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Super Furry Animals got Teeth …

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Ok – so let’s start with the name… “Super Furry Animals”  How great is that! For me that’s right up there with other great band names like “Gay Wookie” (a friend of mine came up with that years ago and it has since remained in my top 5 all time favorite band names.)

Now on to the album – “Songbook Vol. 1” to be specific, created by “Super Furry” a.k.a “The Furries” a.k.a “SFA” was released on 1/25/2005. The band has been around since 1993 and has a record catalog of some 12’ish albums and has a serious cult following. I chose Songbook Vol. 1 as my jumping off point into SFA land for no good reason – but I’m damn glad I did.

There is absolutely no shortage of musical influences on this album. I mean you can find everything on here. Psychedelic, Hippie-rock, Techno, House, Folk, Classic-rock,  Jazz, Pop, Power-Pop, Brit-Pop, New-wave, Punk, Funk, and everything in between. And that’s not just across the whole of the album – that might just be in one song! Now that may sound frightening – and to be honest at first listen it can be. However, once you surrender yourself to what SFA is trying to do, what they’re trying to say, and the massive challenge of blending all these styles and influences, you find yourself almost rooting for them to succeed.

Let’s face it – it is not easy to bring all these styles together into something that someone would want to listen to – let alone enjoy. But somehow they do it.  They really do. And listening to them actually pull it off just makes you happy. There is a lot of ground being covered by this band, and a lot of it is covered with Seussian trees, multi-colored waterfalls, and rivers of mathmos. Still scared? Maybe you should be, but you should also give it a listen. It may not be for you, but you’ve just gotta respect the effort.

If I had to sum up the whole experience, I’d have to say it’s kinda like ‘Three Dog Night’ threw a house party, invited ‘Steriolab’ and ‘The Chemical Brothers’, and they all dropped some acid and spent the evening listening to the Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack while writing a new album. Now how intrigued are you…

January 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm 2 comments


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