Super Furry Animals – Fuzzy Logic (1996)
exemplary artwork by Sarca @ caughtmegaming
Made in the UK Artist #1: Duran Duran
Made in the UK Artist #2: The Charlatans
Made in the UK Artist #3: Elton John
Made in the UK Artist #4: Pet Shop Boys
Made in the UK Artist #5: Jim Dead & The Doubters
Made in the UK Artist #6: The Chemical Brothers
Made in the UK Artist #7: The Style Council
Made in the UK Artist #8: Super Furry Animals
Determining the source material of this album is as fuzzy as it gets.
Take the first 3 tracks:
1.God! Show Me Magic – Intro reminiscent of Bowie’s Watch that Man (1973), verse not unlike New Order’s Blue Monday (1983), guitars like treble charger’s self=title album (1995), and a chorus that feels like Sloan’s The Good in Everyone (to be released later in 1996).
2. Fuzzy Birds – Guitar walk-ups à la Big Star (1972), I’m So Tired (1968)-ish John Lennon vibe, horns foreshadowing Sloan’s Sinking Ships (to be released in 1998).
3. Something for the Weekend – Speaking of Lennon, here the verses are nearly identical to The Arkells John Lennon bridge (to be released in 2008) with a beautiful descending chorus pattern like…well, many of my favourites. This track is quickly becoming a favourite.
After 3 tracks, I stopped trying to keep track: the list of influences and future influencees(?) would just keep growing.
Somehow, and simultaneously mind you, Super Furry Animals (SFA) manage to sound behind/of/and ahead of their time!
And it sounds terrific.
When searching for an image of this SFA album, I came across the wikipedia page for Fuzzy Logic as a mathematical concept.
After reading a bit, I realize I tend to see the world through Fuzzy Logic.
For the most part, I’m not a believer in viewing things as absolutely true/false, right/wrong, 0s and 1s, or as I’ve since learned it is called, Boolean Logic.
Binary is nice and neat but the world is fuzzier than that.
That being said, I see this SFA album’s inclusion on the 1001 list as pure Boolean Logic, a classic case of True/False, Right/Wrong.
It truly is right where it belongs.