Gruff Rhys


Gruff Rhys - Frontier Man

Frontier Man is taken from Gruff Rhys’ new album, Babelsberg, which is released 8th June 2018,  on Rough Trade Records. Gruff is the lead singer of the Welsh indie rockers, Super Furry Animals. He is also a memeber of the band Neon Neon, with Boom Bip.


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  • Gorillaz
  • Plastic Beach
  • Parlophone
  • 2010
  • 5099962616614
  • 2x12”
  • 33 rpm
  • Album
  • Gatefold
  • Significant tracks:
    • “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach” [with Snoop Dogg]
    • “White Flag” [with Bashy and Kano]
    • “Rhinestone Eyes”
    • “Stylo” [with Mos Def featuring Bobby Womack]
    • “Superfast Jellyfish” [with De La Soul and Gruff Rhys]
    • “Empire Ants” [with Yukimi Nagano]
    • “Glitter Freeze” [with Mark E. Smith]
    • “Some Kind of Nature” [with Lou Reed]
    • “On Melancholy Hill”
    • “Sweepstakes” [with Mos Def]
    • “To Binge” [with Yukimi Nagano]
    • “Cloud of Unknowing” [featuring Bobby Womack]
  • The Sound Garden, Baltimore, MD

Today is Welsh Language Music day, and subsequently it is time for me, your resident Welsh human, to provide you with a list of floor filling club bangers in yr hen iaith.

  1. Elin Fflur - Harbwr Diogel
  2. Super Furry Animals - Ysbeidiau Heulog
  3. Super Furry Animals - Dim Bendith
  4. Gruff Rhys - American Interior (not all in Welsh, but parts of the chorus are. Also, it’s from a documentary film all about indigenous languages, specifically Welsh and the decline of indigenous languages in the US. A v v good watch)
  5. Casi Wyn - Hela
  6. Yws Gwynedd - Sebona Fi
  7. Swnami - Gwreiddiau
  8. Swnami - Ar Goll
  9. Ti (Si Hei Lw) - Frizbee
  10. Gruff Rhys - Gyrru
  11. Calan - Kân
  12. Gwenno - Chwyldro
  13. Gwenno - Patriarchaeth
  14. Eve Goodman - Dacw Nghariad
  15. Ceredwen - Y Galwd
  16. The Joy Formidable - Tynnu Sylw
  17. Cerys Matthews - Arlington Way

Some things to remember about Welsh language music: the platform for it is very limited, and thus a lot of it is done on a budget, so keep that in mind regarding the music videos; not all Welsh music is Celtic music and I’ve tried to keep songs with lyrics like ‘I frolic around the beautiful green hills of my besmirched country and dream about dying at the hands of the English’ to a minimum; it’s been 2003 in Wales for about 36 years.


new rule: everyone has to like super furry animals, because theyre good, and cool
Gruff Rhys talks Fuzzy Logic, Brexit, and Super Furry Animals anniversaries
In a small studio in Cardiff, a large figure looms among cardboard boxes and wooden tables. There’s a scuffling sound – a few chairs look like they’re going to topple over. “Found it.” Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys emerges with a giant bear’s head smoking a pipe, stepping over a plastic baby on his way. “This is one of the things we used for the last live tour,” he says, holding it aloft.

Welsh is Rhys’ first language (he pauses often during the interview, with a slight, concentrated frown, to translate things in his head to English) – and he feels as though it is one that’s in crisis.

“What’s been done to Welsh is a scandal, and it’s at its lowest-ever point every year. But there are measures that can be taken to safeguard it. Schools teaching it are on the increase. In the bulk of the 20th century, people were encouraged not to use the language, it was seen as this backward thing. Now people are largely proud of it, and now it just needs to be backed up by regulation, to give it concrete support. Especially for the communities where it’s spoken traditionally.

“It’s precious, and it has the disadvantage of being invisible. If there’s an ancient, historical building that represents a whole culture – if that’s wiped out then people are in uproar. But something as fragile as a living language, it’s harder to manifest itself visually in people’s imagination.”


Track of the day // Gruff Rhys - Limited Edition Heart

From the album Babelsberg, out June 8th via Rough Trade.