throwback tuesday #26

The Throwback Tuesday weekly post is a opportunity for me to revisit the good, cheesy, forgotten or essential parts of music, film, tv and books from my childhood, the past few years or the generations/eras/works of art that have influenced my life in some way.

This week is another music week from me with a look at Manic Street Preachers. I know I’ve spoken about them a lot this month and for good reason, after the release of their most recent album ‘Futurology’ I have refound my love for the band. The album itself is wonderful and a stand out of this year for me and if you haven’t already listened to it then go give it a listen now.

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But this post isn’t about the new stuff it’s about the old so I’m going to feature a couple of tracks from the Manics back catalogue that really stand out from my youth when I listen to them today. After watching their brilliant set at this year’s T In The Park on TV too I released just how many hits this band have which is unsurprising for a band that have been around for over 20 years and have 12 studio albums behind them.

Nicky Wire for a start is probably the coolest man of his age ever with fashion, influences and music taste that is just bound to captivate and inspire you in some way. The band themselves really are a great example of working class boys done good but without ever forgetting their roots. Starting out just before Britpop and riding along that wave, albeit to a lesser extent, the Manics were one of the only working class bands that came out of that era intact and not worse for where. Constantly creating anthems full of real life stories about growing up in Wales, working class struggles, love and youth, the band made a name for themselves with those well crafted and wonderfully portrayed stories set to music and have continued to be a well respected act since then with album after album of quality music.

The band have always subconsciously been in my life whether I’ve acknowledged it like I am now or not but their lyrical content is something I can constantly relate to and that is to me what makes a band truly special when you have that connection to their words.

Below are three tracks from the 90’s that I fondly remember singing along and dancing around the house to as a child and I still love those tracks now as much as I did then.

Motorcycle Emptiness

You Stole The Sun From My Heart

A Design For Life

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