James Dean Bradfield: I don't regret Britpop
James Dean Bradfield has "no regrets" about the Britpop era as it made Manic Street Preachers who they are today
James Dean Bradfield has "no regrets" about the Britpop era.
The 47-year-old musician reflected on the era - a musical and cultural movement most prominent in the mid 1990s - as he celebrated 20 years since his band, Manic Street Preachers, descended on a field in Knebworth to support Oasis, alongside other big names such as The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, and The Charlatans.
He said: "[I have] no f***ing regrets about that time whatsoever. I never understood when bands came out the other end of Britpop and said, 'Oh, it was such a tiresome time - we got pigeonholed into something. We got coerced into something that wasn't us'. It's like, yeah, but you were selling 500,000 records you d***wad! And then you never sold anything close to that ever again after Britpop, so stop f***ing moaning!"
The 'A Design For Life' hitmaker also discussed the band's upcoming 13th studio album - which is yet to have a name or release date - saying that although getting former Smiths frontman Morrissey involved would be "beyond a dream", it wasn't something he could see happening.
Speaking to Digital Spy, he said: "If [we] did ask Moz [Morrissey] inevitably there would be a rejection. But that would be beyond the dream really because there's not many people who sing like him. I don't want to sound too muso but his choice of notes are just so f***ing different to anybody else's. His phrasing is different to anybody else's. His voice would transform any band. But I don't think we're ever going to ask, because like I said, it would just be like that school disco moment - you know the girl's going to say no."