Manic Street Preachers

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": rock britpop indie alternative rock alternative british indie rock welsh Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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In their rise from cult punk revivalists to stadium conquering rockers, this Welsh band has enjoyed a love/hate relationship with the music press, opening with a bizarre encounter in 1991. The catalyst was guitarist Richey Edwards, who cut the words ‘4 Real’ into his forearm to the amazement of New Musical Express critic Steve Lamacq, when he dared to call into question the band’s authenticity. The band was formed in Blackwood, Gwent, Wales, by James Dean Bradfield (21 February 1969, Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales; vocals/guitar), Richey Edwards (b. Richard James Edwards, 22 December 1966, Gwent, Wales; rhythm guitar), Nicky Wire (b. Nicholas Allen Jones, 20 January 1969, Tredegar, Wales; bass) and Sean Moore (b. 30 July 1970, Pontypool, Wales; drums). Their calculated insults at a wide variety of targets, particularly their peers, had already won the band infamy following the release of their 1990 debut on the Damaged Goods label, the New Art Riot...

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