Gotta love the Manic Street Preachers. Their album Everything Must Go was on frequent rotation for me in college; it was everything I wanted in a record – anthemic, distressed, political, transcendent, big. The 1996 release featured classics like "A Design for Life" and my fave of theirs, "Kevin Carter."

Well, they are back in a big way: Popbitch predicts their new song, "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough," will enter next week's UK pop chart at No. 1. Promoting their first album in three years, they've come out swinging, rubbishing today's music scene in interview after interview. Case in point, today's Daily Record. Nicky Wire, bassist and most spirited member of the band, takes on the lack of political commitment amongst today's music scene:

Nicky said: "Looking back over our career, I'm really proud of our track record because there are so many bandwagon jumpers around now who'll write an anti-Bush song. It's just the easiest thing in the world to do.

"I kind of wonder where these f***wits have been living for the last 20 years because America has been doing the same thing non-stop going back to the Seventies in South America.

"It's never been any different. I do find it odd that they need such a disaster of a war to make them think,'Oh, America's got some bad foreign policy'.

"I find it strange that their songs are never about those things though.

"Whether it's Snow Patrol or Coldplay, I have nothing against those bands, but I just think that if you want to do those concerts and say you think about those things, don't you want to write a song about it? I find it weird."

Interestingly, Wire avoids trashing Franz Ferdinand in their home paper, the Glaswegian Daily Record, but man, does he let Alex Kapranos and the boys have it in today's Guardian:

"Discourse is still the centre of Manics culture," says Wire, who deplores the dearth of politically motivated younger bands. Franz Ferdinand? "They committed the worst ever lyrical crime [on 'Do You Want To']: 'Here we are at the Transmission party/ I love your friends, they're all so arty.' Crap!"

At the end of the Guardian piece, Wire and Bradford lose the plot a bit, comparing themselves to The Who and The Rolling Stones – let's not get carried away, boys. But I'm quite glad MSP is a still around, especially given today's horrid news: New Order has broken up, says bassist Peter Hook.

And if you care or even know who they are, Larrikin Love has thrown in the towel as well. When a band you never heard of breaks up, does it actually happen?

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.