The Very Best Of Neil Diamond
That got your attention, didn’t it?
This is not a post on Neil Diamond, of course, even though there’s nothing wrong with a little Forever In Blue Jeans from time to time, but a post on one of my favorite groups of all time: Super Furry Animals. They have a song called “The Very Best Of Neil Diamond” on one of their albums. Now that I’ve made that connection, here’s a post from my old site, all cleaned up and ready for a re-post!
Techno, prog, punk, new-wave, no-wave, psychedelic, poppy, weird, Welsh, druggy, scatological, intelligent, political, silly and artistic are a few choice words I’d use to describe this unclassifiable band. However, the word that makes more sense when you’re talking about the Furries discography more than any other is IMPORTANT.
Since 1996 the Super Furry Animals have released 9 proper albums, one out takes collection and one singles compilation. All save one have been brilliant, and the sub-par one ain’t the out takes collection!
They are Europe’s answer to The Flaming Lips. Old Flaming Lips, I feel I must clarify. Pre-Embryonic Flaming Lips. GOOD Flaming Lips. Anyway, both bands have a seemingly endless supply of creativity, a good sense of humor; their albums contain elements of electro/prog/psych/pop/punk and they both have an enigmatic and entertaining front man and key songwriter.
The albums don’t always reveal their charms right away. Like the best albums that remain in rotation for decades, Furry albums take repeat listening sessions to recognize the greatness. Each album feels radically different from the other, but the one thing that is the same from album to album is their unrelenting eclecticism and uncanny ability to challenge themselves. Constantly. Genres? We don’t need no stinking genres!!! One song might sound like the Orb, the next might sound like some forgotten Motown number, T-Rex, NEU!, Aphex Twin or even a Cheech and Chong musical number! You never know, and you always know, what you’re getting when you buy a Super Furry Animals album.
You will become obsessed with this band once you’ve had a taste.
You’ve been warned.