Some Kind of Nothingness

Album: Postcards From A Young Man (2010)
Charted: 44

Songfacts®:

  • This bittersweet track is from Postcards From a Young Man, the tenth studio album by the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. The song pairs the voices of Manic's vocalist James Dean Bradfield and Echo & the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch.
  • According to the NME, bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire went for this song with such intensity that he literally grounded a tooth out of his head fretting over this song's musical arrangement.
  • The music video features Bradfield and McCulloch walking around their home cities of Cardiff and Liverpool.
  • The song peaked at #44 on the UK singles chart, and was the first single from the band to not to make the Top 40 since they signed to Sony in 1991. Nicky Wire admitted to Absolute Radio: "I was quite distraught that 'Some Kind of Nothingness,' our single, missed the Top 40. I was gutted."

    The bassist added that he still takes a keen interest in the charts, but usually finds it a stressful listening experience when concerning his own music. "My excitement always turns into a real dose of fear when I'm waiting for a chart position or to find out whether the radio's going to play our record," he said. "It's like waiting for that envelope to drop through the door and see you've got a D in geography."

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