Nicky Wire: 'I got a postcard from Morrissey when I was a teenager' – video

Manic Street Preacher talks about inspiration for new album

Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire has said that the title track of the band's new album 'Postcards From A Young Man' was partly inspired by Morrissey sending him a postcard when he was a teenager.

The bassist, speaking in a video interview with NME, which you can watch on the right, said he got sent postcards by a variety of rock stars as a child – and it was all down to his mum.

He explained: "My mum used to do this thing where if I couldn't do a gig, say The Smiths were playing St David's Hall [in Cardiff], she'd send a postcard saying, 'Oh, my son's really ill, could you send him a postcard?' Not that I was. So I've got all these brilliant ones from Morrissey, and one from The Jesus And Mary Chain, where Bobby Gillespie wrote, 'Get well soon, from Jesus Christ'."

Wire added: "I was 14 and 15 at the time. I got one off Public Image Ltd., a really nice one from John Lydon. My mum was ahead of the game."

Watch part one of the video interview in full on the right now, part two is below.

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Video: Manic Street Preachers Track By Track - Part One

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