Sunday, 18 September 2016

REWIND: Super Furry Animals - 'Something 4 The Weekend'

More wonderful music from 1996 as RW/FF takes you aboard a musical TARDIS on a journey through musical history. If you weren't around or were too young to remember the mid 90s, consider this a lesson of enlightenment. If you (like me) were lucky enough to experience it all first time around, then these posts make a fine nostalgic blast from the blast. 

After returning from a five year hiatus for some gigs last year, Welsh indie legends Super Furry Animals surprised everyone with a new single recently, their first in seven years. I'm a massive fan of this band, but I'm not going to pretend that I loved 'Bing Bong', which has to be the biggest disappointment of recent times, alongside that new Divine Comedy album. Today we'll focus on one of SFA's better moments, this wonderfully bouncy offering from 1996. Ironically this song share the same title as a Divine Comedy track as well. 'Something 4 The Weekend' was the band's third single, which appeared in a different version on the debut album Fuzzy Logic. The song reached #18 on the UK Singles Chart on its release in July 1996.

It's only today that I've discovered the term "Something for the Weekend" was originally a euphemistic reference to condoms, from a time when chemists didn't trade on Sundays. However this track appears to be about recreational drug taking: "First time I did it for the hell of it, Stuck it on the back of my tongue and then swallowed it..." A 20th anniversary reissue of 'Fuzzy Logic' will be released soon. Frontman Gruff Rhys says: “The reissue is radically different to the original, some songs have alternative beginnings and endings and people will notice the difference in definition, especially in high resolution digital and the new vinyl cut.1995/6 was an overwhelming whirlwind of touring, gimmickry and mayhem for us so it's been a real treat to take some time to relive and reassess all these songs and compile everything that we recorded in that short, magical period in one place." 



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