Manic Street Preachers – The birthplace of the great alternative rock band in Blackwood

A Welsh rock band formed in 1986 at Oakdale Comprehensive School, Blackwood, South Wales, which all the band members attended. The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield (vocals – guitar) and Sean Moore (drums – percussion), plus Nicky Wire (bass). Original bassist Miles Woodward left the band in early 1988.

Oakdale Comprehensive School opened in 1968 as a Secondary Modern School and closed in 2016 / Image source

The Manics released their first single “Suicide Alley” in 1988 and in 1992 their debut album, Generation Terrorists. The band won eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards. The group has reached number 1 in the UK charts three times: in 1998, with the album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours and the single “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next”, and again in 2000 with the single “The Masses Against the Classes”. They have sold more than ten million albums worldwide.

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