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James Dean Bradfield

Biography

Although rhythm guitarist and lyricist Richey James Edwards’ assaultive general public persona garnered a lot of the band’s headlines within their early days, the center of Manic Road Preachers was usually singer and lead guitarist James Dean Bradfield. Along with his brief, stocky entire body and hard-man bravado, Bradfield experienced an Everyman anti-mystique that rooted the band’s frequently inchoate politics posturing and offered as an anchor for Edwards’ substantially flightier proto-Pete Doherty antics. Collectively, Bradfield and Edwards produced Manic Road Preachers THE hype music group of the first times of Brit-pop, prior to the reconfigured music group became worldwide celebrities after Edwards’ obvious suicide in 1995. Delivered in the tiny Welsh industrial town of Pontypool on Feb 21, 1969, Adam Dean Bradfield statements that his dad named him following the doomed American film acting professional. Early contact with the very first wave of punk rings, specifically the Clash, led Bradfield to create a band along with his cousin Sean Moore on drums and child years friend Nicholas Jones (quickly renamed Nicky Cable) on bass in 1986. Cable soon persuaded his university or college friend Edwards to become listed on the music group, and the recently rechristened Manic Road Preachers released their 1st D.I.Con. solitary in 1988. An extended group of singles and EPs, combined with the band’s developing live buzz along with a notorious event where Edwards carved the expression “4 True” into his arm before a journalist from New Musical Express, resulted in the Manics putting your signature on to Sony in 1991. Three albums — 1992’s Era Terrorists, 1993’s Silver Against the Spirit, and 1994’s The Holy Bible — implemented, but Edwards’ more and more aberrant behavior eclipsed the band’s music also in the eye of many supporters. When Edwards disappeared in Feb 1995 (his discontinued car entirely on a bridge near Bristol), many assumed that might be the end from the Manic Road Preachers. Rather, Bradfield reasserted his placement as the center point from the Manic Road Preachers both on-stage and in interviews (although Wire used the work of composing the lyrics) and the brand new trio lineup released 1996’s reflective Everything Have to Move, a crisply industrial pop album relatively at odds using the glam-infused punk of the start. Released in 1998, THAT IS My Truth Inform Me Yours was similarly commercially effective, although 2001’s Understand Your Foe and 2004’s slick, Tony Visconti-produced Lifeblood noticed diminishing returns, like the lack of the band’s American distribution. During this time period, Bradfield required on creation and remixing careers for famous brands Massive Assault, Kylie Minogue, and fellow Welshman Tom Jones, before finally liberating his first single album, THE FANTASTIC Traditional western, in July 2006. Offering the solitary “That’s NO CHANCE to inform a Lay” and “An British Gentleman,” an influencing tribute towards the Manic Road Preachers’ late supervisor Philip Hall, THE FANTASTIC Western is really a go back to the mainstream acoustic guitar rock and roll of Everything Must Proceed.

Quick Facts


Full Name James Dean Bradfield
Height 1.66 m
Profession Music Producer, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter
Education Oakdale Comprehensive School
Nationality Welsh
Spouse Mylène Halsall
Music Groups Manic Street Preachers
Music Songs Together Stronger, Motorcycle Emptiness, If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, A Design For Life, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, That's No Way to Tell a Lie, Your Love Alone Is Not Enough, Suicide Is Painless, An English Gentleman, Still a Long Way to Go, You Stole the Sun From My Heart, Autumn Song, The Everlasting, Little Baby Nothing, So Why So Sad, La Tristesse Durera, Faster, Tsunami, Australia, Just the End of Love, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, You Love Us, 4st 7lb, Ocean Spray, IfWhiteAmericaToldTheTruthForOneDayIt'sWorldWouldFallApart, Motown Junk, The Masses Against the Classes, Everything Must Go, Kevin Carter, From Despair to Where, Stay Beautiful, The Love of Richard Nixon
Albums Lifeblood, The Great Western, Send Away the Tigers, Generation Terrorists, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, Journal for Plague Lovers, Everything Must Go, Gold Against the Soul, Postcards from a Young Man, The Holy Bible, Rewind the Film, Louder Than War, Forever Delayed, New Art Riot, Lipstick Traces (A Secret History of Manic Street Preachers), National Treasures – The Complete Singles, Life Becoming a Landslide, The Chamber (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), EP Napster Session
Movies Beautiful Mistake


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#Fact
1 Showed his prowess and stature as a guitarist during what the band has termed their greatest-ever concert, the 2000 millennium concert in Cardiff Stadium in Wales. Shortly after the BBC joined the Manics' concert via satellite feed for "A Design for Life," Bradfield's guitar string broke during the first verse, and a new guitar had to be rushed to the stage, but Bradfield played it off well for the international audience, asking them to "watch my moves guys" and then changing a lyric in the second verse to reflect his "panicked face." But the song was a huge, show-closing hit for both audiences, TV and stadium.
2 Often dedicates the song "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" from the band's "Everything Must Go" album to Richey Edwards, a founding member of the band who disappeared February 1st, 1995 near the Severn Bridge and is presumed by many to be dead. But strangely Edwards' family and the band have not accepted that explanation and the band continues to pay royalties from their music into an account in Edwards' name.
3 His carpenter dad wanted to name him 'Clint Eastwood' Bradfield after his favourite actor, but his parents finally settled for 'James Dean' in honour of the actor.
4 Bandmates in the Manic Street Preachers: Sean Moore and Nicky Wire.
5 Voted the best Welsh guitarist in Total Guitar Magazine's poll of the greatest British guitarists. [July 2001]
6 Has two tatoos, one of a dolphin, another of a heart that says 'Anxiety Is Freedom' on it
7 Fellow band member, Sean Moore, is his cousin.
8 Plays guitar, sings, and writes half the music for the band the Manic Street Preachers


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Match of the Day: Euro 2016 2016 TV Mini-Series music - 2 episodes
Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary music - 1 episode
Manic Street Preachers: Live from Cardiff Castle 2015 TV Movie performer: "The Everlasting"
Manic Street Preachers: Futurology and Holy Bible Set at Rough Trade East 2014 Video short music: "Revol", "Die in the Summertime", "This Is Yesterday", "Archives of Pain", "P.C.P." - uncredited / performer: "Between the Clock and the Bed" - uncredited / writer: "Walk Me to the Bridge", "Europa Geht Durch Mich", "Let's Go to War", "Futurology", "Between the Clock and the Bed" - uncredited
My Mad Fat Diary TV Series music - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Something for the Weekend 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
On Track with SEAT TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2011 music - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Acoustic at the BBC 2011 TV Movie performer: "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" / writer: "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky"
When Rock Goes Acoustic 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "That's the Way", "Substitute" - uncredited / writer: "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" 1996
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Motorcycle Emptiness" - uncredited
Rude Tube 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
Manic Street Preachers: One Last Shot at Mass Communication 2010 TV Movie documentary writer: "It's Not War Just the End of Love", "The Descent", "Some Kind of Nothingness", "Postcards from a Young Man", "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough", "Motorcycle Emptiness", "A Design for Life"
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
BBC Electric Proms TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Later... With Jools Holland 1996-2009 TV Series music - 3 episodes
The Friday Night Project 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Charlotte Church Show 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Liquid Assets 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Monkey Dust 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sweet Sixteen 2002/I writer: "You Stole the Sun from my Heart" - as Bradfield
Top of the Pops TV Series music - 3 episodes, 2000 - 2001 lyrics - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Our Manics in Havana 2001 TV Movie documentary writer: "You Love Us" - uncredited
Daria 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 2 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
TFI Friday TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1996 - 1999 performer - 1 episode, 1996
Close Up 1998 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Brit Awards 1997 1997 TV Special music: "A Design for Life", "Kevin Carter" uncredited, "Everything Must Go", "A Design for Life Live" uncredited
Manic Street Preachers: Everything Live 1997 Video documentary music: "La Tristesse Durera Scream to a Sigh" / writer: "A Design for Life Stealth Sonic Orchestra Mix", "Everything Must Go", "Faster", "Kevin Carter", "Roses in the Hospital", "Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier", "Motown Junk", "Motorcycle Emptiness", "No Surface All Feeling", "This Is Yesterday", "Australia", "A Design for Life", "You Love Us", "Faster Chemical Brothers Mix"
Good Stuff 1997 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
EastEnders TV Series music - 3 episodes, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1997
House of America 1997 writer: "Motorcycle Emptiness" - as James Bradfield
Twin Town 1997 writer: "Motown Junk"
Jools's Hootenanny 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 1996 1996 TV Special music: "A Design for Life" - uncredited
Naked City 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 musician: additional guitar
Renford Rejects 1998 TV Series theme song written by - 2 episodes

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Chamber 2016

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr Calzaghe 2015 Documentary Himself
Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Manic Street Preachers: Live from Cardiff Castle 2015 TV Movie Himself
No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers 2015 Documentary Himself
Manic Street Preachers: Futurology and Holy Bible Set at Rough Trade East 2014 Video short Himself (uncredited)
Late Review 2011 TV Series Himself - Performer
Something for the Weekend 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
On Track with SEAT 2011 TV Series Himself
When Rock Goes Acoustic 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself - Manic Street Preachers
Strictly Come Dancing 2010 TV Series Himself
Manic Street Preachers: One Last Shot at Mass Communication 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Later... With Jools Holland 1996-2010 TV Series Himself / Himself - Performer
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself - Singer, Manic Street Preachers
Imagine 2009 TV Series documentary Himself - Manic Street Preachers
BBC Electric Proms 2009 TV Series Himself - Performer
The Friday Night Project 2007 TV Series Himself
The Charlotte Church Show 2007 TV Series Himself
The Album Chart Show 2006 TV Series
Top of the Pops 1996-2004 TV Series Himself
Spinning Around: The Kylie Minogue Story 2002 TV Special Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2002 TV Series Himself
Q Awards 2001 2001 TV Special Himself
Our Manics in Havana 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Manic Street Preachers)
Paskvil 2001 TV Series Himself
Beautiful Mistake 2000 Documentary Himself
The Making of Camgymeriad Gwych 2000 Documentary Himself
V99 1999 TV Special Himself
TFI Friday 1996-1999 TV Series Himself / Himself - Performer
Close Up 1998 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
Manic Street Preachers: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next 1998 Video short Himself
Brit Awards 1997 1997 TV Special Himself
Manic Street Preachers: Everything Live 1997 Video documentary as Manic Street Preachers
Jools's Hootenanny 1996 TV Series Himself
Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 1996 1996 TV Special Himself
The O-Zone 1996 TV Series Himself - Manic Street Preachers
T in the Park 1996 TV Series Himself
Saturday Live 1996 TV Series Himself
Pure Oasis 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Hotel Babylon 1996 TV Series Himself
4 Goes to Glastonbury 1994 TV Series Himself
Naked City 1994 TV Series Himself
Manic Street Preachers: From Despair to Where 1993 Video short Himself
Manic Street Preachers: Little Baby Nothing 1992 Video short Himself
Manic Street Preachers: Love's Sweet Exile 1992 Video short Himself
Manic Street Preachers: Slash 'N' Burn 1992 Video short Himself
Manic Street Preachers: Theme from M.A.S.H. (Suicide Is Painless) 1992 Video short Himself
The Word 1991 TV Series Himself
The Media Show 1991 TV Series Himself
Manic Street Preachers: Stay Beautiful 1991 Video short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acoustic at the BBC 2011 TV Movie Himself (as Manic Street Preachers)
Glastonbury Calling 2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Performer
Sendung ohne Namen 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1998-2000 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 2 1999 TV Series Himself

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1 [on 'Never Mind the Bollocks' by The Sex Pistols] It's immovable, a towering achievement. John Lydon's the most original rock singer of all time: unique, intelligent, so working class.
2 They destroyed a generation of people - they gave them a gateway to an alternative world without getting a badge first and took them to that world which, at the end of the day, was just bad metal. (On Nirvana)
3 Johnny Cash I can't be arsed with, but I hate The Doors even more. They'll always get me out of the room. I could never, ever be friends with anyone who thought The Doors were any good. You can always spot a fan. They have crap haircuts and leather jackets and they hate their mothers. The Doors were even worse than The Damned, who were the musical version of the worst bits of Tiswas (1974).


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