A Working Class Hero Is Nothing To Be - Lime Lizard, August 1993
How can the Manic street Preachers be important if they don’t even know who they are themselves? The trouble with talking points is that they refer to everything but themselves. Jon Selzer asks: Were the Manic Street Preachers born to fail?
Narcissism rarely gets more succinct, or more problematic than this. In rock terms, when we call someone a narcissist, what we really mean is an ego-centric, someone with a self-identity strong enough to be able to brag about it. The true narcissist, however - the man who falls in love with his own reflection - has no such composure. He displaces himself, mistaking his own identity for a representation that’s no longer self-contained, yet idealised, offering to satisfy the thing it lacks. For the real narcissist, the 'I' becomes 'Other'. Manic Street Preachers have always been narcissists, they've always had an inseparable yet unrequited relationship between the things they say and the things they are. If they were one and the same, then they'd no longer exist. 'Generation Terrorists' would have been one of the biggest selling albums of all time, and it would also have been their epitaph. There would never have been a second album. If the Manics failed to live up to their plan, that's because it's failure was their plan. (more...)