Dressed in glam clothing, wearing heavy eyeliner, and shouting political rhetoric, the Manic Street Preachers emerged in 1991 from their hometown of Blackwood, Wales, as self-styled “Generation Terrorists.” Fashioning themselves after the Clash and the Sex Pistols, the Manics were on a mission, intending to restore revolution to rock & roll at a time when Britain was dominated by trancey shoegazers and faceless, trippy acid house. Their self-consciously dangerous image, leftist leanings, crunching hard rock, and outsider status made them favorites of the British music press and helped them build a rabidly dedicated following.
For much of the band’s early career, it was impossible to separate the rhetoric from the music and even from the members themselves — the group’s image was forever associated with lyricist/guitarist Richey James carving the words “4 Real” into his arm during an early interview. As the British pop music climate shifted toward Brit-pop in the wake of Suede, the Manics didn’t achieve fame, but they did have notoriety. Legions of followers emerged, including many bands that formed the core of the short-lived “new wave of new wave” movement.
Their 10th and most recent studio album, Postcards from a Young Man, was released in September 2010. The album features several guest artists: Duff McKagan on A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun, John Cale on Auto-Intoxication and Ian McCulloch on Some Kind of Nothingness. A deluxe edition was also released containing a bonus disc with the original demos on it.
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