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Manic Street Preachers

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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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  • t-skyns

    I love them more than I love hot-cakes.

    Yesterday 8:25pm Reply
  • MilChaos

    Всё таки молодцы Мэники. Уже сколько лет творчества, а они до сих пор не перестают писать добротную музыку, не скатываются в мейнстрим.

    Yesterday 6:17pm Reply
  • Alex_Stone91

    Richey Edwards ♥ ♥ ♥

    25 Aug 5:44pm Reply
  • TonySims

    It would be nice if, one day, the Manics could have a main picture that was remotely up to date.

    23 Aug 1:36pm Reply
  • fame00

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    21 Aug 6:31pm Reply
  • JohanRichter

    Richie was so thin he got carried away by the wind.

    20 Aug 11:09am Reply
  • mrZiggyStardust

    Little baby nothing;

    17 Aug 4:20pm Reply
  • maidenofmight

    Europa Geht Durch Mich ♥

    16 Aug 12:04pm Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review: http://www.heavypop.at/manic-street-preachers-futurology/

    7 Aug 8:42am Reply
  • EndlessDelirium

    It makes me sad that the top songs are not early ones.

    6 Aug 11:57am Reply
  • laura_dev_cata

    "Oh mommy what's a sex pistol?"

    26 Jul 7:21pm Reply
  • levitate85

    My review of Futurology: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/63363/Manic-Street-Preachers-Futurology/

    19 Jul 5:47pm Reply
  • eitzenchemical

    And on these plague streets of pity you can buy everything..

    19 Jul 6:46am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Manic Street Preachers

    16 Jul 8:16pm Reply
  • idnno

    Sony again! Sony annoyed me a little bit during the recent album promo with their phone product placement in WMTTB video and Xperia mentions in Manics Youtube profile. That's just not 4REAL kind of things. This band signed to the record label--not electronics warehouses supplier. Can't remember anything similar to this in the past times.

    16 Jul 12:55pm Reply
  • whatwillburn

    Well, it's come from Sony/Columbia. iTunes and Spotify both have Hugheskova even though it's clearly Hughesovka in reality and on the label.

    15 Jul 8:50pm Reply
  • idnno

    I have no idea where this mistake came from, but that awesome instrumental from the new album is called Hughesovka, not Hugheskova. Check your tags, guys ;) [2]

    15 Jul 2:29pm Reply
  • Split_thunder

    пока что лучший в этом десятилетии у них

    15 Jul 1:11pm Reply
  • secretsociety92

    Futurology got to #2 in the UK, highest charting album since Send Away The Tigers.

    13 Jul 6:49pm Reply
  • truth_begins

    I have no idea where this mistake came from, but that awesome instrumental from the new album is called Hughesovka, not Hugheskova. Check your tags, guys ;)

    11 Jul 9:25pm Reply
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