unofficially super furry animals - sfa - News. The Super Furry Animals, an SFA fansite, super furry animals - unofficially.

NEWS


SFA TO release Greatest Hits in September - 23/07/2004

from phantom-power.com

SFA TO release Greatest Hits in September

...The band's 1996 single – and live anthem 'The Man Don't Give A Fuck' was the first top 40 hit to include 52 fucks. It got to number one in Australia. A twenty-minute version is re-released in September 2004, on DVD.

The release of Radiator in 1997 saw the band begin a longstanding and fruitful relationship with the then-unknown graphic artist Pete Fowler. Fowler has since gone on to become the internationally feted creator of the monsterism genre.

In 1999, SFA sponsored Cardiff City's shirts in the Welsh Cup. They have also appeared in the inferior Playstation football game Actua Soccer, and featured legendary footballer Robin Friday (the Welsh George Best) on the sleeve for 'The Man Don't Give A Fuck'. On their 2003 trip to Brazil, they 'presented' a replica of the World Cup trophy onstage. The crowd, predictably, went wild.

SFA's Welsh album Mwng (the most successful Welsh language album ever entering the UK album charts at number 11) was raised in Parliament by the prominent ministers Paul Flynn and Elfyn Llwyd.

Mwng became the band's most successful release in the US: "You walk along in New York and there's hardly any English. They handle not understanding better than here." Dafydd Ieuan, 2003. Japanese fans, incidentally, are word-perfect on the Welsh songs.

"Singing in Welsh is not a mystic experience. Welsh is a modern European language." Gruff Rhys

Mwng was a response to the band's previous albums – "popular records that weren't becoming popular" (Creation weren't spending on marketing the albums). So the band went on 'pop strike'. Conversely, many believe Mwng to be the band's most accessible album.

SFA are pioneers in contemporary touring – playing concerts in quadraphonic and surround sound – has usually been the sole preserve of crusty dance acts or rock dinosaurs. SFA have made this a common feature of their live show…

...and despite a reputation of arch behaviour gained by fitting a soundsystem into a bright blue peace tank and drowning out performances of other bands at festivals, for the tethering of huge inflatable bears – one evil, one good – outside their concerts, or the now-legendary Yeti costumes, SFA are still more noted for ten years of innovation and quality.

"None of this expensive gimmickry would be worth anything without good songs, and the group have them in spades." (Daily Telegraph, 2001)

Their last World Tour was exactly that – from Cardiff to Copacabana Beach, from Salisbury to Osaka, the band took their Phantom Power to five continents. "We're not huge anywhere, but we can tour the world and have an adventure." (Independent, 2003)

Super Furries' albums are regularly compared to the likes of Pet Sounds or Sgt Pepper.

Their favourite Beach Boys record is in fact Surf's Up. No idea about the Beatles though.

In 2000 SFA remixed unreleased Beatles recordings – which was then nominated for a Grammy.

As payback, 'Rings Around The World' featured Paul McCartney on 'carrot and celery rhythm track' (an homage to his performance on the Beach Boys' 'Vegetables').

Foremost as an effort to recreate their live surround sound, Rings Around The World became the first album to be released on conventional audio and DVD formats simultaneously...

...and became the first band to do it twice (with Phantom Power, in 2003). Both DVD's feature exclusively commissioned film/animation for each song. "This is just the way we make records now." Cian Ciaran, 2003.

Both albums sound equally good on a really bad stereo. The sort that comes free with a subscription to the Reader's Digest.

SFA were shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 2001 for 'Rings Around The World'. Following Rings Around The World (Mojo Album Of The Year 2001), Phantom Power was even better received (high competition, that) – featuring across the board recognition in the end-of-year polls of the national and music press.

A week after playing in front of 80,000 fans at the Wales vs. Azerbaijan match, SFA launched Phantom Power with a 60 capacity show in the chapel of a residential Welsh language school in North Wales. The set was drawn from a manual bingo caller.

SFA then commemorated the centenary of the Great Penrhyn Colliery Strike of 1903 with a sold out 6000 capacity show.

In 2003, SFA were nominated for the Q Award 'Innovation In Music'.

Super Furry Animals were voted amongst the Best Bands in Britain in the Guardian, October 2003. "Six albums down the line, the band have achieved a level of consistency matched by few outfits since the Beatles."

"All governments are liars and murderers." Bill Hicks. Previously accompanied by Total Recall-Swarzenegger repeating "Best mindfuck yet', on their last tour SFA's legendary endgame techno blowout was accompanied by a video montage of Tony Bliar and George Bush set to Bill Hicks' mantra.

"Inside the velvet glove lies a clenched fist, a white knuckle, a pointed finger." (The Times, 2004)

SFA's 2004 remix album Phantom Phorce ("both stimulating and rather beautiful." Observer) features a 'hilarious' commentary from executive producer, the legendary Kurt Stern. "Really, what I did was, I rescued this record from the cut-out bin."

And: "He's singing about a dog. This perfect rocking track and he's singing about a dog. There goes all that money. It's so disappointing."

And: "Daf said, "You see this bottle of HP Sauce, Kurt? That's what I want my drums to sound like." Well… Daf had a vision and I had to honour that."

"They've been the most innovative band and exciting group in the UK for years." (Sunday Times, 2004)

2004: Live performance and SFA recordings are featured in Michael Winterbottom's industry-confounding 9 Songs. Release date – never?

You don't last ten years in the music business without a modicum of suss. Twenty singles down the line, SFA have proved themselves more disciplined than most – if not all – of their peers. "People think we're just running around like a bunch of crazed mushroom munchers. Well, we are sometimes, but only when we know we haven't got decisions to make." (Huw Bunford, 2001)

"Some bands are the victims of their own success, but there's not been much chance of that with us. We've never had that weight of expectation and over six albums we've had a chance to grow and hone our sound. We were never going to be a massive unit-shifting band. We started off playing to four people in a Cardiff pub and we're constantly surprised to find ourselves in front of crowds over 10." (Gruff Rhys, 2003)

SFA have headlined the Glastonbury Other Stage (2003) and will headline the Radio One Stage at Reading and Leeds festivals this year (2004).

So, where next? "Telepathy. I think one of our albums is going to be a wholly telepathic album. No format whatsoever." (Guto Price, 2001)

Super Furry Animals release their Greatest Hits in September 2004. Sadly for Guto, it will not be available as a telepathic album. Yet.

RESIDENTS TRY TO STOP SFA FROM PLAYING BRECON JAZZ FEST - 15/07/2004

from nme.com

Local residents have launched a petition in a bid to stop SUPER FURRY ANIMALS playing next month's BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL.

A petition has been signed by 84 people living near Watton Field in Wales, where the band will perform in a marquee on 12 August. Residents claim the concert has been "sprung" on them, although festival organisers deny it will bring any problems.

Festival director Andy Eagle defended the concert but conceded to the BBC that another venue may have to be found, because of the opposition.

Eagle added: "The Super Furries gig is for young people and I think it's an insult to say that there will be individuals intent on causing chaos at the gig.

"The people opposed are in the minority and these people should remember that they were young once too. We've had bands and individuals kick off the festival before who've had no jazz links."

He claimed: "We should be proud the Super Furries are coming, it's a real coup for the town."

The concert is subject to a public entertainment licence application to Powys council on 28 July.

SFA, currently in Spain recording their seventh studio album, follow the show with a host of live activity. Firstly, they support Air at the Cornwall Eden Project on August 13. The next night they are the headliners at this year's Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester.

For ticket availability to Summer Sundae, click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

SFA will also co-headline the BBC Radio 1 Stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds. They play Reading on Friday August 27 and the following day in Leeds. For ticket info, call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

The full list of dates is as follows:

Brecon Jazz Festival (August 12)
Cornwall Eden Project (13)
Leicester Summer Sundae Festival (14)
Carling Weekend: Reading (27)
Carling Weekend: Leeds (28)

A reissue of material recorded by SFA frontman Gruff Rhys’ and drummer Dafydd Ieuan’s first band Ffa Coffi Pawb is released on August 2. 'Am Byth' makes available most of the band's recordings, which were made between 1986 and 1992.

More Super Furry Animals activity is promised for later in the year.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS TO PLAY BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL - 02/07/2004

from nme.com

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS are to take a break from working on their new album in Spain to play a host of summer live dates.

The band are currently working on the follow-up to 2003's 'Phantom Power' on the Costa Brava. Mario Caldato Jr, who produced the last LP, is once more twiddling the knobs.

But SFA will return play the Brecon Jazz Festival on August 12. The show is in a 1,000 seater marquee, and acts as a 'warm-up' for the festival, which opens officially the next day.

SFA tickets go on sale at Theatr Brycheiniog box office on Monday (July 5) at 10am. The box office number is 01874 611622.

The festival runs from August 13 to 15.

The band will then support Air at the Cornwall Eden Project on August 13.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Super Furry Animals are the Saturday night (August 14) headliners at this year's Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester.

For ticket availability, click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

SFA will also co-headline the BBC Radio 1 Stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds. They play Reading on Friday August 27 and the following day in Leeds. For ticket info, call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

The full list of dates is as follows:

Brecon Jazz Festival (August 12)
Cornwall Eden Project (13)
Leicester Summer Sundae Festival (14)
Carling Weekend: Reading (27)
Carling Weekend: Leeds (28)

A reissue of material recorded by SFA frontman Gruff Rhys’ and drummer Dafydd Ieuan’s first band Ffa Coffi Pawb is released on August 2. 'Am Byth' makes available most of the band's recordings, which were made between 1986 and 1992.

More Super Furry Animals activity is promised for later in the year.

page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56
Melonie Walter       All Rights Reserved ©2003 - 2016       SuperFurry.org       melonie at tifandgif.com Top^