4. Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible



I’ll never forget when I first heard this album. An elderstatesman of the Cambridge scene (who later turned out to be a complete twat, naturally) gave me a lift home one night and put this on in the car, destroying what remained of my childhood optimism, replacing it with a purposeful disgust towards humanity that would become a key component of my music from that moment on. It also introduced me to post-punk, and life was then complete. I don’t know about you, but I always imagined the woman talking at the start of “Archives of Pain” to be the one on the cover.


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Brilliant album, simply brilliant. Managed to catch them both nights at the Albert Hall , last month.
    Manics preached the Gospel!


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