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Preaching To The Converted - Pulse!, January 2003

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Title: Preaching To The Converted
Publication: Pulse!
Date: January 2003
Writer: Vic Foy

Pulse's Vic Foy hooked up with drummer Sean Moore of Manic Street Preachers to talk about their long, hard road to world acclaim.

Of all the records you have ever bought, which one stands out as the most influential?
The Clash's London Calling. If there was ever a record that changed how we saw music that's the one that did.

Being proudly Welsh, do you support your national team?
Yes, absolutely, but I'm more of a footie fan myself. I've been a die-hard Liverpool supporter since 1977.

What's been your best gig ever?
If I had to pinpoint one, it would have to have been at Cardiff's CIA. It felt like a homecoming. Cuba too was a great experience. We were playing without people knowing our songs or us. It was the first time in our lives that we could get a point across about music and songs.

Of all the singles on Forever Delayed, which are you most proud of?
Two stand out - "Motorcycle Emptiness" and "A Design For Life". Both optimise what this band is about in a thousand different ways.

What sort of student were you at school?
[Laughs] Very average indeed. I saw it as something I had to do, which would get me to bigger things.

What was it like when you got your first number one single?
It was a great feeling. We were on our way to Belfast to do a concert. We beat the bubblegum popsters Steps to the post that week!

After a gig what do you enjoy drinking?
Red wine at the moment, but then that could change next week.