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Manic Street Preachers

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Manic Street Preachers, also known simply as the Manics, 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 form a key part of the 1990s Welsh Cool Cymru cultural movement.

Following the release of their debut single "Suicide Alley", Manic Street Preachers were joined by Richey Edwards as co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist, the band became as a quartet. 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" gained them a loyal following.Manic Street Preachers released their debut album, Generation Terrorists, in February 1992, followed by Gold Against The Soul in 1993 and The Holy Bible in 1994. Edwards disappeared in February 1995 and was legally presumed dead in 2008. The band continued as a trio, and achieved commercial success with the albums Everything Must Go (1996) and This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1998).

The Manics have headlined festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festival and Reading. They have won eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards. They were nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1996 and 1999, and have had one nomination for the MTV Europe Music Awards. They have reached number 1 in the UK charts four times: in 1998, with This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours and the single "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next", in 2000 with the single "The Masses Against the Classes", and in 2021 with The Ultra Vivid Lament. They have sold more than ten million albums worldwide.

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July 22, 2022

Manic Street Preachers share unreleased song ‘Rosebud’ from new ‘Know Your Enemy’ reissue

The Manics have shared two previously unheard tracks from the 'Know Your Enemy' sessions today The post Manic Street Preachers share unreleased song ‘Rosebud’ from new ‘Know Your Enemy’ reissue appeared first on NME.

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July 20, 2022

Manic Street Preachers tease ‘Know Your Enemy’ reissue

The band are teasing an announcement about the album in time for its 20th anniversary The post Manic Street Preachers tease ‘Know Your Enemy’ reissue appeared first on NME.

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July 5, 2022

Manic Street Preachers share playlist of “new and lost recordings”

The covers collection, which features the Manics' spin on Madonna's 'Borderline', serves as a "heartfelt musical tribute to our formative influences" The post Manic Street Preachers share playlist of “new and lost recordings” appeared first on NME.

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June 11, 2022

Manic Street Preachers postpone Peterborough show due to COVID-19

The band revealed that frontman James Dean Bradfield has contracted the virus The post Manic Street Preachers postpone Peterborough show due to COVID-19 appeared first on NME.

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April 30, 2022

Manic Street Preachers reveal studio version of their Madonna cover

A live version of their 'Borderline' cover was first previewed at last month's BBC 6 Music Festival The post Manic Street Preachers reveal studio version of their Madonna cover appeared first on NME.

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April 1, 2022

Watch Manic Street Preachers cover Madonna as they kick off BBC 6 Music Festival

The Manics treated their fans to live debuts and classics, and paid tribute to the late Mark Lanegan, at the intimate Cardiff show The post Watch Manic Street Preachers cover Madonna as they kick off BBC 6 Music Festival appeared first on NME.

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March 30, 2022

‘Concert For Ukraine’ raises huge £12.2million for war relief effort

Ed Sheeran, Manic Street Preachers, Jamala and many more performed at the star-studded fundraiser in Birmingham last night (March 29) The post ‘Concert For Ukraine’ raises huge £12.2million for war relief effort appeared first on NME.

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March 29, 2022

Watch Manic Street Preachers perform ‘If You Tolerate This’ with an orchestra at ‘Concert For Ukraine’

There have been performances so far from the likes of Ukraine Eurovision winner Jamala, Anne Marie and Snow Patrol The post Watch Manic Street Preachers perform ‘If You Tolerate This’ with an orchestra at ‘Concert For Ukraine’ appeared first on NME.

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March 22, 2022

Chic, Manic Street Preachers and more join Concert For Ukraine line-up

Ed Sheeran, Camilla Cabello and Snow Patrol have already been announced The post Chic, Manic Street Preachers and more join Concert For Ukraine line-up appeared first on NME.

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March 16, 2022

Manic Street Preachers to play BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Cardiff

Performing "classic tracks from across their career" at an intimate venue The post Manic Street Preachers to play BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Cardiff appeared first on NME.

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February 14, 2022

Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming says “virus who shall not be named” ruined plans to join Manic Street Preachers at Wembley

The singer recently collaborated with the Manics on their single ‘The Secret He Had Missed’ The post Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming says “virus who shall not be named” ruined plans to join Manic Street Preachers at Wembley appeared first on NME.

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February 3, 2022

Manic Street Preachers lead new additions to Neighbourhood Weekender 2022

This year's festival will be headlined by Courteeners, Kasabian and Blossoms The post Manic Street Preachers lead new additions to Neighbourhood Weekender 2022 appeared first on NME.

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December 4, 2021

Watch Manic Street Preachers cover The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ at Wembley

The band dedicated their rendition to late producer Steve Brown The post Watch Manic Street Preachers cover The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ at Wembley appeared first on NME.

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November 30, 2021

Manic Street Preachers share new ‘Duets’ digital album

The band's new Spotify collection includes a previously unheard live recording of 'Let Robeson Sing' The post Manic Street Preachers share new ‘Duets’ digital album appeared first on NME.

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November 4, 2021

Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and The Vaccines added to Y Not Festival 2022

“We’ve got our most amazing line-up to date” The post Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and The Vaccines added to Y Not Festival 2022 appeared first on NME.

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October 10, 2021

Manic Street Preachers share hazy video for new single ‘Complicated Illusions’

It's the latest track to be taken from the band's new album, 'The Ultra Vivid Lament' The post Manic Street Preachers share hazy video for new single ‘Complicated Illusions’ appeared first on NME.

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September 17, 2021

Manic Street Preachers score first UK Number One album in 23 years with ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

"It was a titanic chart battle and we are absolutely over the moon" The post Manic Street Preachers score first UK Number One album in 23 years with ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ appeared first on NME.

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September 14, 2021

Manic Street Preachers and Steps are battling for the UK’s number one album this week

It's set to be a close race for the top spot The post Manic Street Preachers and Steps are battling for the UK’s number one album this week appeared first on NME.

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September 14, 2021

Manic Street Preachers on Course for Second U.K. No. 1 With ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

The Welsh rockers power to No. 1 on the midweek chart with "The Ultra Vivid Lament," their 14th studio album, and they're on the way to a second career leader.

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August 22, 2021

Manic Street Preachers fan has rare, customised Funko POP! figures made of the band

Super fan Mish O'Leary had the figures specially made The post Manic Street Preachers fan has rare, customised Funko POP! figures made of the band appeared first on NME.

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August 19, 2021

Manic Street Preachers: “The upper echelons of society have tipped the cultural scales too heavily in their favour”

However, the Manics do still vow that "working-classes will still give you an amazing band; they’ll still give you an amazing writer" The post Manic Street Preachers: “The upper echelons of society have tipped the cultural scales too heavily in their favour” appeared first on NME.

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July 28, 2021

Manic Street Preachers have delayed their next album, blaming the global pandemic

The 14th offering has been pushed back to September The post Manic Street Preachers have delayed their next album, blaming the global pandemic appeared first on NME.

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July 22, 2021

Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire says he’d rather “fucking stab his eyes out” than get an OBE

The band's 14th album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is out later this year The post Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire says he’d rather “fucking stab his eyes out” than get an OBE appeared first on NME.

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June 8, 2021

Manic Street Preachers reschedule their NHS tribute shows

The Cardiff gigs will now take place in September The post Manic Street Preachers reschedule their NHS tribute shows appeared first on NME.

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May 14, 2021

Manic Street Preachers share ‘Orwellian’ from ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ and announce UK tour

Their ABBA, Bowie and REM-inspired 14th album will arrive in September, and is launched with a gem that tackles our "perpetual state of culture war" The post Manic Street Preachers share ‘Orwellian’ from ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ and announce UK tour appeared first on NME.

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May 13, 2021

Watch Manic Street Preachers’ trailer for their new album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

The follow up to 'Resistance Is Futile' is here The post Watch Manic Street Preachers’ trailer for their new album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ appeared first on NME.

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May 10, 2021

Manic Street Preachers share clip of new song out this week

A new track is on the way from the Manics The post Manic Street Preachers share clip of new song out this week appeared first on NME.

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April 25, 2021

Manic Street Preachers say new album sounds like “The Clash playing Abba”

"It’s the usual thing, miserable lyrics and great pop" The post Manic Street Preachers say new album sounds like “The Clash playing Abba” appeared first on NME.

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March 26, 2021

Manic Street Preachers “progressing well” with new album as they share new lyrics

"Thanks for your patience" The post Manic Street Preachers “progressing well” with new album as they share new lyrics appeared first on NME.

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March 18, 2021

Manic Street Preachers and Supergrass lead Camper Calling 2021 line-up

"We can’t wait to be back in a field dancing with you" The post Manic Street Preachers and Supergrass lead Camper Calling 2021 line-up appeared first on NME.

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Discs

The Ultra Vivid Lament

September 10, 2021

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The Secret He Had Missed

July 16, 2021

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Orwellian

May 14, 2021

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Gold Against the Soul (Remastered)

June 12, 2020

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Roses in the Hospital (Impact Demo) [Remastered]

June 8, 2020

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Drug Drug Druggy (House in the Woods Demo) [Remastered]

May 29, 2020

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Gold Against the Soul (House in the Woods Demo) [Remastered]

May 22, 2020

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Hold Me Like a Heaven

June 1, 2018

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Resistance is Futile

April 13, 2018

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Resistance is Futile (Deluxe Version)

April 13, 2018

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International Blue

April 9, 2018

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Futurology (Deluxe)

July 7, 2014

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Rewind the Film

September 16, 2013

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Jackie Collins Existential Question Time

August 18, 2009

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Journal For Plague Lovers

August 18, 2009

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Send Away the Tigers: 10 Year Collectors Edition

May 7, 2007

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Send Away The Tigers

May 7, 2007

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Lifeblood

November 1, 2004

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This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

September 14, 1998

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Everything Must Go 10th Anniversary Edition

May 20, 1996

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Everything Must Go

May 20, 1996

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The Holy Bible 20 (Remastered)

August 29, 1994

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The Holy Bible 20 (Deluxe)

August 29, 1994

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GOLD AGAINST THE SOUL

June 21, 1993

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Generation Terrorists (Legacy Edition) [Remastered]

February 10, 1992

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GENERATION TERRORISTS

February 10, 1992

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New Art Riot

June 22, 1990

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Sleep Next to Plastic (Exclusives)

July 5, 1989

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