Ah, now you're talking. Manics I like.
So far I have "This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours", one of there more recent albums. It is superb, but it's not really the same band that they started as.
I also have a bootleg collection known as "Making Rebellion Into Money" (I think that's it) which is good. I've heard a fair bit of their early stuff, but I haven't heard them between 1993 and 1998. :?
Back to Stereophonics, I'll agree their early stuff was good, but I can't stand them now. Literally, I turn off the radio when they come on.
I'm going to see a fairly obscure (but good) band by the name of Mohair on wednesday, with support from a band called "The Mexicolas". I was playing some Mexicolas stuff to my brother (he of Smiths fanhood), and he said, "they sound a bit like the Stereophonics... when they used to be good".