Some “Welsho” For Your Ear: Super Furry Animals’ “Presidential Suite”

OK, there’s Anglophilia and Scotophilia, but where’s the “Welshophilia”? Well, I love the Welsh, dammit, at least for their music, and Super Furry Animals are my favorite Welsh band (well, maybe after the Manic Street Preachers). Their 2001 Rings Around the World arrived to critical acclaim and some controversy due to the ballad “Presidential Suite,” which narrates the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair. “Do we need to know if he really came inside her mouth?/How will all this affect me now?” sings frontman Gryff Rhys. The animated video for the song, produced by design firm 4k, depicts an Air Force One flight as a 1950s magazine collage come to life. The coolest part comes around 0:43, when a bunch of phallic Cuban cigars – which Clinton infamously employed as sex toys – becomes a group of soaring Cuban missiles aimed at the Presidential jet. A truly loaded image.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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