Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Biffy Clyro

I first came across Biffy Clyro a few years back. I saw the original video for this song and was quite affected by it. Unfortunately, I can't dig up that video but this live recording of 'Machines' is equally acceptable. Hope you enjoy it.
For those of you wishing to read something whilst you listen, here's an explanation of the band's name by one of the band:

"There's a famous British musician called Cliff Richard," Neil told Spin. "And when me and [drummer] Ben [Johnston] were 13 and bored in our little Scottish town of Ayr, we'd think up imaginary Cliff Richard products.

"We thought of things like Cliff Richard coat hangers and Cliff Richard Jesus dolls - he's a big Christian singer. In the UK there's a cheap kind of pen called a Biro pen and we thought about making Cliff Richard Biro pens.

"We'd call them Cliffy Biros. Somehow that turned into Biffy Clyro. Bizarrely, we weren't high at the time. There's just not a lot to do in Ayr. The weather is terrible."


  1. I came over all cold when I saw the title of this post! Have tickets to see them in Perth and thought I'd missed it... I do stuff like that.

  2. So, this is what Biffy Clyro sounds like. I've seen them listed for various festivals up here, but never got around to hearing them play. This is nothing like i imagined. Just checked out their tour dates...ironically, they're playing in the States, near where i used to live. Thanks for this post, Neil. You've introduced me to some really neat music here. :)

  3. ps. btw, i like your new blog look, Neil. I've been thinking about redecorating, too, especially with the new templates being offered.

  4. I like some of their stuff - Edith Bowman on Radio 1 used to play them a lot - and I can follow that from over here!

    And I never knew that about their name - not an April fool, is it?! Great way to come up with a name, regardless