Manic Street Preachers (often known colloquially as "The Manics") are a Welsh rock band often associated with the Britpop scene, and were one of the biggest bands in Britain for a period in the late 1990s. Although during the early part of their career they were regarded as a punk rock band, their music is now often regarded as alternative rock, due to changes in their sound. They are best known for their wild early exploits, the mysterious disappearance and possible suicide of Richey James Edwards (Richey James, as he preferred to be known), as well as for a succession of strong iconoclastic albums and energetic gigs. Politically they are staunch socialists â€” a stance inflected by their working class upbringing in South Wales (they grew up during the miners' strike of the 1980s) as evidenced by their often highly politicised lyrics and actions (they once dedicated an award to Arthur Scargill, leader of the National Union of Mineworkers and later the Socialist Labour Party). The band also played a highly-publicised gig in Cuba.
The band - which was originally named Betty Blue (after the English title of French film 37Â°2 le...
Background group or band
Origin Blackwood, Wales
Genre Rock music Years active 1988–present
website www.manics.co.uk Current members James Dean Bradfield
Sean Moore (musician)
Past members Richey James Edwards