Manic Street Preachers

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The 100 greatest BBC music performances – ranked!
As the Beeb celebrates its centenary, we take a look at its most memorable pop moments, from the birth of grime to the first sightings of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, plus TOTP goes Madchester and countless classic Peel sessions

Guardian music

06, Oct, 2022 @12:12 PM

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‘The Queen’s gone round the bend!’ – HM in pop, from the Smiths to Slowthai to the Stone Roses
She’s been called a fascist, a parasite and a pretty nice girl who doesn’t have a lot to say. So are all pop songs about the monarch treasonous? And are they really directed at her?

Dorian Lynskey

01, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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‘Invention, grace and bloodlust ballet’: post-punk guitarist John McGeoch
McGeoch sent a jolt through the scene with Magazine, Siouxsie Sioux and more. Johnny Marr, James Dean Bradfield and others salute an overlooked musician

Daniel Dylan Wray

04, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘It feels like Live Aid’: all-star Concert for Ukraine joins war relief effort
Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello are among the stars performing at the ITV-screened event, rushed together in just two weeks. The organisers explain how it was done

Dave Simpson

25, Mar, 2022 @1:10 PM

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Brittle With Relics by Richard King review – a portrait of Wales in flux
From the Aberfan disaster to late 90s pop-culture, this vivid oral history brings a tumultuous era to life

John Harris

12, Mar, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Manic Street Preachers’ 30 greatest songs – ranked!
Marking 30 years of their debut album, Generation Terrorists, a look back at the Welsh rockers’ best bits: from the song about the Spanish civil war that kept Steps off No 1 to their glorious duets

Alexis Petridis

10, Feb, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Manic Street Preachers review – engaged veterans still energised by the present
Honouring NHS workers, the Welsh trio’s show is anchored by current chart-topper The Ultra Vivid Lament but features hits and curveballs aplenty

Huw Baines

21, Sep, 2021 @12:35 PM

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Manic Street Preachers score first No 1 album in 23 years
In a dramatic revival of a 90s chart rivalry, the Welsh trio prevail over Steps with their album The Ultra Vivid Lament

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Sep, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Manic Street Preachers: The Ultra Vivid Lament review – magic, melancholy and a debt to Abba
The Manics channel Benny and Björn in an album of mostly sparkling songcraft

Phil Mongredien

12, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Steve Brown, pop producer for Wham!, Manic Street Preachers and more, dies aged 65
Producer behind Wham!’s Club Tropicana and the Cult’s She Sells Sanctuary had suffered a short illness following a fall in December

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, Jan, 2021 @12:09 PM

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James Dean Bradfield: 'I'm not sure musicians telling people who to vote for helps'
The Manic Street Preacher on protest music, Wales’s response to Covid-19 and why you party with ballet dancers at your peril

Jude Rogers

26, Jul, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Liam Gallagher leads wave of free concerts for NHS staff
The Script, Rick Astley and others also announce benefit shows to thank workers fighting coronavirus

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

10, Apr, 2020 @4:22 PM

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