PERFORMANCE & CARTOONS!

[b]Kelly Jones[/b] & co. feature in animated adventure to promote Welsh rugby match this weekend...

PERFORMANCE & CARTOONS!
THE STEREOPHONICS have been turned into cartoon characters to promote BBC Wales' coverage of the rugby Six Nation's Championship this weekend.

In the cartoon, Welsh rugby coach Graham Henry asks the caricatured band to play for the Welsh team against England at Twickenham. The band assume that he means he wants them to sing 'As Long As We Beat The English', a track Stereophonics wrote last year to accompany the Wales versus England Five Nations game.

But lead singer Kelly Jones ends up watching the game from hospital after starting the match off as winger and being trampled by the England forwards.

Both Kelly and drummer Stuart Cable provide the voices for their characters, although the voices of the Welsh players are provided by actors.

The promos can be seen by visiting the BBC Wales website on: www.bbc.co.uk/scrumv

A spokesperson for BBC Wales told nme.com:"We wanted the Stereophonics because of the song they had written last year. We already had the concept established, and the Stereophonics were ideal. Stuart and Kelly came into the studio to do the voice overs, but Richard Jones (bassist) wasn't available. I don't think he says anything anyway!"

The 'Phonics, along with Oasis, Pulp and Beck have been confirmed as the Main Stage headliners for this year's Reading/Leeds Carling Weekend, which is held August 25-27 at Temple Newsam, Leeds, and August 26-28 at Richfield Avenue, Reading.

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