Manic Street Preachers ‘gutted’ about failing to make the Top 40

Nicky Wire speaks of despair at UK singles chart failure

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Manic Street PreachersNicky Wire has admitted he was “gutted” that the band’s last single missed the top 40 of the UK singles chart.

‘Some Kind of Nothingness’ peaked at Number 44 in December, and was the first single from the band to not to make the chart since they signed to Sony in 1991. It features a guest vocal from Echo & The Bunnymen‘s Ian McCulloch.

Wire told Absolute Radio: “I was quite distraught that ‘Some Kind of Nothingness’, our single, missed the Top 40. I was gutted.”

He added that he still takes a keen interest in the charts, but usually finds it a stressful listening experience when concerning his own music.

“My excitement always turns into a real dose of fear when I’m waiting for a chart position or to find out whether the radio’s going to play our record,” he said. “It’s like waiting for that envelope to drop through the door and see you’ve got a D in geography.”

The band’s next single, ‘Postcards From A Young Man’, is released on February 28, and is the title track of their 2010 album.

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