Montag 23. Juli 2001 oder Dienstag 7. August 2001: SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: CD RINGS AROUND THE WORLD
Epic / Sony Music 502413 9 – 5024139003, Großbritannien.
April – September 2000: Monnow Valley Studios, Rockfield, Monmouthshire und Bearsville Studios, New York, USA:
Track 1 – 4: Super Fury Animals: Alternate Route To Vulcan Street (album version) (4:31); Sidewalk Serfer Girl (album version) (4:01); (Drawing) Rings Around The World (album version) (3:29); It’s Not The End Of The World? (album version) (3:25). Track 5: SUPER FURY ANIMALS & PAUL McCARTNEY (kaut Sellerie und Möhren): Receptacle For The Respectable (album version) (4:33). Track 6 – 13: Super Fury Animals: Touch Sensitive (album version) (3:07); Shoot Doris Day (album version) (3:36); Miniature (album version) (0:40); No Sympathy (album version) (6:57); Juxtapozed With U (3:08); Presidential Suite (album version) (5:23); Run Christian Run! (album version) (7:16); Fragile Happiness (album version) (2:35).
The Welsh band’s fifth album is an eclectic record incorporated prog, punk, techno, pop and death metal and features a number of guest musicians including Paul McCartney (celery and carrot on track 5) and John Cale.
Paul McCartney is credited as providing „celery and carrot“ on the track Receptacle For The Respectable. McCartney is alleged to have performed a similar role over thirty years earlier, chewing celery to form the percussion track of the Beach Boys song Vegetables from the album SMILEY SMILE. The Super Furry Animals had met the ex-Beatle at the NME Awards when a drunk Ciaran persuaded him to let them remix some Beatles material, resulting in 2000’s LIVERPOOL SOUND COLLAGE album. The band asked him to „return the favour“ and appear on RINGS AROUND THE WORLD, recording his part over the phone. Huw Bunford has said of McCartney’s contribution: „He took it with good nature. You kind of see how far you can go sometimes … we figured we already had a bass and singers so we really didn’t need any more musicians. So we figured he could crunch vegetables“.