The Manic Street Preachers are one of those British bands who are far less well-known on my side of the pond than they should be, not because they’re prone to doing weird things, like Robbie Williams and Shaun Ryder, but because they’re just so good. In fact, their best album, The Holy Bible, has had limited at best exposure in America.
But this may change, at least in some circles, because famous WWE wrestler Wade Barrett, a known fan who has gone so far as to tattoo the words “Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair” – lyrics from the band’s 1992 single ‘Little Baby Nothing,” on his skin, is going so far as to ask the band to create a theme song for his entry into the ring.
What may surprise some is that James Dean Bradfield, the frontman and second-most popular member, after co-songwriter and guitarist Richey James Edwards, who disappeared sometime in 1995, has actually agreed to create the theme song.
“Let’s just put this out there – if you’re listening Wade Barrett we will do your fucking theme tune – just get in touch, That would be the ultimate Situationist, bizarrest spectacle wouldn’t it? Us being played over the airwaves in some enormodome in front of 20,000 mad Yanks in Colorado somewhere.”
Barrett has since responded on his Twitter account: “That last link was JDB from The Manic Street Preachers offering to record my theme song. Mind: Blown.” In another interview, one less encumbered by a 140-character limit, he said “I’ve let the guys in the WWE in the musical department know about it and they’re going to get in touch with the Manics. So fingers crossed we’ll get some new theme music in soon.”
There is no information forthcoming on the Manic Street Preacher’s theme song; no title, no release date, not even any indication that it has been recorded, but I can say that, at least it’s a start at giving the Manic Street Preachers some U.S. exposure.