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Manics Definitely Maybe For Knebworth - NME, 18th May 1996

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Title: Manics Definitely Maybe For Knebworth
Publication: NME
Date: Saturday 18th May 1996


Manic Street Preachers are being tipped as one of the support acts for Oasis' gigs at Lock Lomand and Knebworth, according to Nicky Wire, bassist and lyricist with the Manics.

The Manics have already supported Oasis at their shows in Cardiff, Dublin and Manchester this year.

Oasis play Balloch Castle Country Park, Loch Lomand, on August 3 and Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, on August 10.

Wire admitted: "We'd love to do it. I wouldn't like to say too much about it just now though. It's all business talk." He added: "Oasis are a brilliant studio band and live they are incredible."

"James (Dean Bradfield), Sean (Moore) and I were watching the show in Cardiff and it was like 'Wow, those guys can really write and play songs.' I'd love to do Loch Lomand, then I could have an extended holiday and stay up there for a while."

Wire, who wrote the lyrics for seven of the tracks on the new album, 'Everything Must Go', also revealed the follow-up single to 'A Design For Life' will be the album's title track, a soaring string-laden song.

"'Everything Must Go' is probably the most commercial track on the album. We're going to wait for about three week after the album comes out then release it as a single."

Two of the tracks on the album, 'Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier' and 'The Girl Who Wanted To Be God', were co-written by Wire and missing guitarist Richey Edwards.

Of 'Elvis Impersonator...' Wire said: "It's all about Britain accepting crap American culture and putting it on a pedestal."

He also said that another track, 'Australia', was a possible single. He said the song was about short-term escapism and added: "I wanted to go to Australia after Richey disappeared but I ended up in Torquay for three days. Rock 'n' roll eh?"

Wire described the last three tracks on the LP ('Interirors', 'Further Away' and 'No Surface All Feeling') as his favourites.

"Those three I'm very proud of, they're the ones I put on when I'm feeling a bit melancholy. 'Further Away' is probably the closest we're ever going to get to writing a love song. I wrote it when we were on tour in Europe in late 1994 and it was probably the worst time I've ever had in this band."

"All of a sudden the band, these three guys who I'd known for so long in my life and that I once thought would conquer the world, was falling apart. I just wanted to go home, be with my wife and veg out. It wasn't the best time of my life."

"'Interiors' is a tribute to the painter Willem de Kooning, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Apparently he's a hypochondriac and, being one too, I can sympathise with him."

De Kooning, one of the stars of abstract expressionist painting in the '50s and '60s, still continues to paint, his work dividing critics as to whether it is possessed of genius or the daubings of someone whose mind is in decline.

Wire said he believed the Manics were now in as strong a position as they had ever been and were looking forward to the release of the album and the forthcoming British tour, which starts at Glasgow Barrowlands on May 23. All eight dates are sold out. They will also play the main stage at Glasgow's T In The Park festival on July 14.

"We're all glad the album's coming out when it is, I think it has a real summer side to it. We're very proud of it and I'm sure if Richey ever gets the chance to hear it he'll feel the same."