Manic Street Preachers, one of the most important bands ever to emerge from Wales, arrived in the late 1980s with heavy eyeliner, feather boas and political sloganeering. Not the sort of thing you'd usually find in the small South Wales town of Blackwood, but from unlikely beginnings came a band very much relevant 20 years later.
They came together in 1986, when James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Sean Moore and rhythm guitarist Flicker formed Betty Blue. Two years later, Flicker had left and Nicky's friend Richey Edwards, previously the group's driver, joined in his place.
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