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Watch: Manics’ stunning cover of ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ dedicated to producer

03 Dec 2021 2 minute read
Manic Street Preachers performing ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ at Venue Cymru

When Manic Street Preachers played Venue Cymru in Llandudno this week they pulled out a special cover much to the joy of the audience.

However, it was a poignant moment when James Dean Bradfield dedicated The Cult’s classic rock anthem ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ to famed music producer Steve Brown, who sadly passed away this year, aged 65.

School discos

Brown produced the Manics’ debut album ‘Generation Terrorists’ and fans’ favourite single ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’, as well as The Cult’s signature single – one of the definitive songs of the eighties.

Ahead of playing ‘She Sells Sanctuary’, Manics’ bass player Nicky Wire had joked about how he attempted to dance very badly to the track at school discos, whereas frontman James Dean Bradfield was “f*cking hot”, but that drummer Sean Moore was too cool to dance, while former guitarist Richey Edwards was too shy.

If you love barnstorming versions of classic rock anthems (embroidered with the guitar motif from The Skids’ ‘Into The Valley’) then you will love the Manics stunning take on an iconic eighties song.

The Venue Cymru show was the band’s penultimate gig of the year before they play their final show of 2021 at Wembley Arena.

The band this week released a new digital album, ‘I Live Through These Moments Again And Again: The Duets 1992 – 2021’.

The first in a series of Spotify playlists specially curated by the band collects together all of the guest duets from their 1992 debut ‘Generation Terrorists’ through to their latest studio album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’.

Video credit: Emily Hyatt. Check out her Manics YouTube channel HERE

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