Meic Stevens: “Y Brawd Houdini”
My favorite song, possibly still my favorite song, was a song by a gentleman called Meic Stevens. It’s a song in the Welsh language. It came out the year I was born, and it stayed with me throughout my childhood. It’s very melodic, and I suppose it’s one of the catchiest songs ever written, which is great when you’re five. You can dance to it, which is also great when you’re five and full of energy. Meic Stevens was a bit of a rebel character, so it’s a kind of a drinking song. It’s about drinking in a coal mine, which I wouldn’t recommend. It’s a great three-minute pop song.
I still have the 7”, and it still has my sister’s name written on it, so it must have been my sister’s record. I was introduced to a lot of music by my older brother and sister. We grew up in a Welsh-speaking town, so we used to have Welsh-language radio, and that song would be on the radio all the time.
My parents used to take us to some folk festivals and things to see people like Alan Stivell, the guy who popularized the electric harp, and all kinds of interesting characters. It was quite inspiring. I got to see a lot of bands playing when I was about five years old.
— Gruff Rhys, on his favorite music at age 5 (from Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20)