My name’s Flint – it’s not my real name but it’s the identity I traverse the internet with. I’m a Finnish git living in UK and music happens to be one of my very favourite things in the world. I love to ramble about it as well, which is why you’re now seeing this blog.
I guess I should talk a bit about myself as a Manics fan. I first bumped into the band in 1998, with what Tolerate conquering the charts everywhere and all. I got This Is My Truth and later on I salvaged a copy of Everything Must Go from a bargain bin. Both albums I liked but at the time they didn’t spark a proper fire within me. In 2001, on a rather ordinary and boring trip to visit distant relatives, I made the random decision to get Know Your Enemy. That struck the spark. Soon afterwards I had hogged all of the band’s albums, hunted down as many b-sides as possible and generally obsessed in every single way possible. They were my band. I doubt I’d be as much in love with music as an art form if it weren’t for the Welsh boys – the obsession I got from them eventually evolved into a full-scale love for music in general. But the Manics have kept their place and while I’ve gained other favourite acts I’m deeply and madly in love with, after all these years Manics still sound the most personally resonant to me. It’s why you’re also seeing this blog rather than rambles from some other band.
I’m not the most conventional follower of the Preachers, I have to rather flippantly admit. My favourite period of the band’s work is 1998-2005: Lifeblood is my favourite album ever, This Is My Truth is another gigantic personal favourite and Know Your Enemy is a brilliant piece of work as well. As a cherry on top, the b-side and non-album work during those years were spectacular. That’s not to say I don’t adore their other albums – many of them have a great big spot in my heart in various amounts, Send Away the Tigers the least however. It currently stands as my least favourite release of the band. You may also notice a rather not-too-adorable batch of comments on Richey around the entries in this blog: whilst I have nothing against the guy himself, he’s never been a very important factor in the band for me and his practical deification tends to quite annoy me. He had a great way with words yes but it was only half the time – the other half he was more than happy to spend with cringeworthy angstwarbling and dictionary quoting.
My other favourite bands and artists include R.E.M., Elbow, Guillemots, Death Cab for Cutie, John Frusciante, Moby, Mew, Midlake and many, many others. I’m on both Last.FM and RateYourMusic if you feel like checking that a bit more in-depth or in a larger scale. I also have another blog called Rambling Fox where I talk about music in general rather than just focusing on one band.
If you want to contact me, do so at flintgf at gmail dot com. Please no “can you send me this and this b-side please” emails.