The International Language of Screaming

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"The International Language of Screaming"
Single by Super Furry Animals
from the album Radiator
Released 14 July 1997
Format CD, MC, 7"
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:12
Label Creation Records
Writer(s) Super Furry Animals
Producer(s) Gorwel Owen, Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals singles chronology
"Hermann ♥'s Pauline"
"The International Language of Screaming"
"Play It Cool"

"The International Language of Screaming" is the seventh single by Super Furry Animals. It reached #24 on the UK Singles Chart on its release in July 1997.[1]

Release and critical reception[edit]

"The International Language of Screaming" was released on CD, cassette and 7" on 14 July 1997 and reached number 24 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The cover art is the second in a series of five Pete Fowler paintings commissioned by the band for Radiator and its singles. Fowler's art was inspired by "The International Language of Screaming" and features "refugees from Star Trek" according to Record Collector.[2] The packaging of the single features the Welsh language quote "Teg edrych tuag adref", which roughly translates into English as "Home sweet home".[3] The track was included on the band's 'greatest hits' compilation album Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1, issued in 2004.[4]

"The International Language of Screaming" received a generally positive response from critics. Reviewing the track on its release as a single, the NME called it a "spindly burst of brevity" and suggested that it was inspired by the music of the band Soft Machine. The magazine went on to state, however, that the track is not as focused as "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" or as "quirkily charming" as "Hermann ♥'s Pauline" and that its "sonic doodling" may only make sense in the context of the then yet to be released album Radiator.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Super Furry Animals.

  • CD (CRESCD269)
    1. "The International Language of Screaming" – 2:12
    2. "Wrap It Up" – 3:27
    3. "Foxy Music" – 3:50
    4. "nO.K." – 2:13
  • MC (CRES269), 7" (CRE269)
    1. "The International Language of Screaming" – 2:12
    2. "Wrap It Up" – 3:27


Singles chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
UK Singles Chart 24[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. ^ The International Language of Screaming (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. ^ Paul, Moody (12 July 1997). "Singles". NME: 48–49.