Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1

Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1

by Super Furry Animals
     
 

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One of the most creative rock bands of the late '90s, Wales natives Super Furry Animals consistently stretch the definition of pop music while sounding uncannily like themselves. Nowhere is this more evident that on Songbook Vol. 1, which collects all of their U.K. singles to date. Over the years, the Furries have dabbled in

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One of the most creative rock bands of the late '90s, Wales natives Super Furry Animals consistently stretch the definition of pop music while sounding uncannily like themselves. Nowhere is this more evident that on Songbook Vol. 1, which collects all of their U.K. singles to date. Over the years, the Furries have dabbled in punk ("Do or Die," "God! Show Me the Magic"); stoner dance-rock ("Play it Cool"); glam power ballads ("Demons," "If You Don't Want Me to Destroy You"); disco ("Juxtaposed with You"); psychedelic freakouts ("Hometown Unicorn"); sunny pop ("Hello Sunshine"); techno ("Slow Life"); mariachi ("Northern Lights"); and forays into their own consonant-heavy Welsh language ("Blerwytirhwng?"). Songbook Vol. 1 also contains a few gems that are seeing their American debut: "Ice Hockey Hair," featuring computerized vocals and Beach Boys harmonies; and "The Man Don't Give a F***," an encore favorite and a U.K. hit that samples Steely Dan's "Showbiz Kids" while dropping the f-bomb over 50 times. For a compilation -- and a non-chronological one at that -- Songbook Vol. 1 makes for a surprisingly cohesive album. Maybe it's because Super Furry Animals have never followed trends. Maybe it's because they sprinkle everything they do with magic Furry dust. Or maybe it's just because there's not a bum song in the bunch. While all six of their proper albums are highly recommended, for the uninitiated, this is fantastic place to start.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2004
Label:
Sony Uk
UPC:
5099751767121
catalogNumber:
5176712
Rank:
198241

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Super Furry Animals   Primary Artist
Sean O'Hagan   Strings
Huw Bunford   Group Member
Dafydd Ieuan   Group Member
Marcus Holdaway   Strings
Cian Ciárán   Group Member
Guto Pryce   Group Member
Gruff Rhys   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mario Caldato   Producer
Christopher Shaw   Producer
Super Furry Animals   Composer,Producer
Gorwel Owen   Producer
Peter Fowler   Illustrations
Chris Shaw   Producer
John Mark James   Illustrations
Dylunio   Illustrations
Arlunio Gan   Illustrations

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