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Manics Bassist Defends…Take That?

There was a time when the Manic Street Preachers were the angry young men of alternative music, playing dark, provocative tunes and appearing in photo shoots with ‘culture slut’ and ‘HIV’ on their bodies (although, due to a mirror confusion, it read VIH). Bassist Nicky Wire, he of culture slut, has now made a spirited defence of Take That, the boy band and former darlings of teenage girls, who reappeared recently with a more mature body of work. For Wire, their single ‘Patience’ was “the greatest comeback single in history.” He told the Guardian: “If Neil Young had written it, people would be calling it a masterpiece. I've always liked Take That, too. They looked so brilliant back in the day and did everything right, but this is something else. It's got such a dark lyric: "My heart is numb, has no feeling/ So while I'm healing/ Just try and have a little patience".”

But fear not disenchanted Manics fans, there is still a spark in Wire: “When Alex Turner [Arctic Monkeys] slagged off Take That at the 2006 Q awards for getting an award, I nearly lost it. James was grabbing me by the arm, saying: "Don't lose it, Nicky." Oh yes, there was nearly a fight over Take That. Presumably there would have been cushions at dawn. No word on whether Wire liked that follow up single which sounded like a poor act at a local village fete. Meanwhile, the same article reveals that Felix from Basement Jaxx has a passion for Mozart, and a chap from chill out maestros Sigur Rós loves Metallica.

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