Scenes from Blackwood Interview

Rapido TV 29.1.1992

Narrator: In the 12 months it's taken for the Manic Street Preachers to become the band everybody loves to hate, they've spent 4 months in the studio recording their debut album, Generation Terrorists, for their new record company and so far the band have cost them almost £1 million. Indie credibility is not something that matters to the manics.

Richey: We always said we wanted to be on a major. It's the only way you can every reach people. We were never interested in being a really critically respected independent band cos they were always the bands who let us down in the 80s, the bands that never said anything, that never looked any good, the thing that made us really bitter.

Nicky: Being on a major just makes everything much easier, you know you can use all their money, use all their resources, use all their marketing, tell them what to do and they do it like obedient servants.

Narrator: Accusations of hype have dogged the manics every step. Self mutilation, trashing their guitars on stage, declaring their hate for every band in existence and their ambition to be the best band in the world have not helped matters.

Nicky: People can't understand, they think it's hype and everything, but people really do like our songs and everything we do we've got to be confident in, we wouldn't say things like we wanna be the biggest band in the world and sell 60 million albums if we didn't know we had good songs.

Narrator: But the manics are not the glam punk pretenders some people think they are. They've spent their childhoods trying to escape from the South Wales mining town where they lived, reading the music press and Situationist texts, watching Marilyn Monroe films, listening to Public Enemy, Queen…

Richey: …Mick Jagger doing Jumping Jack Flash, Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Sex Pistols, not The Clash anymore…Axl, Slash…

Nicky: …Hanoi Rocks…

James: It's just divorcing yourself from your surroundings just by the way you look…

Richey: …watching William Burroughs, Ken Kesey, most Jack Kerouac, Camus….All books were just as exciting to us as records, there wasn't much difference.

Narrator: Generation Terrorists is a double album released next week. It includes a remix of one track by Public Enemy producers The Bomb Squad and a track called Little Baby Nothing, which features the vocals of ex-porn star Traci Lords.

Nicky: It just seems like more symbolic than anything else, the way just men are the most horrible people in the world and use women. We just wanted a woman who had power….

Richey: …Intelligence…

Nicky: …and who was articulate. People, y'know, just cos of her porn background obviously think "dirty slut, really unintelligent" and we just obviously knew it wouldn't be like that. And when we met her, she was probably the most intelligent American we've ever met in our lives, y'know, and she was perfect for the song.

Narrator: The manics released 'You Love Us' on their heavenly label a while back, but with songs like Stay Beautiful, Methadone Pretty and Crucifix Kiss on the new album, the manics idea of romance has nothing to do with Barbara Cartland Novels…

Nicky: Romantic realists. (smiles) You know, we were always aware we were never blinded by too much flowery aesthetics - our romance is always based on where we come from anyway, and a desire to escape.

Richey: Our romance is having total power in that we've just got nothing to lose cos we're secure in the knowledge we already lost a long time ago.