Everything Goes - Motor.de, 18th November 2004
The trio from Wales has shaped many destiny hits. It all started in her childhood, when the mines were closed and Blackwood, Gwent looked into a black future. James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Sean Moore and Richey James Edwards all grew up in the sixties and since 1989 they have freed themselves with intellectual texts and catchy melodies To bring socialism to Britain's living room. When Richey disappeared without a trace in 1995, the remaining Manics decided to continue - after a short break. Richey has not been found. With 'Lifeblood' comes the seventh Manics album, and the political content is not tired.
James: "There were always moments in our past, especially when we met political statements in which people - and in particular people in our audience - have thought: 'Why do not you keep just your door !? Why do you have to start again and again? ' But there are issues that are important to us because we grew up with them and were shaped by them. Of course, there are people who grew up in Great Britain at that time and who have not experienced it all because the steel and coal industry was not resident in their region. These people want us to continue to play songs such as 'You Love Us' (1992) and 'A Design for Life' (1996), and they wonder why we're performing in the big arenas and when that guy (Nicky Wire) Finally pull this skirt off. But I also think that most people want to come and have a great time. "
'A Design For Life' also became something like a hymn for the working class. How would you explain that there is still a class system in Europe today?
James: In Britain, the whole of a provincialism or even an antipathy towards the central government in London was out. How do you want to connect people from London with the people from Manchester or Glasgow? There are so great differences between the regions in the UK, although I am sure that these differences are also present in Germany. Berlin is so different from Munich, but the class system did not hold here. I think this is because our party system is so polarized. When one mentions the word "socialism" in Germany, it has a very different meaning from that in Great Britain. If you go to Eastern Europe as a socialist, people wonder how you can be a socialist in the UK. The Labor Party has always said that it is a socialist party and that Great Britain is not a communist country, but we do not have to believe in communism, but we can still live in a competitive system: Labor against the Tories. Everyone believes in freedom of expression and democracy, but it is simply the basic ideologies in this country that receive the class system. I have to say, however, that the boundaries between left and right now are so blurred that the class divisions are not so big a topic. Of course not completely, but you can predict the tendency.
Once you realize that capitalism has won, and it works simply on some levels in Europe, you simply have to say that it is just what we deserve.
Some people say that democracy is eroding because more and more people are not going to the elections, etc., but it works. The Labor Party, no matter what sins it committed, has brought us decentralization. One has to stand by that we have all worked for it. When I was young, the working class meant that one could hardly afford to have a car and not go on holiday. Today, the people are richer than then, and I could not say whether they no longer belong to the working class.
Their last album, 'Know Your Enemy' (2001), was also directed against yourselves, after the predecessor 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' (1998) a sell-out was subordinated.
James: 'Know Your Enemy' was a reaction to the fact that we were still successful for such a long time. Through 'Everything Must Go' (1996) and 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' runs a thread. After Richey disappeared, we tried to hide behind the music and, honestly speaking, did better quality work. The rage was still there in the texts, but it has become manifest in the music. It all happened subconsciously. The comparison lags a little, but it's the same when you're on a diet. In the end, you'll be back with all the fast food stuff. Well, if you're me, you'll do it anyway. It was just that if you put a high weight on the production over two albums, then you just want to go to the studio and get a little healthier. We simply wanted to trust our instinct.
Was the EP 'Masses Against The Classes', which came out in 2000, not a response to the allegations you were confronted with?
James: No, not really. We wanted to say goodbye to the Millennium with a big song and it worked.
'Lifeblood' is much more poppy than 'Know Your Enemy', but you are also talking about political issues such as the song 'Emily'.
James: 'Emily' but is also the most political song. Today we have such a strange culture on TV, with shows like 'The Best 10 Horror Movies of All Time' or similar. And on the BBC there was this thing, where one should choose the most important British of all times. And then there was the female form and you can guess who won. It's a million miles away from Emily Pankhurst.
James: That's right! I'm Republican. I've always been, well, since I'm 15. I do not want to say that what happened to her is not bad. It's really tragic. It is tragic for every mother to lose. I had to go through that too. But I do not mean that. I am concerned that I wonder what sacrifices they had to provide for society. Yes, she has supported many non-profit organizations, but could not she go shopping for two weeks, has she given up all her money for the people? Emily Pankhurst has sacrificed herself for the rights of women. And she was not even mentioned in this whole show. Today, we have completely reduced the importance of heroism and are thus taking a very dangerous path. The song does not say "Fuck You Diana!", But simply wants to draw attention to the basic problem.
Where do you see the problem that people can not recognize what is important to change their lives?
James: It is the reduction of words. If you look at the NME, then you have more pictures than words. The number of words they are allowed to write has been cut. This can be seen in the short biographies they use to present a whole career of a band. Our attention is getting smaller and smaller. If you just look at how journalists do their research. They go to Google and that's it. I've read so many wrong things about us and we're just a damn band. Not even the government can properly research, but looks at Google when looking for documentation on the Iraq conflict. This is really sad. It is not an antipathy to journalists. I have some journalists as friends who must devote themselves to completely different subjects at the same time. Previously, a journalist simply had the time to examine things closely.
Text: Ines Nurkovic