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James And Kylie And Nicky And Liam (A Manic Christmas) - Melody Maker, 4th January 1997

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Title James And Kylie And Nicky And Liam (A Manic Christmas)
Publication Melody Maker
Date Saturday 4th January 1997



Manic Street Preachers were joined by a remarkable array of celebrities — onstage and off— during their three Christmas shows in London. Kylie Minogue made a scheduled appeara nce with the band, while Liam Gallagher outraged hardline Manics fans with a spontaneous stage invasion the next night. The Manics welcomed Kylie onstage at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on December 15 to duet with James on " Little Baby Nothing " _ Kylie had originally been invited to perform on the track when it was recorded for "Generation Terrorists" but had declined, leading the band to offer the part to Traci Lords. The Christmas collaboration with Kylie came about after a period of renewed contact between the two parties, who are writing together. A Manics spokeswoman said: "James (Dean Bradfield) and Kylie have had a meeting about it. She's sent him a tape of lyrics orsometh ing, and he's sent her something back. think working on a backing track. "Out of all the conversations us and deconstruction, the idea came up for Kylie to come and do •Little Baby Nothing' " The Manics and Kylie rehearsed together at the bantrs Brixton Academy sound-check. the day before her appearance at the Empire. According to The Makers Simon Price, "She was looking really, really skeletal, with spiky hair like Björk." There is now speculation that the Manics may re-record " Little Baby Nothing" with Kylie for a best-of album. Among a udience members witnessing the Kylie duet at Shepherd's Bush were Spice Girl Mel B, The BOO Radleys' Manin Carr and former ABC hero Manin Fry who said to our man on the spot: "You're Simon Price, aren't you?" According to Pricey, " It was the greatest moment of my life. " A less great moment for Simon came the next night at the Kentish Town Forum when Liam Gallagher crashed on to thestageduring "You Love us". the Manics' last song. "It's quite a big, emotional moment in the show, said Pricey. "They show a film of the Manics in the Old days with Richey in the band, and everybody's watching and thinking about Richey, and bloody Liam walks on half way through. -He threw his arms out tothe crowd as if he was Jesus and then grabbed Nicky (Wirel and started wrestling him. and the sad thing is, he I dont know how. I don't know what Nicky could have done. " Any bouncers would have thrown Liam into the crowd and letthem tear him limbfrom limb. He's a tosser, and I wasn't the only one who thought that. I metso many people afterwards who were so ang about it. "Half the crowd were cheering and the other half were sticking their fingers up. Apparently, Liam had been on the balcony all night, standing upon the table getting everyone to look at him all through the show. Obviously, he had Some reas " The Manics' spokeswoman said: "Liam and Noel were at the gig. Liam watched from the side Ofthe Stage and the euphoria of it all gotthe better of him and he charged on. He ran on and hugged Nicky Wire and kissed him and they both fell over. "Nicky wasn't expecting it. but they really get on well, Nick and Liam. " Dennis Pennis and Kenickie were among those viewing the Neil Tennant appeared onstagewith Suede at the London Camden Roundhouse on December 15. The Pet Shop Boy sang his Own "Rent" and "Saturday Night". Dodgywere joined at a pre- Christmas gig by Mrwzzard himself, Roy Wood, who led them through a seasonal rendition of "I Wish Could Be Christmas Every Day".