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Super Furry Animals are a Welsh rock band who lean towards psychedelic rock and electronic experimentation. Since their formation in Cardiff, Wales in 1993, the band has consisted of Gruff Rhys (lead vocals, guitar), Huw Bunford (lead guitar, vocals), Guto Pryce (bass guitar), Cian Ciaran (keyboards, synthesisers, various electronics, occasional guitar, vocals) and Dafydd Ieuan (drums, vocals). Actor Rhys Ifans is also a former member. (Read more at Wikipedia.)

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The band's early releases were in Welsh, which is probably what attracted Peel to their material: he gave them airplay as early as 1995, followed by their first session the next year. Their last for the show was live from Maida Vale, and John voiced the audience's surprise (and undoubted disappointment) at how low-key and moody it was. Despite their five-session tally, only one song has seen a commercial release.

The Animals never normally missed their national team's football matches, but missed the Wales v. Azerbaijan World Cup qualifier on October 12 2005 (which Wales won 2-0) in order to play a Peel tribute show in London [1]. Rhys explained that they chose songs that reminded them of John, in particular 'Zoom', which they wrote on the way to Peel Acres to do the 2001 live session, and 'Run Christian Run' due to it featuring a pedal steel.

Festive Fifty Entries



Five sessions. ‘Charge’ from session #3 released on the single Ysbeidiau Heulog (Placid Casual, 7”, 2000).

1. Live in Manchester studio 01 April 1996.

  • Frisbie / Hometown Unicorn / Focus Pocus / God Show Me Magic

2. Recorded 1998-03-24. First broadcast 22 April 1998. Repeated 13 August 1998.

  • The Teacher / Fire In My Heart / A Tame Lad (Datblygu cover) / The Turning Tide / Y Teimlad (The Feeling) (live from Maida Vale, broadcast 24 March 1998)

3. Recorded 2000-01-11. First broadcast 01 March 2000.

  • Gwyneb Iau / Ymaelodi A'r Ymylon / Charge (Theme From Das Koolies) / Dx Heaven

4. Live from Peel Acres, 12 July 2001.

  • Zoom / Nythod Cacwn / Run Christian Run / Fragil Happiness / A Touch Sensitive

5. Live from Maida Vale, 06 October 2004.

  • Demons / Nythod Cacwn / Cryndod Yn Dy Lais / Y Gwyneb Iav / Hometown Unicorn / The Turning Tide / Gwreiddiav Dwfn / Gathering Moss / If You Don't Want Me To Destroy You / Fragile Happiness / Down a Different River / Bleed Forever / Hello Sunshine / Run! Christian, Run!


  1. God! Show Me Magic
  2. The Turning Tide
  3. Play It Cool
  4. Some Things Come From Nothing
  1. Demons
  2. Northern Lites
  3. Y Gweneb Iau
  4. Ymaelodi a'r Ymylon
  5. The Door To This House
  6. Calimero
  7. Nightvision
  8. Ice Hockey Hair
  9. Gwreiddiau Dwfn
  1. Hello Sunshine
  2. (Drawing) Rings Around The World
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Out Of Control
  5. Mountain People
  6. Slow Life
  7. Run Christian Run
  8. Juxtaposed With You
  9. Hermann Loves Pauline
  10. Recepticle For The Respectable
  11. Calimero

Other Shows Played

(The list below was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive. Please add more information if known.)


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