…I remember the introduction to “From Despair To Where?”, looking over to where Richey would have been standing, swigging at a bottle of whisky, and there was no one there. And when we came offstage, I virtually had a breakdown. I was just crying hysterically for about three hours, like a twat. The first time I’d been able to cry since the day they found his car.
—  Nicky Wire, 1996

Vodka & Orange

“Sleeping in the same bed as him for six months when the Manics moved in with [late manager] Philip Hall in Shepherds Bush. I’d sleep on one side of the bed, him on the other, and the stench of vodka emanating from his side was unbelievable. He’d say stuff like, ‘I think I have an orange growing in my stomach. Nicky! I can feel it’ because he used to drink so much vodka and orange”

  • Nicky Wire:*takes deep breath*
  • Nicky Wire:I lo-
  • Every Manics fan:yes, you love Richey, we know, you love Richey so much, he's the light of your life, you love him so much, you just love Richey, we KNOW, you love Richey you fucking love Richey, ok we know, we get it, YOU LOVE RICHEY. WE GET IT.