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Interview: Manic Street Preachers

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James McLaren James McLaren | 13:20 UK time, Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Last Thursday I spent a very enjoyable 30 minutes in the company of Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire and Sean Moore, talking not about their new album, Postcards From A Young Man, but about 10 of their own songs - songs which mean something to the band.

Nicky Wire and Sean Moore

You can listen to their selection here.

The choice of songs was chronological, and fascinating. They have a great deal of affection for all their choices, naturally, but I was struck by the way in which those songs created when Richey Edwards was present were talked about.

Indeed, five of the 10 choices cover the period up to 1995 (however, nothing comes from Gold Against The Soul, which for myself is something of a disappointment). Any fan of early Manics will be glad of the inclusion of Motown Junk, Motorcycle Emptiness and Faster.

They trace their ascent from self-releasing singles to their Number One hits - and their efforts to reignite their career in the past few years.

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