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WATCH: Manics Holy Bible Film
Alex Flood , December 12th, 2014 14:25

Episode one of a new series on Manic Street Preachers' seminal album, The Holy Bible

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The first in a series of retrospective videos about Manic Street Preachers’ 1994 album, The Holy Bible is now online ready to be watched above. In it, Quietus writer and Manics expert Simon Price waxes lyrical on The Holy Bible's themes and place in musical history, and argues that their return for the current series of gigs where they play the album in full is justified because they are, and were, a band out of step with cheery Britpop.

The series of short films in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the album have been produced by Cardiff production company Barefoot Rascals, and will feature Price interviewing a selection of Manics fans outlining their personal experiences of the record. Interviewees include rock photographer Kevin Cummins; Guardian journalist Rhian E Jones and writer and musician John Robb. They'll be shown on the Quietus next week.

The release comes after fans of the group successfully raised the £4,000 required via Kickstarter to produce the films, which will be collected into a short documentary called The Holy Bible: My Testament. Read Taylor Parkes' piece on The Holy Bible and depressionhere.

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Jerry
Dec 12, 2014 2:40pm

MSP - a band with two feet in their own history. I used to love them but their protests of not being obsessed with Richey's disappearance ring hollow. Seems they have nothing more to say beyond tired MOR rock so why not revive their greatest moment? Just retire.

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Rhodri
Dec 12, 2014 2:55pm

@Jerry

Yeah, being affected by the disappearance of their best mate. What ba$tards.

I mean Futurology... introspective rubbish. Not like all these current indie bands really pushing things forward.

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Dec 12, 2014 7:48pm

In reply to Rhodri:

Didn't say they shouldn't be affected by the sad story of Richey but they have been trading on it for a long time now. 'Futurology'? If they go nay further back they'll be covering Chicory Tip. Actually...not such a bad idea.

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Adam
Dec 12, 2014 8:01pm

In reply to Jerry:

This might be accurate except that Futurology is brilliant, and has featured highly in many end of year lists.

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Dec 12, 2014 8:22pm

In reply to Adam:

Well, we know those lists are always right. I stand corrected.

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Dec 12, 2014 11:41pm

Jerry, if you don't like the band, why comment ?

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Dec 12, 2014 11:43pm

Futurology was my album of the year. I can't be wrong as it is my opinion

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Bitchie Mechanic
Dec 13, 2014 11:57am

That was like watching Dick Emery performing on The Fast Show. "Laughter might not be a quality you associate with an album as dark as The Holy Bible"? It is now.

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Dec 17, 2014 10:00pm

In reply to Rhodri:

Cock no clue

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