Manic Street Preachers Biography (Wikipedia)
Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band formed in Blackwood in 1986. The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar), and Sean Moore (drums, percussion, soundscapes), plus Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics). They are often colloquially known as "the Manics". They form a key part of the 1990s Cool Cymru movement.
Following the release of their debut single "Suicide Alley", the band was joined by Richey Edwards as co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist. The band's early albums were in a punk vein, eventually broadening to a greater alternative rock sound, whilst retaining a leftist political outlook. Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and lyrics about "culture, alienation, boredom and despair" has gained them a loyal following and cult status.
With their debut album, Generation Terrorists, the Manic Street Preachers proclaimed it would be the "greatest rock album ever", as well as hoping to sell "sixteen million copies" around the world, after which they would split up. Despite the album's failure to meet this level of success, the band carried on with their career. The group became a trio again after Richey Edwards disappeared in February 1995. The band went on to gain critical and commercial success in spite of his absence. Edwards was legally "presumed dead" in 2008.
- Manic Street Preachers - Gig In A Minutehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p066956y.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p066956y.jpg2018-05-04T20:52:00.000ZHow many of their hits can James do in 60 seconds?https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06694yv
Manic Street Preachers - Gig In A Minute
- Vive La Resistance! Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield on their new album, “big songs” and morehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01jwntq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01jwntq.jpg2018-04-10T09:24:00.000ZManics frontman James Dean Bradfield speaks to Tom Robinsonhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p063v63c
Vive La Resistance! Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield on their new album, “big songs” and more
- James from the Manics: "The 1990s were complicated... Design for Life saved us as a band"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04w98wb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04w98wb.jpg2017-03-09T13:25:00.000ZJames Dean Bradfield reflects on a decade of unprecedented highs and tragic lows.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04w96dt
James from the Manics: "The 1990s were complicated... Design for Life saved us as a band"
- James from the Manics: "It's my first film soundtrack - I hope it won't be my last!"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04w9cfp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04w9cfp.jpg2017-03-09T13:25:00.000Z"I thought, let's not chicken out, let's go for it." Manics frontman James Dean Bradfield on the "significantly different" challenge of writing the score for 'The Chamber'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04w96f0
James from the Manics: "It's my first film soundtrack - I hope it won't be my last!"
- 'There was a terrible feeling of being in limbo' James Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers on Everything Must Gohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03vv85g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03vv85g.jpg2016-05-21T10:31:00.000ZJames Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers joins Stuart Maconie to discuss the 20th anniversary edition of Everything Must Go,https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03vv85n
'There was a terrible feeling of being in limbo' James Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers on Everything Must Go
- Manic Street Preachers rock the Millennium Stadium in 2002https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03v1p3t.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03v1p3t.jpg2016-05-13T15:50:43.000ZRemember when the Manics rocked Mil Stad before Wales beat Italy 2-1 in 2002? Here's their fantastic performance of 'You Stole the Sun from my Heart' in full.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03v1lt8
Manic Street Preachers rock the Millennium Stadium in 2002
- Manic Street Preachers: "We're seeing if our brains still work"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03mwdf4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03mwdf4.jpg2016-03-16T09:03:00.000ZJames Dean Bradfield tells Chris about the 20th anniversary of 'Everything Must Go'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03mwdfh
Manic Street Preachers: "We're seeing if our brains still work"
- Will the Manics go busking at Euro 2016?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03l52sp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03l52sp.jpg2016-03-01T10:00:00.000ZJames Dean Bradfield considers Manic Street Preachers' plans for Euro 2016https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03l533v
Will the Manics go busking at Euro 2016?
- Libraries give us powerhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cckf9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cckf9.jpg2016-03-01T10:00:00.000ZJames Dean Bradfield on campaigning to save his local public library from closurehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03l57wl
Libraries give us power
- "For me it was our proudest moment"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01h6pyk.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01h6pyk.jpg2016-03-01T10:00:00.000ZJames Dean Bradfield on the moment Manic Street Preachers knew they could "walk the walk"https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03l5g7m
"For me it was our proudest moment"
- Manic Street Preachers: P.C.P.https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bwggd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bwggd.jpg2014-11-14T15:15:00.000ZManic Street Preachers perform P.C.P. from their career defining album, The Holy Bible.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02bx1qt
Manic Street Preachers: P.C.P.
- Manic Street Preachers: Walk Me to the Bridgehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bwdv8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bwdv8.jpg2014-11-14T14:55:00.000ZManic Street Preachers perform Walk Me to the Bridge from their album, Futurology.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02bwg0v
Manic Street Preachers: Walk Me to the Bridge
- Manic Street Preachers: This Is Yesterdayhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bw7t7.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bw7t7.jpg2014-11-14T14:08:00.000ZManic Street Preachers perform This Is Yesterday from their album, The Holy Bible.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02bwb66
Manic Street Preachers: This Is Yesterday
- Manic Street Preachers: 4st 7lb (excerpt)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bw63s.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bw63s.jpg2014-11-14T13:59:00.000ZManic Street Preacher perform part of 4st 7lb from their album, The Holy Bible.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02bw971
Manic Street Preachers: 4st 7lb (excerpt)
- Manic Street Preachers: Fasterhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bw3kn.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bw3kn.jpg2014-11-14T13:40:00.000ZManic Street Preachers perform Faster from their career defining album, The Holy Bible.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02bw9lj
Manic Street Preachers: Faster
- Manic Street Preachers - Interviewhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0216hbp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0216hbp.jpg2014-06-18T12:00:00.000ZNicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield talk to Mark and Stuart about their new album Futureology.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0216hc1
Manic Street Preachers - Interview
- The Manic Street Preachers play for Dermothttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01m44q9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01m44q9.jpg2013-11-24T11:57:00.000ZThe Manic Street Preachers are live in the Radio 2 studios to play for Dermot.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01m44qq
The Manic Street Preachers play for Dermot
- James Dean Bradfield chats to Janice Longhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01ghd7s.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01ghd7s.jpg2013-09-11T11:34:00.000ZJames Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers catches up with Janice Long.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01ghd9j
James Dean Bradfield chats to Janice Long
- Manic Street Preachers speak to Radcliffe and Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01gh7wj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01gh7wj.jpg2013-09-11T10:19:00.000ZManic Street Preachers speak to Radcliffe and Maconie about Rewind The Film.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01gh7zr
Manic Street Preachers speak to Radcliffe and Maconie
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