Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire deems modern pop music ‘vacuous’

"My love of pop music is just gone"

Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire has spoken out about modern pop music, labelling it ‘inept’ and ‘vacuous’.

The band have recently been promoting the reissue of their renowned album ‘Everything Must Go’. Released on May 20 1996, ‘Everything Must Go’ peaked at number two on the UK charts and was the band’s first album since the disappearance of member Richey Edwards.

Speaking to The Quietus, Wire said: “People can talk about alternative music and I couldn’t really give a f**k, but when you’re young and a pop song just fills your heart, there’s nothing like it.”


He continued to say that his love of pop music is “just gone” and that “lyrically, it’s inept and vacuous.” Citing his love of his mum’s Demis Roussos and ABBA albums, Wire says that modern pop music doesn’t ‘fill the heart’.

“That’s the sadness, for me, of what’s missing from modern pop music: that song that just fills your heart, like Into the Groove by Madonna did,” he continued. “You don’t have to like the artist, or what they stand for, but just a song that grabs you. Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite. I just don’t get that any more.”

Wire did conclude that it’s not “all bad music” and that “there’s always been that love of a pure pop song” which “runs through” the Manic Street Preachers. “A genuine affection, not for a band you like or a style you like, but be it ABBA or Glen Campbell or the f**king Wombles, there’s always been that love. So when people talk about Everything Must Go being ‘commercial’, that’s always been innately in us,” he said.