Manic Street Preachers - 'Futurology'

Manic Street Preachers - 'Futurology'

“I can’t fight this war any more”, sighed James Dean Bradfield on the gentle ‘This Sullen Welsh Heart’ from Manic Street Preachers’ even gentler last album ‘Rewind The Film’. “Time to surrender, time to move on". That’s it...

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Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

That James Dean Bradfield used to holiday as a kid in the Welsh village of Portmeirion adds to the sentimentality of Manic Street Preachers closing Festival No 6. With it being 15 years to the day since the band first went introspective on 1998...

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Manic Street Preachers - 'Rewind The Film'

Manic Street Preachers - 'Rewind The Film'

“We reserve the right to contradict ourselves.” You can interpret this Manic Street Preachers quote in two ways. First, as a promise that they will constantly strive to surprise people. Or second, as a licence to do things like headline the O2...

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Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

What would the proverbial alien/person who has been living under a rock make of this spectacle, you wonder? Stage left there’s this lanky guy in a skirt/hooded top combo, with knee-protectors, make-up and a nice line in scissor kicks and...

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Album Review: Manic Street Preachers - 'Postcards From A Young Man' (Columbia)

Manic Street Preachers - 'Postcards From A...

When God met with his people to blue-sky ideas for a Bible follow-up, they must have been bricking it. Inform vengeful Yahweh the Manics had beaten him to it? Yeah mate, after you. But beat him they had, as 2008's 'Journal For Plague Lovers'‚...

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Live Review: Manic Street Preachers

Live Review: Manic Street Preachers

A 20ft-high face gazes out on to the crowd. Beneath Jenny Saville’s artwork, three Manic Street Preachers stab through ‘Peeled Apples’, the opening to their ninth album ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’, which they’re playing in full for the...

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Album Review: Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

If we have to define Manic Street Preachers’ ninth album ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’, then let’s begin with what it isn’t. This is not ‘The Holy Bible Mark II’. This is not another state of the alienation address. In 1991 the...

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Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig 2008!

Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig 2008!

Godlike Genius Awards, of course, get handed out every year at the Shockwaves NME Awards. It’s just how we roll. So what marks one Godlike Genius out from another? For NME’s money, it’s the ones that keep us guessing that are the most...

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Manic Street Preachers; Carling Brixton Academy, London, Tuesday, December 11

Manic Street Preachers; Carling Brixton...

There’s a moment in tonight’s show – four songs from the end, during the dying embers of the Manics’ ’92 single ‘Little Baby Nothing’ – where James Dean Bradfield steps up to his microphone, arches his spine, opens his mouth and...

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Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

If Manic Street Preachers were half as revolutionary as they reckon they are, you’d have thought that by now they’d have stopped rehashing the same old pompous songs with wholly unnecessary string sections and replaced James Dean Bradfield’s...

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