: vocals, guitar
Ffa Coffi Pawb -- sometimes called FCP
-- is a Welsh rock band
. If you've never heard of them, that might serve as reference: FCP later on mutated into Super Furry Animals
. Lead singer Gruff Rhys
was born in Bethesda
, North Wales
, in 1970
. His previous band (Emily
) was briefly signed to Creation Records
(who brought us My Bloody Valentine
, Jesus & Mary Chain
among other British indie rock
monoliths)... after that band's split up, Gruff formed Ffa Coffi Pawb with three other musicians from different parts of Wales
The name translates as "everybody's coffee beans
", though it means something quite different phonetically... such as "everybody f*ck off". "You don't really want me to pronounce it on radio
", Gruff once told presenter Jonathan Ross
Ffa Coffi signed to Ankst
-- home of the most interesting Welsh bands, such as Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
-- and became one of the most popular band in Wales for some time. They released three albums - Clymhalio
, Dalec Peilon
and Hei Vidal!
, as well as a a live tape - Angylion
- with The Crumblowers
. It was recorded at a Cardiff
club in August 1988
If you listen to their albums -- most notably Hei Vidal!
-- you'll see they were more pop-rock
oriented in their music, focusing on solid songwriting instead of using all that musical experimentation SFA
fans are used to. Too bad they've split up after the release of this album.
After that, Gruff
and drummer Daf
went on to form the basis of SFA... Rhodri Puw
replaced John Lawrence
in Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
... and bassist Dewi Emlyn
is the tour manager
for Gorky's and the Super Furries.
- Dalec Peilon
- Hei Vidal!