Demons (Super Furry Animals song)

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Single by Super Furry Animals
from the album Radiator
Released 24 November 1997
Format CD, MC, 7"
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:13
Label Creation Records
Writer(s) Super Furry Animals
Producer(s) Gorwel Owen, Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals singles chronology
"Play It Cool"
"Northern Lites"

"Demons" is the eighth single by Super Furry Animals and the last to be taken from the album Radiator. It reached #27 on the UK Singles Chart on its release in November 1997.[1]


The video was filmed in Colombia. It shows humanist scenes of everyday life, with the band observing and sometimes casually interacting with the locals.

Release and critical reception[edit]

"Demons" was released on CD, cassette and 7" on 24 November 1997 and reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The cover art is the last in a series of five Pete Fowler paintings commissioned by the band for Radiator and its singles. Fowler's art was inspired by "Demons" and depicts "the unholy tribes of the undead" according to Record Collector.[2] The packaging of the single features the Welsh language quote "Esmwyth! Esmwyth! Dim blewyn o'i le!", which roughly translates into English as "Smooth! Smooth! Not a hair out of place!".[3] It is the last single by the group to contain such a quote, bringing to an end a practise that started with their debut single "Hometown Unicorn". The track was included on the band's 'greatest hits' compilation album Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1, issued in 2004.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

Shy Nobleman performed a cover of the song translated to Hebrew as "Shedim" as part of his 2013 album My day is a dream. Manfred Mann's Earth Band combined the song with Prefab Sprout's song Dragons to produce a new song titled Demons and Dragons.

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Hot Press Ireland Singles of the year 1997[5] 1997 30
Q United Kingdom 1010 Songs You Must Own!: Indie - Singles[6] 2004 *

* denotes an unordered list

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Super Furry Animals.

  • CD (CRESCD283)
  1. "Demons" – 5:13
  2. "Hit and Run" – 3:31
  3. "Carry the Can" – 4:47
  • MC (CRES283), 7" poster pack (CRE283)
  1. "Demons" – 5:13
  2. "Hit and Run" – 3:31


Singles chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
UK Singles Chart 27[1]


  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. ^ Demons (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. ^ "Singles of the year 1997". RockListMusic. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  6. ^ "1010 Songs You Must Own!". RockListMusic. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 

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