It was around the release of This Is My Truth that I first truly discovered MSP, and was inspired to pick up a bass and start to play along to the music. The album brought the band to my attention, and through watching the following gigs on TV I was then taken back to Motown Junk, You Love Us and such like, and then went into the early albums. I have seen the band 13 times, and picked up bass, guitar and drums in the intervening years, always self-teaching by playing along to Manics songs.
You deserved better
I first saw the manics in Southend, Richey, James, Nicky and Sean, the sight of Nicky in a dress was confirmation that this was ‘my band’. I always knew I was different, I fought the gender dysphoria that was eating me from the inside out ,until I could fight no more and it engulfed me. Washed away in a tsunami of my own truths. Now I listen to postcards from a young man, and know that mine will never be written or posted again. (Well not by him)
I'd been a Manics fan since 1991 - when I was 14. I'd taken serious stick during my schooldays for liking them when everyone else was into shit rave music. By the time Truth was released, the same folk who'd ripped the piss out of me for liking the Manics now loved them. Some 'hardcore' Manic fans didn't like the new-found popularity. I loved it. My favourite song from TIMTTMY is Tsunami...James singing "In Between, In Between, In Between, In Between" still sends shivers down my spine.
I saw MSP in Osaka in February 2005. It wasn't long after the tsunami had devastated parts of Southeast Asia. I had spent days trying to track down friends who were in the area. Tsunami is my all-time favourite song, but it was hard to listen to at the time. I went to the show with a dear friend who was a huge fan. We stood huddled in the crowd, and we were speechless with awe until they sang the chorus over another song. We sang along. I'll never forget it.
This track had a lot of radio play in the summer of 1999. I immediately loved it when I first heard it and 20 years on still love listening to it. Nowadays when I hear it I’m filled with both great happiness and melancholy. It was an amazing time in my life and was the year I started university in Wales. 🏴
For as long as I can remember, the manics have run through my veins. This album has grown with me through decades of listening, and I keep rediscovering myself in it differently as the years pass by. It’s a never-ending story of tragedy, yet somehow bares a glimmer of hope. It is both fragile and tough, in equal measures. A lot like me. A lot like all of us. Thanks for creating something so profound; and thank you Mum for starting this all with a cassette playing to me as a child in 1998 xxx
The song reminds of rolling waves. When I'm overwhelmed, I'm thinking of the line "tsunami tsunami tsunami came washing over me." It's like standing alone on a small hill near the sea. And I saw the tsunami and some how I wish it came over me.
There’s something unique that runs through every Manics song which has made so many fall in love with them, me included. This song is so brilliant for its brutality and bizzare-ness. What other band could think of a line like “disco dancing with the rapists”? Just a brilliant tune with some gorgeous Indian vibes, encapsulating the gentler side of the Manics
Isn't easy pick a song and explain what means to me. The thing I mainly recall about TIMT (besides of the amazing videoclips: I used to watch MTV Italia after coming back from school. It was the only "music channel" before internet era), is the concert I've missed in Milan in 1998, because my parents said that I was too young for going. After 20 yrs I still haven't had the chance to see you play live, but everytime Tsunami begins, it washes over me the same old feelings than when I was 17.
This was the first song that woke me up to manic street preachers and the first single I bought which would soon become a life long obsession. How did i live without this band! Tsunami is the best song from this album. Nickys lyrics are at a peak here. Loved the silent twins theme throughout. This song takes back to falling in love with my favourite band for the first time.
When I was younger, I was doing a project for school on Tsunamis, searched my dad's collection for a song called Tsunami and found this. First Manics song I ever heard, and probably my favourite to this day. Means a lot to me.
In 1998 I finished my first year of university, played in a band, my family fell apart and I met James and Sean the night before a gig in my home town. After the gig, James had their tour manager look for me to invite me to the after show. Couldn’t quite believe what was happening but I remember sprinting to the venue with 2 friends, James walking in and saying “hey Miki, glad you made it!”. A night I’ll never forget, during a very difficult year which The Manics helped me get through.
This is my go-to album at night, a fantastic, beautiful piece of music, so many amazing songs, You Stole The Sun is me & my wife's song & had to be played at our wedding, (we have been together 20 years), Tsunami has always been my favourite especially live, i really cant wait to hear tye album played live in full.
Grew up listening to this album a lot (usually through my mum listening to it in the car on the way to school every single day) and it takes me back to a more innocent time in my life, where I hadn’t got a care in the world
This song was already ten years old by the time I first heard it, but it instantly became my favorite Manics tune. Still pure perfection.