Full of pop, they reckon

Manic Street Preachers guitarist James Dean Bradfield has slated the charts, claiming they are full of pop music.

Ah, the ever belligerent Manic Street Preachers. In an era when everyone seems convinced that pop culture is marching ever onwards, the Welsh trio blast some common sense into the argument whenever they open their mouths.

Returning with their Top Ten album 'Postcards From A Young Man' the band have been on prime bitching form. Speaking to Scottish tabloid The Daily Record, Manic Street Preachers blasted the state of the charts.

Guitarist James Dean Bradfield let rip, claiming that the Top 40 was "depressing" and that it was "all pop music".

"It's like the indie wars never happened. It's as if Manchester, Seattle and Britpop never existed," insisted.

The frontman could have a point. A recent study by the Official Chart Company found that guitar music had slipped to an all time low in terms of chart placings, with rock registering its worst year for singles in 50 years.

Continuing, the Manic Street Preachers vocalist turned his ire on new guitar groups. Bradfield raged that once being in a band was a "badge of honour" - and claimed he struggles to find "amazing or great" new bands.

"I don't see a story unfolding with bands because it is gap year music. It seems like somebody has said, 'I think I'll do an album then my dad will give me a job in the accountancy firm'," he said.

Manic Street Preachers have been on ferocious form since releasing their new album, completing a British tour and even playing 'Strictly Come Dancing'. A somewhat bizarre moment, it came after bass player Nicky Wire revealed that the group were already at work on new material.

It's potential title? '70 Songs Of Hatred And Failure'.

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