Radiator (album)

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Radiator
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Studio album by Super Furry Animals
Released 25 August 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 46:54
Label Creation, Flydaddy
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: 12 May 1997
  2. "The International Language of Screaming"
    Released: 14 July 1997
  3. "Play It Cool"
    Released: 22 September 1997
  4. "Demons"
    Released: 24 November 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
NME 9/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 8.6/10[5]
PopMatters 8/10[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[7]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5[8]

Radiator is the second album by Super Furry Animals. It was released in August 1997 by Creation Records, and later the same year in the United States under Flydaddy Records. It peaked at number eight on the UK Albums Chart.[9] In 2005, it was reissued with a bonus disc of other tracks from the time.

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".[10]

Release and reception[edit]

In 2000 Q magazine placed Radiator at number 73 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. Stylus Magazine named Radiator in a list of ten essential albums released by Creation Records in a 2003 article about the label.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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 D.E.A.D" 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 band's 1998 B-sides collection.

Personnel[edit]

  • Gruff Rhys – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Moog, claps
  • Huw Bunford – electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Cian Ciaran – electronics, Rhodes piano, piano, backing vocals, claps
  • Guto Pryce – bass, sub-bass, claps
  • Dafydd Ieuan – drums, percussion, backing vocals, piano
  • Les Morrison – banjo (on "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. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Radiator – Super Furry Animals". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  3. ^ Bennun, David (22 August 1997). "Furry box of delights". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Cameron, Keith (23 August 1997). "Super Furry Animals – Radiator". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Hogan, Marc (6 June 2005). "Super Furry Animals: Fuzzy Logic / Radiator / Out Spaced / Guerilla / Mwng". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Zupko, Sarah. "Super Furry Animals, Radiator". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Super Furry Animals". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside Books. p. 796. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ Furman, Michael. "Super Furry Animals – Radiator". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Super Furry Animals". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  10. ^ Martin, Piers (April 2008). "Album by album: Super Furry Animals". Uncut (131): 70–72. 
  11. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (1 September 2003). "Creation Records – Label Profile". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 

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