;(

    11 Mar 5:30pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    The Holy Bible is the HUGEST of their albums.

    11 Mar 12:02pm Reply
  • VictorPHI


    11 Mar 2:18am Reply
  • Yliannos

    Ammunitions discharged.

    6 Mar 9:13pm Reply
  • borgy

    "Always kind of thought Richey Edwards was, you know, kind of worse than Hitler." 'cause he killed an entire group of people and started a world war? Hitler never wrote 'Archives of Pain'. Another hipster wanker hits the keyboard and shit comes out.

    6 Mar 12:57am Reply
  • Isab3lla

    reechy whyyy

    5 Mar 10:15am Reply
  • ge_mig_arsenik

    Holy shit "The Holy Bible" rocks just as hard as when I fist listened to it 15 odd years ago. If possible, even harder.

    24 Feb 12:50am Reply
  • benxander

    Always kind of thought Richey Edwards was, you know, kind of worse than Hitler.

    23 Feb 5:24pm Reply
  • ciskaka

    hastalıklı gibi dinlemekteyiz efenim <3

    15 Feb 9:19pm Reply
  • ciskaka

    tşkl <3

    14 Feb 6:42pm Reply
  • ciskaka

    eft aynn öle!!

    14 Feb 6:41pm Reply
  • ciskaka

    içim dışım msp oldu

    14 Feb 6:41pm Reply
  • craigie12

    I somehow managed to miss this group along the way but picked up a few albums recently and am now a convert - thankfully they are still touring - going to see them in concert in March.

    3 Feb 10:38am Reply
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