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The Rockstar Who Vanished Into Thin Air (Richey Edwards)

  • Опубліковано 3 бер 2024
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  • @flossyphp
    @flossyphp 11 місяців тому +92

    He was declared presumed dead in 2008, so his parents have control of his estate, including the bank account you mentioned. I can't imagine how hard this has been for them, but they have never given up hope.

    • @MrThedonhead
      @MrThedonhead 9 місяців тому +1

      What they took his money??

    • @curiositypiqued6573
      @curiositypiqued6573 9 місяців тому

      @@MrThedonhead stupid

    • @pobstrel
      @pobstrel 9 місяців тому +6

      Both of his parents are dead now. So his sister has control over Richey's money.

    • @dravendean8710
      @dravendean8710 9 місяців тому +4

      @@MrThedonhead next of kin aren't they

  • @hayley7090
    @hayley7090 Рік тому +138

    I met Richey briefly after a Manics gig in October 1994. He was a quiet, thoughtful guy....and incredibly handsome. Much missed. I would say he is dead. I find it extremely unlikely that he would walk away from his family just like that. He was troubled but he wasn't cruel.

  • @SXIBA
    @SXIBA 10 місяців тому +7

    Stay Beautiful Richey wherever you are right now.. Thanks Deburke for covering this topic, Manic Street Preachers is one of my favorite Bands

  • @InkAndPoet
    @InkAndPoet Рік тому +115

    God, I HOPE the escape story you talked about is what happened. So many musicians crumble under the pressures of fame and often express it in the most extreme and saddening ways. If Ritchie did in fact just leave to a new country, it's still extreme, but at least he chose happiness over darkness.

    • @jonvia
      @jonvia Рік тому +21

      The music industry is a dangerous monster if musicians think its a soft and comfortable environment. Its not! Im a songwriter and performing musician myself. Ive been in gigging and touring bands and writing professionally since 2012. You gotta protect your work at every corner and always be self analyzing especially when you have big advances (loaned out money from a label) to re-coop and big career decisions to make on your own.

    • @thesoundlikechameleons2082
      @thesoundlikechameleons2082 Рік тому +9

      His name is Richey NOT Ritchie.

    • @nicholamc2629
      @nicholamc2629 Рік тому +14

      Richey was incredibly family oriented. I don’t think he’s living somewhere in seclusion as I don’t think he’d cope with the pain this would inflict on his loved ones.

    • @beatnik6806
      @beatnik6806 9 місяців тому +2

      Yeah hopefully he didn't join the 27 club..

  • @kellie5476
    @kellie5476 Рік тому +54

    My dad still has his NME magazine with Richey on the front with "4 real" freshly carved on his arm.

    • @mikemurray2590
      @mikemurray2590 Рік тому

    • @MarcoNegrisEye
      @MarcoNegrisEye Рік тому +8

      I met them twice in the early 90's, second time in 94. Still have my 'Life Becoming A Landslide' vinyl that was signed by all four. I don't actually remember the first time in 1991 as I was only 9 years old. My uncle was ALL OVER the music scene and would take me to so many gigs. Always through side exits and backdoors etc, wish I could remember even half of those gigs 😂

  • @harveyg73
    @harveyg73 Рік тому +63

    Thanks for covering this Deburke. The Manics are my favourite band and it's such a tragedy what ended up happening. I hope he is happy wherever he is.

  • @mickygd
    @mickygd Рік тому +63

    Thank you for covering this story. It doesn’t get discussed enough these days as it should.
    I’ve been following this story for years and am an enormous fan of the band and Richey especially. I would absolutely love to believe he succeeded in escaping, but in my opinion, I feel like his mental health eventually took its toll on him before he could fulfil his plan. I just hope that wherever he is now, a monk in the mountains, a secret ghostwriter or passed on, that he is finally at peace.

    • @ladyhonor822
      @ladyhonor822 11 місяців тому +2


    • @dukesilver9704
      @dukesilver9704 4 місяці тому +2

      Richey is one of the most relatable "public figures" for me. I'm not adept at guitar, yet passionate about music. I've always been on the thinner side and used to struggle with an eating disorder. The battles with mental health as well. I just wish I had his intelligence and poetry, lol. I hope Richey's at peace, wherever he may be. It's a damn shame he wasn't there with the Manics when they went massive with Everything Must Go. Richey will live on forever ❤️

  • @melissawright1979
    @melissawright1979 Рік тому +19

    I am OBSESSED with Richey.
    Thank you so much for this video, it's nice to see that more and more people are getting to learn Richey's story.

  • @BulkernatorKerb
    @BulkernatorKerb 11 місяців тому +11

    The editing for this and use of interview footage is top-notch. Really shows what was going on between the lines in this sad story. Great work

    • @deburke321
      @deburke321  11 місяців тому +3

      Thanks a million Liam!

  • @mirceadobarta9533
    @mirceadobarta9533 Рік тому +48

    Also worth mentioning is that the Manics 2009 album Journal for Plague Lovers features the last lyrics that Richey gave to the band

    • @whatwouldroddypiperdo2092
      @whatwouldroddypiperdo2092 Рік тому +8

      The way James managed to shoehorn Richey's lyrics into those songs are amazing "Hermann the bull Tracey the ship transgenic milk containing human protein"

  • @eightiesmusic1984
    @eightiesmusic1984 Рік тому +57

    James and Nicky were both bullied at school but clearly have had the last laugh for the longest time. They and Sean have honoured the memory of their friend Richie ever since he disappeared. I saw James do a talk with John Niven over 10 years ago- he was humble and engaging. He was so nice to a fan outside afterwards who spoke to him. A great memory me and my wife appreciated being witness to. Their music throughout their career has been superb and they just keep on being better with every release.

  • @ltamha
    @ltamha Рік тому +38

    Thank you for sharing this story, I remember getting into the MSP as a teenager and was crushed when I heard about Richie. Here's hoping he's safe, happy and well, wherever he may be now.

  • @ColinsCity
    @ColinsCity Рік тому +18

    that audio recording of the people at the magazine is more than likely why richey was so fed up of these magazines talking about their music, they think they know everything and can decide what is artistic or not. This type of attitude is incredibly infuriating even just hearing it in that audio recording, having to deal with that constantly in real life must definitely have taken it's toll on the band.

  • @bigmaryhelen
    @bigmaryhelen 11 місяців тому +12

    Thanks for this. It was very well done, and very sensitive. I loved the line at the end about letting a little bit of light into a very dark room. As a working class kid, MSP, and Richey in particular, massively inspired me to read difficult books. They did more for me than school.

  • @ashman2576
    @ashman2576 Рік тому +314

    Richey and the rest of the Manics created some of the most thought provoking and powerful music in the early 90s, the fact they are not considered one of the best bands of all time is absurd. The Manics are amazing, The Holy Bible is arguably the darkest and most disturbing album ive ever heard, and its sensational!

    • @jimbojones101
      @jimbojones101 Рік тому +19


    • @Lastiri2004
      @Lastiri2004 Рік тому +1

      Its funny how a bunch of talentless jerks Like Oasis became huge and MSP became like a cult thing outside the UK and Europe. But i guess its a good thing in retrospective.

    • @ashman2576
      @ashman2576 Рік тому +13

      @@Lastiri2004 I wished for their sakes, they were hugely popular, but musically the Manics would not be the same if they ever reached the levels of popularity like Oasis did. From a musical standpoint them being underrated allows them to keep making the amazing politically charged music they still do to this day.

    • @ashman2576
      @ashman2576 Рік тому +10

      @@jimbojones101 Bollox to what?? haha

    • @whatwouldroddypiperdo2092
      @whatwouldroddypiperdo2092 Рік тому +19

      @@ashman2576 ignore him, one of those perpetually alone kids this is his only window to the world it's depressing how many kids don't have a single mate anymore they make it so obvious.

  • @INTJ91
    @INTJ91 8 місяців тому +20

    Poor Richey. He knew where life was going and couldn’t hack it. I think he recognised that many didn’t take the Manics seriously, that they probably weren’t making a massive amount of money, that their career was short lived. Where else to go from there? The reality for him was living in Cardiff Bay and, what, potentially getting a day job in an office? His mental health struggles were very, very real. I sometimes think he talked himself into a very dark and nihilistic place he couldn’t crawl out of. Then the eating disorder started. And the drinking. If you look at him from 1991 to late 1995 it is like looking at two different people completely. The light just left his eyes completely.
    How anyone can deny his suicide for favour of the theory of him ‘living on a beach somewhere’ is beyond me. He clearly took his own life.

    • @pobstrel
      @pobstrel 8 місяців тому +2

      Without a body you have no proof that he's dead.

    • @cmp1868
      @cmp1868 5 місяців тому +2

      You very well me right-however there is much to the story. Above all else he was absolutely obsessed with the film 'Eddie and the Cruisers,' a film about an artist goes missing-similar to how he did-fakes a death to live a life severed from his family and friends for anonymity. He also told his sister a month or so before that he had 'done it,' telling her he'd figured out a way to disappear. All this coupled with no body-you just have to wonder. Richey was very smart....the simple fact is he could have vanished on purpose without suicide.

    • @NeglectedField
      @NeglectedField 5 місяців тому +2

      @@cmp1868I mean, I don't say this out of 'cope' (I do accept some people off themselves and that's that) but for me the fact he's drawn out all that money and gone to the passport office favours the escape narrative. And the whole randomly speaking in cockney thing - maybe he was practising his new fake persona on that taxi driver? That said, for all my MSP fandom, I can't recall the Israel thing, only the Goa/Canaries stuff. In any case, those aren't huge places though, and he'll have to have changed his appearance and/or kept on the move to escape the proverbial net. Especially as many Brits love those kinda places as holiday destinations.
      There's also another possibility that he may well have died or taken his own life after he made his escape, however many years down the line. I also speculate on things like, how much solitude some people can deal with. You can be all "I'm gonna escape and live a secluded life" and romanticise it but you don't actually know how well you cope with it until you do it. And one may also pass a point of no return where it's too late to resurface and go "sorry, I had a funny turn" and then face the extreme discomfort of dealing with the anguish you've caused and/or the ways in which people have moved on (that no sum of money would mollify). But I dunno, there's too many possibilities and I think the best one can say is to hope he's at peace and to hope his loved ones find solace in the high likelihood that he found it one way or another, in life or death.

  • @harley_the_hack4416
    @harley_the_hack4416 Рік тому +22

    Great video as always! Poor Richey...I get it was the early 90s and hindsight is 20/20, but damn it's horrible how those journalists talked about him. He really was screaming for help. I hope the theory that he got out is what happened. He's somewhere living low key discussing geopolitical issues with close friends and feels healed....

  • @iced.autumn
    @iced.autumn Рік тому +61

    I wish I knew of this band. Especially back in the day. This breaks my heart to see some of Richey's pictures. He was in immense pain and it was obvious. I hope with all my heart that the second theory was true and he made it out and is safe and happy somewhere in the world 🖤
    Another great video! You always bring new topics to the table and it is really interesting to hear about different things from other countries. I get sick of all the US crap lol.
    🫀Happy Valentine's Day everyone! 🫀

    • @shaunslirobberF6944
      @shaunslirobberF6944 Рік тому +4

      hes alive and lives wales in the valleys ...fact

    • @Roscoe.P.Coldchain
      @Roscoe.P.Coldchain Рік тому +3

      Haha great comment ❤👍

    • @shaunslirobberF6944
      @shaunslirobberF6944 11 місяців тому +2

      @@Roscoe.P.Coldchain well it is true i come from wales and he quite happy man away from crap

    • @shaunslirobberF6944
      @shaunslirobberF6944 11 місяців тому

      i write songs lyrics and stopped as i dont want to get to that pint where everyone believes it my concience is mine my opinions solid but like to be proved wrong ..

  • @TisTheDamnStickSeason
    @TisTheDamnStickSeason Рік тому +13

    One of the greatest and probably THE bravest lyricists ever. He wasn't afraid to just lay it all out raw and rotten. Especially on Holy Bible.

  • @thesoundlikechameleons2082
    @thesoundlikechameleons2082 Рік тому +32

    I chatted to Sean Moore the drummer of Manic Street Preachers in December 2020. Never once did I mention anything about Richey Edwards. I have decency towards musicians unlike the media who are just bloody rude and full of 💩.
    amazingly friendly, talkative and was relaxed chatting with me.
    - C 19 - 02 - 2023

    • @thedolly7596
      @thedolly7596 9 місяців тому +3

      Ha ha. Yeh me too. He does just love interacting with his fans 😮 😉 though, especially on tour 😉 😮😅

  • @JediBunny
    @JediBunny 4 місяці тому +3

    You did a beautiful job covering this. So well-written and put together. I can sense your appreciation of their raw passion for music and empathy for Richey as well.
    I do hope the story had a happy ending, but suppose it’s more-so possible we’ll never know either way.

    • @deburke321
      @deburke321  4 місяці тому +2

      Thank you so much I really appreciate that!

  • @fredzep01
    @fredzep01 11 місяців тому +7

    That's a heavy thing the band did, there are not many bands that would set aside 25 percent of their earnings
    to somebody that might not even come back.

  • @opethinmynines
    @opethinmynines 7 місяців тому +3

    You covered this beautifully, thank you.

  • @maxmoony69
    @maxmoony69 Рік тому +5

    This still breaks my heart 😞 Thanks for the upload.

    @FLAVCO Рік тому +15

    I lived in Israel a few times from 1993 - 1996. I’m pretty sure that Richey would have been recognised over there as there were thousands of westerners/Brits visiting Israel around that time and The Manics were very well known by then!

  • @werdna1690
    @werdna1690 Рік тому +5

    I remember Kerrang every week giving you an update on the number of days he was missing

  • @idk-hh9kz
    @idk-hh9kz 11 місяців тому +19

    One of the most underrated bands in history. The holy bible is one of the best rock albums ever incredible lyrics and music. Richey Manic was a genius in every sense of the word.

    • @AnAdorableWombat1
      @AnAdorableWombat1 8 місяців тому

      Best rock albums ever though???? That is a gigantic stretch!

  • @annabrisley479
    @annabrisley479 Рік тому +4

    This was so interesting tx!! never knew a thing about this. It's rare to find something on UA-cam that's not been discussed already. Very well done 🇿🇦

  • @stiiimes
    @stiiimes Рік тому +13

    there's always something new to discover. and if there isn't, that just means it's your turn to create it. never give up, whoever is reading this 🖤

    • @Tom-uv7ry
      @Tom-uv7ry Рік тому

      Absolute meaningless twaddle you are thinking you are being wise and witty lol

    • @briancarballo1194
      @briancarballo1194 11 днів тому


  • @skudd123
    @skudd123 Рік тому +6

    Thanks for sharing. Another interesting story involving a musician who disappeared is one time Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Taylor Kramer, who actually went on to work in high tech science fields looking at developing facial recognition communication technology & even time travel tech. Interesting guy

  • @bhamacuk
    @bhamacuk Рік тому +5

    A good level headed, objective and balanced account of this mystery. I grew up in Cardiff but personally I never saw them knocking around town unfortunately. Although come to think of it, I would not have known as they weren't famous then.

    • @deburke321
      @deburke321  Рік тому +2

      Thank you I appreciate that a lot!

  • @aerz03
    @aerz03 Рік тому +5

    I’ve listened to the MSP on and off for 15 years, and somehow knew nothing of this story! It’s really compelling. Thank you for sharing.

  • @adelaney537
    @adelaney537 Рік тому +8

    I hope wherever Richey is he is safe and happy above all I hope he has peace of mind.

  • @Jf2jf2jf2
    @Jf2jf2jf2 9 місяців тому +7

    Wow the ending about the bank account made me cry

  • @Tremonster261
    @Tremonster261 Рік тому +18

    Richey was a very intelligent and well read guy, but he was also suffering from anorexia and serious depression. While he may have been clever enough to pull off a staged disappearance, and back in 1995 it would have been far easier to do than today, I just don’t think he would have had the mental capacity to do it. For starters, going on the run isn’t the grand romantic adventure it may seem, he would have given up all his close fiends and family. We know he had a close brother-like relationship with Nicky Wire and I think he was also close with his sister. Richey always seemed like a compassionate guy and I don’t think he could live with the guilt of his friends and family not knowing what happened to him. As much as I’d like to believe he’s still alive and found happiness, unfortunately I do think he took his own life by jumping off the Severn bridge. I’m sure I read recently that the police actually got the timelines of his disappearance wrong, and to me this would indicate that their search for him at the time was botched pretty badly. They did search around and in the Severn river, but probably not particularly thoroughly. And it can be very difficult sometimes to find a body underwater anyway. My belief is that he’s no longer with us, however I’m thankful for his contribution to the Manics while he was still with us. The Holy Bible is a brutal beast of an album and still my favourite Manics album.

    • @pobstrel
      @pobstrel 9 місяців тому +4

      Agree. People who disappear and start new lives might be troubled but are often running away from financial problems or they are too cowardly to end a relationship. In his case his depression would have prevented him just moving away and somehow becoming happy. As obviously you take your mind and problems with you. He has discussed with the band about not touring and just staying at home writing lyrics but changed his mind as he would have been lonely.

  • @Bertaut
    @Bertaut Рік тому +68

    I'm not a massive MSP fan, but there's no doubt Edwards was a lyrical genius.

    • @johnbarry1965
      @johnbarry1965 Рік тому +12

      The Holy Bible is an absolutely amazing lacerating crawl into the depths of human emotional turmoil and angst.

    • @davidround6454
      @davidround6454 Рік тому +7

      Fantastic band
      Had the pleasure of watching Richie
      With the guys in Wolverhampton early 90s

    • @drk321
      @drk321 Рік тому +3

      This is the same way I feel. Amazing band, great songs and lyrics. Not the best band ever as some seem to think.

  • @caseykaiser3313
    @caseykaiser3313 Рік тому +8

    Really interesting video, thanks for making it!

  • @youssefd6187
    @youssefd6187 6 місяців тому +1

    your channel needs more love bro

  • @BlackRain_
    @BlackRain_ Рік тому +4

    Richard D Hall's analysis and documentary on Richey Edwards is the best analysis yet. Shame YT kicked Hall off YT.

    • @David-pv4yl
      @David-pv4yl Рік тому +1

      The analysis and documentary is still available to view on his website.

  • @deevineinterventions
    @deevineinterventions Рік тому +9

    Clever and highly sensitive guy. I hope that he's out there living life away from the fame he hated, and off grid away from the ugliness of society that he hated. Although sadly he might of ended his life, but left a trail that would leave his family to think he's just off on his own other than leaving his loved ones with grief and pain..Richey manic was a great part of the band, his materiel is deep dark and raw. He's also so beautiful in my opinion, reminds me somewhat of a male Edie Sedgwick!

    • @Man_fay_the_Bru
      @Man_fay_the_Bru Рік тому +1

      Because clever people carve words into them all the time eh🤦‍♂️

    • @Man-From-Another-Place
      @Man-From-Another-Place 5 місяців тому +1

      @@Man_fay_the_Bru Being clever doesn't preclude him from being mentally ill.

  • @johncasarino5627
    @johncasarino5627 4 місяці тому +2

    that bit at the end where the band opened a bank account for him kills me, humans are so innocent in a sense "I hope my mate comes back" man that crushes me, so sad

  • @xn-triq7607
    @xn-triq7607 11 місяців тому +3

    "if you tolerate this, then your children will be next"....... Absolute truth!

  • @joelww2501
    @joelww2501 Рік тому +8

    I don’t for a second believe the ‘sightings.’ Richey was a very ill man and his last confirmed location was a notorious suicide spot.

  • @iainholmes2735
    @iainholmes2735 Рік тому +19

    Great analysis vid. If I recall correctly, about 3 years after the disappearance I read an interview - and also saw a documentary - in which someone who knew him well said that Richey would often talk about the 'perfect disappearance'. This person also said they wouldn't be remotely surprised if he re-appeared. Apparently he was extremely intelligent. Their song 'La Tristesse Durera', about the shabby way old people are sidelined, is a masterpiece. Cheers.

    • @melissawright1979
      @melissawright1979 Рік тому +5

      He left many clues behind which could interpreted as him wanting to disappear or kill himself. He did it so well that we are still scratching our heads now

    • @iainholmes2735
      @iainholmes2735 Рік тому +3

      @@melissawright1979 Agreed, Melissa. Cheers from London.

    • @marknewbold2583
      @marknewbold2583 11 місяців тому

      He's dead

  • @Jkk55
    @Jkk55 11 місяців тому +2

    Wow I never knew about this it's very sad I hope he's living the dream somewhere! I love your channel I am a new sub thank you !

  • @vidhipssa
    @vidhipssa Рік тому +7

    Really interesting video. I enjoyed watching it!

  • @brendakrieger7000
    @brendakrieger7000 Рік тому +6

    Thanks for sharing this story

  • @michaelmoran2691
    @michaelmoran2691 Рік тому +3

    I was in Goa India in December 96 Where they was some talk that he had been seen in the Goa area and that's all I know and won't add any bs to make my story sound anymore true And I just hope that where ever his soul is he's doing better than he was in the spotlight GODBLESS 🍀

  • @bronzergoth7598
    @bronzergoth7598 2 місяці тому +2

    his lyrics on "Faster" hit me like a brick when i first heard the song. what a poet he was

  • @nigelcarren
    @nigelcarren Рік тому +5

    In 94 one of the Manics phoned me at my work in Rugby Warwickshire. "Hey Nigel... It's the Manics" to say they had received my demo, they loved my screaming and my passion but weren't buying other artists material so wished me luck and that was that.
    I was so starstruck because I had seen them on TV just before performing Motorcycle Emptiness. Yet at the same time I was so impressed with their down to earth attitude I forgot that I was a factory electrician... Just two musicians chatting about structure!
    That was 29 years ago and I am STILL songwriting. I have recently backed up the songs I wrote between 2018 and 2020 and it is 220 song sketches. This is the reason I don't sleep! In February this year I went to the doctors to try and get something to help me sleep for the first time.
    Now this message isn't about me, it's about Richey Edwards who I may or may not have spoken to on that day. Because if he was experiencing anything like I live with, the music, the noise, the lyrics the rhythms, the riffs, just NEVER STOP! And ALL these songs are written to help with the pain.... I didn't decide to do this!!!
    I have been to that place where I have thought about ending it all, and it's only two things that stop me, 1) I have dedicated my whole life to this and I ain't about to throw all those tears away! 2) I know that when I finally get my stuff out there it will help a couple of other people who might be lost and the rest will probably enjoy the giggle! 😉
    For me it's no coincidence the 27 club exists, because for TRUE creatives whom are often not performers, it is one hell of a rollercoaster ride and I guess sometimes especially if they have made their name, it is just easier to step off.
    Bless you all especially those who are struggling, and if you are.... make SURE you have a musical instrument to hand!
    Best wishes from an Englishman making armour and music in a French forest. Life is tough, but well worth the fight! ⚒️💪🎶 ♥️🇬🇧

  • @oliver91ist
    @oliver91ist Рік тому +26

    It's a complex story that you did very well. I have another musician disappearance you could do, her name was Connie Converse, she has only become known years after she disappeared and she needs to be talked about.

    • @deburke321
      @deburke321  Рік тому +9

      Thank Ollie, I’ll definitely look into it sounds interesting!

    • @jackyhawkins1895
      @jackyhawkins1895 Рік тому +2

      I've watched some videos about Connie Converse. Fascinating woman , very interesting 👍

    • @Man_fay_the_Bru
      @Man_fay_the_Bru Рік тому +3

      Never heard of her

  • @LJW12MCFC
    @LJW12MCFC Рік тому +2

    My favourite band and favourite lyricist!

  • @jonvia
    @jonvia Рік тому +16

    The music industry is a dangerous monster if musicians think its a soft and comfortable environment. Its not! Im a songwriter and performing musician myself. Ive been in gigging and touring bands and writing professionally since 2012. You gotta protect your work at every corner and always be self analyzing especially when you have big advances (loaned out money from a label) to re-coop and big career decisions to make on your own.

    • @waynesilverman3048
      @waynesilverman3048 Рік тому

      Carnt be comfy when your travelling a lot ,probably best I never made it ,I remember thinking that I had so many songs that some told me was good made me think I had a chance getting a publishing deal but now gigging is the cash I arnt that bothered, I can imagine paranoia getting up other levels drug come down s ect

    • @Man_fay_the_Bru
      @Man_fay_the_Bru Рік тому

      I’m quite happy playing for myself, I get the best audience🤷‍♂️

  • @Badger69-96
    @Badger69-96 Рік тому +6

    Regardless of the outcome Richey will always live on through music and fans ✌️💯

  • @claire-christmas-august73
    @claire-christmas-august73 Рік тому +3

    brilliant to see new gens appreciating MSP music..
    he was a troubled soul
    that left us way…to young.!
    just leave it be.
    🕯 🥺

  • @SilverUnderworld
    @SilverUnderworld Рік тому +3

    This video is awesome!! You’re voice is great!! You’re doing great work! 🎉

    • @deburke321
      @deburke321  Рік тому +2

      Thank you! I really appreciate it!

  • @uncooldispatch5438
    @uncooldispatch5438 Рік тому +1

    Thank you 🙏 heard about this 25 years plus ago , but now finally hearing the full story ❤❤

  • @adamturner1563
    @adamturner1563 Рік тому +3

    Welsh and unapologetically moved by your optimism. I never say these things. I like your ending better. You might not of meant to drive the nail in but by god you used the Hammer.
    Thank you Brother. 👑

  • @mcswordfish
    @mcswordfish 11 місяців тому +10

    Manics have been one of my favourite bands since I was a teenager - I hold them at least partially responsible for my marriage. When I was in a band in high school, our setlist was around 50% Manics songs (closing with You Love Us, because we were cocky 15yr olds). I've always hoped that Richey lives and that he found some peace, though the older I get, the more pessimistic I become about that.
    I'll also add that I'm one of those weird fans who prefers Gold Against the Soul to The Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is definitely their magnum opus, but I prefer listening to GOAT. It's sad and angry, but doesn't reach the levels of despondancy and vitriol that The Holy Bible does.. I also really like the guitar work on it - it's a great sounding album

    • @Man-From-Another-Place
      @Man-From-Another-Place 5 місяців тому +1

      Yeah - 'Gold Against the Soul' is my go-to Manics album these days. Years ago, I listened to 'The Holy Bible' a lot, but I find it too bleak now, great though it is.

  • @Healingpowerofmusic_Corruption

    There’s a pub here in Cardiff named after the man who disappeared - the one that Richey admired

  • @outlawJosieFox
    @outlawJosieFox Рік тому +16

    You cannot interpret Richie's actions as meaningful if he was suffering from a psychotic break. He may well have visited the passport centre and got cash out and said this and that but none of that was necessarily logical in the ordinary sense. As someone who suffers from depression and had a psychotic episode many decades ago I can tell you that the individual has their own paranoid story going on in the background and actions are not necessarily available for us to explain. Sadly the poor young man took his own life. We all have an interior monologue but psychosis and depression is when you turn against yourself and attack yourself constantly. Logic does not come into it when you get malnourished and sleep deprived through paranoid delusional thinking. The body and mind break down. We are all that breakable in the end.

  • @rbarnett3200
    @rbarnett3200 Рік тому +40

    I honestly don't know what could've been done for Richey. He couldn't really be sectioned even though he was clearly a danger to himself. He was 'rational' in his behaviour but erratic. If someone is determined to end their life there really is only so much you can do. Don't get me wrong, do everything you possibly can to help them, but sometimes it's just impossible to stop someone so determined. It's tragic, but I'm fairly certain he passed away voluntarily.

    • @snaithhenderson85
      @snaithhenderson85 Рік тому +4

      Watch rich planet tv on this subject much more indepth

    • @melissawright1979
      @melissawright1979 Рік тому +7

      He went to a couple rehabs. One of them just drugged him and turned him into zombie. The other just forced God down his throat. Back then, they didn't seem to tackle mental health from root of the problem. They just glossed it over.

    • @melissawright1979
      @melissawright1979 Рік тому +2

      ​@@snaithhenderson85 I've watched that, it's AMAZING! I loved every second of it

  • @JanJan-gy7qp
    @JanJan-gy7qp Рік тому +3

    The very beautiful Richey ❤️❤️❤️❤️ where ever you maybe I really hope it’s peaceful n loving for you.

  • @ceebee491
    @ceebee491 Рік тому +19

    Richey Edwards wrote a masterpiece in The Holy Bible. I remember the day he went missing.

  • @bettyboop-xg6jo
    @bettyboop-xg6jo Рік тому +8

    Let's hope he is living his best life ever somewhere.

  • @catibeaulieu4244
    @catibeaulieu4244 Рік тому +5

    And if you tolerate this then your children will be next … a thought for his friends and family Rest in light beautiful deep fragile sensitive soul 🙏🏽🖤

  • @SakuraAsranArt
    @SakuraAsranArt Рік тому +10

    Thanks for doing a video on Richie. I have been a Manics fan since the 90s when I saw the music video for Motorcycle Emptiness. Richie's disappearance is not talked about nearly enough!

    • @deburke321
      @deburke321  Рік тому +8

      Yeah definitely surprised by how little this case is covered considering how popular Manics are and how bizarre his disappearance was

    • @thesoundlikechameleons2082
      @thesoundlikechameleons2082 Рік тому +1


  • @AnAdorableWombat1
    @AnAdorableWombat1 8 місяців тому +1

    I’m glad you did a video on this case! Even though he is dead, his case has always been weird to me

  • @LCx829
    @LCx829 Рік тому +6

    I remember having the CD in the 90s called Generation Terrorist. I bought at a used record store thought Manic Street Preachers had an interesting name. I was a fan right away after hearing them. No internet so this was the way I would find new music by spending hours at the record store.

  • @happy_123_sophia
    @happy_123_sophia 11 місяців тому +2

    Great video, I've often thought about Richie over the years don't know why just have and back at the time of his disappearance Bristol airport was quite small and I'm positive it didn't fly to Israel, so he would have had to travel to a bigger airport...
    Where ever he ended up I hope he found peace and love...❣️

  • @jackhargreaves1911
    @jackhargreaves1911 11 місяців тому +7

    Horrible to hear those snide London music paper types laughing at Richie’s self-harming (which marked the beginning of his downward spiral). I hope they are ashamed of themselves now, but I doubt they are.
    Lamaq got the tone completely wrong in his ‘interview’ in which he harangued Richie (especially) from start to finish for being a phoney - then he had the cheek to be shocked when Richey cracked.
    I remember being horrified at the time by Richie’s dramatic weight-loss between gigs I attended. I was seriously worried he would die from his anorexia. Poor Richie. We would do better by him these days…

  • @insidenightmare
    @insidenightmare 10 місяців тому +2

    Your use of practical effects in your horror videos is outstanding

  • @jamesjennings-yd2bc
    @jamesjennings-yd2bc 11 місяців тому +2

    I remember when he disappeared, the music press was talking about it for weeks.

  • @dsnodgrass4843
    @dsnodgrass4843 10 місяців тому +2

    I think he's still walking the planet, myself. By 1995, the writing was beginning to appear on the wall for the British rock of the day; and he would've perceived that, even if it took a couple more years for the party to truly end. He was a writer, not a musician, don't forget. He didn't want to be a cultural dinosaur (in his view) with a guitar he barely could play. In 1996, the music industry consolidated as a result of a major American law that saw huge mergers in radio and recording, that changed the business (for the worse) to this very day. He got out, and reinvented himself before that happened. If he did, he's my age now. I wish him well.

    • @pobstrel
      @pobstrel 8 місяців тому +2

      95, 96 and 97 were successful years for British rock bands. Especially for the Manics. Their most successful albums were in 96 and 98.

  • @jamesjackson-df1hi
    @jamesjackson-df1hi Рік тому +4


  • @cassybowie2894
    @cassybowie2894 Рік тому +2

    oh wow i love richey sm i’m glad this popped up in my recommended

  • @ering.3978
    @ering.3978 16 днів тому +1

    Wow, I've never heard of this band before, but this is a fascinating story so I'm curious to hear their music now! Also couldn't help but be reminded of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett the whole time, not only because (to me) Richey kind of resembled Syd, but the erratic behavior that included head shaving, the band moving on without him yet never being the same, and even setting money aside for him. Rock history definitely repeats itself!

  • @lisa0795
    @lisa0795 7 місяців тому +2

    That was a great video. Hope he’s out there somewhere.

  • @amymuchko7106
    @amymuchko7106 Рік тому +15

    This is a surprisingly touching story. The part at the end where they gave Richie 25% made me cry I was so nice. It was actually uplifting to hear that on Kurt Cobain's birthday.

  • @hyllaf
    @hyllaf Рік тому +1

    what a loss to all. Imo, the greatest lyric writer music has ever seen

  • @Wizzz2288
    @Wizzz2288 Рік тому +3

    Thank You for this. I remember when he disappeared. Everything seemed to point to suicide at the time. Your video has made me think he is still alive. I hope so

  • @Katiebop89
    @Katiebop89 4 місяці тому +2

    Sadly, I do believe he jumped from the Severn River, as much as the alternative story is a nicer story. Richey was sadly heavily depressed, anorexic and in the mid 1990's depression wasn't even spoken about, let alone men. As someone who suffers with bipolar, PTSD and depression, those moments are crushing and there comes a point where some just can't cope anymore. Richie disappeared on my 6th birthday.
    I genuinely hope wherever he is now, he is happy and at peace.

  • @wendyhandley9463
    @wendyhandley9463 Рік тому +9

    NME was such a smug paper, the writers, frustrated wanted to be musicians, it was all sarcasm and self importance, it had nothing to do with music, I feel sorry for Richie having to even converse with that idiot lamak

  • @ndesdsadfd
    @ndesdsadfd Рік тому +4

    Oh I remember when this happened...the Manic Street Preachers! Good times, the '90s.

  • @rickjones641
    @rickjones641 Рік тому +2

    I’m younger than my two sisters and I moved away when I was 18, but we’re from the same area and they knew the boys a little bit, one of my sisters’ former husband was good friends with Nicky. My sisters swear there were a little group of them that were obsessed with communism and determined to move to a communist country. I have no idea if it has any relevance but it always pops into my head when I hear the “where’s Richie?” question. On the admittedly slim chance that he is still around, I hope he found some happiness and peace in the end.

  • @sirussid3671
    @sirussid3671 Рік тому +2

    We fans wish him wel (richey)) and hope that the day will come when he resurface's
    & makes a wel deserved withdrawal much to our rejoice... world will welcome him with open arm's.💐

  • @lsudx479
    @lsudx479 Рік тому +1

    Glad to see another Deburke321 video. Thanks.

    • @deburke321
      @deburke321  Рік тому +1

      Thank you really glad you enjoyed!

  • @FlasKamel
    @FlasKamel Рік тому +3

    Best channel ever

  • @ReeseChown
    @ReeseChown Рік тому +22

    My favorite lyricist of all time, just brilliant. I don't think he was supposed to be here-- he knew too much.

  • @itsicearmour
    @itsicearmour 11 місяців тому

    Glad to see you're back after getting hacked bro!

  • @josephrowe849
    @josephrowe849 Рік тому +4

    I never knew MSP lost someone like that. Probably because I know nothing about them since 90's rock didn't stick with me as much as rock from the 60's, 70's and 80's did. The 90's artists I liked were Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes. But yeah, it's sad how Richey Edward ended up magically disappearing..

  • @jesterssketchbook
    @jesterssketchbook Рік тому +16

    As a Manic's fan - this is gonna be a tough-watch, isnt it?

  • @gabix7488
    @gabix7488 8 місяців тому

    The daily withdraw contradicts the idea of S.
    Love your vodeos man. New subscriber
    Now i want to read that " cocaine" novel

  • @chele277
    @chele277 Рік тому +4

    Richey, miss you man

  • @jimo9555
    @jimo9555 Рік тому +5

    17:26 if you're not aware, in the UK (in those days) we could go to the passport office and get temporary passports ...these weren't issued to the same standards as a ten year passport but could still get you to Europe

  • @barrypotter5751
    @barrypotter5751 Рік тому +3

    I remember seeing Richie on stage with the manic street preachers at fat Sam's in dundee in Jan 1992

  • @Rapuk
    @Rapuk Рік тому +4

    Motorcycle emptiness what a track

  • @Healingpowerofmusic_Corruption

    Saying that I love the guy and I spend so long wondering where he went. People say he’s in India, there was Disneyland photos found in his Cardiff flat where I live. He was also FASCINATED with this book where this welsh man disappeared and he admired this man. If you read the book ‘sweet venom’ you will get the real story as this isn’t it

  • @Whatthaonabout
    @Whatthaonabout 5 місяців тому +1

    Bless him!

  • @andrew69007
    @andrew69007 Рік тому +20

    Damn. That interview at 13:40 where he’s explaining his depressed world view and the interviewer is just laughing at him, not taking him seriously whatsoever. I’ve had those exact thoughts, it’s sad to see him being laughed at while he essentially lays all this thoughts out on the table. Being vulnerable and getting laughed at for it is the worst. The media really did treat him like trash as he cried out for help. But like you said, it was a different time.

    • @ClandestineRecords
      @ClandestineRecords Рік тому +3

      Yeah, it was cringe...

    • @MaeniExternalMemory
      @MaeniExternalMemory Рік тому +7

      I have to say it was a crap move, but it seems to be how the intervewer acts in most videos when someone is talking about anything.
      He was probably awkward and didn't know how to respond, which I know is no help to the person suffering.

    • @philpants44
      @philpants44 Рік тому +2

      different time unfortunately

    • @rabbitsonjupiter6824
      @rabbitsonjupiter6824 Рік тому +6

      @Maeni's External Memory I agree. I got the impression that the interviewer was embarrassed, and didn't know which direction to go after hearing Richey's words.

    • @NeglectedField
      @NeglectedField 5 місяців тому +2

      I think it was less the interviewer poking fun and more him perceiving it as that general resigned British gallows humour and nothing much deeper.