Motorcycle Emptiness – Manic Street Preachers (1992)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Motorcycle Emptiness by the Manic Street Preachers. This vinyl record was released in 1992, on the Columbia record label and has been reworked into the hammer and sickle.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of the Manic Street Preachers, Hammer & Sickle imagery, 90s Indie Rock or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Motorcycle Emptiness
Media Artist/s: Manic Street Preachers
Record Label: Columbia
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1990s
Genre: Rock /Indie Rock

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Additional information about this, Manic Street Preachers vinyl art.

Manic Street Preachers – The Artists

Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh rock band formed in Blackwood in 1986. The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Sean Moore (drums, percussion, soundscapes), plus Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics). They are often colloquially known as “The Manics”. They form a key part of the 1990s Cool Cymru movement. Following the release of their debut single “Suicide Alley”, the band was joined by Richey Edwards as co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist. The band’s early albums were in a punk vein, eventually broadening to a greater alternative rock sound, whilst retaining a leftist political outlook. Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and lyrics about “culture, alienation, boredom and despair” has gained them a loyal following and cult status. Throughout their career, the Manics have headlined several large festivals, won numerous awards, reached number 1 in the UK charts three times and sold more than ten million albums worldwide.

Motorcycle Emptiness – The Song

‘Motorcycle Emptiness is a single by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in June 1992, through Columbia Records. It was the fifth single to be released from their debut album, Generation Terrorists. A power ballad, the track is slower paced than most others on the album. Its lyrics are inspired by S.E. Hinton’s book Rumble Fish, about biker gang culture. The lyrics have been interpreted by the band as an attack on the hollowness of the consumer lifestyle offered by capitalism, describing how society expects young people to conform.

The Hammer And Sickle – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a Hammer & Sickle. The hammer and sickle is a symbol meant to represent proletarian solidarity – a union between the peasantry and working-class. It was first adapted during the Russian Revolution, the hammer representing the workers and the sickle representing the peasants. After World War I and the Russian Civil War, the hammer and sickle became more widely used as a symbol for labor within the Soviet Union and for international proletarian unity. It was taken up by many communist movements around the world, some with local variations. Today, even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the hammer and sickle remains commonplace in Russia and other former union republics, but its display is prohibited in some other former communist countries as well as in countries where communism is banned by law. The hammer and sickle also remains commonplace in countries like Vietnam and China which are still officially communist states.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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2 reviews for Motorcycle Emptiness – Manic Street Preachers (1992)

  1. Nina Cook (verified owner)

    Looks amazing on the wall

  2. PETER (verified owner)

    Highly Recommended and Fantastic Vinyl

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