Hello Rocksmith fans!
This week’s DLC comes from across the pond from three blokes from Blackwood, Wales. It’s the Rocksmith debut of @Manics!
Over the weekend we confirmed the three pack would include perhaps their biggest hit off Generation Terrorists (1992), Motorcycle Emptiness. The other two songs (confirmed via Xbox NZ) come from two different albums. First off, is the heavily predicted A Design for Life (Everything Must Go – 1996), and the extremely timelyIf You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next(This is My Truth Tell Me Yours -1998).
Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band formed in Blackwood in 1986. The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar), and Sean Moore (drums, percussion, soundscapes), plus Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics). They are often colloquially known as “the Manics”. Following the release of their debut single “Suicide Alley“, the band was joined by Richey Edwards as co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist. The band’s early albums were in a punk vein, eventually broadening to a greater alternative rock sound, whilst retaining a leftist political outlook. Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and lyrics about “culture, alienation, boredom and despair” has gained them a loyal following and cult status.
For much of the band’s early career, it was impossible to separate the rhetoric from the music and even from the members themselves — the group’s image was forever associated with lyricist/guitarist Richey James carving the words “4 Real” into his arm during an early interview. As the British pop music climate shifted toward Brit-pop in the wake of Suede, the Manics didn’t achieve fame, but they did attain notoriety. Legions of followers emerged, including many bands that formed the core of the short-lived “new wave of new wave” movement.
Prior to the American release of The Holy Bible and the band’s ensuing tour, James checked out of his London hotel on February 1, 1995, drove to his Cardiff apartment, and disappeared, leaving behind his passport and credit cards. Within the week he was reported missing and his abandoned car was found on the Severen Bridge outside of Bristol, a spot notorious for suicides. By the summer, the police had presumed he was dead. Broken but not beaten, the remaining Manics decided to carry on as a trio, working the remaining lyrics James left behind into songs.
The Manic Street Preachers returned in December 1995 opening for the Stone Roses. In May 1996, they released Everything Must Go, which was preceded by the number two single “A Design for Life.” Their most direct and mature record to date, Everything Must Go was greeted with enthusiastic reviews, and the Manics became major stars in England. Throughout 1996, the band toured constantly, and most U.K. music publications named Everything Must Go Album of the Year. Despite their growing success, several older fans expressed distress at the group’s increasingly conservative image, yet that didn’t prevent the album from going multi-platinum.
- Manic Street Preachers “A Design For Life”|Lead/Rhythm/Bass [E Standard] – [XBL] / Steam
- Manic Street Preachers “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next”|Lead/Rhythm/Bass [E Standard] – [XBL] / Steam
- Manic Street Preachers “Motorcycle Emptiness”|Lead/Rhythm/Alt. Rhythm/Bass [E Standard] – [XBL] / Steam
All E Standard!
There you have it, the long awaited arrival for Manic Street Preachers for the always growing Rocksmith Library! Are you happy with the song selections? Were you hoping for deeper cuts? Or are you already waiting for the second pack? Let us know!