I picked up Rings Around the World because it was a double-album -- more bang for the buck -- and because I found the cover art to be especially cool. I listened to it nonstop my freshman year in college and later that summer, I remember bringing the album to a childhood friend's house and impressing everyone with my indie rock cred, even if I couldn't tell them whether the animals were super AND furry (as in, flying animals, with capes) or just really, really furry. To this day, I'm still not sure.
Anyway, SFA, for those not in the know, are a psychedelic Welsh rock band formed in the early '90s with an impressive 9 albums under their belt. They totally rule, and this album in particular is the sort of melodic psych-rock you can get lost in, catapulting from lush, meandering ballads ("Sidewalk Serfer Girl", "Shoot Doris Day") to heavy-hitting, ferocious rock (the last 1 minute of "Receptacle for the Respectable") and throw-away jangle-pop ditties ("Rings around the world.") The bonus disc is great too -- I love the futuristic, Bowie-esque "Gypsey Space Muffin" and the sorta grunge-y (but not really) "Happiness is a worn pun." But enough description! Here are some super sweet vids:
"Rings around the world"
"Receptacle for the Respectable"
"Happiness is a worn pun"
"It's not the end of the world"
It's hard to say for sure, but I think this might be one of my top 10 "desert island" albums. It's also 80 minutes long, so I imagine it would get old slower than say, If you're feeling sinister.