Broken Base: There is a massive amount of disagreement between fans about which songs and albums are works of genius and which are indisputable proof that the Manics should have broken up after their first album/after Richey left/after Everything Must Go and many other things besides.This extremely long thread on a fansite is testament to these many disagreements.
Creator Worship: Richey to the point of absurdity, Nicky to a lesser degree.
First Installment Wins: Many consider the Generation Terrorists album and era to be the band's most exciting period, although some reserve this for The Holy Bible.
"Some Japanese promoter was trying to sue us cause we cancelled a tour, and we were going 'well how do you expect us to come when he's missing', and he's going 'ah, but I lose honor!', you know, and I was like 'I don't fucking care about your honor!'"
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Manics are quite popular in Thailand. Interestingly, James Dean Bradfield once proclaimed that Generation Terrorists would sell sixteen million copies around the world, "from Bangkok to Senegal".
Nightmare Fuel: A lot of The Holy Bible falls under this. "The Intense Humming of Evil" and "Archives Of Pain" in particular.
The opening sample to "Archives of Pain", which is from the mother of one of serial killer Peter Sutcliffe's victims.
"Mausoleum", a song about the Holocaust, describes the sky as having 'no birds' and being 'swollen black'.
The faceless people in the music video to "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next".
The album covers to The Holy Bible and Journal For Plague Lovers.
The '4 REAL' incident.note To explain: When a reviewer asked Richey if he was serious about his art along with criticizing if the band's values within the punk scene, Richey himself sent an image of himself holding his right arm completely cut and covered in blood with the words "4 REAL" carved on it. The reaction of NME was put on the "song" 'Sleeping with the N.M.E'.
The lyrics in "4st 7lb" are equally horrifying and heartbreaking, vividly describing a body decaying as a result of anorexia.
Signature Song: "Motorcycle Emptiness" and "A Design for Life" have proven to be their most enduring popular songs. "Yes" or "Archives of Pain" to Richey-worshippers.
Sophomore Slump: Gold Against the Soul is seen as this, though it's stature has improved over time.