This snap was taken in 1991, the same year the Manics had their first NME cover. The cover line was ‘Punk Rears Its Ugly Head’.
Their second cover story was from 1992 where this cover is from. The headline was ‘Do you really sincerely love the Manic Street Preachers…or do you want to kick their heads in?’
This shot is also taken from 1992
The band’s third cover story came from 1994, when we went on tour with them to Bangkok. Nicky Wire said: “I have nothing but horrible memories of that trip.”
This shot was taken in 1997, when the band returned triumphantly with ‘Everything Must Go’.
The Manics hit the cover again in 1998. James Dean Bradfield says : “I don’t remember any of it. I was just pissed the whole time.”
2002 at the time of the ‘Know Your Enemy’ album which featured ‘Ocean Spray’ and ‘So Why So Sad’.
2007 at the time of ‘Send Away The Tigers’ which featured the singles ‘Autumnsong’ and ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’ which featured Nina from The Cardigans on vocals.
The band called the album “a mixture of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and ‘Everything Must Go’.”
At the NME Awards in 2008 where they picked up the ‘God-like Genius’ award. Here Nicky is holding up the bands iconic cover from 1991.
A shot from the band’s performance at the NME Awards in 2008.
The band hard at work on their ninth album in 2008, ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’.
All of the 13 songs on the album featured lyrics written by Richey Edwards.
The album was co-produced by Pixies producer Steve Albini and featured a cover photo which was banned in supermarkets.
The band followed the success of ‘Journal For Plagued Lovers’ with 2010’s ‘Postcards from a Young Man’.
The album featured an appearance from Ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
The album also featured fellow Welsh legend John Cale on the track ‘Auto-Intoxication’.
In 2010 the band announced the title of their new album would be ’70 Songs Of Hatred And Failure’.
However, the band changed their minds, opting to release a singles collection ‘National Treasures’ instead.
What’s next for the Manics? The band said they would be ‘disappearing’ for a few years.