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ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/10/04 11:07 AM
Manic Street Preachers new  

“[Australia is] a song about running away. Bowie had done all his stuff about going to the moon, and Australia seemed about the furthest place away at the time...”

Nicky Wire, 2002



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/10/04 11:10 AM
James on the upcoming album... new [re: ziggfried]  

"…Then there's The Love Of Richard Nixon which was sort of inspired by Bowie's This Is Not America.”

James Dean Bradfield, May 2004




ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/10/04 11:12 AM
Those thieving Welshmen. new [re: ziggfried]  

David Bowie! Go on, sue me!!!

James Dean Bradfield, during a live performance of the Sound and Vision-derived Roses In The Hospital, 1993



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/12/04 10:26 AM
Radio Blah-Blah new [re: ziggfried]  

James Dean Bradfield: I was racking my brains last night, I was trying to think of a cover version that is better [than the original]. Nirvana did a great unplugged cover...
Nicky Wire: The Man Who Sold The World.
James Dean Bradfield: Yeah because, yeah because, obviously it's a Bowie track but Lulu's version of it is pretty bad.
Nicky Wire: I like Lulu's version of it!

Virgin Radio, 6 July 2003



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/12/04 10:26 AM
Wire slags Bowie! new [re: ziggfried]  

“[Publicly wishing AIDS on Michael Stipe] didn't come out the way I wanted it to. I just wanted to demystify the whole rock 'n' roll...experience. David Bowie was going down on one knee saying the Lord's Prayer [at the Freddie Mercury Tribute/AIDS Charity Concert]...I dunno, everyone had had these decadent lives but now you must behave yourselves...and with Philip [Hall, MSP manager] having cancer, it was just all a big fuck-up. A disastrous moment in history. It's Philip's fault, he told me to do it: 'Go on, Wire: say it!' The mad bastard...”

Nicky Wire, NME, August 1998

ziggfried
(acolyte)
10/06/04 10:05 AM
Dave, take note please! new [re: ziggfried]  

“I’d like to do something with Goldfrapp…Can’t stop listening to their record at the moment…Sexiest record ever…Not for those reasons, but I think they’re really good…David Bowie, maybe…Think James [Dean Bradfield] would like to do something with someone like Tony Bennett…some sort of AOR crooner…”

Nicky Wire (asked who he would most like to duet with), 2003 webchat



ziggfried
(acolyte)
10/27/04 11:38 AM
Nicky on "Always/Never" new [re: ziggfried]  

"I think Bowie for us really, in terms of our love...well, for me definitely '77 to '81. Post-that and pre-that I can't say I'm a big fan really, but from Low through "Heroes" to Scary Monsters and The Lodger [sic]...Those were the influences were were after, Sound + Vision and stuff like that."

Nicky Wire, Xfm radio interview, October 2004



ziggfried
(acolyte)
10/31/04 12:04 PM
Nicky praises Bowie and slams Jet!! new [re: ziggfried]  

"The White Stripes - I just don't get that at all. When they say, 'We recorded the whole album in two days,' it's like, yeah it sounds like it - it sounds fucking crap because you recorded it in a second.

"And Jet, Jet are so bad. Their music has the mental age of a foetus.

"I think it's too easy to make good music. There are so many idiots out there who've got rigs and computers in their bedroom who are making unbelievably average music that sounds quite good - it's not a healthy thing.

"From David Bowie to U2 you have to know when its time to evolve - if you don't, you die, like dodos you become extinct. You have to know when to stop and get out. I think we'll know when it's time to stop."

Nicky Wire, Orange Playlist Show, 28 October 2004



ziggfried
(acolyte)
11/01/04 08:40 AM
Little Drummer Boy finally speaks new [re: ziggfried]  

"I think the best thing I can say about [the album Know Your Enemy] is not to expect anything from it, 'cause we don't expect anything from fans. But there's a mixture of all our influences, very much like a David Bowie sort of Pin Ups type album. There's lots of references to a lot of the things that we used to listen to when we were young. And then there's references going back to earlier albums, we just wanted to touch base again and find some sort of reality within ourselves."

Sean Moore, 2001



ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/30/04 10:47 PM
Nicky again new [re: ziggfried]  

"It's just the idea of turning on the radio and hearing something so glorious, it doesn't always need to have great lyrical weight. Which is something I've always believed in, you know, don't get me wrong, I'm very precious about words but... it's obviously the idea that I think in the 80's, for us, all our favourite alternative bands, shall we say alternative, could still come up with absolute pop classics. You know, New Order could, Echo & The Bunnymen could, The Cure could, stuff that my Mum would like. They didn't know anything about the band... "Just Like Honey" by The Jesus & Mary Chain. And I think that's lost now. You're either alternative or you're pop. You know, and that bridge, say David Bowie with "Ashes To Ashes," that just crosses every border. It's the coolest record on earth and yet it sold millions and millions to anybody."

Nicky Wire, Irish radio interview, October 2004



ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/30/04 10:49 PM
Nicky again again [re: ziggfried]  

"...it's a funny thing with Tony [Visconti] because he doesn't feature hugely, at the end we only recorded 4 tracks in New York in a month which was the best experience we've had for a long time and he was brilliant. He was the catalyst for us just to get our confidence back, more than anything else, I mean he produced "Ashes To Ashes" and that was, it's not sort of the Glam Bowie we were interested in, it was very much the kind of Berlin to "Let's Dance." At the end of it he just said, you guys know what you're doing now. He's just a real good people-person. You can't go in with a person like him unless you really know what you're doing. So it just made us much better."

Nicky Wire, Irish radio interview, October 2004



ziggfried
(acolyte)
12/30/04 10:54 PM
James again new [re: ziggfried]  

"...there's little things like on a song like "Always/Never" on the album [Lifeblood], Nick actually started playing some slap bass which would've been heresy for us, you know from age 15 onwards, but I could say no, keep doing that, that's really good. And I could see the ongoing battle in his head, he was thinking no it sounds like fucking Cameo or it sounds like Level 42. And I'd be like, no, it sounds like "Ashes To Ashes" by David Bowie. If it's cool, if we're cool, it'll be cool."

James Dean Bradfield, Irish radio interview, October 2004



ziggfried
(acolyte)
06/06/06 11:19 AM
Nicky again again new [re: ziggfried]  

"This is the first and maybe the last gig I'll ever do. It's a bit like David Bowie retiring Ziggy Stardust."

Nicky Wire, speaking to NME.COM before his solo debut at the Guardian-On-Hay Festival, Wales, 4 June 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
10/17/10 06:08 PM
James new [re: ziggfried]  

"You know how you get a lot of bands that won't play your favourites, won't play the audience's favourite songs, well, we've never been that band...I do kind of believe in the Springsteen-esque kind of entertainment ethic where people have paid to see you so you go out there and you give them the songs that they want to hear. The one unchanged thing abour being in a band whenever you're confronted with how the music industry has changed in that playing live is still the one thing you're still completely in control of. You're still standing on the same stage that David Bowie stood on, you're still standing on the same stage that The Clash stood on and you still actually feel as if you are part of rock 'n' roll tradition."

James Dean Bradfield, The Drum Media, 14 October 2010, p.21



ziggfried
(acolyte)
10/23/10 05:18 AM
Sean new [re: ziggfried]  

"...with Ian McCulloch, Echo & the Bunnymen were the first band that me, Richey and James went to see live. He came to our studio in Cardiff and he was the brightest light. It was like watching Bing Crosby and David Bowie doing a tune together in the room. It's so great that you can pick up a phone and say, 'do you wanna do this? Okay? Let's do it.'"

Sean Moore, X-Press Magazine #1236, 21 October 2010, p.18



ziggfriedModerator
(acolyte)
10/21/12 01:08 AM
Nick new [re: ziggfried]  

"When you get to our age you've gotta do something so fucking engaging and exciting for yourself, let alone the public. The last five years we've had such a great run that you don't wanna fucking spoil that. It's not that we're short of songs or anything. It's just gotta be the final phase of the band, really, one more leap, one more reinvention... We've got a lot of demos. We've got maybe 15 or 16 songs. There's a tender, acoustic unsettling side and there's a very European kind of David Bowie or early Simple Minds side at the moment. We're just fucking around, sometimes Sean's playing synths, I'm playing guitar and James is playing drums - we're just pissing around a lot."

Nicky Wire, Irish Examiner, 7 October 2012



ziggfriedModerator
(acolyte)
10/21/12 01:13 AM
Re: Sean new [re: ziggfried]  

Sean's shirt...





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