Review: Jack Foley
THE quirky, arresting charm that has been The Super Furry Animals
over the past 11 years is finally put together on one record,
in the form of this excellent Songbook, to the delight of all
Super Furry fans out there.
Formed in Cardiff, in 1993, the band enjoyed instant success
on the underground scene, following the release of their debut
EP on the local Ankst label, and were promptly snapped up by Alan
McGee for his Creation label (who were basking in the success
Since then, they have continued to provide some of the quirkiest,
most bizarre pop tunes ever to grace the upper reaches of the
chart - bringing some much needed relief from the manufactured,
mainstream fare that courts most radio airplay.
This singles collection (cunningly subtitled Volume One) brings
together all of the classics, from the Welsh sung Blerwytirhwng?,
through to the recent re-release of the perennial live favourite,
and set-closer, The Man Don’t Give A Fuck.
Throughout, it is laced with moments of compelling genius, such
as the wondrous opening song, Something 4 The Weekend
(an excellent way to ease into a rest period), via the trumpet-laden
serenade that is Northern Lites; through to the beautiful
Juxtaposed With U and the equally poignant Hello
Sunshine, from their most recent long-player, Phantom
Some of it may be a little too out-there, or arty, for the unconverted,
but, in the main, this is an album that is as essential for the
true fans among you, as it is for thost who have yet to discover
the true joy that listening to the Super Furrys can bring.
We would urge you not to miss out on the opportunity of owning
the essential back catalogue on one CD; with 21 tracks to enjoy,
there should be something for everyone.
1. Something 4 The Weekend
2. It's Not The End Of The World?
3. Northern Lites
4. Juxtapozed With U
5. Slow Life
6. Fire In My Heart
7. The Man Don't Give A F**k
8. Hermann Loves Pauline
9. Play It Cool
10. Ice Hockey Hair
11. Do Or Die
12. (Drawing) Rings Around The World
13. God! Show Me Magic
14. Ysbeidiau Heulog
16. Golden Retriever
17. The International Language Of Screaming
18. Hello Sunshine
19. Hometown Unicorn
20. If You Don't Want Me To Destroy You