Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band formed in 1986.
The band released their debut album, Generation Terrorists in 1992. Their combined elements of glam rock and punk and soon gained a loyal following and cult status. The band's later albums have adopted a broader alternative rock sound. Enigmatic lyricist Richey Edwards gained early notoriety by cutting the words "4REAL" into his arm with a razor blade in response to the suggestion that the band were less than authentic. The dark nature of 1994's The Holy Bible reflected the culmination of Edwards' instability.
Richey Edwards who was rhythm guitarist and primary lyricist vanished on 1 February 1995. In November 2008, thirteen years after his disappearance, he was officially declared presumed deceased.
The Manic Street Preachers released their tenth studio album, "Postcards from a Young Man", on 20 September 2010. In 2011 the Manic Street Preachers announced the release of a compilation of all 38 of their singles from Generation Terrorists to Postcards From A Young Man called "National Treasures – The Complete Singles".
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James Dean Bradfield: Born 21 February 1969. Lead guitarist and lead vocalist
Nicky Wire: Born January 20, 1969. Lyricist, bassist and occasional vocalist
Sean Anthony Moore: Born on 30 July 1968. Drummer/percussionist and sometime trumpet-player.
Richey Edwards: Born 22 December 1967, disappeared c. 1 February 1995, officially presumed dead 2008. Rhythm guitarist and lyricist.