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Nicky Wire is reminiscing. For the self-professed “nerdy historian” of Manic Street Preachers, the wistfulness is not misplaced. New album “Postcards From a Young Man” is Manic Street Preachers’ 10th: a landmark under any criterion, but Wire is keen to accentuate what a milestone it is for a group of childhood friends from a deeply unfashionable mining town in South Wales.

“I’ve been in the same class as James (Dean Bradfield, vocals/guitar) since I was 5,” the bassist says, beaming. “That’s really unhealthy, isn’t it?”

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