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Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers photo 2009
from left: Nicky Wire, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore

Manic Street Preachers Biography

The glam-influenced Alternative-Rock outfit Manic Street Preachers was formed in Blackwood, WALES in the late '80s; their members then were vocalist + guitarist James Dean Bradfield, rhythm guitarist + lyricist Richey James, bassist Nicky Wire and drummer Sean Moore.

The band landed its first record deal in 1990, signing to the indie label, Damaged Goods who released their debut record, apart from there home pressed "Suicide Alley", a 12-inch 4-track EP entitled "New Art Riot".

Manic Street Preachers' first full-length disc, "Generation Terrorists", was released as a double album in England in February 1992; the band quickly became a favourite of the media and the album managed to crack the U.K. Top 20.

Taking the heavy-Rock inclinations of "Generation Terrorists" to an extreme, the Manics delivered a flawed but intriguing second album with "Gold Against The Soul"; despite somewhat mixed reviews, the disc hit the top 10 in U.K. upon its June 1993 release.

The Welsh quartet returned a year later with another British top 10 album, "The Holy Bible"; the record was the last to feature Richey James, the main songwriter was a very troubled young man, he was anorexic and had severe depression problems; in early 1995 James disappeared. His car was found in a parking lot near a bridge, his body was never found and no one saw him jump off the bridge, he simply vanished off the face of the earth.

In spite of James' absence, Manic Street Preachers continued as a trio, releasing 1996's "Everything Must Go", a huge commercial and critical success in the U.K. where it rose to #2 on the Official Albums chart spawning no less than four hit singles: "A Design For Life", the title-track, "Kevin Carter" and "Australia".

The follow-up album, "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours", finds them putting the tragedy behind them and flourishing as a three-piece outfit; the disc, which was released in August 1998, shot to #1 on the U.K. Pop Albums chart highlighted by the monster hit "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next".

Manic Street Preachers didn't deliver its sixth studio album, "Know Your Enemy", until March 2001; it peaked at #2 in U.K. generating two top 10 hit singles with "So Why So Sad" and "Found That Soul". During their world tour in support of "Know Your Enemy", The Manics became the first major Rock band to play Cuba in over two decades.

"Lifeblood" arrived in late 2004, but the three-and-a-half year gap had seemingly lost the band a lot of fans as the album failed to match either the sales or chart success of the group's previous record. However, the two singles off the CD, "The Love Of Richard Nixon " and "Empty Souls" peaked at #2 on the U.K. Pop chart.

Manic Street Preachers returned in May 2007 with "Send Away The Tigers"; it included the single "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" featuring The Cardigans' Nina Persson which became the band's third consecutive #2 debut on the U.K. Top 40 Singles chart and helped the album make it to #2 as well.

Richey James was officially presumed dead in November 2008 and just months later, in May 2009, the Manics released "Journal For Plague Lovers". With a sleeve painted by artist Jenny Saville and words culled from the notebooks of the band's former lyricist, their ninth album consciously harks back to the group's excellently caustic 1994 album "The Holy Bible". "Journal For Plague Lovers" debuted at #3 on the British Albums chart and the lead single, "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough", became a sizeable hit around Europe.

In September 2010 the Welsh trio had another U.K. top 3 hit album with their tenth studio outing, "Postcards From A Young Man". It contained a top 40 hit single, "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love".

Manic Street Preachers next full-length disc, "Rewind The Film", was released almost three years later.


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Manic Street Preachers pictures:

  • Manic Street Preachers band lineup mid 90s Manic Street Preachers band lineup mid 90s
    The band line-up 1994
  • Manic Street Preachers with Nina Persson 2007 Manic Street Preachers with Nina Persson 2007
    Manic Street Preachers with Nina Persson (2007)