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"A Lot Of Bands Would Gladly Change Places With Us" - Petőfi, 12th September 2011

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Title: "A Lot Of Bands Would Gladly Change Places With Us"
Publication: Petőfi
Date: Monday 12th September 2011

Sometimes the moment is also given in the life of a censorship when you can make an interview with your favorite band and then shout the concert from the first line. After 2009, Manic Street Preachers, which came back to Sziget , proved to be awful now, and only the cake on the cake was that the MR2-Petőfi Radio was the only press organ whose bassist Nicky Wire and vocalist-guitarist-composer James Dean Bradfield said in a joint statement.

MR2: New compilation will be released in October with National Treasures. Why are you now giving out best-ofs and whose idea was the title?
NW: My idea was the title, as usual. And now because this is the right time, we've been known for twenty years, Postcards From A Young Man was our tenth record, so it's time to sum up. Our previous compilation, Forever Delayed, nearly ten years ago, did not represent the full story of Manics Street Preachers enough, so this is a good time to look back. We've been working pretty hard in the past three years so now we really deserve such an album. (smile)

To know that there will be a new number on it, would you say something about it?
NW: Your choice, so tell me.
James Dean Bradfield: That song really comes from a work from Matt Johnson, or The The, which is the song This Is The Day. In the text it is interesting to be pessimistic and solemn at the same time, which is our specialty. (laughs) We always try to celebrate something, but there is always a dark cloud hovering there, and this song also has it all. It is certainly a positive number, and we have come to it since the mid-eighties. There are not too many chords, so it was easy to play. (Smiles) It's a good song. Anyway, I do not remember anyone ever having worked on The The number, so we finally managed to get something back. (Grin)
NW: We've got a lot of examples from the eighties, like Ian McCulloch or Mike Scott from Waterboys, but I could even mention Jim Kerr with whom we met at Rockfield Studios. Early Simple Minds had a very big impact on James, just like The The, and now it seems we could have fantasized. (laughs) There was always a plan to include a processing as a new song for sorting - we did not plan for our own new song. With Postcards we have reached a certain point where we feel that we now need a little time before we start composing again.

The last album, according to you, was nothing more than a "last attempt to mass communication." Have you achieved your goal?
NW: As far as possible, we have achieved everything we wanted. It's been hard times to do it now, but we've got it out of what we could and wherever we went, everywhere was great. The album was well sold, received great reviews, welcomed the audience with new tracks at the concerts, so it is likely that many orchestras would like to exchange with us.

Nicky, is it true that in your teen age when you were ill, you got a postcard from Morrissey?
NW: Yes, and I still have it! I recently wanted to go to a concert in Palladium, but it did not happen. Anyway, on the page it says: "Better, Nick! With Love, Morrissey "My mom brought the card, I was sick and I could not meet her and see the Smiths concert at St. David's Hall.

How is a Tim Roth photo on the Postcards cover? Did you get any feedback from him in that regard?
NW: Of course you know the thing. We certainly thought it important to send him a cover plan and asked if he had any objections. The idea came from the fact that I've been spotting magazines since I was fifteen. I once found this photo somewhere, and I really liked holding a Polaroid machine in her hand. The album has such a little nostalgic theme, and when we think about it, it's one of our 80s model. (laughs) Tim Roth had a tremendous impact on James at the time.
JDB: I remember, at that time, in the mid-1980s I read an interview with NME, 85 or 86. And I really liked it when he said that what Clash is in music is in acting. If you look at a certain point in your career, you will find a whole range of politically and socially sensitive topics. I'm thinking of films like King Of The Ghetto, Intermediate, or Made In Britain. Actually, I liked her because she compared her own acting career to Clash. After that I began to study acting as well, because of which I changed my hairstyle. Sean (Moore, the drummer of Manics, or Bradfield's cousin - ed.) And I thought we were a real protagonist. It's really old school about it holding Polaroid and, as we know, Polaroid is an extinct technology, a witness to an old, outdated age.

The album contributed to Duff McKagan. Was there any kind of small Guns N 'Roses jamming in the studio?
NW: Unfortunately, no, but James was on stage and performed It's So Easy. (Bradfield at London's Hammersmith in Apollo hosted Duff McKagan's Loaded Concert in October 2009 - Ed.) And what was it, was your guitar tuned?
JDB: No, no!
NW: Did not you play that time when it turned out you were wrong?
JDB: No, it was still in time. Unfortunately, I missed the stand so I had to adjust the guitar to the concert. When I got there, Duff said, "Hey, Jimmy DB! How are you, man ?! We're ruining the house tonight! "He's entirely like you think of an old-fashioned Los Angeles rock star. Although sorry, he was originally Seattle. A real, good-hearted, old school rocker, he has a very big heart. It was a bit like Nick on the stage because again a good high bass player stood beside me on the stage or jumping back and forth like the animal. (laughs) It was a familiar situation, I did not feel strange to myself. Anyway Duff is a real gentleman.

In Sziget last year we commemorate Ferenc Puskás. Is there some kind of reverence expected tonight?
NW: I do not know, I still think about it. Today I went to the city in the city before a shop and saw a pumpkin t-shirt that depicted Puskas. Unfortunately it was closed because it was Sunday. We always have something in our store, so be a surprise.

Shortly after the Sziget concert, you returned to the United States for a shorter tour, where you have not been to it for more than ten years. How did those actions succeed?
NW: Good, but not as good as the island concert! (laughs) It was great to play you two years ago, we are all happy to remember it, so it was our first Hungarian concert. I hope it will be just as good today. Of course, the American tour was also successful, and the ten-year break was very long. We have a lot of money in the concerts there because we do not usually take a tour, and unfortunately I do not think we will be playing again.

Quite strange things have happened in England recently, such as the News Of The World scandal or street riots. What do you think of these problems?
NW: This is nothing but an infinite, depressed cavalcade. I do not really get things right now, I'm pretty excited about the whole thing. We are talking at bad times! (laughs) It's hard to digest the events.
JDB: As Nicky said, it's like we are in an incomprehensible, dark trap of a vicious circle. Undoubtedly, it is quite depressing to see how people in the working class burn their stores. This is the point where common sense disappears, and no wonder everyone is completely torn off. You realize that the most important element of freedom is to feel safe. As for the explosion of the News Of The World scandal, it was only a matter of time, it had long since disappeared. And as one of the singles is in the title of our b-page: "Everyone knows, but nobody cares." Everyone knew these things were going on but nobody took the courage, to confront them, and when the pigs finally turned out, people seemed surprised. It is interesting that if you look behind the big British look,

James, is it true Nicky wanted you to go to the Queen when they wanted a new singer? (Bradfield's voice is often compared to Freddie Mercury - ed.)
JDB: (big laugh)Well, halfway to yes, but I need to lose weight and wear a waistcoat.
NW: It would have been better than Paul Rodgers. Of course there is nothing wrong with it, but James is much better at singing.

I think you could have been with Queen at the same time, Brian and Freddie.
NW: Igeeeeen !!!
JDB: (laughs) Brian might be easier to go, but Freddie is a much harder job. I dare to risk that to this day he is the greatest British rock singer ever. Of course Robert Plant is brilliant, and do not forget John Lydon who is the most original. From a technical standpoint and attitudes, Freddie is immaculate.
NW: I've also tried to make up for John Frusciant in Red Hot Chili Peppers!
JDB: Not only should I lose weight, but I still have to knead like an animal and I need to draw socks on my dick. Of course! (everyone laughs)