Manic Street Preachers - Early Demos 1985 - 1990.

This is a collection of demo recordings from the Manic Street Preachers, recorded between 1985 and 1990 (it is more likely that the earliest material was actually recorded in 1986). A reasonable amount of this was probably recorded before Richey Edwards became a member of the band. An early version of their debut single (plus B side is included). Of the rest some made it on to B sides of single releases, some would eventually morph into tracks for the first album and some remained just as demos.

From Wikipedia regarding the early days of the Manics - The band was formed in 1986 in Oakdale Comprehensive School, Blackwood, south Wales. During this time, Bradfield had tried writing lyrics, but this later changed and Wire wrote all their earliest lyrics, leaving Bradfield, alongside the classically-trained Sean Moore when he joined, to write the music. Original bassist Flicker (Miles Woodward) left the band in early 1988, reportedly because he believed that the band were moving away from their punk roots. The band continued as a three-piece, with Wire switching from guitar to bass, and in 1989 they recorded their first single, "Suicide Alley". Edwards joined the band on guitar and often made contributions to lyrics with Wire, designing record sleeves and other artwork, and driving the band to and from gigs.

In 1990, they signed a deal with label Damaged Goods Records for one EP. The four-track New Art Riot attracted as much media interest for its attacks on fellow musicians as for the actual music. With the help of Hall or Nothing management, the Manics signed to indie label Heavenly Records. The band recorded their first single for the label, entitled "Motown Junk".

The band released their next single, entitled You Love Us, and again displayed a huge cultural scope. The single sampled Penderecki's "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima" as well as Iggy Pop. The video featured Nicky Wire in drag as Marilyn Monroe and contained visual references to Betty Blue and Aleister Crowley. In a now legendary interview with then NME journalist Steve Lamacq, Edwards carved the phrase "4REAL" into his arm with a razor blade to prove their sincerity. He was taken to hospital and received a total of seventeen stitches. Columbia Records of Sony Music UK signed the band shortly afterwards and they began work on their debut album.  

Source: Soundboard.

Sound Quality: Good stereo mp3@128kbps.

Genre: Alternative rock, hard rock, glam punk, post-punk.

Set List:

1. Faceless Sense Of Void (Early version of Love's Sweet Exile)
2. Go Buzz Baby Go (Early Version of Motorcycle Emptiness)
3. Just Can't Be Happy
4. R.P. McMurphy
5. Suicide Alley (Self released debut single 1989)
6. New Art Riot
7. England Is A Bitch
8. This Girl Got Nothing
9. Love In A Make-Up Bag
10. Generation Terrorists (Early version of Stay Beautiful)
11. UK Channel Boredom (Released as a split flexi single 1990)
12. Sunglass Asthetic
13. You Love Us
14. Methadone Pretty
15. Dying A Thousand Deaths
16. Eating Myself From The Inside
17. Democracy Coma
18. Repeat
19. Behave Yourself Baby
20. Repeat
21. Razorblade Beat
22. Where Have All The Good Things Gone
23. Whiskey Psychosis
24. Soul Contamination
25. Tennessee (I Get Low - Suicide Alley B Side, Early version of Tennessee)

Website: Official HERE.

New file link in comments below - Re-uploaded 2012 (Stealth project).


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Anonymous said…
Many many thanks!!!!
Ronnie said…
Nice! Thank you ;-)
Beehive Candy said…
New file link in comments below - Re-uploaded 2012 (Stealth project).


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zappahead said…
Thanks for sharing these demos...look forward to listening to them....much obliged...cheers.