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Spied On: Manic Street Preachers - tonspion, 28th March 2007

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Title: Spied On: Manic Street Preachers
Publication: tonspion
Date: Wednesday 28th March 2007

5 Questions for the Manic Street Preachers

The Tonspion regularly asks (almost) the same five questions to different artists - and hopefully will get different answers every time. This time Björn Bauermeister asked James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers.

What's going on in your MP3 player right now?
Nicky: Ha, James doesn't have one! But I do and I'm listening to a lot of Klaxons and Neil Young.
James: Yes, it's true, I'm old-fashioned and I don't have one. (laughs) At home I'm listening to The Arcade Fire's new album, like most of the rest of the world. And of course one of my all time favorites every day: Jeff Beck.

Your album in three movements?
James: We're now closer to ourselves again. It's all more accessible, direct and instinctive because we haven't discussed and analyzed that much anymore.
Nicky: Yes, it's a pure punk rock album.

Do you remember your very first appearance?
James: It must have been in 1985 or 1986, in a pub called? The Crumlin ?? somewhere in south wales. We played three of our own songs and four covers; from the Sex Pistols, The Undertones, The Jesus And The Mary Chain and the Buzzcocks. I think there were about 35 people there.
Nicky: At some point someone accidentally dropped a glass from your hand, after which everyone else threw their glasses through the room. An uncontrollable chain reaction.
James: Yes, the evening suddenly turned into an unglamorous version of a Greek birthday party.

Which question would you finally like to be asked?
Can you imagine what a brand new album will sound like in a few years?
Oh no!
Nicky: We are glad that we made this album and can now hold it in our hands. What will come afterwards? Who knows.