Coming from the small town of Blackwood in Wales, James Dean Bradfield,
Nicky Wire, Richey Edwards and Sean Moore, the Manic Street Preachers
proved one of the strongest voices of the nineties with their often
anarchic and brutally honest political and social realistic songs. The
Manics broke into the music business in 1991, sporting a perilousl
barely alive image, dressed in leopard print and ready and willing to
gather an army of teenage fans and critics alike to the defense of their
stylised, lyrically powerful indie rock. Sadly the event most associated
with the band now is probably the disappearance of guitarist Richey
Edwards, infamous for having carved the words "4 real" into his arm
during an interview. Marred by tragedy the Manics continued, bringing
out the album "Everything Must Go" which included the more toned down,
but still popular single "A Design For Life" which propelled them back
into the limelight, ready for number one success with their 5th album
"If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next" and the honour of
playing a Millennium gig at Cardiff Stadium.
Still considered influential by many of today's new bands, the Manics
continue to write new material and are embarking on a 2004 tour to
promote new album Life Blood.
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