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OriginManic Street Preachers_header_cell_0_3_0 Blackwood, WalesManic Street Preachers_cell_0_3_1
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Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band formed in Blackwood in 1986. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_0

The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Sean Moore (drums, percussion, soundscapes), plus Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics). Manic Street Preachers_sentence_1

They are often colloquially known as "the Manics". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_2

They form a key part of the 1990s Welsh Cool Cymru cultural movement. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_3

Following the release of their debut single "Suicide Alley", the band was joined by Richey Edwards as co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_4

The band's early albums were in a punk vein, eventually broadening to a greater alternative rock sound, whilst retaining a leftist political outlook. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_5

Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and lyrics about "culture, alienation, boredom and despair" has gained them a loyal following and cult status. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_6

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. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_7

Despite (or due to) the album's failure to meet this level of success, the band carried on with their career. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_8

The group became a trio again after Richey Edwards disappeared in February 1995. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_9

The band went on to gain critical and commercial success despite his absence. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_10

Edwards was legally "presumed dead" in 2008. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_11

Throughout their career, the Manics have headlined several festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festival and Reading, won eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_12

They have been nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1996 and 1999, and have had one nomination for the MTV Europe Music Awards. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_13

The group has reached number 1 in the UK charts three times: in 1998, with the album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours and the single "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next", and again in 2000 with the single "The Masses Against the Classes". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_14

They have sold more than ten million albums worldwide. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_15

History Manic Street Preachers_section_0

Formation and early years (1986–1991) Manic Street Preachers_section_1

Manic Street Preachers formed in 1986 at Oakdale Comprehensive School, Blackwood, South Wales, which all the band members attended. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_16

Bradfield and the slightly older Moore are cousins, and shared bunk beds in the Bradfield family home after Moore's parents divorced. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_17

During the band's early years, Bradfield, alongside the classically trained Moore, primarily wrote the music while Wire focused on the lyrics. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_18

The origin of the band's name remains unclear, but the most often-told story relates that Bradfield while busking one day in Cardiff, got into an altercation with someone (sometimes said to be a homeless man) who asked him "What are you, boyo, some kind of manic street preacher?" Manic Street Preachers_sentence_19

Original bassist Flicker (Miles Woodward) left the band in early 1988, reportedly because he believed that the band were moving away from their punk roots. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_20

The band continued as a three-piece, with Wire switching from guitar to bass, and in 1988 they released their first single, "Suicide Alley". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_21

Despite its recording quality, this punk ode to youthful escape provides an early insight into both Bradfield's guitar work and Moore's live drumming, the latter of which would be absent from the band's first LP. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_22

The Manics intended to restore revolution to rock and roll at a time when Britain was dominated by shoegaze and acid house. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_23

The NME gave "Suicide Alley" an enthusiastic review, citing a press release by Richey Edwards: "We are as far away from anything in the '80s as possible." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_24

After the release of "Suicide Alley," Edwards joined the band on rhythm guitar and contributed to lyrics alongside Wire. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_25

Edwards also designed record sleeves and artwork and drove the band to and from gigs. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_26

In 1990 the Manic Street Preachers signed a deal with label Damaged Goods Records for one EP. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_27

The four-track New Art Riot E.P. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_28

attracted as much media interest for its attacks on fellow musicians as for the actual music. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_29

With the help of Hall or Nothing management, the Manics signed to indie label Heavenly Records. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_30

The band recorded their first single for the label, entitled "Motown Junk". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_31

Their next single, "You Love Us", sampled Krzysztof Penderecki's "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima" as well as Iggy Pop. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_32

The video featured Nicky Wire in drag as Marilyn Monroe and contained visual references to the film Betty Blue and to Aleister Crowley. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_33

In an interview with then-NME journalist Steve Lamacq, Edwards carved the phrase "4REAL" into his arm with a razor blade to prove their sincerity. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_34

He was taken to hospital and received seventeen stitches. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_35

NME subsequently ran a full-page story on the incident, including a phone interview with Richey on his motivations for doing it. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_36

A recording of the editorial meeting discussing whether or not they could publish the image was included as a b-side on the band's 1992 charity single Theme from M.A.S.H. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_37 (Suicide Is Painless), featuring Lamacq, the then-editor of NME Danny Kelly and James Brown (who went on to edit Loaded and the British version of GQ). Manic Street Preachers_sentence_38

As a result of their controversial behaviour, the Manics quickly became favourites of the British music press, which helped them build a rabidly dedicated following. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_39

Columbia Records of Sony Music UK signed the band shortly afterwards and they began work on their debut album. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_40

Richey Edwards era: Generation Terrorists to The Holy Bible (1992–1995) Manic Street Preachers_section_2

The band's debut album, Generation Terrorists, was released in 1992 on the Columbia Records imprint. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_41

The liner notes contained a literary quote for each of the album's eighteen songs and the album lasted just over seventy minutes. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_42

The album's lyrics are politicised like those of the Clash and Public Enemy, with the album's songs regularly switching from a critical focus on global capitalism to more personal tales of despair and the struggles of youth. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_43

About the musical style of the album Pitchfork writer Joe Tangari wrote that Generation Terrorists "walked a weird line between agit-punk, cock rock, romantic melodicism and glam, and was so obviously patterned after the Clash's London Calling that it was actually kind of cute." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_44

Other tracks combine personal and political themes, implicating a connection between global capitalism and personal struggle; "Nat West-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds" was written as a critique of overseas banking credit policies, but also concerned Richey Edwards' issues involving overdrafts and refused loans. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_45

Marc Burrows of Drowned in Sound considered the song to be an accurate prediction of "global financial meltdown" and its effects on everyday life. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_46

The single "Motorcycle Emptiness", meanwhile, criticises consumerism as a "shallow dream" that makes human life overtly commercialised. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_47

"Little Baby Nothing", a duet between Traci Lords and Bradfield, was described by Priya Elan of the NME as a "perfect snapshot of [female] innocence bodysnatched and twisted". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_48

The record contained six singles and sold 250,000 copies. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_49

The success of 1996's Everything Must Go at the 1997 Brit Awards ensured that sales of Generation Terrorists and subsequent albums Gold Against the Soul and The Holy Bible enjoyed a late surge; the band's debut sold an extra 110,000 copies. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_50

The band also made a cover version of the song "Suicide Is Painless" which peaked at number 7 in the UK charts, spending 3 weeks in the Top 10, and giving the band their first ever Top 10 hit single. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_51

The group's second album, Gold Against the Soul, displayed a more commercial, grungy sound which served to alienate both fans and the band itself. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_52

It was released to mixed reviews but still performed well, reaching number eight in the UK album chart. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_53

The album presents a different sound from their debut album, not only in terms of lyrics but in sound, the band privileged long guitar riffs, and the drums themselves feel more present and loud in the final mix of the album. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_54

This sound would be abandoned in their next album and as for the nature of the lyrics they also changed, with Edwards and Wire eschewing their political fire for introspective melancholy. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_55

According to AllMusic, the album "takes the hard rock inclinations of Generation Terrorists to an extreme." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_56

The band also stated that the choice to work with Dave Eringa again was important for this album: "We finished work in November and then just went straight into a demo studio and we came out about four weeks later with the album all finished. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_57

We were all happy with all the songs, we knew what they wanted to sound like, so we didn't want to use a mainstream producer because they've got their own sound and vision of what a record should be like. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_58

So we just phoned Dave up and said 'Look, come down, let's see how this works out', and everyone loved what we were doing, so we decided to stay with him." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_59

The band have described Gold Against the Soul as their least favourite album and the period surrounding the album as being the most unfocused of their career. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_60

The band's vocalist and guitarist James Dean Bradfield has said "All we wanted to do was go under the corporate wing. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_61

We thought we could ignore it but you do get affected." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_62

By early 1994, Edwards' difficulties became worse and began to affect the other band members as well as himself. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_63

He was admitted into The Priory in 1994 to overcome his problems and the band played a few festivals as a three-piece to pay for his treatment. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_64

The group's next album, The Holy Bible, was released in August to critical acclaim, but sold poorly. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_65

The album displayed yet another musical and aesthetic change for the band, largely featuring army/navy uniforms. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_66

Musically, The Holy Bible marks a shift from the modern rock sound of their first two albums, Generation Terrorists and Gold Against the Soul. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_67

In addition to the album's alternative rock sound the album incorporates various elements from other musical genres, such as hard rock, British punk, post-punk, new wave, industrial, art rock and gothic rock. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_68

Lyrically the album deals with subjects including prostitution, American consumerism, British imperialism, freedom of speech, the Holocaust, self-starvation, serial killers, the death penalty, political revolution, childhood, fascism and suicide. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_69

According to Q: "the tone of the album is by turns bleak, angry and resigned". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_70

There was also an element of autobiographic subjects, like in the song "4st 7lb" where the lyrics clearly tackle Richey's own experience and life. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_71

The song was named after 4 stones 7 pounds, or 63 pounds (29 kg), because it is the weight below which death is said to be medically unavoidable for an anorexic sufferer. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_72

The title "The Holy Bible" was chosen by Edwards to reflect an idea, according to Bradfield, that "everything on there has to be perfection". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_73

Interviewed at the end of 1994, Edwards said: "The way religions choose to speak their truth to the public has always been to beat them down [...] I think that if a Holy Bible is true, it should be about the way the world is and that's what I think my lyrics are about. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_74

[The album] doesn't pretend things don't exist". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_75

Ben Patashnik of Drowned in Sound later said that the album in the time of its release "didn't sell very well, but its impact was felt keenly by anyone who'd ever come into contact with the Manics", and that it is now a "masterpiece [...] the sound of one man in a close-knit group of friends slowly disintegrating and using his own anguish to create some of the most brilliant art to be released on a large scale as music in years [...] It's not a suicide note; it's a warning." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_76

In support of the album the band appeared on Top of the Pops, performing its first single, "Faster", which reached No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_77

16. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_78

The performance was extremely controversial at the time, as the band were all dressed in army regalia. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_79

Bradfield wore a "terrorist-style" balaclava. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_80

At the time, the band was told by the BBC that they had received the most complaints ever. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_81

The album eventually has sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and is frequently listed among the greatest records ever recorded. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_82

In April and May 1994 the band first performed songs from The Holy Bible at concerts in Thailand and Portugal and at a benefit concert for the Anti-Nazi League at Brockwell Park, London. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_83

In June, they played the Glastonbury Festival. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_84

In July and August, without Richey Edwards, they played T in the Park in Scotland, the Alte Wartesaal in Cologne, the Parkpop Festival in The Hague and the Reading Festival. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_85

During September, October and December there was a headline tour of the UK and Ireland and two tours in mainland Europe with Suede and Therapy?. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_86

In December, three nights at the London Astoria ended with the band smashing up their equipment and the venue's lighting rig, causing £26,000 worth of damage. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_87

Edwards disappeared on 1 February 1995, on the day when he and James Dean Bradfield were due to fly to the US on a promotional tour. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_88

In the two weeks before his disappearance, Edwards withdrew £200 a day from his bank account, which totalled £2,800 by the day of the scheduled flight. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_89

He checked out of the Embassy Hotel in Bayswater Road, London, at seven in the morning, and then drove to his apartment in Cardiff, Wales. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_90

In the two weeks that followed he was apparently spotted in the Newport passport office, and the Newport bus station. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_91

On 7 February, a taxi driver from Newport supposedly picked up Edwards from the King's Hotel in Newport, and drove him around the valleys, including Blackwood (Edwards' home as a child). Manic Street Preachers_sentence_92

The passenger got off at the Severn View service station near Aust and paid the £68 fare in cash. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_93

On 14 February, Edwards' Vauxhall Cavalier received a parking ticket at the Severn View service station and on 17 February, the vehicle was reported as abandoned. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_94

Police discovered the battery to be flat, with evidence that the car had been lived in. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_95

Due to the service station's proximity to the Severn Bridge (which has been a renowned suicide location in the past) it was widely believed that he took his own life by jumping from the bridge. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_96

Many people who knew him, however, have said that he was never the type to contemplate suicide and he was quoted in 1994 as saying "In terms of the 'S' word, that does not enter my mind. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_97

And it never has done, in terms of an attempt. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_98

Because I am stronger than that. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_99

I might be a weak person, but I can take pain." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_100

Since then he has reportedly been spotted in a market in Goa, India, and on the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_101

There have been other alleged sightings of Edwards, especially in the years immediately following his disappearance. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_102

However, none of these has proved conclusive and none has been confirmed by investigators. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_103

He has not been seen since. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_104

Manic Street Preachers was put on hold for six months and disbanding the group was seriously considered, but with the blessing of Edwards' family, the other members continued. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_105

Edwards was legally "presumed dead" in 2008, to enable his parents to administer his estate. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_106

The band continue to set up a microphone for Edwards at every live performance. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_107

Everything Must Go to Lipstick Traces (1996–2003) Manic Street Preachers_section_3

The first album without Edwards, Everything Must Go, was released on 20 May 1996. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_108

The band had chosen to work with new producer Mike Hedges, mainly for his work on Siouxsie and the Banshees' single "Swimming Horses" that Bradfield rated highly. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_109

Hedges had already been approached before to produce The Holy Bible but he wasn't available at the time. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_110

Everything Must Go debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number 2, so far the album has gone Triple Platinum in the UK and is their most successful album to date, spending 103 weeks in the Top 100 with the album still in the Top 5 a year after its release. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_111

Containing five songs either written or co-written by Edwards the album was released to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_112

Lyrically the themes were different from their previous effort, instead of introspective and autobiographical tracks such as "4st 7lb", Wire's predilection for historical and political themes dominates, like the No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_113

2 hit single "A Design for Life". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_114

The song was the first to be written and released by the band following the mysterious disappearance of figurehead Richey Edwards the previous year and was used as the opening track on Forever Delayed, the band's greatest hits album released in November 2002. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_115

Much later on, interviewed in 2014 by NME for their "Song Stories" video series, singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield recalled that the lyric had been a fusion of two sets of lyrics-"Design for Life" and "Pure Motive"-sent to him from Wales by bassist Nicky Wire, while he was living in Shepherd's Bush. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_116

The music was written "in about ten minutes" and Bradfield felt a sense of euphoria with the result. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_117

The song was credited with having "rescued the band" from the despair felt after the disappearance of Edwards, with Wire describing the song as "a bolt of light from a severely dark place". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_118

The album was shortlisted for the 1996 Mercury Prize award for best album and won the band two Brit Awards for Best British Band and Best British Album, as well as yielding the hit singles "Australia", "Everything Must Go" and "Kevin Carter". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_119

Subjects tackled on the album include the tragic life of the photographer Kevin Carter, on the track of the same name, Willem de Kooning and the maltreatment of animals in captivity on "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" (which is a quote from the film The Best Years of Our Lives). Manic Street Preachers_sentence_120

The latter track, with lyrics by Edwards, can also be interpreted as an exploration of his mental state before his disappearance; the line "Here chewing your tail is joy" for instance may be as much about Richey's self-harm as it is the tormented self-injury of zoo animals. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_121

It was their most direct and mature record to date and it established the Manics as superstars throughout the world. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_122

The album has sold over two million copies around the world, and it is still considered one of the finest releases of the decade, a classic album from the 1990s and frequently voted in polls in the category of best albums of all time by many publications. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_123

In 1997 the band performed a special gig at the Manchester Arena for more than 20,000 people. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_124

Bassist Nicky Wire said that was the moment he knew that the band had "made it". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_125

The recording was released as a VHS video on 29 September 1997 and has only been reissued on DVD in Japan. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_126

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was the first number 1 of the band in the UK, remaining at the top of the albums chart for 3 weeks, selling 136,000 copies in the first week and spending a total of 74 weeks in the Album Chart. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_127

The title is a quotation taken from a speech given by Aneurin Bevan, a Labour Party politician from Wales. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_128

Its working title was simply Manic Street Preachers. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_129

The cover photograph was taken on Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog, Wales. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_130

Around the world the album also peaked at number 1 in countries like Sweden and Ireland, and it sold over five million copies worldwide. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_131

With their fifth album, the group also had a No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_132

1 single, "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_133

The song's theme is taken from the Spanish Civil War, and the idealism of Welsh volunteers who joined the left-wing International Brigades fighting for the Spanish Republic against Francisco Franco's military rebels. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_134

The song takes its name from a Republican poster of the time, displaying a photograph of a young child killed by the Nationalists under a sky of bombers with the stark warning "If you tolerate this, your children will be next" written at the bottom. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_135

The song is in the Guinness World Records as the number one single with the longest title without brackets. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_136

The album also included the hit singles "You Stole the Sun from My Heart", "Tsunami" and "The Everlasting". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_137

The Manics won Best British Band and Album awards at the BRIT Awards in 1999. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_138

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was also shortlisted for the 1999 Mercury Prize and the band received a further nomination in the category of Best UK & Ireland Act in the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards, where the band performed live the single If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_139

In the NME Awards in 1999, the band won every single big prize, Best Band, Best Album, Best Live Act, Best Single and Best Video, nailing also the prize for Best Band in the World Today in the Q Awards 1998. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_140

After headlining Glastonbury Festival, T in the Park and V Festival, the band played the Leaving the 20th Century concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 31 December 1999, the first concert to be held there, with 57,000 people attending and the final song being broadcast around the world by satellite as part of 2000 Today. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_141

The concert is available on VHS and DVD. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_142

Subtitled English lyrics, available as an extra, contain errors when compared to the official lyrics in the band's album booklets and in between some of the tracks there are interview clips where the band discusses their history and the songs. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_143

In 2000, they released the limited edition single "The Masses Against the Classes". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_144

Despite receiving little promotion, the single sold 76,000 copies in its first week and reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 16 January 2000, beating "U Know What's Up" by Donell Jones to the top. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_145

The catalogue entry for the single was deleted (removed from wholesale supply) on the day of release, but the song nevertheless spent 9 weeks in the UK chart. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_146

In 2001, they became the first popular Western rock band to play in Cuba (at the Karl Marx Theater) and met with President Fidel Castro. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_147

Their concert and trip to Cuba was documented and then released as a DVD entitled Louder Than War. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_148

At this concert, they revealed many tracks from their upcoming sixth album, Know Your Enemy, which was released on 19 March. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_149

The left-wing political convictions of the Manic Street Preachers are apparent in many of the album's songs, such as "Baby Elián" as they comment on the strained relations between the United States and Cuba as seen in the Elián González affair, a hot topic around the album's release. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_150

The band also pays tribute to singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson in the song "Let Robeson Sing", but the song "Ocean Spray", which was a single, was written entirely by James about his mother's battle with cancer. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_151

The first singles from the album, "So Why So Sad" and "Found That Soul", were both released on the same day. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_152

The final single "Let Robeson Sing" was released later. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_153

The Manics also headlined Reading and Leeds Festival. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_154

The greatest hits (plus remixes) album Forever Delayed was released in 2002, containing two new songs, "Door to the River" and the single "There by the Grace of God". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_155

Several songs were edited for length ("Motorcycle Emptiness," "You Love Us", "Australia," "Everything Must Go," "Little Baby Nothing," and "The Everlasting") so that more tracks could fit onto the CD (though not listed as edits in the liner notes). Manic Street Preachers_sentence_156

The Forever Delayed DVD was released in 2002 together with the greatest hits CD and photo book that bear the same name, and features all the promo music videos from the start of the band's career released before the DVD. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_157

Along with the promo videos, there is a selection of 14 remix videos, where the visual material is taken from clips of the other promo videos as well as backdrop visuals from the band's live concerts. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_158

The album peaked and debuted on the UK Albums Chart at #4. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_159

An album of B-sides, rarities, and cover versions was released in 2003 entitled Lipstick Traces (A Secret History of Manic Street Preachers), which contains the last song the band worked on with Edwards. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_160

The album received a far more positive reception from fans than the Forever Delayed greatest hits album, which was heavily criticised for favouring the band's more commercially successful singles. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_161

The only recurring criticism of Lipstick Traces was the exclusion of the fan favourite "Patrick Bateman", from the "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" single. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_162

The band explained that it was excluded mainly because it was almost seven minutes long and simply would not fit on the album. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_163

Lifeblood to Journal for Plague Lovers (2004–2009) Manic Street Preachers_section_4

The band's seventh studio album, Lifeblood, was released on 1 November 2004 and reached No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_164

13 on the UK album chart. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_165

Critical response to the album was mixed. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_166

The album was more introspective and more focused on the past, Wire talked about the ghosts that haunted this record and stated that the record was a retrospective: "The main themes are death and solitude and ghosts. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_167

Being haunted by history and being haunted by your own past. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_168

Sleep is beautiful for me. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_169

I hate dreaming because it ruins ten hours of bliss. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_170

I had a lot of bad dreams when Richey first disappeared. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_171

Not ugly dreams, but nagging things. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_172

Until we wrote 'Design for Life', it was six months of misery. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_173

Lifeblood doesn't seek to exorcise Edwards' ghost, though, just admits that there are no answers". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_174

Tony Visconti helped the band produce three songs on the album, which was followed by a UK arena tour in December 2004. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_175

"Empty Souls" and "The Love of Richard Nixon" were the two singles released from the album, both reaching No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_176

2 in the UK. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_177

A tenth-anniversary edition of The Holy Bible was released on 6 December 2004, which included a digitally remastered version of the original album, a rare U.S. mix (which the band themselves have admitted to preferring to the original UK mix) and a DVD of live performances and extras including a band interview. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_178

In April 2005, the band played several shows as the Past-Present-Future tour—announced as their last for at least two years. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_179

The band released an EP entitled God Save the Manics with only a limited number of copies available and given out to fans as they arrived at the venue. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_180

After all the copies were gone, the band made the EP available as a free download on their website. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_181

In September, the band contributed the new track "Leviathan" to the War Child charity album Help! Manic Street Preachers_sentence_182 : A Day in the Life. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_183

In 2006 the band received the prize for the Q Merit Award in the Q Awards 2006 and also the 10th-anniversary edition of ″Everything Must Go″ was released on 6 November. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_184

It included the original album, demos, B-sides, remixes, rehearsals and alternate takes of the album's songs, spread out over two CDs. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_185

An additional DVD, featuring music videos, live performances, TV appearances, a 45-minute documentary on the making of the album, and two films by Patrick Jones, completed the three-disc set. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_186

In the 10th-anniversary edition, the band itself claims that they're still fond of the record, and Wire goes further saying: "I think it's our best record, I am not afraid to say that." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_187

The band's eighth studio album, Send Away the Tigers, was released on 7 May 2007 on Columbia Records. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_188

It entered the official UK album charts at No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_189

2. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_190

Critical response to the album was largely positive, with some critics hailing the album as the band's best in a decade. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_191

A free download of a song entitled "Underdogs" from the album was made available through the group's website on 19 March 2007. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_192

The first official single released from Send Away the Tigers was "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough", which features Cardigans vocalist Nina Persson and according to the band they always had a duet in mind, seeing that the lyrics have a question/reply style to it. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_193

According to singer Bradfield, the title was the last line of a suicide note left by the friend of someone close to the group. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_194

The second single, "Autumnsong", and a third, "Indian Summer", were released in August. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_195

″Indian Summer″ peaked at number 22, making it the first Manics single not to chart in the Top 20 since 1994's "She Is Suffering". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_196

The album sleeve features a quotation from Wyndham Lewis: "When a man is young, he is usually a revolutionary of some kind. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_197

So here I am, speaking of my revolution". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_198

The band ended up promoting the album with appearances in the summer festivals like Reading and Leeds Festivals and Glastonbury Festival. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_199

The band released a Christmas single, "The Ghosts of Christmas", in December. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_200

The track was available as a free download on their official website throughout December 2007 and January 2008. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_201

In February 2008, the band were presented with the God-Like Geniuses Award at the NME Awards ceremony. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_202

The ninth Manics album, Journal for Plague Lovers, was released on 18 May 2009 and features lyrics left behind by Edwards. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_203

Wire commented in an interview that "there was a sense of responsibility to do his words justice." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_204

The album was released to positive critical reviews and reached No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_205

3 on the UK Album Chart. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_206

However, the cover of the album generated some controversy, with the top four UK supermarkets stocking the CD in a plain slipcase, as the cover was deemed "inappropriate". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_207

Bradfield regarded the decision as "utterly bizarre", and has commented: "You can have lovely shiny buttocks and guns everywhere in the supermarket on covers of magazines and CDs, but you show a piece of art and people just freak out." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_208

Several tracks refer to Edwards' time in a couple of hospitals in 1994. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_209

Among them is "She Bathed Herself in a Bath of Bleach", of which James Dean Bradfield said to the NME: "There're some people he met when he was in one of the two places having treatment and I think he just digested other people's stories and experiences." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_210

The final track, "William's Last Words", has been compared to a suicide note, and although Nicky Wire rejects this suggestion, Bradfield observes, "you can draw some pretty obvious conclusions from the lyrics." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_211

Wire, who admitted finding the task of editing this song "pretty choking", eventually composed the music and sang lead vocals after Bradfield found himself unsuited to the task. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_212

Bradfield commented that Journal for Plague Lovers was an attempt to finally secure the legacy of their former member Richey Edwards and the result was that, during the recording process, it was as close to feeling his presence since his disappearance: "There was a sense of responsibility to do his words justice. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_213

That was part of the whole thing of letting enough time lapse. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_214

Once we actually got into the studio, it almost felt as if we were a full band; it [was] as close to him being in the room again as possible." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_215

Tracks from Journal for Plague Lovers have been remixed by a number of artists, and the Journal for Plague Lovers Remixes EP was released on 15 June 2009. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_216

Martin Noble of the band British Sea Power remixed the song "Me and Stephen Hawking"; Andrew Weatherall remixed "Peeled Apples", which he has described as "sounding like Charlie Watts playing with PiL"; The Horrors remixed "Doors Closing Slowly"; NYPC remixed the song "Marlon J.D" and the EP also features remixes by Patrick Wolf, Underworld, Four Tet, Errors, Adem, Optimo and Fuck Buttons. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_217

On 18 June 2009, the Manics officially opened the new Cardiff Central Library. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_218

Wire later said in an interview with The Guardian that the occasion had been a great honour for the band: Manic Street Preachers_sentence_219

Postcards from a Young Man and National Treasures (2010–2012) Manic Street Preachers_section_5

On 1 June 2010, the band announced on their homepage that a new album called Postcards from a Young Man would be released on 20 September. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_220

James Dean Bradfield said that the album would be an unashamedly pop-orientated affair, following 2009's Journal for Plague Lovers. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_221

"We're going for big radio hits on this one", he told NME. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_222

"It isn't a follow-up to Journal for Plague Lovers. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_223

It's one last shot at mass communication." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_224

On 26 July, the first single from the new album, "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love", was played on the breakfast shows of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6Music, XFm and Absolute Radio. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_225

It was released on 13 September. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_226

The title had previously been suggested as a working title for the album by Nicky Wire. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_227

Three collaborations were also confirmed on the band's website later that day: Duff McKagan would appear on "A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun", Ian McCulloch will add guest vocals to "Some Kind of Nothingness" and John Cale will feature on "Auto-Intoxication". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_228

Of the album's lead single, "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love," Nicky Wire claimed: "I believe in the tactile nature of rock 'n' roll. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_229

There's a generation missing out on what music meant to us...You can only elaborate on the stuff that compels you to. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_230

But "It's Not War..." is kind of saying, "Alright, we're not 18, but even at 40 the rage is still there". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_231

Postcards from a Young Man was recorded with producer (and longtime Manics collaborator) Dave Eringa and was mixed in America by Chris Lord-Alge. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_232

It was released in a standard version, 2 CD deluxe version, and limited edition box set. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_233

The album cover art uses a black and white photograph of British actor Tim Roth. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_234

The album was supported by the Manics' most extensive tour of the UK to date, starting in Glasgow on 29 September 2010. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_235

British Sea Power were the support act for the band on the tour. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_236

Two further singles were released from the album—the McCulloch-featuring "Some Kind of Nothingness" and the title track "Postcards from a Young Man". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_237

"Some Kind of Nothingness" peaked at No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_238

44 in the UK making it the first-ever Manics single to not make the Top 40 since they signed to Sony in 1991. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_239

The band initially announced that their next album had the working title 70 Songs of Hatred and Failure and would sound very different from Postcards From A Young Man: "The next album will be pure indulgence. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_240

There's only so much melody stored in your body that you can physically get onto one record. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_241

It was just so utterly commercial and melodic." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_242

However, Nicky Wire contradicted this in 2011 while doing promotion for their greatest hits compilation National Treasures. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_243

When asked why the band was releasing the compilation Wire stated: "It's just the end of an era. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_244

Not the end of a band. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_245

We're gonna disappear for quite a long time." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_246

National Treasures – The Complete Singles was released on 31 October 2011, preceded by the release of the single "This Is the Day", a cover of the song by The The. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_247

On 17 December 2011, the group performed 'A Night of National Treasures' at O2 Arena in London to celebrate the band's 25 years to date, and enter into a period of hiatus where the eleventh album was written. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_248

The band performed all 38 singles, with around 20,000 people in attendance, as well as guest performers including Nina Persson from the Cardigans who sings with the band on the single "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" and Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals who sang with the band that night on the track Let Robeson Sing. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_249

In April and May 2012, the band embarked on a European greatest hits tour. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_250

The compilation was voted by NME magazine as the best re issue of 2011, beating Nirvana's deluxe and super deluxe edition of Nevermind to the top spot. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_251

Despite the "complete singles" title, National Treasures does not contain every Manic Street Preachers single. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_252

Notable omissions are the band's very first single, "Suicide Alley" (1989), "Strip It Down" from the New Art Riot EP (1990), for which the band's first promotional video was made, and "You Love Us (Heavenly Version)" (1991). Manic Street Preachers_sentence_253

For singles originally released as double-A sides, only one song is included: therefore from "Love's Sweet Exile/Repeat" (1992) and "Faster/P.C.P." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_254

(1994), only the first of each pair are included. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_255

On 10 October the band announced via Facebook that a film-interview-documentary about their album Generation Terrorists would be screened at 2012's Sŵn Festival as a Welsh exclusive. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_256

The film was shown at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday 20 October, with all profits being donated to Young Promoters Network. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_257

The film was made available in the 20th anniversary re-issue of Generation Terrorists, of which there were five editions: Manic Street Preachers_sentence_258

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  1. Single Disc edition: Original AlbumManic Street Preachers_item_0_0
  2. 2 Disc Deluxe edition: Includes Original Album + Demos with DVD of Culture, Alienation, Boredom, Despair (A making of the album)Manic Street Preachers_item_0_1
  3. 4 Disc Limited edition (3,000 copies worldwide): Includes Original Album, Demos, B-Sides, Rarities, CABD DVD + Replica of Generation Terrorist Tour VIP Pass, 10" Collage by Richey Edwards, 10" Vinyl LP of a rare Manics Radio Performance and a 28-page book from Nicky Wire's archive.Manic Street Preachers_item_0_2

Also, if the Deluxe edition was purchased from the London record store "Rough Trade", then alongside the £20 purchase came a free ticket to see a showing of the CABD film, followed by an acoustic gig with James Dean Bradfield on 6 November. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_259

Rewind the Film to anniversary of The Holy Bible (2013–2016) Manic Street Preachers_section_6

In May 2013, the band announced an Australasian tour for June and July, that would see them play their first-ever show in New Zealand. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_260

This tour coincided with the British and Irish Lions rugby tour to Australia and the Melbourne concert on the eve of the 2nd Test featured Lions' centre Jamie Roberts as a guest guitarist on "You Love Us". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_261

In May 2013 the Manics released information about their most recent recording sessions, saying that they had enough material for two albums; the first would be almost exclusively without electric guitars. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_262

The name of the first album and title track was revealed to be Rewind the Film on 8 July. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_263

In a statement, the band announced, "(If) this record has a relation in the Manics back catalogue, it's probably the sedate coming of age that was This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_264

The band also stated via Twitter, "MSP were in the great Hansa Studios in January with Alex Silva (who recorded The Holy Bible with us). Manic Street Preachers_sentence_265

Berlin was inspirational... Sean been playing a french horn in the studio today—sounding wonderful." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_266

The lead single of the album, "Show Me the Wonder", was referred to on their Twitter account, the Manics posted, "I think 'show me the wonder' is the 1st ever manics single without JDBs electric guitar on-xx." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_267

The single was released on 9 September 2013 to a positive critical reception. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_268

The album itself was released on 16 September 2013 and reached No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_269

4 on the UK Album Chart. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_270

The second single of the album "Anthem for a Lost Cause" was released on 25 November 2013. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_271

The other album, Futurology, the band's twelfth studio album, was released on 7 July 2014 and it received immediate critical acclaim. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_272

The lead single from the album, "Walk Me to the Bridge", was released as a digital download on the day of the announcement, on 28 April. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_273

Futurology, according to the band, is an album full of ideas and one of their most optimistic yet, as Wire said to the NME magazine in an interview: "There's an overriding concept behind 'Futurology' which is to express all the inspiration we get from travel, music and art—all those ideas, do that in a positive way. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_274

'Rewind The Film' was a harrowing 45-year-old looking in the mirror, lyrically. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_275

'Futurology' was very much an album of ideas. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_276

It's one of our most optimistic records, the idea that any kind of art can transport you to a different universe." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_277

The album sold about 20,000 copies in its first week and reached No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_278

2 on the UK Album Chart. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_279

The title track, Futurology, was the second and final single released from the album on 22 September, the video debuted on YouTube on 10 August. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_280

The video was directed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts winner Kieran Evans, who worked with the band on videos from their previous effort Rewind The Film. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_281

The band promoted the album with a tour around the UK and Europe from March to May 2014, they also made appearances in festivals like T in the Park in Scotland and Glastonbury Festival in the summer. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_282

Late in 2014, the band celebrated the release of their seminal album ″The Holy Bible″ with a new special edition in December, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the album. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_283

This edition includes the vinyl edition of the full album, plus a three-CD set, the first CD with the full album remastered for the special release, the second with the US mix remastered and the third including a performance at the Astoria in 1994 and an acoustic session for Radio 4 Mastertapes in 2014. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_284

The special edition also contains a 40-page book full of rare photos and handwritten lyrics and notes by Richey and by the band. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_285

In the NME Awards 2015, the album won "Reissue of the Year". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_286

They also toured the album, playing it in full for the very first time. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_287

After the tour in the UK, the Manics took The Holy Bible tour to North America, in April 2015, they played in Washington DC, Toronto, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_288

They also played in the Cardiff Castle on 5 June 2015 with 10,000 fans attending the gig, it was broadcast nationwide by BBC Two Wales. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_289

In August 2015 the Manic Street Preachers nailed the 2 top spots on the best NME covers of all time, as voted by the general public. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_290

James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore in November 2015 did a charity hike in Patagonia, Nicky Wire did not participate in the event, the band said: "In November 2015 we will be walking in the footsteps of our Welsh ancestors when we will be part of the Velindre group of 50 people celebrating the 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers arriving in Patagonia with a challenging six-day trek." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_291

Also in November 2015, the Manic Street Preachers announced that they were going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1996 album Everything Must Go, with their biggest headline show since 1999, in the Liberty Stadium, in Swansea on 28 May 2016, featuring special guests like Super Furry Animals. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_292

The album was performed in full, with Nicky Wire teasing "b-sides, rarities and curios, greatest hits and a few brand-new songs". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_293

Before the final show in Swansea the band played: Liverpool, Echo Arena (13 May), Birmingham, Genting Arena (14 May), London, Royal Albert Hall (16–17 May), Leeds, First Direct Arena (20 May) and Glasgow, the SSE Hydro (21 May). Manic Street Preachers_sentence_294

In early 2016 the band announced the European tour of "Everything Must Go", they played across Europe, in Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_295

Similar to what happened with "The Holy Bible" the Manics released on 20 May, a special anniversary edition for the album, which includes the full album remastered plus the B-sides, a heavyweight vinyl, the 1997 Nynex concert fully restored on DVD, an exclusive new film about the making of the album, the official videos for the all singles and a 40-page booklet. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_296

It was also made available a standard edition with a double-CD featuring only the remastered album and the concert at the Nynex Arena. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_297

The band announced in March 2016 that they would be releasing a theme song for the Wales national team ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in the summer, entitled "Together Stronger (C'mon Wales)", it was released on 20 May, featuring also a video with the band and the Welsh team, the Manics tweeted: "It's with great pride we can announce the Manics are providing the official Wales Euro 2016 song – 'Together Stronger (C'mon Wales)'". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_298

All profits from the song went to the Princes Gate Trust and Tenovus Cancer Care. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_299

On 8 July the band was at the Cardiff City Stadium to give a home welcome to the Wales football national team after they were knocked out of the UEFA Euro 2016 by Portugal in the semi-finals, the band played a few songs in the stadium including the official theme song "Together Stronger (C'mon Wales)". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_300

On the next night, 9 July, the Manics headlined a night at the Cornwall's Eden Project, and later the band managed to secure a new recording studio near Newport, Wales. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_301

The city's council ensured that only the band can use the studio, there would be an increase on-site parking and a series of soundproofing measures to ensure nearby properties aren't disturbed by noise. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_302

To end the summer, the Manics went on to headline another two festivals, Wasa Open Air in Finland in mid-August and in late August the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_303

The band also received a nomination in the 25th British Academy Cymru Awards for the best live outside broadcast after their 2015 gig in the Cardiff Castle, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the "Holy Bible". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_304

Escape from History and Resistance Is Futile (2017–present) Manic Street Preachers_section_7

In February 2017 the band revealed a teaser trailer for a new documentary entitled Escape from History, charting the band's journey from The Holy Bible, through to the disappearance of lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards, to the huge success of Everything Must Go. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_305

The documentary aired on Sky Arts on 15 April. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_306

The band also stated that they would release a new album later in that year. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_307

The band released a special edition of their album Send Away the Tigers on 12 May. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_308

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the record and the Manics said that "this is a very important album" in their career. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_309

The special edition featured a remastered album as well as B-sides and rarities spread over two discs, plus a DVD which features the band's 2007 Glastonbury performance, rehearsal footage, an album track-by-track, and promo videos. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_310

On 17 November 2017, the band announced that their thirteenth album, Resistance Is Futile, would be released on 13 April 2018. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_311

After much delay, the band wrote "The main themes of 'Resistance is Futile' are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration", the band say in a statement. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_312

"It’s obsessively melodic—in many ways referencing both the naive energy of 'Generation Terrorists' and the orchestral sweep of 'Everything Must Go'. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_313

After delay and difficulties getting started, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months through a surge of creativity and some old school hard work." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_314

It is the first album to be recorded at the "Door to The River" new studio. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_315

In January 2018, Manic Street Preachers signed a new publishing contract with Warner/Chappell Music, leaving their longtime home Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_316

On the new album, the Manics launched their first single "International Blue" as a download on 8 December 2017. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_317

The second single "Distant Colours" was released, also as a download, on 16 February 2018. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_318

About the first single the band said that there's was certain naive energy and widescreen melancholia on the song that is reflected through the whole album, comparing it to Motorcycle Emptiness. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_319

Furthermore, the album focused on "(...)things that make your life feel a little bit better. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_320

Rather than my internalised misery, I tried to put a sense of optimism into the lyrics by writing about things that we find really inspiring." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_321

Said Wire, taking inspiration from David Bowie and seen as almost an escape and a wave of optimism, just like the previous album was described. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_322

On the other hand, "Distant Colours" was written by James Dean Bradfield, rather than Nicky Wire, and inspired by disenchantment and Nye Bevan's old Labour. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_323

He said: "Musically, the verse is downcast and melancholic and the chorus is an explosion of disillusionment and tears." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_324

The third single "Dylan & Caitlin" was released as a download on 9 March 2018. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_325

The fourth single "Liverpool Revisited" is about a magical day in the city, Nicky added that: "It was on the Everything Must Go (anniversary) tour and I got up really early at sunrise to walk around Liverpool, polaroid camera in hand on a balmy day. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_326

It sounds clichéd I know, but Liverpool in the sun does take on a hypnotic quality, with the Mersey and the stone." Manic Street Preachers_sentence_327

The band also revealed that they were to support Guns N' Roses during their summer tour. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_328

The fifth and final single, "Hold Me Like a Heaven", was released as a download on 4 May 2018. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_329

Wire said that the song was inspired musically by David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes, something that the band wanted to write about, and Nicky thinks that this the closest that the band is going to get, sharing also that lyrics were informed by the work of Philip Larkin. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_330

The album sold around 24,000 copies in the first week, entering the UK Albums Chart at number 2, despite being number 1 during the week. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_331

It was the highest new entry on the chart, and on physical sales the album peaked at number 1, both on CD and vinyl. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_332

In October 2018, the band announced a twentieth-anniversary collector's edition re-release of This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_333

It was made available on digital, CD, and vinyl, with the CD edition featuring bonus demos, live rehearsal recordings, remixes, and B-sides. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_334

The album was launched on 7 December 2018 and to promote it, the band went on tour in Spring and Summer 2019, performing the album in full alongside other content. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_335

In March 2020, the Manics announced a deluxe reissue of their Gold Against the Soul album for release on 12 June 2020. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_336

Bonus content included previously unreleased demos, B-sides from the era, remixes, and a live recording, while the CD was released alongside a book of unseen photographs from the era with handwritten annotations and lyrics from the band. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_337

The next day, the unnamed follow-up album to Resistance is Futile, their fourteenth overall, was confirmed to NME alongside Bradfield's second solo album. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_338

The group's album, including a track called "Orwellian", was described as "expansive" and is due for release in Summer 2021. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_339

Solo work Manic Street Preachers_section_8

In late 2005, both Bradfield and Wire announced that they intended to release solo material before a new album by the band. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_340

A free download of Nicky Wire's debut solo offering I Killed the Zeitgeist was posted on the band's website for just one day, Christmas Day 2005, while "The Shining Path" was released exclusively on iTunes for download. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_341

Also, a promotional album sampler had been sent out to the press and certain other people which included "I Killed the Zeitgeist", "Goodbye Suicide", "Sehnsucht", and "Everything Fades". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_342

The album was officially released in September 2006. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_343

It charted at No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_344

130 in the UK. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_345

The sound of the album, which Nicky referred to as his "nihilistic anti-everything album", was inspired by, among others, Neu! Manic Street Preachers_sentence_346 , the Plastic Ono Band, Einstürzende Neubauten, the Modern Lovers, Richard Thompson and Lou Reed. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_347

Only one official single was released, "Break My Heart Slowly", which charted at No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_348

74. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_349

Nicky toured small intimate venues across the UK with his band the Secret Society. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_350

Bradfield's solo album, The Great Western, was released in July 2006, to positive reviews from critics. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_351

It reached No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_352

22 in the UK. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_353

The sound of the album was inspired by, among others, Jeff Beck, Badfinger, Simple Minds and McCarthy. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_354

Two singles were released: "That's No Way to Tell a Lie" (No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_355

18) in July, which was also the background music to the BBC's Match of the Day's 'Goal of the Month' competition, and then "An English Gentleman" (No. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_356

31) in September. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_357

The latter is in remembrance of the first Manics manager Philip Hall, who died from cancer in 1993 and to whom The Holy Bible had been dedicated. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_358

The initial pressings of the red 7" single were made with black vinyl, some of which were sent out to distributors by mistake. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_359

James toured the album with a band that included Wayne Murray, who would subsequently play the second guitar for Manics live performances. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_360

James's solo gigs featured covers of the Clash songs "Clampdown" and "The Card Cheat", both from the album London Calling. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_361

In a later interview, when the band were collectively asked what they had learned from making a solo album, Sean Moore dryly quipped "Not to do one". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_362

In March 2020, Bradfield was confirmed to be working on a second album while the band took a short break, while Wire was also considering more solo content. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_363

That June, two tracks by Bradfield, "There'll Come a War" and "Seeking the Room With the Three Windows", were released digitally. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_364

The album title was announced as Even in Exile the next week alongside the launch of its first single, "The Boy From the Plantation", and the album was released on 14 August 2020. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_365

Collaborations and covers Manic Street Preachers_section_9

The band released a split single in 1992 with the Fatima Mansions, a rock cover of "Suicide Is Painless", which became their first UK Top 10 hit. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_366

They have recorded many cover versions of songs by other artists, primarily as B-sides for their own singles. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_367

Bands and artists to whom the group have paid tribute in this way include the Clash, Guns N' Roses, Alice Cooper, Happy Mondays, McCarthy, Chuck Berry, Faces and Nirvana. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_368

The band's first musical appearance since Edwards' departure was recording a cover of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" for The Help Album, a charity effort in 1995 in support of aid efforts in war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_369

The Lightning Seeds' song "Waiting for Today to Happen", from their fifth album, Dizzy Heights (1996), was written by Nicky Wire and Ian Broudie. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_370

That same year, James Dean Bradfield and Dave Eringa produced Northern Uproar's first single, "Rollercoaster/Rough Boys". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_371

The 808 State song "Lopez" (1997) features lyrics by Wire and vocals by Bradfield. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_372

It is featured on their greatest hits album, 808:88:98. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_373

Kylie Minogue's sixth album, Impossible Princess (1997), features two songs co-written and produced by the Manics: "Some Kind of Bliss" (Bradfield, Minogue and Sean Moore) and "I Don't Need Anyone" (Bradfield, Jones and Minogue) were produced by Bradfield and Dave Eringa. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_374

Bradfield provided backing vocals, bass guitar and production for the Massive Attack song "Inertia Creeps" (1998), which features on their successful third album, Mezzanine. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_375

Patrick Jones's album of poetry set to music, Commemoration and Amnesia (1999), features two songs with music written by Bradfield: the title track and "The Guerilla Tapestry". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_376

Bradfield plays the guitar on both songs. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_377

Furthermore, the track "Hiraeth" features a section called "Spoken Word", in which Nicky Wire talks about Welsh identity. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_378

In February 2006, the band contributed a cover version of "The Instrumental" to the album Still Unravished: A Tribute to the June Brides. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_379

In February 2008, the Manics covered Rihanna's hit pop song "Umbrella". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_380

Their version appeared on a CD titled NME Awards 2008 given away free with a special souvenir box-set issue of NME magazine, which went on sale 27 February. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_381

Additionally, the Manics' version of the song was made available on iTunes from 5 March 2008. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_382

Despite being chart-eligible (it reached number 47 in the UK), the release was not intended as an official single. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_383

Two further versions (the Acoustic and Grand Slam mixes) were later made available on iTunes and now comprise a three-track Umbrella EP. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_384

James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire contributed an original song, "The Girl from Tiger Bay", to Shirley Bassey's 2009 studio album, The Performance. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_385

Musical style and influences Manic Street Preachers_section_10

Manic Street Preachers' music has been variously described as alternative rock, Britpop, hard rock glam rock, pop rock, punk metal, and punk rock. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_386

According to their AllMusic biography, the band were fashioning themselves after their influences, the Clash and the Sex Pistols, attempting to restore revolution to rock music "at a time when Britain was dominated by trancey shoegazers and faceless, trippy acid house". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_387

In addition, members of Manic Street Preachers have cited artists including Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Electric Light Orchestra, Rory Gallagher, Gang of Four, Guns N' Roses, Joy Division, Magazine, PiL, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Skids, Bruce Springsteen, and Wire, as influential or inspirational to their music. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_388

Alluding to the band's early relationship with Britpop, Cam Lindsay of Canadian music publication Exclaim! Manic Street Preachers_sentence_389

opined that "Britpop was rising, the Manics were offering the polar opposite: a bleak, uncompromising work that wanted nothing to do with the party". Manic Street Preachers_sentence_390

Band members Manic Street Preachers_section_11

Timeline Manic Street Preachers_section_12

Discography Manic Street Preachers_section_13

Main article: Manic Street Preachers discography Manic Street Preachers_sentence_391

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Awards and nominations Manic Street Preachers_section_14

Best Art Vinyl Awards Manic Street Preachers_sentence_392

The Best Art Vinyl Awards are yearly awards established in 2005 by Art Vinyl Ltd to celebrate the best album artwork of the past year. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_393

Manic Street Preachers_table_general_1

YearManic Street Preachers_header_cell_1_0_0 Nominee / workManic Street Preachers_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardManic Street Preachers_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultManic Street Preachers_header_cell_1_0_3
2007Manic Street Preachers_cell_1_1_0 Send Away the TigersManic Street Preachers_cell_1_1_1 Best Vinyl ArtManic Street Preachers_cell_1_1_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_1_1_3

Brit Awards Manic Street Preachers_sentence_394

The Brit Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_395

Manic Street Preachers has received four awards from eight nominations. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_396

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YearManic Street Preachers_header_cell_2_0_0 Nominee / workManic Street Preachers_header_cell_2_0_1 AwardManic Street Preachers_header_cell_2_0_2 ResultManic Street Preachers_header_cell_2_0_3
1997Manic Street Preachers_cell_2_1_0 Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_2_1_1 British GroupManic Street Preachers_cell_2_1_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_2_1_3
Everything Must GoManic Street Preachers_cell_2_2_0 British Album of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_2_2_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_2_2_2
"A Design for Life"Manic Street Preachers_cell_2_3_0 British Single of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_2_3_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_2_3_2
British Video of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_2_4_0 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_2_4_1
1999Manic Street Preachers_cell_2_5_0 Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_2_5_1 British GroupManic Street Preachers_cell_2_5_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_2_5_3
This Is My Truth Tell Me YoursManic Street Preachers_cell_2_6_0 British Album of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_2_6_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_2_6_2
"If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next"Manic Street Preachers_cell_2_7_0 British Single of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_2_7_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_2_7_2
2000Manic Street Preachers_cell_2_8_0 "You Stole the Sun from My Heart"Manic Street Preachers_cell_2_8_1 British Single of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_2_8_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_2_8_3

GAFFA Awards Manic Street Preachers_sentence_397

Manic Street Preachers_table_general_3

YearManic Street Preachers_header_cell_3_0_0 Nominee / workManic Street Preachers_header_cell_3_0_1 AwardManic Street Preachers_header_cell_3_0_2 ResultManic Street Preachers_header_cell_3_0_3
1998Manic Street Preachers_cell_3_1_0 "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next"Manic Street Preachers_cell_3_1_1 Årets Udenlandske HitManic Street Preachers_cell_3_1_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_3_1_3

Hungarian Music Awards Manic Street Preachers_sentence_398

The Hungarian Music Awards have been given to artists in the field of Hungarian music since 1992. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_399

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YearManic Street Preachers_header_cell_4_0_0 Nominee / workManic Street Preachers_header_cell_4_0_1 AwardManic Street Preachers_header_cell_4_0_2 ResultManic Street Preachers_header_cell_4_0_3
2010Manic Street Preachers_cell_4_1_0 Journal for Plague LoversManic Street Preachers_cell_4_1_1 Alternative Music Album of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_4_1_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_4_1_3
2014Manic Street Preachers_cell_4_2_0 Rewind the FilmManic Street Preachers_cell_4_2_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_4_2_2
2015Manic Street Preachers_cell_4_3_0 FuturologyManic Street Preachers_cell_4_3_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_4_3_2

Mercury Prize Manic Street Preachers_sentence_400

The Mercury Prize is an annual music prize awarded for the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish act. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_401

Manic Street Preachers_table_general_5

YearManic Street Preachers_header_cell_5_0_0 Nominee / workManic Street Preachers_header_cell_5_0_1 AwardManic Street Preachers_header_cell_5_0_2 ResultManic Street Preachers_header_cell_5_0_3
1996Manic Street Preachers_cell_5_1_0 Everything Must GoManic Street Preachers_cell_5_1_1 Album of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_5_1_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_5_1_3
1999Manic Street Preachers_cell_5_2_0 This Is My Truth Tell Me YoursManic Street Preachers_cell_5_2_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_5_2_2

NME Awards Manic Street Preachers_sentence_402

The NME Awards is an annual music awards show in the United Kingdom. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_403

Manic Street Preachers_table_general_6

YearManic Street Preachers_header_cell_6_0_0 Nominee / workManic Street Preachers_header_cell_6_0_1 AwardManic Street Preachers_header_cell_6_0_2 ResultManic Street Preachers_header_cell_6_0_3
1996Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_1_0 Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_6_1_1 Best BandManic Street Preachers_cell_6_1_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_1_3
1997Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_2_0 Best Live ActManic Street Preachers_cell_6_2_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_2_2
Everything Must GoManic Street Preachers_cell_6_3_0 Best LPManic Street Preachers_cell_6_3_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_3_2
"A Design for Life"Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_4_0 Best TrackManic Street Preachers_cell_6_4_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_4_2
1998Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_5_0 Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_6_5_1 Best BandManic Street Preachers_cell_6_5_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_5_3
1999Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_6_0 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_6_1
This Is My Truth Tell Me YoursManic Street Preachers_cell_6_7_0 Best AlbumManic Street Preachers_cell_6_7_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_7_2
"If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next"Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_8_0 Best TrackManic Street Preachers_cell_6_8_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_8_2
Best Music VideoManic Street Preachers_cell_6_9_0 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_9_1
2000Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_10_0 "A Design for Life"Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_10_1 Best Ever SingleManic Street Preachers_cell_6_10_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_10_3
The Holy BibleManic Street Preachers_cell_6_11_0 Best Album EverManic Street Preachers_cell_6_11_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_11_2
Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_6_12_0 Best Band EverManic Street Preachers_cell_6_12_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_12_2
Best BandManic Street Preachers_cell_6_13_0 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_13_1
2001Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_14_0 Best Rock ActManic Street Preachers_cell_6_14_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_14_2
2008Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_15_0 Godlike Genius AwardManic Street Preachers_cell_6_15_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_15_2
2010Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_16_0 Journal for Plague LoversManic Street Preachers_cell_6_16_1 Best Album ArtworkManic Street Preachers_cell_6_16_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_16_3
2012Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_17_0 National Treasures - The Complete SinglesManic Street Preachers_cell_6_17_1 Reissue of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_6_17_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_17_3
2013Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_18_0 Generation TerroristsManic Street Preachers_cell_6_18_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_18_2
Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_6_19_0 Best Fan CommunityManic Street Preachers_cell_6_19_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_6_19_2
2015Manic Street Preachers_cell_6_20_0 The Holy BibleManic Street Preachers_cell_6_20_1 Reissue of the YearManic Street Preachers_cell_6_20_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_6_20_3

Q Awards Manic Street Preachers_sentence_404

The Q Awards are the UK's annual music awards run by the music magazine Q. Manic Street Preachers_sentence_405

Manic Street Preachers_table_general_7

YearManic Street Preachers_header_cell_7_0_0 Nominee / workManic Street Preachers_header_cell_7_0_1 AwardManic Street Preachers_header_cell_7_0_2 ResultManic Street Preachers_header_cell_7_0_3
1996Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_1_0 Everything Must GoManic Street Preachers_cell_7_1_1 Best AlbumManic Street Preachers_cell_7_1_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_7_1_3
1998Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_2_0 Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_7_2_1 Best Act in the World TodayManic Street Preachers_cell_7_2_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_7_2_3
1999Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_3_0 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_7_3_1
2000Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_4_0 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_7_4_1
2001Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_5_0 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_7_5_1
Best Live ActManic Street Preachers_cell_7_6_0 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_7_6_1
2006Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_7_0 Merit AwardManic Street Preachers_cell_7_7_1 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_7_7_2
2007Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_8_0 "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough"Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_8_1 Best TrackManic Street Preachers_cell_7_8_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_7_8_3
Send Away the TigersManic Street Preachers_cell_7_9_0 Best AlbumManic Street Preachers_cell_7_9_1 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_7_9_2
2011Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_10_0 Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_7_10_1 Greatest Act of the Last 25 YearsManic Street Preachers_cell_7_10_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_7_10_3
2012Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_11_0 Generation TerroristsManic Street Preachers_cell_7_11_1 Classic AlbumManic Street Preachers_cell_7_11_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_7_11_3
2013Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_12_0 "Show Me the Wonder"Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_12_1 Best VideoManic Street Preachers_cell_7_12_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_7_12_3
2014Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_13_0 FuturologyManic Street Preachers_cell_7_13_1 Best AlbumManic Street Preachers_cell_7_13_2 NominatedManic Street Preachers_cell_7_13_3
2017Manic Street Preachers_cell_7_14_0 Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers_cell_7_14_1 Inspiration AwardManic Street Preachers_cell_7_14_2 WonManic Street Preachers_cell_7_14_3

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