Last updated: 03 July 2009

Equally cursed and blessed, few bands from Wales have fallen from grace quite so spectacularly as Catatonia, and few bands leave behind a legacy so full of success and failure.

Read about Catatonia on BBC Cymru (Welsh language)

They formed, as the legend goes, in the early 90s, when guitarist Mark Roberts saw Cerys Matthews busking on Cardiff's Queen Street. They became bandmates, then lovers, and Catatonia was born.

Read the full Catatonia biography.

Key works

  • Greatest Hits (2002)

    Read the BBC Wales Music review
  • International Velvet cover

    International Velvet (1998)

  • Way Beyond Blue cover

    Way Beyond Blue (1996)

    Their essential debut album, released at the height of Britpop.

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