Aaah Wales – land of Portmeirion, some of the World’s best castles, and that amazing street in Cardiff that is all chip shops.
Even as a die-hard Englishman with hardly any Celtic blood in my veins I can say for now I love the Wales and the Welsh – though I must admit I am still traumatised by the sight of this Welsh man’s bare chest.
And if there’s a national music of Wales, beyond those stirring choral hymns, I would suggest it is probably wonky pop music. For oddly enough over the years the Welsh have been responsible for some of the best psychedelic pop music that these islands have ever produced. I won’t venture an opinion as to why, but there’s more here.
So to celebrate St David’s Day here are ten killer Welsh psych pop songs (and The Manic Street Preachers because it is impossible to produce a list of Welsh music without them).
Badfinger – Come And Get It
Although it wasn’t written by a Welshman (Beatle Paul actually) but the late 60s early 70s power poppers made many great records.
John Cale – Gideon’s Bible
The Greatest Living Welshman – probably. This is from his first solo album Vintage Violence, but Paris 1919 is his masterpiece.
The Apple – Buffalo Billycan
Genius psych pop from a largely unknown Cardiff band.
The Super Furry Animals – It’s Not The End Of The World
Still the best antidote to a bad day ever.
Shirley Bassey – The Spinning Wheel
Shirley’s finest moment – easy listening funk with a psych twist
Colorama – Candy Street
The best of the new breed of Welsh psych bands. All of their albums are worth listening to especially the new one Good Music.
Melys – Chinese Whispers
Little known, but genius North Wales band.
The Keys – Fire Inside
Brilliant bit of psych from the very good See Monkey Records band.
The Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
They never got any better than this
The School – I Don’t Believe in Love
Like Nancy and Lee soundtracked by the Wilson Brothers, a perfect pop song from the great Elefant Records band