Manic Street Preachers share new playlist of ‘new and lost recordings’


Manic Street Preachers have shared a new playlist focusing on covers they’ve recorded over the course of their career – listen below.

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Titled ‘Sleep Next To Plastic’, the 37-track collection consists of lost recordings, B-sides and album tracks. Fifteen of the tracks were previously unavailable on official streaming platforms, including the band’s recent release on Madonna’s “Borderline.”

The Manics first released their rendition of the pop icon’s 1983 song during a performance at the BBC 6 Music Festival in March. James Dean Bradfield and co later revealed that they recorded the render because they “enjoyed playing it live so much”.

“Borderline” was tracked by the band in their Door To The River studio especially for the new playlist, which also includes versions of “Umbrella” by Rihanna, “In Between Days” by The Cure (Live at the BBC) and “ Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses (Live at Cardiff Castle).

“Covers have always offered us a chance to pay direct and public homage to the records we were obsessed with growing up, whether it was C86 bands or artists as diverse as Madonna, John Cale and Paul Robeson,” the Manics said. in a press release.

“Together, these covers are a heartfelt musical tribute to our formative influences.” You can listen to “Sleep Next To Plastic” in its entirety above.

Last November, the Welsh band shared a playlist of duets they had recorded between 1992 and 2021.

Manic Street Preachers released their latest studio album, “The Ultra Vivid Lament”, last September.

Manics fans are now eagerly awaiting news of the band’s 20th anniversary re-release of their 2001 album “Know Your Enemy”, as well as bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire’s solo album “jazz-meets-C86”. .

Asked about the progress of the reissue during a recent conversation with NME, Wire replied, “He is looking at me right now! There are two trick boxes. I’m sitting in the studio with our engineer and he’s there, facing me. »

James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers performs at the SSE Arena on December 3, 2021 in London (Photo: Lorne Thomson/Redferns)

He continued, “It was pretty exciting because I actually discovered two songs that were never released. Unless I screwed up somewhere, there’s a song called ‘Rosebud’ that nobody’s ever heard, and another called ‘Studies In Paralysis’ that’s never been heard, plus a completely different version of ‘Let Robeson Sing It James [Dean Bradfield, frontman] made in his London flat on a keyboard, and looks nothing like what he has become.

“There are actually a lot of goodies. Even I am quite giddy with excitement. James and Sean [Moore, drummer] weren’t arsed though…”

Meanwhile, frontman James Dean Bradfield has been revealed to have contributed to the Proclaimers’ upcoming ‘political’ album, ‘Dentures Out’. It will arrive on September 16 via Cooking Vinyl.


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