Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire has said he’d rather “stab my eyes out with a pencil than accept an OBE.”
Many musicians such as David Bowie, Skepta, and Paul Weller have all turned down honours in the past, and Wire has revealed that he’d do the same in a new interview. It comes after actor Michael Sheen handed back his OBE last year after learning more about Welsh history.
In a discussion about his political beliefs with MOJO, Wire spoke about his fundamental values and explained why he wouldn’t accept an OBE. “I’m so riddled with doubts and contradictions now, even though I still kept to those principles,” he told the publication.
“My kids have been through comprehensive education, I still believe in high taxation and all those kind of things, I stay close to my roots… I haven’t abandoned any of those things at all. But I don’t know if they’re relevant to modern life.”
Wire added: “You see supposedly left-leaning actors and pop star queuing up to get MBEs and OBEs – and I’d rather f**king stab my eyes out with a pencil than do that. What was it, [Paul] Weller and David Bowie turned down knighthoods? That’s good enough for me.”
Manic Street Preachers’ fourteenth studio album, The Ultra Vivid Lament, arrives on September 3rd. It will be the band’s first LP since 2018’s Resistance is Futile.
Last week they shared their new single, ‘The Secret He Had Missed’ – which features Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming.