YMMV: Manic Street Preachers

  • 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.
  • Funny Moments: In the Close Up documentary, Nicky's talking about the period after Richey disappeared. Most of it is a Tear Jerker, but then he talks about how they had to cancel a Japanese tour because of it:
    "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".
  • Magnum Opus: Either The Holy Bible or Everything Must Go.
  • Never Live It Down: Even if the band admit it's an Old Shame, people probably won't forget that "worse than Hitler" quote anytime soon. Or wishing Michael Stipe would die of AIDS.
  • 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.
    • 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.