"Even Richey’s self-mutilation was very private. His fuck-ups were not on public display. There was a working-class disgust - cover it up and get on with it. I have a concept of a working-class rage which is in some people. It’s in us. It’s in Liam Gallagher, Linford Christie, Nigel Benn and Paul Gascoigne. The desire to prove yourself."
"We must write our thoughts without any regard for structure or tone. It’s up to James to fit it in. Sometimes he has a really impossible line, or something he doesn’t want to sing, so he cuts it. We usually give him a page of words and let him choose. We’ve never cared about our lyrics being cut up. Some of our favourite authors, like Burroughs, did that anyway. Kerouac never used full stops or commas."
"“Richey just lived in his bunk the whole time on the tour bus,” Nicky said. “It was like a rabbit hutch. He was on 60 cigarettes a day, 20 cups of coffee, and then he’d complain that he couldn’t sleep. He’d just stand under this vent on the bus, puffing away.” On stage too, there seemed a magnificent absence to Edwards. Part Brian Jones before the end of his tenure with The Rolling Stones, part Lucifer Morningstar – all he needed were the burnt wings, and he would be perfectly cast as a fallen angel – Richey looked distracted, diverted and detached."
－Martin Power “Nailed to History: The Story of the Manic Street Preachers”
Imagine waking up next to this cute face 😍
"At this interview, I felt I saw an emotionally naked Richey Edwards. He is kind. Incredibly kind. And he has a purity in him like that of a new-born’s. He’s sensitive and has his own sense of beauty. Probably a compulsive cleaner. To some he may appear to be hopelessly vain, but I think it is impossible to hate people like him. As I sip the coffee Richey served me, let’s start the interview."
－Midori Tsukagoshi, “Music Life” March 1995 issue.