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Manics To Release The Last Song They Wrote With Richey - The Western Mail, 20th May 2003

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Title: Manics To Release The Last Song They Wrote With Richey
Publication: The Western Mail
Date: Tuesday 20th May 2003
Writer: David Hughes

Welsh rockers the Manic Street Preachers are releasing the last song they ever wrote with missing guitarist Richey Edwards.

Richey Edwards, 27, vanished eight years ago - and has never been seen since.

His Vauxhall Cavalier was found abandoned close to the notorious suicide spot at the Severn Bridge between England and Wales.

The mystery of his disappearance has never been solved as the band have carried on without him.

Now they are releasing a compilation of unreleased tracks and B-sides, including the song Judge Y'rself - the last written before Richey disappeared.

It was recorded for the soundtrack to Sylvester Stallone film Judge Dredd but never released.

The song will now feature on the new album Lipstick Traces - A Secret History of the Manic Street Preachers.

Richey wrote the lyrics to many of the award-winning band's hits - and his royalties from the new song will boost the £3M fortune earned since he vanished.

Band members James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore have continued to pay Richey's share of their royalties - 25% - into a trust fund for their friend to collect if he turns up.

His parents were entitled to claim his estate after seven years - but vowed never to give up hope that Richey may be found one day.

A string of reported sightings as far away as Goa in India and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands were false alarms.

A band spokesman said, ``It's very emotional for them to put out this track, the last they wrote as a four-piece band.

"It was a shame it was not released at the time, because it's a fantastic song."

The new album features 20 of the band's B-sides and unreleased tracks, and the track listing was decided with help from fans at the Manics web site.

The double album out on July 14 also includes cover versions of some of the Manics' favourite songs including The Clash classic What's My Name? and Can't Take My Eyes Off You by crooner Andy Williams.