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"We'll Exceed Your Expectations" - Melody Maker, 6th December 2000

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Title: "We'll Exceed Your Expectations"
Publication: Melody Maker
Date: Wednesday 6th December 2000


James Dean Bradfield gives The Maker the first details of the new Manics album.

James Dean Bradfield has exclusively told The Maker that the brand new Manic Street Preachers album will be released next spring.

Speaking at the premiere of new Welsh music film "Beautiful Mistake" at the UCI cinema in Cardiff, James told us: "The album is nearly done now - we've got about three tracks left to mix. I expect it'll be out around about the end of February, or March."

He also confirmed that the Manics have gone disco on one track, as revealed in The Maker three weeks ago.

Ha said: "It isn't realty a disco track. 'The Girl Who Wanted To Be God' off 'Everything Must Go' was a pale imitation of what we really wanted to do then. I did that TV show, 'All Back To Mine', and I said the first single I ever bought was 'My Old Piano' Diana Ross, so myself and Nick have always wanted to do a disco number! We tried that before, but it didn't off. But it really has this time."

James explained that the Manics have been spending their year away from the limelight constructively devoting all their time to recording the new album.

He told us: "We haven't really taken that long over recording it. The way we did it was that we recorded for a month, took two months off to review everything we'd done and write some more stuff, then went back and record for another month and took a further two months off. So we haven't really spent a long time actually recording it, it's just been stretched over a long period of time."

Asked if the Manics ware recording at a deliberately leisurely pace, he said: "No, not really. It's just that we wanted to know what we had in terms of balancing the album up, so we didn't write it all in one big block of recording. After we finished a batch of songs, then we'd write some more. We've written a lot."

"We've done nearly 30 songs. The only thing that was difficult about it was the sheer volume of songs we had. They all sound absolutely perfect." James was also keen to dispel a few Manics rumours which have been circulating on the Internet - one being that the new single will be called "Fidel"

He told us: "That's bollocks. That's absolute rubbish! We've never done a song called that. It's a good idea, though - perhaps we'll write one more song for the album to exceed expectations!"

James denied persistent reports that a new single will appear in January. He also remained tight-lipped about possible titles tor the album and single, saying: "We haven't got any confirmed titles yet."

Strongly resisting other reports that the new album might be named after The Clash LP "Give 'Ém Enough Rope", he said: "How dense and stupid would we be if we called it that? You shouldn't believe Internet rumours. Would we actually do that for our sixth album? No!"

Asked if he enjoyed seeing himself in "Beautiful Mistake", he winced: "Not really. I'm like a cut-price, Joe Pesci! [laughs] I didn't really like the thought of coming to the cinema to see myself, but, you know, I wanted to see many of the other glorious acts in the film."

The film also features Catatonia performing "The Whispering Room" and Cerys Matthews teaming up With Velvet Underground founder member John Cale for a haunting rendition of a Cale composition, "I Keep A Close Watch".

Super Furry Animals appear with a brand new track, performed acoustically, called "Presidential Suite", which was inspired by the Clinton/'Lewinsky Scandal. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are also seen, performing a version of "Oh Caroline II" with Cale adding extra keyboard work.

James Dean Bradfield makes a solo appearance with a beautiful, acoustic version Of "Ready For Drowning, from "This Is Truth...". The film goes on wider release in cinemas early next year.