The bizarre accolade came from Welsh national party Plaid Cymru after the success of the group's album 'Mwng'...
Super Furry Animals received a bizarre accolade yesterday (June 6) when they were congratulated for the success of Top 20 album ‘MWNG’ in the British Parliament.
The band were mentioned in an Early Day Motion tabled by Welsh national party Plaid Cymru and supported by MPs from many political parties recognising the biggest-selling Welsh language album ever. ‘Mwng’ peaked at Number 11 in the UK on its release.
An Early Day Motion is essentially a spur of the moment procedure allowing politicians to mention something that takes their fancy in the House Of Commons without waiting weeks for it to be heard. The motion is not debated and no legislation follows. It is simply noted in Hansard, the official Parlimentary record.
The Motion was put forward by Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader, Elfyn Llwyd. He said: “This album proves that the Welsh language is being used as a central part of Welsh popular youth culture. The album has been the fastest selling and best selling Welsh language music album ever… The confidence that Super Furry Animals have shown in releasing a Welsh album and making it so successful outside of Wales is simply amazing.”
Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion, Simon Thomas, added: “Super Furry Animals were extremely popular with the Welsh language listeners in their former guise as Ffa Coffi Pawb. It is extremely warming that a band that has gained so much respect globally have revealed to the rest of the world that they are Welsh.”
Super Furry Animals, presently on tour in the US, are said to unaware of the mention and are currently unavailable for comment.
The motion in full reads:
That this House congratulates Super Furry Animals on their chart topping new album ‘Mwng’; notes that this is the best selling Welsh-language album of all time; notes that the Welsh language is re-establishing itself as a central part of popular youth culture; and that that this album is a celebration of Welsh culture embracing the new wave of confidence in the Welsh nation.