Manic Street Preachers

Formed 1986.
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Manic Street Preachers in session for Lauren Laverne

The Manics are live with Lauren to play in session and chat about the album Futurology.

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Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh alternative rock band, formed in 1986 in Blackwood and consisting of James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar), Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics) and Sean Moore (drums). They are often colloquially known as "The Manics", or simply, "Manics". Originally a quartet, the band became a trio when primary lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared on 1 February 1995. Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and critical social lyrics about "culture, alienation, boredom and despair" gained them a loyal following and cult status.

Following Edwards' disappearance, Bradfield, Moore and Wire persisted with Manic Street Preachers, and went on to gain critical and commercial success. They have won more than seven NME awards, including the lifetime achievement ″Godlike Genius Award″, eight Q awards and they have won the BRIT Awards four times. To the present day the band has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and they are one of Britain's premier rock bands. The band's later albums retained a leftist politicisation and intellectual lyrical style while adopting a broader alternative rock sound. Altogether, they have garnered eleven Top 10 albums, fifteen Top 10 singles and have reached No. 1 on the UK charts three times—with their 1998 This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours album, the 1998 "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" single and the 2000 "The Masses Against the Classes" single.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Generation Terrorists: 20th Anniversary Edition

    Generation Terrorists: 20th Anniversary Edition 2012

    Reviewed by John Aizlewood
    All these years later, the Manics’ debut remains a remarkable work.
  2. Review of National Treasures – The Complete Singles

    National Treasures – The Complete Singles 2011

    Reviewed by Camilla Pia
    Warts ‘n’ all singles collection from a contradictory and preposterously brilliant band.
  3. Review of Postcards From a Young Man

    Postcards From a Young Man 2010

    Reviewed by Will Dean
    The Manics’ tenth studio LP is both incredibly jolly and jolly good.
  4. Review of Journal For Plague Lovers

    Journal For Plague Lovers 2009

    Reviewed by Keira Burgess
    Journal For Plague Lovers is enigmatic, engulfed, enraged.
  5. Review of Send Away The Tigers

    Send Away The Tigers 2007

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    This isn’t a half-arsed attempt...
  6. Review of Lifeblood

    Lifeblood 2004

    Reviewed by Lucy O'Doherty
    This record is soaked in nostalgia. This isn't trendy 80s retro though, James Dean...
  7. Review of Forever Delayed

    Forever Delayed

    Reviewed by Daniel Pike
    But the Manics have political consciousness! Surely cash cow milking can't be their...
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