YMMV / Manic Street Preachers

  • Author Existence Failure: Subverted. The disappearance of the main lyricist would be the death knell for most other bands, but after Richey Edwards' disappearance, the band kept trucking on with Nicky Wire taking over lyrical duties fully. And even then, disappearing hasn't stopped Richey's lyrics from turning up after his disappearance in two albumsnote  and an EP.note 
  • 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.
  • Epileptic Trees: That nearly every song released since Richey's disappearance is about him. The only confirmed songs about him are "Sepia", "Nobody Loved You" and "Cardiff Afterlife", however.
  • 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!'"
    • This performance of La Tristesse Durera, with the soundman accidentally turning Richey's amp up and James' down, thinking Richey was the lead guitarist. Sean's bemused face and the rest of the band turning to each other trying to figure out what the hell's going on is hilarious.
  • Heartwarming Moments: "Askew Road", about their time living in London.
    "Askew Road, a place in my heart.
  • 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".
  • 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.
    • It may have not been deliberate on the Manics' part, but there's some major Fridge Horror with the end of "The Intense Humming of Evil". Leaving aside the mechanical noise that repeats throughout the song, Sean Moore's drumming sounds like a moving train, and when the song slows down, it sounds like a train coming to a stop. Let that sink in for a minute.
    • 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 
    • The lyrics in "4st 7lb" are equally horrifying and heartbreaking, vividly describing a body decaying as a result of anorexia.
  • Signature Song: "Motorcycle Emptiness", "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" 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.
  • The Pete Best: When the Manics first formed, Nicky was the rhythm guitarist of the band. The bassist at that point was Miles "Flicker" Woodward, who left before they released their first single because he felt the band were straying from their punk roots. Nicky switched to bass and they continued on as a three-piece for the release of "Suicide Alley", after which, their roadie/photographer joined. Some bloke named Richard. You may have heard of him.