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This Is My Truth Tel lMe Yours - Manic Street Preachers

With the ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition released on December 7th, Though each and every one of their albums occupies a special place in their long and momentous history, ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ holds an arguably more exalted position than most.

Released in the autumn of 1998, Manic Street Preachers’ fifth album marked the start of a new epoch as a three-piece, while building on the sonic journey they’d embarked upon with ‘Everything Must Go’. Taking its title from a quote by Aneurin Bevan, the Labour Minister Of Health who drove the creation of the National Health Service, It is the first Manic Street Preachers album to have its lyrics solely penned by bassist Nicky Wire.

And while the music written by singer-guitarist James Dean Bradfield and drummer Sean Moore was ostensibly more restrained than the spitted slogans of the band’s earlier releases, the album nonetheless housed some of Manic Street Preachers’ most direct and powerful political statements. Taking its title from a Republican propaganda poster displayed during the Spanish Civil War, lead single ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ – released a month ahead of the album – perfectly encapsulated what was to follow. Like a fist wrapped in cotton wool, here was a hard-hitting, unashamed political message that was uncompromising in its intent. Debuting at the top of the UK singles charts, it gave Manic Street Preachers their first No. 1 single.

This proved to be a foretaste of what was to come, ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ rocketed to pole position in the UK album charts and held off the competition for three weeks as it sold some 250,000 copies per week. And the hits kept coming in the shape of ‘The Everlasting’, ‘Tsunami’ and the Top 5 smash, ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’.

Little wonder, then, that ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ was showered with well-deserved garlands. In addition to scoring high in their heartland territory of the NME Awards – the band scooped Best Band, Best Single and Video for ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ and Best Album, while Nicky Wire was crowned The Pop Personality You Would Most Like As Prime Minister and The Pop Personality’s Brain That Should Be Kept Alive For Posterity – the record was also declared Best Album at the 1999 Brit Awards, with Manic Street Preachers named Best Group.

Crucially, ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ brought Manic Street Preachers to a wider, global audience that saw them repeat their domestic success in Scandinavia, Europe and the Antipodes.

Released on 7th December 2018, the ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ 20 Year Collectors’ Edition will come as a 3-CD deluxe box set, as well as double vinyl and digital editions.

In addition to the original album, remastered, will be unheard demos and live rehearsal recordings, as well as remixes by Massive Attack, David Holmes and Mogwai and others.

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In an NME interview prior to the release of Resistance Is Futile, Manic Street Preachers bassist/lyricist Nicky Wire invoked both David Bowie’s Station To Station and the Manics’ own hard-rock opus, Generation Terrorists, when discussing the record’s earworm lead single, “International Blue.” If anyone can live up to these lofty touchstones, however, it’s the veteran Welsh rockers. Resistance Is Futile, the band’s thirteenth studio album, distills the Manics’ pomp and melancholy into buoyant pop songs with biting electric guitars, sugary synths, and majestic strings.

As its name implies, “Liverpool Revisited” is an earnest Britpop throwback, while marbled ’70s-rock licks anchor the urgent “Broken Algorithms.” On the lighter side, “Hold Me Like A Heaven” blooms into a harmony-drenched song with candied pop aspirations, and the piano-spliced “Vivian” recalls Duran Duran’s crushed-velvet glam ballads. Resistance Is Futile, well, embodies its title.

The frothy, string-swept jangle-pop number “Dylan & Caitlin,” a duet with Welsh singer the Anchoress, was meant to evoke Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Taken from the new album, ‘Resistance Is Futile,‘ available now

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The legendary Manic Street Preachers have released a new track called ‘Dylan and Caitlin’ off their forthcoming album ‘Resistance is Futile’ due out 1th3 April 2018.

The track is a “conversation between Dylan and Caitlin Thomas at the apex of their alcohol soaked relationship” James Dean Bradfield explained. Nicky Wire added “The story itself rolls through their relationship – drinking, fighting and ended up broken by America. The conversational nature of the lyrics lent themselves to a duet so we asked Catherine AD (aka the Anchoress) to provide the female perspective. She’s a hugely talented kindred spirit.”

It has all the hallmarks of the Manics – an impassioned, literate and melodic anthem with the Anchoress’s softer vocals counterbalancing Bradfield’s distinctive gruffness.

Heavyweight vinyl linked to the “Send Away The Tigers” 10th anniversary reissue. Includes Nina Persson vocal version & x3 demos. “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough” is a single by Welsh rock band the Manic Street Preachers , it was the lead single that was taken from that album .

The song is a duet featuring the vocals of lead singer James Dean Bradfield and Nina Persson of the band The Cardigans, as well as additional vocals from the bands bass guitarist Nicky Wire . It was originally released on 23rd April 2007. According to the band they always had a duet in mind, seeing that the lyrics have a question reply style to them , According to lead singer Bradfield the title was the last line of a suicide note left by the friend of someone close to the group.

According to Nicky Wire the song is in part concerned with the disappearance of Richey Edwards... while I was writing those words addressed to him, on Your Love Alone…something touched me at my desk when I wrote “I could have shown you how to cry”

Like with all “Send Away the Tigers”-related material, the cover image is taken from the photography book Monika Monster Future First Woman on Mars by Valerie Phillips .

The song’s lyrics reference past classic British rock songs:

The Manics very limited edition 12″ ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’ vinyl for Record Store Day.

This exclusive numbered vinyl includes the original track featuring Nina Persson, the 60’s Jangle demo recorded at Faster Studios, James Dean Bradfield’s solo home acoustic demo and Nicky Wire’s home acoustic demo.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the platinum selling 1996 record that scored the Welsh rock group their first commercial success, a special box set will be released. Taken from the “Everything Must Go” reissue, here’s a preview of the book, featuring Nicky Wire’s lyric sheets and photos from the era

Nicky Wire’s lyric sEverything Must Go lyricsheet for Everything Must Go: Regarded as the Manic’s farewell to their previous sound following the disappearance of lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards, with Wire’s lyrics asking fans to forgive them for changing: ‘I just hope that you can forgive us, but everything must go’.


Australia, the fourth and final single release from the Everything Must Go. The song peaked at No 7 in the UK singles chart. Energised and upbeat, the song was adopted for TV advertisements by the Australian tourist board, but the song’s lyrics are steeped in Wire’s desire to escape Wales following Edwards’s disappearance.

Originally released in May 1996, Everything Must Go was Manic Street Preachers‘ breakthrough album, garnering four hit singles; “A Design For Life”, “Everything Must Go”, “Kevin Carter” and “Australia”. This limited edition, deluxe 12×12 box celebrates the 20th anniversary of this seminal record. Curated by the band, it contains the complete Nynex Arena show from 1997, fully restored and available here for the very first time. Also on DVD is an exclusive film about the album, Freed From Memories, directed by Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor) plus music videos. The set is completed by with the remastered album on CD and heavyweight vinyl plus single B Sides and a 44 page book.

A Design For Life, the lead single from Everything Must Go, was a soaring, string-fuelled track that reached No 2 in the UK in April 1996 and was nominated for best British single and best British video and the Brit awards.

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