Play It Cool (song)

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This article is about the Super Furry Animals song. For other songs with the same title, see Play It Cool (disambiguation).
"Play It Cool"
Single by Super Furry Animals
from the album Radiator
Released 22 September 1997
Format CD, MC, 7"
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:18
Label Creation Records
Writer(s) Super Furry Animals
Producer(s) Gorwel Owen, Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals singles chronology
"The International Language of Screaming"
"Play It Cool"

"Play It Cool" is the eighth single by Super Furry Animals. It reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart on its release in September 1997.[1]

Release and critical reception[edit]

"Play It Cool" was released on CD, cassette and 7" on 22 September 1997 and reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart and is a slightly different version from the one featured on their album Radiator.[1] The cover art is the fourth in a series of five Pete Fowler paintings commissioned by the band for Radiator and its singles. Fowler's art was inspired by "Play It Cool" and features a "mutant blue dog" according to Record Collector.[2] The packaging of the single features the Welsh language quote "Adar o'r unlliw hedfant i'r unlle", which roughly translates into English as "Birds of a feather flock together".[3] The track was included on the band's 'greatest hits' compilation album Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1, issued in 2004.[4]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Select United Kingdom Singles of 1997[5] 1997 15

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to accompany "Play It Cool" featuring digitised versions of the band beating Brazil in the PlayStation video game Actua Soccer 2.[6]


All songs by Super Furry Animals.

  • CD (CRESCD275)
  1. "Play It Cool" – 3:18
  2. "Pass the Time" – 3:49
  3. "Cryndod Yn Dy Lais" – 3:15
  • MC (CRECS275), 7" poster pack (CRE275)
  1. "Play It Cool" – 3:18
  2. "Pass the Time" – 3:49


Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 27


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David, ed. (2003). British Hit Singles (16th ed.). Guinness World Records Ltd. p. 452. ISBN 0-85112-190-X. 
  2. ^ Kane, Jack (June 1999), "Super Furry Animals", Record Collector (Diamond Publishing) 238: 46–51 
  3. ^ Play It Cool (CD single). Super Furry Animals. Creation Records. 1997. p. [Inside cover]. 
  4. ^ Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1 (CD). Super Furry Animals. New York: Epic Records. 2004. back cover. 
  5. ^ "Select 1997 Lists". RockListMusic. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  6. ^ "Super Furry Animals FAQ". BBC Wales. c. 2003. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 

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