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Happy St David’s Day – ten absolutely stunning Welsh psych pop tunes

By Stefano on March 1st, 2013

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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



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Five sad tales of musicians who went AWOL

By Stefano on January 29th, 2013

up-manicOn February 17th 1995 police found Richey Edwards’ Vauxhall Cavalier abandoned at the Severn View service station. They reported that there was evidence that The Manic Street Preachers’ guitarist had been living in the car.

As for the car’s owner, well nothing has been heard from him since. There have been alleged sightings in Goa and Lanzarote, while there are those believe that he took his own life and jumped off the Severn Bridge. I guess we will never know.

Edwards, however, wasn’t the first rock star who decided that they had had enough of their old life and wanted to start anew. Various members of Fleetwood Mac disappeared in the late 60s and early 70s to be discovered in the cradle of slightly iffy religious groups.

There are others too and I have rounded up five stories of musicians who, for one reason or another, completely disappeared. Some, like Richey, are missing presumed dead, others are just keeping an incredibly low profile while working on that magical next album. Then there’s the tale of Rodriguez, a singer whose life was shrouded in mystery before a film was made retelling his amazing tale.

The other thing about all five is that each of them has created some wonderful music, which in four out of the five cases, deserves to be much better known.

Licorice McKechnie - the folk singer who disappered

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Listening to their offbeat, sometimes discordant folk music now it is actually quite hard to imagine what a big deal The Incredible String band were in the mid 60s. Feted by Paul McCartney, loved by the San Francisco psych bands, a hit at Woodstock and the toast of folkies everywhere the band's two seminal albums The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion and The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter were both huge global sellers. As time went by the partners of the two key band members - Robin Williamson and Mike Heron, (namely Licorice McKechnie and Rose Simpson) - became an integral part of the band adding vocals and playing a variety of odd instruments. Gradually the band's influence waned and their records stopped selling. In 1972, her relationship with Robin Williamson at an end Licorice left the band and began to get involved with the Scientology religious group. For the next fifteen year she lived in California, occasionally playing on albums. Then in 1990 she suddenly completely disappeared. In a 1989 issue of Q magazine "a former String Band associate" reports she was behaving oddly and was "last seen setting out on a journey across the Arizona desert." There have been many reported sightings of Licorice since which have been cataloged on web forums. But no one is entirely sure if she is alive or dead. Robin Williamson apparently believes she is dead, though Wikipedia says that someone investigating her disappearance, described her as "alive.. and hiding in plain sight" in California."As far as I can tell, she doesn't really want to be found, so I'm not going to give away anything about her whereabouts on a public forum, but I'm pretty confident that I've located her. Unless I'm quite mistaken, she's still living in California, and quite content with her obscurity. Hopefully she will find her way here one day"



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Flaunt your impeccable music taste on the bus with classic album TravelTunes Oyster Card wallets – Manics, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and more!

By Gerald Lynch on September 19th, 2012

My Bloody Valentine - "Loveless" TravelTunes wallet

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We’ve already lost the ability to promote our reading habits on the bust thanks to coverless-Kindles (maybe for the best if you’re a Fifty Shades fan…), and there’s nothing more obnoxious than blasting out your favourite tunes through a smartphone loudspeaker.

The true gent flaunts his impeccable taste in more subtle ways. When it comes to music, how about these classic album themed Oyster Card/credit card wallets from TravelTunes.

There are nine up for grabs; Kasabian’s “Kasabian“, Leftfield’s “Leftism“, Manic Street Preachers’ “Everything Must Go“, Mark Ronson’s “Version“, My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless“, Oasis’s “Definitely Maybe“, Primal Scream’s “Screamadelica“, Teenage Fanclub’s “Bandwagonesque” and the first self-titled album from The Stone Roses.

Not only do you get the wallet, but for £5.99 you get a digital download of the associated album to go with it.

To give the collection a look, check out our gallery above, and then click here to order.




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