Quote, Unquote : Nicky Wire

Quote, Unquote : Nicky Wire

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“People get happy, people get lost. People cave inwards, people lose trust.”

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Top Ten Songs In Kendallworld This Week – 14.04.18 :

Top Ten Songs In Kendallworld This Week – 14.04.18 :

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1. People Give In – Manic Street Preachers

2. Vivian – Manic Street Preachers

3. Dylan And Caitlin – Manic Street Preachers ft. The Anchoress

4. Popular – The Anchoress

5. Blonde – WATERPARKS

6. Shinobi VS Dragon Ninja – Lostprophets

7. Negative – Mansun

8. Monkey – Charles Manson

9. Teenagers – My Chemical Romance

10. Last Caress – Metallica

Quote, Unquote : James Dean Bradfield

Quote, Unquote : James Dean Bradfield

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“There was Nick and Richey’s mission statement of one perfect album, sell 16 million records and then split up in a bout of self-immolation. I remember me and Sean looking nervously at each other thinking, No, no we wanna carry on! Some of our favourite bands like Echo And The Bunnymen or The Clash – if they’d split up after the first album you wouldn’t have Ocean Rain or you wouldn’t have London Calling. Anyway we had to revert to plan B. When Generation Terrorists was released we obviously weren’t going to sell 16 million records so we failed by our own outrageous standards.”

Everything Must Go 20th Anniversary Editions!

Everything Must Go 20th Anniversary Editions!

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I remember the day we first heard songs from Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers and Stone Roses at Wembley, Nicky Wire slouching out and saying “It’s only us” before blasting through new and old favourites. Welcome to ‘A Design For Life’ and the second phase of the best band in the world began.
Then the album arrived, first heard Enola/Alone on the Jo Whiley show at lunchtime with Nicky interview and then waited outsie HMV at nine o clock to pick up the record.  Gigs everywhere – Exeter, Newport, Cardiff, Southampton, London, repeat, repeat, repeat AFTER ME FUCK QUEEN AND COUNTRY. Best live band, second best album, beautiful Richey relics shining a light on the past and Wire pushing it unexpectedly into the future.
Now it is twenty years. No, really. And here comes another special edition, well actually it is two special editions – the box set features all of the b-sides and a forty page book alongside a brand new film ‘Freed From Memories’ and the music videos from the album as well as for the first time on DVD, the band’s Nynex gig, complete for the first time. If you want the Nynex gig as a CD then you will also need to buy the 2CD version of the album – hey, there is always room for another version of one of the greatest albums of all time, right? RIGHT? Right.

EVERYTHING MUST GO 20 – LIMITED 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BOX SET

Richey James Edwards – 21 Yrs Gone, Never Forgotten :

Richey James Edwards – 21 Yrs Gone, Never Forgotten :

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“21 years of living and nothing means anything to me.” – one of the first great lyrics written by Richey James Edwards (and Nicky Wire…) and now it is 21 years since Richard decided to leave a London hotel on the brink of a promotional tour where the best band in the world would attempt to break America, and disappear into the sunset. We never saw him again.
The first time I saw Manic Street Preachers was 1992, they played for around 25 minutes I think but it was like a molotov cocktail to the heart, suddenly every other band on the planet took a back seat to these four lithe beautiful Blackwood youths and everything changed.
I met many of my best friends through them, some I am glad to say still roam heavily through my social world and I love them all dearly despite geography keeping us apart physically, but hey, we just have to turn on ‘Little Baby Nothing’ and we are together forever.
A lot of my favourite gigs were Manics shows, both with and without Richey. The best was Astoria 1994, Monday and Tuesday. Monday I met Richey in Oxford Street and we had a great chat and when he arrived at the venue he gave me a smile and a “Hello again”. 🙂 Tuesday I was the first person in the venue and ran to the point straight in front of RJE. Stunning. Wednesday lunch time we met again and I got another great smile and a handshake. Just over a month later, he was gone.
He still exists in my words, on my bookshelf, in my movie choices, in the way I express myself, in the way I created this image, whatever “me” is, it was a strength given to me by perfect parents, a beautiful sister and my Welsh glitter pop sidekicks.
Wherever you are Richey, I hope that you found the peace that you were looking for. We are all better to have been touched by your beauty and intelligence.

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“Need someone to nurse me
Reach our for the first person I see
Comforts the helpless sole vanity
Caressing the broken heart of me

The difference between love and comfort
Is that comfort’s more reliable and true
Brutal and mocking but always there
A crutch for emnity’s saddest glare

I wish that someone would hold me
Wrap their arms around a shrinking somebody
Comfort comes and ease me till the morning
Whispered words of sanctuary

The difference between love and comfort
Is that comfort’s more reliable and true
Brutal and mocking but always there
A crutch for emnity’s saddest glare

Forgetting how I hate self-pity blonde
Comfort comes and smooths her over
Calloused hands turn a beautiful dress
Handcuffs now her pearl bracelets.”