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GOLDEN RETRIEVERS
:: Super Furry Animals ::
22 October 2003 / Academy 1 / Manchester
By Craig Mather

The Academy has been subject to many mind-blowing performances in past years, and an equal amount of disappointing, embarrassing displays as well, in which the band just haven’t been able to own the stage. Lucky for us The Super Furry’s have had seven years of practise, and in those seven years have managed to craft something wonderful. Wondering whether or not by smoothing all the edges of their show the Super Furry’s would seem to polished was (in all honesty) simply foolish. A tight crowd strap themselves in for “Furrymania”. After milking the crowd dry of cheers Gruff Rhys leads his army out on stage. The amps sound as though they're ready to burst open with energy. Covering his head with a red Power Rangers helmet, Gruff seems like a duck in water. Floating off into the infamous land of all things weird, it leaves The Coral looking a bit like amateurs in such a game when thinking about the new “psychedelic movement”. “Rings Around The World” receives a rapturous applause, and rightly so. It’s seems a little odd to dedicate “Hello Sunshine” to Elliott Smith, though none the less very touching. With a secret collection of toys including chimes, synths, and timpani drums hidden behind the band, the sound is an almighty one. The night ended so powerfully with a twenty-minute adaptation of their 1996 single “The Man Don’t Give A Fuck”, supposedly directed at the leaders of the world. The song had been given a full make over and people were almost ready to draw glow sticks from their pockets to rejoice in the full hedonistic atmosphere, which is what everyone has come to expect. Standing there at the end, in full Golden Retriever attire, happy in their own world. The Super Furry Animals do what they want to do, and do it like no one else. Beautiful.


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