North West Wales

Super Furry Animal costumes donated to Bangor uni

L-R: Sioned Alaw Hughes, Gruff ab Arwel and Daniel Sajko, Dr Craig Owen Jones
In costumes which are super and furry and animals: Sioned Alaw Hughes, Gruff ab Arwel and Daniel Sajko, with Dr Craig Owen Jones

Costumes used by the Super Furry Animals rock band in a video for their song Golden Retriever have been loaned to Bangor University's pop archive.

The clothes are among a collection of items owned by lead singer Gruff Rhys.

Other items donated include stage costumes and posters featuring the band, who formed in Cardiff in 1993.

The Bangor University archive was set up two years ago and features items relating to Welsh pop music from the 1940s to the present day.

"We have thousands of items, including posters from bands such as Y Blew and Y Trwynau Coch," said Dr Craig Owen Jones from the School of Music.

"There are also magazines such as Asbri, Sgrech and Sothach and varied contributions from artists and labels such as Brigyn, Ankst, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and others," he added.

Dr Owen said he was pleased to accept their latest donation.

"The archive includes many items from the 1960s and 70s, but it's important that we preserve every part of our musical heritage, which also includes what's going on in today's Welsh rock scene," he added.

As part of the archive video interviews are being filmed with musicians and people involved in Welsh pop.

"We aim to store these in the archive to create a unique collection for any future researchers," Dr Owen added.

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