Welsh Rare Hits


The votes are in.

Last week, with a Currys PC World gift voucher worth an astounding €20 on offer, I asked you to name your favourite song by a Welsh musician or band?

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner.

A word about the winner: Lisa Butler did choose Motorcycle Emptiness first but her entry only listed the song without giving any commentary on why she liked it. What we’re looking for in these competitions is to be able to hear the song anew – to see it through the eyes of the reader. So you have a much better chance of winning if you expand on your reasons for liking it. Capernosity‘s passion for the Manics shone through in his entry (below) so that’s why he had to be the winner.

Third Place:

Myfanwy by Cerys Matthews

Fearganainm writes:

“A beautiful rendition of a ‘How on earth could she have turned me down for him?’ song.”


Juxtaposed With U by Super Furry Animals

Missred writes:

“The beautiful melancholic sweetness of these vocals is the ideal hybrid sound of a human and a robot, it releases the endorphins like no other. Like a cross between Magazine and EELS.”


Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers

Capernosity & Function writes:

“It is my favourite song of all time. I never miss the Manics when they come to Ireland. I saw them in the Tivoli around October/November 1994; just three months later Richey Edwards walked off into the ether. I remember there were some parts of the gig where he kept banging his forehead off the microphone. Who knows what was going through his mind at the time. He could write some lyrics though.”

Nick says: Thanks all.

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12 thoughts on “Welsh Rare Hits

  1. missred

    Woo hoo, thanks for the shout out, I never think I’ll stand out in the sea of music appreciation.

    Well done Capernosity & Function, great call!

  2. Slightly Bemused

    Wot, no Muppets?
    A travesty, I tells ya …


    Seriously, it was a tough choice, and a worthy winner. Well done, all, and of course Capernosity & Function

    Love the title :-)

    1. Charger Salmons

      Wot, the Muppets are Welsh ?
      You learn something new every day.
      Why wasn’t Kermit called Jones the Frog ?

  3. eamonn

    Well done to you, I must find out what is capernosity ? New words as well as new tunes that is a Win Win.

  4. Capernosity&Function

    Wow. Diolch yn fawr iawn, Nick! I won a IR£10 Golden Discs voucher on Sunshine Radio back in the 80s, so this is definitely a result. Congrats to all the those who finished on the podium. Good choices all.

    For those who are interested in my nom de plume it comes from a short story that was part of Leaving Cert English: The Confirmation Suit, by Brendan Behan. I love the story and I particularly love this phrase; it has stuck with me for years. Here is a link to the story: https://www.ireland-information.com/confirmationsuit.htm

    I think Behan created capernosity out of capability and generosity, but I very much stand open to correction from anyone who knows more about Brendan Behan.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      that’s the accepted line alright. he used it a few times after that – in his press columns and in Confessions of an Irish Rebel. oddly, michael noonan used it during a Dail debate in reference, I think, to enda kenny.

  5. eamonn

    Fair Play, I think I remember something about big buttons, I have a hazy memory of the story.
    Don’t go mad at curry’s.

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