Radiator (album)

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Radiator
Studio album by Super Furry Animals
Released 25 August 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 46:54
Label Creation
Producer Gorwel Owen & Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals chronology
Fuzzy Logic
(1996)
Radiator
(1997)
Ice Hockey Hair
(1998)
Singles from Radiator
  1. "Hermann ♥'s Pauline"
    Released: 24 May 1997
  2. "The International Language of Screaming"
    Released: 12 July 1997
  3. "Play It Cool"
    Released: 22 September 1997
  4. "Demons"
    Released: 17 November 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[2]
PopMatters (favourable)[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[4]

Radiator is the second album by Super Furry Animals. It peaked at #8 on the UK charts.[5] In 2005, it was reissued with a bonus disc of other tracks from the time.

In 2000 Q magazine placed Radiator at number 73 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.

Singer Gruff Rhys has described Radiator as "more interesting" than the band's debut Fuzzy Logic with the group taking advantage of producer Gorwel Owen's "Atari computers, and banks of old vintage synths" to create an album which was "musically ... much more adventurous".[6]

The track 'Download' repeatedly appeared on the hit Welsh TV Show 'Lois' about a young teenage girl struggling to come to terms with her anorexia.

Release and reception[edit]

Stylus Magazine named Radiator in a list of "Ten essential albums" released by Creation Records in a 2003 article about the label.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Super Furry Animals

No. Title Length
1. "Furryvision™" (Instrumental) 1:25
2. "The Placid Casual"   2:49
3. "The International Language of Screaming"   2:14
4. "Demons"   5:12
5. "Short Painkiller" (Instrumental) 0:38
6. "She's Got Spies"   4:43
7. "Play It Cool"   3:16
8. "Hermann ♥'s Pauline"   4:43
9. "Chupacabras"   1:26
10. "Torra Fy Ngwallt Yn Hir"   1:54
11. "Bass Tuned to DEAD"   3:20
12. "Down a Different River"   5:37
13. "Download"   3:19
14. "Mountain People"   6:14
  • Some American releases were packaged with Out Spaced, the bands 1998 b-sides collection.

Personnel[edit]

  • Les Morrison- banjo (Demons)
  • Gorwel Owen- E-Bow, samples, electric harpsichord, backwards Rhodes
  • Martin Smith- trumpet
  • Simon James- tenor sax and flute
  • Andrew Frizzell- trombone and alto sax
  • The Electra Strings:
  • Sonia Slany- violin
  • Jules Singleton- violin
  • Clair Arster- viola
  • Dinah Beamish- cello

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ PopMatters review
  4. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  5. ^ "Search Results -- Albums". http://www.everyhit.com. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  6. ^ Martin, Piers (April 2008). "Album by album: Super Furry Animals". Uncut 131: 70–72. 
  7. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (2003-09-01). "Creation Records - Label Profile". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-05.