If you only have three minutes to spend on this post, listen to this song.
The Yummy Fur was an unfairly obscure Scottish art-rock group active from 1992-1999. The group is best known for having two band members who currently comprise half of Franz Ferdinand, but that says little about the Yummy Fur proper. The group has a low-fi, angular, sound with mostly-spoken lyrics - the most familiar analogue might be the verses from Pavement's "Stereo
The song linked above is a live performance of "Shoot the Ridiculant". from the group's final release - the 1998 Sexy World
The group's first EP, "Music By Walt Disney But Played By Yuri Gagarin, Thus A Political Record" was released on indie label Slampt in 1995. Four songs from the release
. The EP contains ten songs in total, each less than one minute long.
Their first two albums, Night Club
and Kinky Cinema
, each feature many more super-short songs: The second has a whopping 60 songs in 69 minutes! Highlights from Night Club
include Kirsty Cooper
and Roxy Girls
. (Kinky Cinema
is available as a free download off Last.fm, so I'll leave you to discover that for yourselves.
The group's third and fourth albums, Male Shadow At Three O' Clock
and Sexy World
, have longer songs that could've been major indie hits in another universe. Highlights include Department
and Vacuum Cleaner
off Male Shadow
, The Ballad of Piggy Wings, and Shoot the Ridiculant
(a different version from the live one at the top of the post) off Sexy World
This post would be incomplete without the amazing single-only track, Policeman
The group reunited in 2010 to perform some tour dates in anticipation of a best-of compilation titled "Piggy Wings" - which was apparently unreleased, as there isn't a track listing or cover image online.
Because the group is inactive and not familiar, their releases are nearly impossible to find in record stores. If you can't find a physical release or a download, the next closest thing is a high-quality recording of a live show from WYNC's "No Cover" series
, where they perform all the songs that would probably have been on their greatest hits album.
The group also recorded a Peel session
Currently, members of The Yummy Fur perform as part of the groups
This is only a starting point, and I didn't go into depth on the band's history or other releases. If you're looking for more detail, the official tribute website
is remarkably complete. However, it doesn't include audio, and it's hard to find the group's albums even through illegitimate means.
Some songs don't have readily available Youtube uploads. Live versions were included where possible to make up for that.
(TL;DR: a Scottish indie band for fans of Pavement's "Stereo")