National Treasures - Q Magazine, November 2013
Twenty-five years after the release of their debut single, the Manics are as relevant as ever. Over 16 pages of exclusive access, they guide us through two decades of triumph and tragedy.
A Design For Life
How did four situationist punks from South Wales become one of the most important British rock bands? John Harris introduces our special...
What do the following people have in common: Stephen Hawking, Lenin, Shaun Ryder, Madonna, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Lennon, George Orwell, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Richard Gere, Joan and Jackie Collins, Myra
Hindley, the Duke of Cambridge, Richard Nixon, Pablo Picasso and Adolf Hitler?
Answer: they have all been mentioned in songs by Manic Street Preachers. It's a pretty good indication of some of the qualities that have always made them unique. A few other questions only underline the point. Who else could have written songs with such titles as (I Miss The) Tokyo Skyline, Motorcycle Emptiness, Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier, (It's Nat War) Just The End Of Love and The Intense Humming Of Evil? Is there other rock group whose catalogue contains a piece of punk rage as furious as Motown Junk, a Number 1 hit as elegant and poised as If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, or a pop song as perfect as Your Love Alone Is Not Enough? And how many of their early peers are still with us? It is a long time since we heard from such early-'90s indie talents as Five Thirty, Slowdive and Intastella. The Manics are now on to their 43rd single and 11th album, with a 12th following soon next year. (more...)