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Super Furry Animals Costumes in Bangor's Pop Archive

Bangor University's Pop Archive has received a donation of musical memorabilia from one of Wales' biggest bands.

Dr Craig Owen Jones with students in the Golden Retriever costumesDr Craig Owen Jones with students in the Golden Retriever costumesThe costumes used by the Super Furry Animals in the video for Golden Retriever are amongst a collection of items which have been loaned to the University by lead singer Gruff Rhys. Other items donated to what is now a huge collection of Welsh pop memorabilia include stage costumes and posters.

Dr Craig Owen Jones from the School of Music said, "The pop archive was established two years ago as a collection of all sorts of items relating to Welsh pop music from the 1940s to the present day.

"We now have thousands of items, including posters from bands such as Y Blew and Y Trwynau Coch, magazines such as Asbri, Sgrech a Sothach and varied contributions from artists and labels such as Brigyn, Ectogram, Ankst, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and others.

“We're very pleased that Gruff and the band decided o contribute their memorabilia to the collection. The archive includes many items from the 1960s and 70s, but it's important that we preserve every part of our musical heritage, which also includes what's going on in today's Welsh rock scene.

“We are currently filming video interviews with musicians and people involved with Welsh pop, which we aim to store in the archive to create a unique collection for any future researchers."

Publication date: 1 November 2010