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Manic Street Preachers' Animal Farm - Campus Galicia, November 2002

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Title: Manic Street Preachers' Animal Farm
Publication: Campus Galicia
Date: November 2002
Writer: Xavier Valiño

Twelve years, six albums. And now the compilation. Forever Delayed - always delayed , a title that reminds you never liked this kind of discos - which include a couple of new songs. James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire answer some questions about their career.

Your concert in Cuba in front of Fidel Castro will be one of the most remembered moments in your history. As was?
James: We have said so many times between us that we have nothing to say. The thing is, it was an amazing experience. We played for people who did not know us or our songs. It was the first time in our lives that we got to a point where it was just music and songs.

Have you ever thought of making an acoustic record?
James: We always wanted to do something like that. But we've never had enough time to prepare it. Although something like an unplugged can not be long ...

Where do you see yourself in five years?
James: We have not the slightest idea! This is always one of the most difficult questions to answer. For real. We may not be on a stage, although we have already thought of that possibility before. Surely I'm with my guitar and Nicky with his garden. We also have to have a lot of humor, so anything can happen.

Which of your six albums are you most proud of?

James: For me Everything Must Go , Holy Bible and the last study.
Nicky: I totally agree. I also like Gold Against The Soul by guitar solos.
James: I understand that Mick Jones from The Clash is one of your heroes.

Have you ever met him?
James: Yes, he's one of my heroes and I've met him about three times. The first one asked a lot of boring fan things. He came to one of our concerts and all that.

What do you think of the free download of files on the network?
Nicky: We do not worry at all: we have no problem with it. No one of our generation, I think. I find it even boring. I guess it's something like when I was a kid and recording things on the radio.

Have you felt any kind of conflict about being in a multinational and having Marxist ideas?
Nicky: We realized as soon as we signed for Sony. At the same time we looked at The Clash and they were also in Sony, in the same situation. And you know that we look at them for inspiration.

Where do your inspiration come from?
Nicky: Everywhere! There is so much culture ... Too much to assimilate, and that's what our records are about. In fact, we are influenced by everything we have around, from cricket to Fidel Castro.

What relationship do you have or do you think of fanzines and web pages that your fans maintain about the group?
Nicky: I think they're very good. But I have a hard time following all that Internet. It is not something of my generation. The fanzines do have a lot more to do with my generation.
James: I would also like to say that some are very imaginative.

Do you get along with the Welsh groups?
James: Not especially. People think that for the simple fact of being Welsh we see each other all the time, but it is not true. We do not have much in common with anyone.

Do you think that everything that is said about the group is covering what the group really wants to say with their songs?
Nicky: Sometimes, especially with all the baggage we brought with us for our statements from the beginning. Sometimes there is so much hatred that it may just happen that you say.

Stand for a moment with 60 years. They offer you lots of money to get you back together. What would happen?
James: I think the answer is ... No! If I get to 60 I will be so happy. Surely I'll be sitting on the couch and drunk. No I don't think so. It would not be us! Do not!

Finally, a curiosity. Knowing what your fans are like, have you had any interesting present lately?
James: Yeah, they're drying up right now ...
Nicky: They gave me a leather garment in Sweden. I usually get books from other countries translated into English.
James: And also things like Japanese noodles.