InObscuria Podcast

Ep. 45: Grave Mistake: MANIC STREET PREACHERS Shoulda Been Huge!!! - Pt. II

Episode Summary

Join us this week for another InObscuria first as we welcome a “Part II” of our ongoing series called “Grave Mistakes: They Shoulda Been Huge!!!”. In this episode, we again feature the Welsh stalwarts that sit firmly in between alt-rock, punk, glam, and Britpop: the amazing MANIC STREET PREACHERS! In episode 37 we covered the years 1991-2001, and this week we cover the rest from 2004-2018. Although they were huge in the UK and Europe, they never made a splash in the US even when bands like Radiohead, Oasis, and Muse were breaking big into the American market. Kevin discovered them while visiting the UK in 1998 and has been “preaching” about them ever since.

Episode Notes

This episode is obviously rooted firmly in our Should Have Been category. The Manics have been walking the line between punk, cock rock, romantic melodicism and glam since the late 1980s. They are rock n’ roll heroes in Wales and the UK, having sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Thirteen albums in and they are still going strong! 

Songs this week include:

  1. “New Art Riot” from New Art Riot(1990)
  2. “Cardiff Afterlife” from Lifeblood (2004) 
  3. “Rendition” from Send Away The Tigers (2007)
  4. “All Is Vanity” from Journal For Plague Lovers (2009)
  5. “A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun” from Postcards From A Young Man (2010)
  6. “30-Year War” from Rewind The Film (2013)
  7. “Sex, Power, Love, and Money” from Futurology (2014)
  8. “Broken Algorithms” from Resistance Is Futile (2018)

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