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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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  • grunnwald

    Ричи, вернись!

    10 Jul 2:14pm Reply
  • Purzel_PadauZ

    Just finished digging into their whole discography and I have to say Lifeblood is the only album I didn't really like, but even this album gets better if you listen to it repeatedly. Whoever said that they lost their mojo after Richey disappeared must have no fuckin' ears. Great consistent band.

    6 Jul 1:58pm Reply
  • annacranber

    Please come to Russia. I need to hear Motorcycle Emptiness live. This song... god, I can't even, it's incredible.

    24 Jun 5:14pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Turbo!

    10 Jun 3:28pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    I I I I I want to walk in the snow and not leave a footprint

    6 Jun 7:30pm Reply
  • SnowandWhisky

    We need to get some of the non singles/b-sides to dominate these charts. I'd love to see Montana/Autumn/78 and Comfort Comes up there.

    6 Jun 1:40pm Reply
  • keanequeen

    Life Becoming a Landslide

    6 Jun 4:31am Reply
  • GreySkyline

    Amazing concert in Wolverhampton tonight xoxoxoxox

    2 Jun 12:00am Reply
  • buildabonfire

    Motorcycle emptiness!

    20 May 1:47pm Reply
  • JordanNeo

    The Manics came through Toronto on their Holy Bible Anniversary Tour. I took pics: http://www.oneintenwords.com/2015/05/manic-street-preachers-at-danforth.html

    18 May 8:32pm Reply
  • OhJohnNo

    UNDER NEON LONELINEEEESS

    17 May 1:17am Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    Is it bad that Gold Against the Soul is my favorite? I feel like Richey's lyrics on that album were the height of his outlook.

    11 May 11:09pm Reply
  • thefigdublover

    Very cool.

    4 May 7:59am Reply
  • divingstation42

    Futurology is amazing holy shit

    28 Apr 10:49pm Reply
  • NadiaSchneider

    Manics,do a Latin American tour for once! Damn Eurocentrists,still my favourite band. Besides everything.

    21 Apr 11:59pm Reply
  • jennica_med_c

    Futurology just gets better with each listen. Also, what a band. [2] Slowly turning into one of my all time favourite bands now, actually.

    20 Apr 8:18pm Reply
  • illusionvalley

    Futurology just gets better with each listen. Also, what a band.

    12 Mar 10:49am Reply
  • moonbaby9307

    Richey, love and miss you, lyrical genius ♥ and I want to hug Nicky ♥ [2] I want to hug (among other things) Nicky and see our height difference. I'm his girl forever 0.o

    20 Feb 6:44am Reply
  • moonbaby9307

    20 years ago today Richey I love & miss you

    1 Feb 12:24pm Reply
  • moonbaby9307

    oh my Gooood I'm going to see my babies in Chicago <3

    31 Jan 3:14am Reply
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