Manic Street Preachers’ first ever single, Suicide Alley, is being auctioned to raise money for Velindre Cancer Centre. People can bid for the unique item by tweeting Velindre Fundraising – @velindre – with their bid. The auction will close at 5pm on October 7th.
— ManicStreetPreachers (@Manics) September 24, 2015
Frontman James Dean Bradfield has put the original 7-inch vinyl single up for auction ahead of his Patagonian charity trek with band mate Sean Moore in November.
The pair wrote on their JustGiving page:
“In November 2015 we will be walking in the footsteps of our Welsh ancestors when we will be part of the Velindre group of 50 people celebrating the 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers arriving in Patagonia with a challenging 6 day trek.”
All of the money raised through both the auction and trek will go towards supporting Velindre Cancer Centre, which provides specialist cancer services to more than 1.5 million people in South East Wales and beyond.
The centre reportedly cared for his mother, Sue, before she passed away in 1999.
— Velindre Fundraising (@Velindre) September 30, 2015
The significance of the single
Only 300 copies of the single were pressed and self-financed by the Manic Street Preachers in 1988 – a time when they had not yet been signed.
As the band’s inaugural self-released, independent single, it is a unique and collectible item. It will be signed by Bradfield, Moore and Manic’s bassist Nicky Wire.
Bradfield said: “We saved for a year and with the help of our parents the single was completely self-financed. Only approximately 300 copies are in existence which makes it one of the most collectable Manics items. It got us our first ever review in the NME, as alternative single of the week.”
‘A great supporter’
This is not the first time that Bradfield has raised money for Velindre, and in July he auctioned the guitar given to him by his parents for his 18th birthday, which raised £3,000.
Velindre’s Head of Fundraising, Andrew Morris, said: “James has been a great supporter of Velindre for many years, and this is a fantastic item which will mean a huge amount to Manics fans, and the single will be signed by James, Sean and Nicky.”
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