WATCH: Manic Street Preachers in session at Radio X

27 July 2019, 16:00 | Updated: 14 April 2021, 22:27

Manic Street Preachers - International Blue (Radio X Session)

James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore played an amazing session at Radio X.

Let's look back to the time Manic Street Preachers played a session at Radio X studios.

Over the past three decades, the band have forged a career combining thought-provoking and challenging lyrics with anthemic guitar rock.

In 2017, the band came in to talk about the release of their Resistance Is Futile album, which dealt with themes around memory and loss.

Watch the band play lead single International Blue in the Radio X session studio above.

Check out another Radio X session version of Resistance Is Futile track- Distant Colours, which James Dean Bradfield revealed is about the loss of "Old Labour".

Manic Street Preachers - Distant Colours (Radio X Session)

Nicky Wire said of International Blue at the time: “I’d been digesting the lyric for five years, since being in Nice and finally joining the dots between Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue and the vast open blue of the Mediterranean Sea.

“It was a moment of connection that felt perfectly natural – not forced or intellectualised. A different kind of enrichment that feels increasingly difficult to find. The track itself is carried by the kind of naïve energy that powered Motorcycle Emptiness.”

The band also took time to play the fan favourite The Masses Against The Classes, from 2000.

Manic Street Preachers - The Masses Against The Classes (Radio X Session)

Session audio produced, engineered and mixed by Chris Denman. With thanks to KitMapper.