Welsh band Melys were a real Peel favourite. Vocalist Andrea Parker, once described as 'the Welsh Bjork', sings in Welsh and English over edgy, gorgeous pop reminiscent of Belly or The Sundays. They were a real Peel favourite, representing Radio 1 at the Eurosonic Festival in Europe as his special guests and heading up the Festive Fifty in 2001 with their single 'Chinese Whispers', (beating bands such as The Strokes, White Stripes, Pulp and New Order to the top spot). The band's latest album, 'Life's Too Short', came out in 2005. They also appeared at Radio One's 'Keeping It Peel' tribute show. So far the band have played eleven Peel sessions in the years between 1997-2002. The final session was a birthday treat for Peel - he was expecting to play a repeat session and was pleasantly surprised when the band turned up at Peel acres with all their live equipment, ready to rock.