The Spiral Times: Weird Wales | BB

With BB

It's March, so come we burrow about in the nuclear mud of the land of my fathers for a bilingually presented show on the wonderful world of Welsh-language underground music, with 100% tunes in Welsh, in belated honour of my country’s national day.

How did this scene start? What is a zygotic mynci? How come Welsh punks had such deranged yet high-budget music videos in the 80s? (clue: it involves a hunger strike and maggie thatcher) What happened when the valleys indie kids got hold of synthesisers and ecstasy? Who called their debut EP Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (in Space)?

Let me answer these Qs and more through the hiraeth-tainted spectacles of youth nostalgia, including translation wherever appropriate and of course a smattering of what's good today in Welsh-language outsider sounds.