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It's the Snooper Furry Animals.

IT'S Super Furry Animals, but not like you've heard them before.

Spoof satirical band The Iain Duncan Smiths, who take their name from the Mancunian legends led by Morrissey and the much vilified former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, have reinterpreted SFA's '90s album Radiator in "tribute" to Home Secretary Theresa May's snooper's charter.

Renaming the Welsh band the Snooper Furry Animals and their album Maydiator, the tracks the anonymous humourists have recorded include such songs as Hello Sunshine reworked as Hello Thoughtcrime and the band's perennial set closer The Man Don't Give A F*** as Theresa May Don't Give A ****.

"We've always been big fans of Super Furry Animals and could already play many of their songs, so once we thought of a relevant pun there was never any question of us running with it," said a member of the band, whose names must remain a mystery to protect their anonymity and the likelihood of 24-hour surveillance.

"Unfortunately, and criminally, their oeuvre is probably not widely known enough for Snooper Furry Animals to make much impact, so this is very much a labour of love. And fear."

The songs appear to have struck a positive chord with the Furries, who themselves have made no secret of their dislike of the Conservative Government, with links to the tracks being posted on social media by SFA's Cian Ciaran - which has proved something of a relief to The Iain Duncan Smiths.

"We've not yet had any direct feedback from the band other than Cian's kind retweets. Frankly that came as a relief as we probably should have sought permission from them first. Although, having encountered all five of them at various points, they're clearly lovely guys so we're confident of averting any legal wrangles. Beers of their choice as an out-of-court settlement should we ever cross paths again."

The IDS's, who have reworked songs by The Smiths, The Furries, Primal Scream, Radiohead and many more, say that reimagining the Furries' stand-out album as a reaction to Theresa May's Draft Communications Data Bill (nicknamed the Snooper's Charter) was a gift given album tracks such as She's Got Spies.

"Recording the tracks have been tremendous fun thus far. She's Got Spies came first of course - as a title, it's just too apt - but the more we thought back through their back catalogue, the more we realised how often they sang about technology and surveillance. We're still riffing on it and will welcome any suggestions."

So far The Iain Duncan Smiths have recorded six tracks but say they will eventually get around to reinterpreting the whole album.

"Absolutely, there will be a full Maydiator album. Next up is No Privacy, for which the guitar tracks have already been recorded - not easy as No Sympathy was one of the few SFA songs we didn't know how to play - and we'll definitely keep on with it until such a point as someone demands we stop."

The good news is that fans of both bands can share in the joy when The Iain Duncan Smiths pay homage to Super Furry Animals at a charity gig to celebrate the iconic Welsh band's 21st anniversary. Outspaced - 21 Years of SFA Logic is to be held at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff on Saturday, May 21, in aid of Shelter Cymru It will see bands such as No Thee No Ess, HMS Morris, Titus Monk and Gindrinker performing their own versions of songs from the Furries' extensive back catalogue.

The gig will also see DJ sets from SFA collaborator DJ Guy, writer Ric Rawlins - author of Rise Of The Super Furry Animals - and a very special SFA-linked guest who will be announced on the night.

Tickets are priced PS11 from Spillers Records and | Find out more about The Iain Duncan Smiths at


The Iain Duncan Smiths. Below, Theresa May and the spoof album cover for the Snooper Furry Animals
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 24, 2016
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