Future participants of the English alternative team “Manic Street Preachers” were born in a small miner's town Blackwood in South Wales. The prototype of “street preachers” appeared in 1988 under the name “Betty Blue”. This formation was founded by the bassist Nicky Wire; it also included James Dean Bradfield (vocals, guitar), Sean Moore (drums), and Flicker (guitar). The latter soon left the group, and his place was taken by Richie Edwards. Before they write down their first single, the team changed the name to “Manic Street Preachers”.
About Manic Street Preachers
First releases and Popularity
“Suicide Alley” was let out in 1989 on their own money. The single was sent to different companies, and one of them, Damaged Goods, agreed to release their EP, which received the name “New Art Riot”. Many publications recognized the EP as a release of the week, and they signed a deal with Heavenly Records. On this label, the team has released two singles, “Motown Junk” and “You Love Us”. But not these things brought them fame. The interest to “MSP” increased dramatically when Richie Edwards carved on the forearm the slogan “4 real” on the eyes of journalists, trying to prove the reality of his team. Almost immediately the group signed a contract with Columbia and in 1992 their debut album came out. Post-punk “Generation Terrorists”, quickly entered the National Top 20.
In 1994, “Manic Street Preachers” toured a lot and successfully. However, a year later, their successful career was violated by the disappearance of Richie, who suffered from alcohol addiction, anorexia, and manic-depressive psychosis. So it is not surprising that his car was found near the bridge Severn, a favourite place for suicide. His colleagues were shocked, but in 1995 they found strength to return to work.
Peak of Popularity
Next year a surprisingly cheerful album with the symbolic name “Everything Must Go” came out. Thanks to the disc, the group occupied the 2nd place in the charts and was nominated for two awards – “Best album” and “Best Band”.
But the peak of “MSP” popularity fell on 1998. Forgetting about their punk roots, the group gave preference to rock mainstream that brought it commercial success and the first place in the National charts.