Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire says he’d rather “fucking stab his eyes out” than get an OBE


Manic Street Preachers bassist Nikki Wire has admitted that he would rather “fuck stab my eyes with a pencil” than accept a knighthood or an OBE.

Speaking in a new interview with mojo The magazine, Wire, criticized “left-leaning actors and pop stars” for “standing in line” to accept honors from the monarchy.

“I am now full of doubts and contradictions, even though I still hold to those principles,” he said.

“My kids have been through extensive education, I still believe in high taxation and all those things, I stay close to my roots… I haven’t given up on any of those things. But I don’t Find out whether they are relevant to modern life.

Manic Street Preachers, 2021. Credits: Alex Lake

“You see supposedly left-leaning actors and pop stars queuing up to get MBEs and OBEs — and I’d rather stab my eyes with a pencil than do that. What was it, [Paul] Weller and David Bowie turn down knighthoods? it’s enough for me.”

The band recently shared their new single ‘The Secret He Had Missed’ featuring Julia Cumming of Sunflower Bean.

“This is probably the most Abba-influenced track on the album, especially the piano track,” The Wire reported. . “It all came out really naturally. This is what we call pop in our world – that glacial kind of controlled energy that oozes out in something gloomy, but uplifting.”

Speaking about their upcoming 14th album The Ultra Vivid Lament, Wire said the record would find a home with fans of the band’s more esoteric and experimental but “controlled” work.

“I think it has the marks of ‘Lifeblood’ [2004] and ‘future science’ [2014]But I think it’s a step into a new dimension,” he explained. “It’s got the high modernism of ‘Futurology’ and the underplayed, glacial power of ‘Lifeblood. It is heavily framed within Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ and Echo and the Bunnymen’s ‘Bring on the Dancing Horse’.



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