Nicky Wire on Gomez - "Their lyrics are some of the most fifth-form pile of student drug shit that I've ever heard"...

JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD has said that the Manics want to leave their fans with a final statement that “wasn’t shit”, which was widely taken to be a reference to the lukewarm critical reaction to their last offering, ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’.

The band also said that their final album would mark a change of direction for the Manics and that their New Year’s Eve gig, their biggest to date, would see the end of their current incarnation.

Wire explained: “I think nostalgia is a very dodgy thing. You’ve got to look to the future. We’ve been together ten years and it’s lovely and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved, but this gig is like ending a certain phase and the next phase will be radically different again, hopefully.”

Hear Nicky Wire on: Being bored at Glastonbury and the new attitude

Wire also disclosed to NME that he was relieved that he’d made up his mind to be honest about the future of the group – and immediately launched into a diatribe against Gomez and the Longpigs, bands who have both criticised the Manics in recent weeks.

“I know no other bands like me as a person, they think I’m untalented and all the rest of it, but it just makes me feel good again. I’ve been false for a year, pretending I like all these idiots,” he said. “I read in the NME what Gomez said about the Mercurys and that there’s not an original bone in our bodies. Well, I’d like to see them get a Number One record with a song about the Spanish Civil War! Their lyrics are some of the most fifth-form pile of student drug shit that I’ve ever heard. Mary J Blige has got more soul than they’ll ever have. And for them to take the piss out of so-called R&B is just the biggest joke in the fuckin’ world.

“And I think it was the Longpigs that said their album’s a million miles away from ours. Well, I think they meant a million sales. I think they got mixed up. So you know, I don’t feel any need to go into my shell any more if people despise me. I’m strong enough again. For a while.

“I feel liberated, I feel cleansed, I just don’t need to please. People say that shaking and faking in the music industry is bad but it’s worse among bands. So many egos flying round pretending to like each other, it’s just a load of bullshit. I’ve nothing in common with any other musicians, apart from maybe some of the Super Furries who I genuinely love as people and as a band, they’re just so lovable and endearing. But that’s as far as it goes.”

He said his new attitude had begun to take shape after their lacklustre appearance at Glastonbury and the subsequent ‘Billy Bragg Personal Backstage Toilet Scandal’ which in turn sparked an avalanche of criticism that the band weren’t ‘4 Real’ any more.

“It’s all tied up with that,” Wire said. “We reached a point at Glastonbury where… you know, there’s no way it was the worst gig we’ve ever done but we were just as bored as everyone else with it. It was just average, which is even worse than being bad. So from T In The Park onwards, it was like… I’m just really happy to be the most unpopular man in rock again.

Wire also confirmed that their next single would be ‘Masses Against The Classes’ and that it would be released in the third or fourth week of January.

He said the inspiration behind the new harder, faster sound of the track and their determination to have complete control over its release was watching The Clash documentary Westway To The World.

“It just brought it home to you that they had complete control. You know, ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’, ‘I Fought The Law’, ‘The Cost Of Living EP’, all those records were never on albums, but apart from ‘Suicide Is Painless’, we’ve never had that. It’s something we always wanted to do, but we just kind of forgot about it. It’s going to be a frivolous, in-the-bargain-bin-two-weeks-later type single. We’re not worried if it goes Top Five, or Number One or Top 20, it’s just something to get out of our system. We’re not going to do a video for it and we’re not going to do any promotion for it, we’re just going to bang it out.”

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