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Why Di? Says Wire - Wales On Sunday, 18th January 2004

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Title: Why Di? Says Wire
Publication: Wales On Sunday
Date: Sunday 18th January 2004

Angry Nicky Wire has taken a pop at the public for putting Princess Di ahead of suffragette Emily Pankhurst in the 100 Greatest Britons poll.

He's so outraged that he's penned a new song in Emily's honour for the Manic Street Preachers' new album.

He sneered: "I just found it amazing that hunger strikes have been replaced by bulimia. I just thought it was so incredibly sad that she was kind of ignored and Diana was at number two or something. How can that be? I think it's a devastating slight on the population of this country that some women were prepared to die for the vote and no-one voted for her."

The Blackwood firebrands are this week due to return to the New York studio where they have been recording with legendary David Bowie and T Rex producer Tony Visconti.

James Dean Bradfield, Nicky and Sean Moore have so far recorded six songs for their seventh album - a shorter, stripped-down version of what we've come to expect from the boys.

The as yet untitled new collection of songs is rumoured to contain 10 tracks, all four-minute melodic songs, which bassist Nicky describes as 'elegiac pop'.

Songs recorded so far include Litany, Fragments, Cardiff Afterlife, Empty Souls, Solitude Sometimes, Emily and Everything Will Be.

"As you get older, it's easy to become sloppy," explained the flamboyant bass player. "You have to treat every new album like it's your last. I want the album to be quite short, 10 songs of beautiful melody."

Producer Visconti, former husband of Welsh singer Mary Hopkin, raved about how good the band were in the studio. "The sessions were very productive and enthusiastic,' he explained. I think fans of the band will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. It was a pleasant surprise for me to learn how accomplished they were as musicians. James is a first-class guitarist, Nicky has the chops of a Motown session bass player - a big compliment from me - and Sean is as solid and inventive as drummers come, plus he has many hidden talents that I learned of. He plays trumpet, sings back-ups and he is a computer expert. Oh, and James' magnificent tenor voice is the loudest voice I have ever recorded."