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Edward H Dafis

Mae'r band yn edrych yn ol ar y bywyd roc a rol gyda Lisa Gwilym. Seventies' supergroup Edward H. Dafis look back at their rock 'n roll years.


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-# Remember

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-# Remember #

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-We're recalling one of Wales's

-most famous rock bands.

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-Five individuals who created

-a unique sound for their loyal fans.

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-Although the group broke up

-during the early 1980s...

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-..they were a pioneering force

-on the Welsh music scene.

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-Let's reflect on the careers...

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-..of Dewi, John,

-Hefin, Charli and Cleif...

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-..aka Edward H Dafis.

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-# Hot thing, hot thing,

-where are you going?

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-# Bap-bap, shoobie-doo-wap-bap

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-# Hot thing, hot thing,

-can I be your friend?

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-# Bap-bap, shoobie-doo-wap-bap

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-# Happy thing, shapely thing, cute

-thing, you're sweeter than honey

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-# Let's lie down on my comfy sofa #

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-I'd never dreamed

-of being in a rock band.

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-I just wanted to have fun.

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-I always tried to connect

-with the audience.

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-It worked because people would

-come on stage and headbutt us!

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-We didn't take ourselves seriously

-as 90% of it was a matter of fun.

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-Taking the mick and playing tricks

-on each other was an integral part.

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-It's difficult

-to single out one gig.

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-They've all just blended into

-one large gig.

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-# Let's lie down on the comfy sofa

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-# And love you intimately #

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-We never thought of becoming rock

-stars. It hadn't entered our minds.

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-# Oh, hot thing #

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-There was never a cross word

-between us...

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-..in all the years we were together.

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-Everyone had their say.

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-Everything went through

-a democratic process.

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-When we were naughty boys,

-Hefin would tell us off!

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-Hefin was the driving force

-behind the whole idea.

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-The rest of us enjoyed touring Wales

-and getting a fiver here and there.

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-We just wanted enough money

-to pay for the booze.

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-Take us back to the beginning.

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-From where did the idea

-to start a rock band come?

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-I was at the university

-in Aberystwyth.

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-We used to drink in the bar

-in the basement of The Marine.

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-It had a jukebox.

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-My favourite song at the time

-was Maggie May by Rod Stewart.

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-We got talking and thought it'd be

-great to start a Welsh rock band.

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-Hefin said...

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-.."It'd be nice starting

-a Welsh-language rock and roll band.

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-We didn't pay much attention to him.

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-But as time went on, the idea

-became more and more appealing.

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-He knew the others.

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-Charli was working in London

-as something. A lap dancer, I think!

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-And John Griffiths...

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-A belly dancer! Ha, ha!

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-I think he'd played with

-John Griffiths before in a band.

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-That's how we got together.

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-John, Hefin, Charli and me.

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-I'm far from being a fantastic

-guitar player. I'm no Jimi Hendrix.

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-But we needed another vocalist...

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-..so that I could concentrate

-on playing the guitar.

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-So we invited...

-oh, what's his name?

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-He had long hair at the time.

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-Cleif Harpwood!

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-So we invited him to join the band

-and he said, "Alright then."

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-I thought, wow, he's a rock icon.

-"Alright then."

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-I joined Edward H Dafis in 1973.

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-I was on loan at the beginning.

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-I was a member of Ac Eraill

-at the time.

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-# Come back to me and leave him #

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-Soon afterwards,

-they recruited Cleif Harpwood.

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-Cleif Harpwood had left Ac Eraill

-to sing with Edward H Dafis.

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-It was like Mick Jagger leaving

-The Stones to sing with The Beatles.

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-It was a difficult decision...

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-..because my Ac Eraill band mates

-were loyal friends.

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-And my philosophy at the time...

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-..was very different from the

-philosophy of Edward H members.

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-I was an advocate of Adfer, to keep

-Welsh alive in the heartlands.

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-But one of the things that appealed

-to me was the song, Tyrd I Edrych.

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-# Come and look at the dawn breaking

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-# Come and look

-at the beautiful sunset

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-# Come and look

-for the beautiful light

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-# In the west... #

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-I met Charli...

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-..while recording the first EP,

-Hergest, in Rockfield.

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-As Charli was such a good drummer...

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-..I asked him

-if he'd like to join us.

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-He came up to me and asked me...

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-..if I'd like to join a group

-called Edward H Dafis.

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-He mentioned that Dewi Pws

-was in the group.

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-I didn't know him then.

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-And Hefin, I'd never met him either.

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-But I was aware of Y Tebot Piws.

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-I was at their final gig.

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-It was strange

-because during that gig...

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-..Dewi announced

-that he was starting a new band.

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-Little did I think then

-that I'd become part of that band.

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-Dewi was in Y Tebot Piws and I was

-in the revolutionary Y Chwyldro.

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-We were all part of the revolution!

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-We were fed up of acoustic groups.

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-We wanted to play heavy,

-electronic, noisy music...

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-..and perform in Welsh...

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-..so we chose our fellow band mates.

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-A man called Edward H Dafis...

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-..used to write a column in Y Faner.

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-I didn't know him but I wrote to him

-and told him that I liked T Rex.

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-He said he didn't like them.

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-So we called the group Edward H

-Dafis after Y Faner's journalist.

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-We still don't know

-for what the H stands.

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-Hefin and I went to the same chapel.

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-We sat next to each other

-in Ebenezer chapel in Aberavon...

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-..every Sunday morning

-for a number of years.

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-He was also in school the same time

-as me but he was older.

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-They're all older than me.

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-Charli had been in school with me

-in Rhydfelen.

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-Hefin and John had been in primary

-school together in Pontrhydyfen.

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-I think the performing

-and song writing aspect...

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-..came from our primary school

-background.

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-Our headmaster was an extraordinary

-man called Alwyn Sam...

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-..who was himself

-a performer and song writer.

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-Parti Pontrhydyfen was

-an integral part of community life.

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-It was a staunch Welsh-speaking

-community back then.

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-In a way, it was

-a blueprint for us as children.

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-# Have you been to Aber

-to see how students live?

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-# They don't care about anything,

-on the ale, ale, ale

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-# Oh, come on down

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-# Oh, come on down, whoo!

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-# Write your name on the paper, hey,

-everyone come on down #

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-I was at their very first gig.

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-Back then during the Eisteddfod,

-there weren't individual gigs...

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-..there were nightly events

-with several acts on stage.

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-There were old people, young people,

-children.

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-A group called Edward H Dafis

-came on stage.

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-Dewi Pws from Y Tebot Piws,

-we all knew him.

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-And we all knew of Hefin Elis

-who'd been in Y Chwyldro.

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-Together they'd formed

-a rock group.

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-They played rock and roll

-at the pavilion in Corwen.

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-The young people

-got on their feet to dance...

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-..while all the old people

-put their hands over their ears.

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-It was a wonderful experience.

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-It felt as if something changed

-that night.

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-With Can Y Stiwdants

-and the electric guitar...

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-..the sedate audience couldn't

-understand what was going on.

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-Everybody else

-was sitting down respectably...

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-..expecting to see

-Cerdd Dant parties.

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-People were dancing in the aisles.

-It was a new phenomenon.

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-I remember during the drum solo, I

-did something that wasn't very good.

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-It was just noise, really.

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-Perhaps people hadn't expected

-such noise from a noson lawen.

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-But then I started to hear

-people clapping.

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-It was a fantastic feeling.

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-Seeing people stamping their feet...

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-..and dancing in the aisles...

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-..was a bit bizarre.

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-It went from there.

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-From that response,

-we must be doing something right.

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-Hefin was the musical mastermind

-of the group.

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-He wasn't much of a performer.

-He stood still.

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-John Griffiths

-wasn't a mover either.

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-Dewi Pws, who everyone knew from

-Y Tebot Piws, was the only one.

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-He was wild on stage

-and so unpredictable.

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-Goodness knows what he'd do next!

-He was a natural performer on stage.

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-Then Cleif came along, who also gave

-a good performance on stage.

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-He had a strong voice.

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-Cleif and Dewi

-did all the motions...

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-..at the front of the stage...

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-..and the musical trio

-stayed in the background.

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-Charli was a great drummer,

-John was a talented bassist...

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-..and Hefin

-was the musical mastermind.

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-# Come with me

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-# Come with me

-and we'll set the world on fire #

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-We had no money. I was working

-for a theatre company.

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-Most of my money went on booze,

-no, on food, transport and lodgings!

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-I don't know how it happened...

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-..but I think I'd been telling

-Huw Ceredig that we had no money.

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-"Ooh, well..." I'm acting now!

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-"Maybe I could lend you some money."

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-Fair play to him, he took out

-another mortgage on his house...

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-..and gave us 4,000,

-which was a lot of money back then.

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-Without Huw and Margaret Ceredig...

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-..we wouldn't have been able

-to start the band.

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-They gave us money

-to buy the initial equipment.

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-It was quite a sacrifice for them.

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-We're very grateful to them

-for their help.

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-We bought a second-hand bread van...

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-..because it was the only one

-we could get.

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-It had compartments in it

-where we kept our equipment.

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-It also had a sink

-where we could wash our hands.

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-Not that it had a lot of use!

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-I took it to London

-and bought a lot of equipment there.

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-Hefin and I went together.

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-We weren't sure what to buy.

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-We had a lot of money at the time.

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-It was like Christmas.

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-I was wandering around, "I'll have

-one of those and one of those."

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-# There's no-one left

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-# There's no-one left to see

-a seagull on the shore #

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-We started the gig

-and suddenly we looked like snowmen.

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-We were covered in flour that

-had been in the stacks in the van.

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-We were all white.

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-They probably thought

-we were a novelty act.

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-# We'll lie on my comfy sofa #

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-I didn't like studio performances

-where all performers wore make-up.

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-Some of our antics were terrible.

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-We'd raid the props

-and wardrobe departments...

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-..and dress up in anything

-to ease the frustration...

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-..of playing in a studio

-and miming mostly.

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-I didn't like it.

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-Back then,

-I used to apply a bit of make-up.

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-I had long hair too, which is

-why I still have hair today...

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-..unlike Dewi.

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-I was trying to create an image

-for myself.

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-I wanted to be different.

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-But that didn't last long...

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-..because the lads ridiculed me

-for it.

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-# I've arrived, I've arrived

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-# I've arrived

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-# I, I, I, well, here I am #

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-# Give me the old

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-# Welsh way of life #

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-The first album,

-Hen Ffordd Gymreig O Fyw...

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-..was a bit of a random mix.

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-# Mr God, Mr God #

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-The song, Mr Duw, stems from

-a story about a soldier in Vietnam.

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-# Are you still around

-to protect us #

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-Songs like Pishyn were artistic.

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-Nobody knows who Pishyn is

-or if she existed.

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-It's just a 12-bar.

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-# Hot thing, hot thing #

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-Welsh lyrics, though a bit naff...

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-..appealed to people at the time.

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-# I love you #

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-Dewi always came up

-with great melodies.

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-Hefin was the musician

-and the backbone of the band.

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-We came in for some criticism

-from Y Cymro.

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-They said that we were turning

-our backs on the Welsh tradition...

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-..and that our music was influenced

-too much by Anglo-American music.

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-Critics claimed that young people

-didn't want that at all.

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-So tongue-in-cheek,

-we called our second album...

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-..Ffordd Newydd

-Eingl-Americanaidd Gret O Fyw.

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-It was a dig at the columnist

-who wrote for Y Cymro.

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-Troi A Throi was a song...

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-..about the conflict in Biafra

-at the time.

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-They were events

-that had touched me personally.

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-# Turning and turning

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-# Turning and turning #

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-Let's continue

-with the rock and roll.

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-At the beginning of the 1970s,

-when discotheques became popular...

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-..we played a lot of instrumentals.

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-But as the years passed...

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-..the records of Edward H, Shwn,

-Geraint Jarman and Heather Jones...

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-..revolutionized the scene.

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-Stage performances

-had been completely transformed.

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-# I want to be

-in a rock and roll band

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-# I want the crowd to call me back

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-# I want to be

-in a rock and roll band one day #

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-# What's wrong with growing old? #

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-You had to dress in a certain way

-if you were a real fan.

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-And I was, of course.

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-It involved wearing a red bandana

-around the neck or wrist...

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-..usually a T-shirt

-and lots of denim.

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-Denim and more denim.

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-We had some wonderful fans,

-especially the lads from Ffostrasol.

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-I'm sure Dai's up there,

-wearing his red neckerchief...

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-..and singing along.

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-They were loyal fans.

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-They had an ambulance, they had

-a better place to sleep than us.

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-I wonder about their groupies!

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-They were fantastic.

-They wore red neckerchiefs.

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-I wanted a unique image.

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-I found a red neckerchief

-in a shop in Builth Wells...

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-..and we all decided to wear one.

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-Fans came to the gigs

-wearing red neckerchiefs.

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-As with every group, the prominent

-members are always in the front.

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-It's like a Cerdd Dant party.

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-The children at the front

-are going like this.

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-But the people at the back

-are just as important.

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-Of course,

-the percussion and rhythm...

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-..are the key elements of the music.

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-Without people

-such as John and Charli...

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-..we wouldn't have been a band.

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-People don't appreciate

-that they were gifted musicians.

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-John loved playing the guitar.

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-He'd go off

-into his own little world.

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-And in the rock songs,

-he'd liven up.

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-But John is more of a sensitive

-musician than the rest of us.

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-Everybody thinks

-that playing the drums is easy.

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-Everyone outside the rock world

-thinks it's a matter of banging.

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-But good drummers such as Charli

-are hard to find.

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-We were naughty boys.

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-Well, I was very bad, anyway.

-I drank too much before a gig.

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-We drank too much.

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-It wasn't a good idea...

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-..but at the time I'm sure

-we thought it was a good idea.

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-Some of the gigs were awful.

-They were horrible.

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-You never knew what you were

-going to get with Edward H Dafis.

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-# Well, I was flying up to Bangor

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-# On my own

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-# The car went like a bomb

-from place to place

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-# Suddenly the caravans came

-from England

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-# I turned around

-and drove towards the south #

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-People ask what was it like

-performing to a large crowd...

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-..as the frontman,

-with everybody screaming.

0:20:160:20:19

-I was part of the audience, really.

0:20:190:20:24

-It was as if I'd put the needle

-on the record...

0:20:240:20:27

-..and everybody started

-enjoying themselves.

0:20:270:20:31

-That's what it was like for us.

0:20:310:20:33

-We didn't take it seriously

-in that sense.

0:20:330:20:37

-We didn't regard ourselves

-as pop stars at all.

0:20:370:20:41

-We weren't like those bands

-that just stood there, posing.

0:20:420:20:46

-Bands are meant to draw you in.

0:20:460:20:48

-That's why I like Status Quo.

0:20:490:20:51

-They draw in the audience

-and everybody plays air guitar.

0:20:510:20:55

-That's what I tried to do.

0:20:550:20:57

-It worked to some extent

-because people came on stage...

0:20:570:21:01

-..and headbutted us at times.

0:21:010:21:03

-No, they came up and played with us.

0:21:030:21:06

-Some even came up and sang.

0:21:060:21:08

-We were happy

-that we'd created such a stir.

0:21:080:21:11

-# Stay away

0:21:120:21:15

-# Stay away #

0:21:150:21:19

-We had all been influenced

-by bands such as The Beatles...

0:21:190:21:23

-..The Eagles and Simon & Garfunkel.

0:21:230:21:28

-The bands that had made it big

-at the time.

0:21:290:21:31

-We lived next door...

0:21:320:21:34

-..to one of the most successful

-countries in the world...

0:21:340:21:38

-..in terms of modern music,

-aside from America.

0:21:380:21:42

-We were being influenced

-by the Anglo-American music scene.

0:21:430:21:48

-It was bound to come through

-in our music.

0:21:490:21:52

-We didn't see anything wrong...

0:21:520:21:55

-..with borrowing from that culture.

0:21:550:21:58

-What mattered to us

-was that the culture...

0:21:580:22:01

-..was being expressed

-through the medium of Welsh.

0:22:010:22:05

-The Beatles were our biggest

-influence without doubt.

0:22:060:22:09

-I was a huge fan.

0:22:100:22:11

-I had the privilege

-of seeing them in 1965...

0:22:120:22:15

-..on their last British tour

-at the Capitol in Cardiff.

0:22:160:22:19

-Ringo was my favourite Beatle.

0:22:200:22:22

-He didn't overdo it.

0:22:220:22:25

-He just drummed along

-in a way that suited the songs.

0:22:250:22:30

-That's what I tried to do.

0:22:300:22:32

-I tried to copy Ringo's style.

0:22:320:22:35

-I'm still trying to do it.

-I'll get it right one day.

0:22:350:22:39

-Another of my influences...

0:22:400:22:42

-..though I'd never call him

-a rock singer, was Dafydd Iwan.

0:22:420:22:48

-His lyrics had inspired me.

0:22:480:22:52

-I saw there was a way...

0:22:530:22:55

-..of coming up with catchy,

-pertinent lyrics in Welsh.

0:22:560:22:59

-# The Welsh nation has been angered

0:23:000:23:03

-# Our spirit is on fire

0:23:040:23:07

-# Every tongue has been silenced

0:23:070:23:11

-# And the weapons

-have been sharpened

0:23:110:23:15

-# The weapons have been sharpened #

0:23:150:23:18

-We fused Anglo-American

-rock influences...

0:23:190:23:23

-..with Dafydd Iwan's ethos

-of what it means to be Welsh.

0:23:230:23:29

-The question I'm often asked is...

0:23:300:23:34

-.."Why didn't you

-turn professional?

0:23:340:23:37

-"People like John Peel

-are playing your songs on Radio 1.

0:23:370:23:41

-"You could've translated your lyrics

-and done well on the English scene."

0:23:410:23:46

-That wasn't our aim.

0:23:470:23:49

-The aim was political

-as far as I'm concerned.

0:23:500:23:53

-The aim

-was to use the Welsh language...

0:23:530:23:57

-..to provide contemporary music

-and culture for our youth...

0:23:580:24:01

-..and the nation in general.

0:24:020:24:04

-# It's great

-living in a holiday home

0:24:040:24:07

-# I love coming to Wales

-all the way from Surrey every summer

0:24:100:24:15

-# We're off to play bingo

0:24:170:24:20

-# I swear, by jingo,

-the climate is fine #

0:24:200:24:23

-.

0:24:270:24:28

-888

0:24:320:24:32

-888

-

-888

0:24:320:24:34

-Usually, around a dozen songs

-are needed for an album.

0:24:460:24:50

-But we always left it

-until the last minute.

0:24:500:24:54

-If Huw Jones and Dafydd Iwan knew

-that, they would have had a fit...

0:24:540:24:58

-..because they were paying

-for all these resources.

0:24:590:25:02

-Sometimes we'd turn up

-with five or six songs.

0:25:030:25:06

-We'd end up panicking.

0:25:060:25:09

-So we'd just sit around together...

0:25:100:25:14

-..and say,

-"Right, what's the melody?"

0:25:140:25:17

-We'd take the melody, the hook,

-and work around it.

0:25:170:25:22

-"Mam and Dad go to the shop.

0:25:220:25:25

-"They want to buy a lot of pop."

0:25:250:25:28

-Then we'd write the tune for that.

0:25:280:25:31

-Hefin would say, "We'll expand

-the melody, you write some lyrics."

0:25:320:25:36

-I don't like recording. It's boring.

0:25:370:25:39

-So Cleif and I would go to the pub

-to write the songs.

0:25:400:25:44

-Hefin might have already written

-the melody...

0:25:440:25:49

-..but he'd scribble down

-any nonsense...

0:25:490:25:52

-..so that we knew the rhythm

-of the words.

0:25:520:25:55

-And then we'd write

-the proper lyrics to those words.

0:25:550:25:59

-A song would develop

-from gobbledegook.

0:25:590:26:03

-The Beatles did the same.

-"Yesterday" was scrambled eggs.

0:26:030:26:07

-# Scrambled eggs #

-That's how our songs developed.

0:26:070:26:10

-We'd come up with the chords

-and fill in the rest.

0:26:100:26:15

-We played whatever we wanted.

0:26:150:26:17

-Each member

-gave their input or contribution...

0:26:180:26:23

-..to the songs and their production.

0:26:230:26:27

-But I had to take control.

0:26:270:26:30

-That part was easy...

0:26:300:26:32

-..as it was the nature of my work

-as a producer with Sain.

0:26:320:26:36

-Hefin understood

-that side of music recording.

0:26:360:26:39

-I'd have liked

-to have worked with a producer...

0:26:390:26:43

-..who didn't know us at all.

0:26:430:26:45

-Perhaps the five of us

-were too close.

0:26:450:26:48

-I worried about my voice

-on certain tracks.

0:26:490:26:52

-I asked Hefin

-if I could have a voice like...

0:26:520:26:55

-# Lisa Pant Ddu #

0:26:550:26:57

-He worked it out and I'm pleased

-with my voice on that track...

0:26:570:27:02

-..not the rock and roll tracks

-but the more sensitive ones.

0:27:020:27:05

-# There was something about

-Lisa Pant Ddu

0:27:060:27:09

-# Something pure

-that you don't see often

0:27:090:27:14

-# Two kindred souls fused together

0:27:140:27:19

-# A sweet dream

-that's hard to maintain

0:27:190:27:22

-# People are weak,

-their veins are on fire

0:27:230:27:28

-# And the poison

-is starting to take over

0:27:280:27:31

-# The writing's clear,

-it's carved in stone

0:27:320:27:36

-# Take care, don't rush,

-the future is bleak #

0:27:370:27:42

-We've spent three years

-making endless rock and roll music.

0:27:550:28:00

-We think we've done enough of it.

0:28:000:28:03

-We're trying to move on.

0:28:040:28:06

-Is it because you're getting older?

0:28:060:28:07

-Is it because you're getting older?

-

-There's some truth in that.

0:28:070:28:09

-Edward H Dafis in rehearsal

-for their noisy farewell concert...

0:28:130:28:18

-..on September 11th, 1976,

-in Corwen.

0:28:180:28:21

-Edward H Dafis

-is the only Welsh rock band...

0:28:230:28:26

-..to have enjoyed the same sort

-of following as English rock bands.

0:28:260:28:31

-But after filling a void in the

-Welsh pop scene for three years...

0:28:310:28:35

-..the five members have decided

-to quit while they're ahead.

0:28:360:28:40

-Almost 2,000 young people

-from all over Wales...

0:28:410:28:44

-..have come to Corwen Pavilion

-for their send-off.

0:28:440:28:48

-Hundreds of people without tickets

-braved the torrential rain outside.

0:28:490:28:53

-The lucky ones inside were looking

-forward to the farewell concert.

0:28:540:28:59

-As a young producer at the time...

0:29:050:29:07

-..I was keen to reflect

-what was happening in society.

0:29:080:29:12

-I wanted to examine

-the strange relationship...

0:29:120:29:16

-..between Edward H Dafis

-and the audience...

0:29:160:29:19

-..as it was the first

-Welsh rock band since Y Blew.

0:29:190:29:22

-They had a very loyal following...

0:29:220:29:25

-..and appealed

-to a very different audience.

0:29:250:29:28

-The atmosphere was electric.

0:29:290:29:31

-I'm not talking about on stage...

0:29:310:29:33

-..but the atmosphere in the town

-before the gig.

0:29:340:29:37

-People from every part of Wales

-had come.

0:29:370:29:40

-People who had followed

-Edward H Dafis from the beginning.

0:29:400:29:44

-The red neckerchiefs

-were all around.

0:29:440:29:47

-Hundreds of people standing outside

-failed to get tickets.

0:29:470:29:51

-It was raining cats and dogs,

-a real fire and brimstone scenario.

0:29:520:29:56

-There were two power cuts.

0:29:560:29:59

-An electric atmosphere

-yet no electricity!

0:29:590:30:02

-In the end,

-the back doors had to be opened...

0:30:020:30:06

-..and everyone was allowed in.

0:30:060:30:08

-I'm sure the people who were there

-that night remember it vividly.

0:30:080:30:13

-Corwen was a very difficult gig.

0:30:130:30:17

-The elements were against us.

0:30:170:30:19

-Someone upstairs was saying to us,

-"This isn't meant to happen."

0:30:190:30:23

-# You are

-the sweet smell of sunshine

0:30:240:30:26

-# And the tears in the waves

0:30:260:30:29

-# You are Polly the parrot

-that lives with Uncle John

0:30:340:30:39

-# You and only you

0:30:420:30:44

-# You're the only one for me #

0:30:450:30:50

-Before Edward H Dafis's

-farewell concert...

0:30:590:31:03

-..I was asked if I was free.

0:31:030:31:05

-I said I was but I had

-to keep the event a secret.

0:31:050:31:09

-I kept quiet for months afterwards.

0:31:090:31:12

-I went around Wales telling people

-to keep the date free...

0:31:120:31:17

-..because a special event was going

-to be held at Corwen Pavilion.

0:31:180:31:23

-It was going to be the place to be.

0:31:230:31:26

-# I marched up to some house

0:31:320:31:36

-# I came across gold and silver

0:31:390:31:44

-# And the pipes and drums

0:31:460:31:48

-# Were playing loudly

0:31:490:31:51

-# So I enlisted

-with the light dragoon #

0:31:530:31:57

-It took a while

-to convince Hefin and Dewi Pws...

0:31:580:32:01

-..that we didn't want

-to interfere on the night...

0:32:020:32:05

-..but that we wanted

-to reflect what was going on.

0:32:060:32:10

-If we'd interfered, that special

-atmosphere we wanted to convey...

0:32:100:32:15

-..would have been lost.

0:32:150:32:17

-We were keen

-to show the audience too.

0:32:170:32:20

-We wanted to see who was there and

-how they were enjoying themselves.

0:32:210:32:26

-# Come for a walk

-along the lanes of the land

0:32:270:32:29

-# There's a new life

-in the Welsh heartlands #

0:32:300:32:33

-I was on the shoulders of a man

-called Meirion.

0:32:330:32:37

-He was a strong farmer

-who was holding me up.

0:32:370:32:40

-I had long hair

-and was dancing away.

0:32:410:32:43

-It'd be nice

-to have hair at all nowadays!

0:32:430:32:46

-We were doing a dance

-called Dawns Y Fro...

0:32:460:32:49

-..which Jim O'Rourke and I had

-devised to depict shovelling...

0:32:490:32:54

-..as we wanted to settle

-in the Welsh heartland.

0:32:540:32:57

-# In the land

0:32:580:33:00

-# In the land, in the land

-in the land, come for a walk #

0:33:000:33:04

-My world was shattered.

0:33:110:33:13

-It was the worst news

-I could have heard as a 15-year-old.

0:33:130:33:18

-They're great.

0:33:190:33:20

-Where are you from?

0:33:200:33:22

-Llanddoged.

0:33:220:33:23

-Llanddoged.

-

-Penmachno.

0:33:230:33:24

-We had to go

-to the farewell concert.

0:33:240:33:27

-It was the end of an era.

0:33:280:33:31

-Dewi Pws. Dewi Pws.

0:33:310:33:33

-I didn't know

-what would come next.

0:33:330:33:36

-On that night in Corwen,

-the rain was thrashing.

0:33:360:33:40

-The weather was a true reflection...

0:33:410:33:44

-..of all the sobbing we had done!

0:33:440:33:47

-# It's great

-living in a holiday home #

0:33:470:33:50

-It was a night of mixed emotions

-for me.

0:33:510:33:54

-On the one hand, I was glad to be

-there to watch my favourite group.

0:33:540:33:59

-But on the other hand, I was there

-watching their final concert.

0:33:590:34:04

-# It's lovely

-living in a holiday home

0:34:080:34:10

-# Oh, it's lovely

-living in a holiday home

0:34:110:34:14

-# It's great living sedately

0:34:140:34:17

-# It's great living sedately

0:34:170:34:20

-# It's fun owning two homes

0:34:210:34:23

-# Oh, it's fun, it's fun, it's fun

0:34:240:34:26

-# It's lovely

-living in a holiday home

0:34:270:34:30

-# It's lovely, so lovely, so lovely

0:34:300:34:33

-# I love coming to Wales

0:34:330:34:35

-# I come all the way from Surrey

-every summer #

0:34:350:34:38

-I remember we all went

-to the front of the stage...

0:34:390:34:43

-..and shook hands with the fans.

0:34:430:34:45

-We even gave one or two of them

-a cwtch.

0:34:480:34:50

-# To secure a position

0:34:520:34:54

-# For a mortician

-who comes from Birmingham #

0:34:540:34:58

-I don't remember much

-about the final gig.

0:34:590:35:02

-Maybe I've blocked it from my mind.

0:35:030:35:05

-But all I remember is that we

-enjoyed it. Everybody had fun.

0:35:060:35:10

-It was such a relief.

-All the cobwebs had been blown away.

0:35:100:35:14

-I was ready to start a new life

-without Edward H Dafis.

0:35:140:35:18

-# On the way

0:35:180:35:19

-# On the way

0:35:200:35:23

-# You're leaving for the city,

-leaving for the city, on the way

0:35:230:35:27

-# Yeah

0:35:280:35:30

-# Yeah #

0:35:320:35:33

-CROWD CHEERS

0:35:340:35:36

-Looking back, it probably was

-a mistake to split up in 1976.

0:35:570:36:01

-Maybe we should have had a six-month

-break and continued after that.

0:36:010:36:07

-Some of us, well, all of us

-apart from Dewi...

0:36:080:36:12

-..went on to form Injaroc.

0:36:120:36:15

-# Eyes

0:36:150:36:17

-# God knows what's behind your eyes

0:36:170:36:20

-# Half a smile expresses much more

0:36:200:36:23

-# Come with me

-for some rock and roll #

0:36:240:36:27

-Edward H Dafis was a supergroup

-in itself...

0:36:270:36:30

-..but with Endaf Emlyn,

-Caryl and Sioned...

0:36:300:36:33

-..they created a super supergroup

-called Injaroc.

0:36:330:36:36

-They performed for the first time

-at the Wrexham Eisteddfod.

0:36:370:36:40

-# Come with me

-for some rock and roll #

0:36:410:36:44

-They were booed - people were upset

-that Edward H Dafis had split up.

0:36:450:36:48

-They blamed Injaroc for the split.

0:36:490:36:52

-It got quite nasty, actually.

0:36:520:36:54

-The audience wasn't happy.

0:36:560:36:58

-I felt as though we'd betrayed

-a lot of people.

0:36:590:37:02

-People who had followed us.

0:37:020:37:04

-Unfortunately,

-it became all too obvious...

0:37:060:37:09

-..when we performed

-with other groups a year later.

0:37:090:37:15

-.

0:37:270:37:28

-888

0:37:310:37:31

-888

-

-888

0:37:310:37:33

-Edward H!

0:37:480:37:49

-Edward H!

0:37:490:37:51

-Edward H!

0:37:510:37:53

-Edward H!

0:37:530:37:54

-Edward H!

0:37:550:37:56

-Edward H!

0:37:560:37:57

-I met Hef...

0:37:580:37:59

-..in some cafe in Cardiff,

-drinking coffee au lait...

0:38:000:38:04

-..and he asked me,

-"What do you think about...?"

0:38:040:38:08

-No, he said, "Well, well, butty.

-How about reforming the band?"

0:38:080:38:14

-That's what's quoted in Y Cymro!

0:38:140:38:17

-I gave it some thought

-and thought it could work.

0:38:170:38:21

-But I didn't want all the hassle

-of loading and rigging.

0:38:210:38:25

-We've hired a few roadies to help

-out so it means less work for us.

0:38:250:38:31

-All we have to do

-is focus on the stage performance.

0:38:310:38:35

-But, well,

-I'm looking forward to it.

0:38:350:38:39

-I missed the camaraderie

-more than anything.

0:38:400:38:43

-I thought we still had life

-in our fingers and voices.

0:38:430:38:47

-I wanted the fun back.

0:38:470:38:49

-Did you miss the fun aspect

-of Edward H Dafis?

0:38:500:38:52

-Yes, it was the driving force

-and I miss the fun.

0:38:520:38:56

-Were you urged by your fans

-to get back together?

0:38:560:38:59

-Since splitting up, lots of people

-have asked us if we're reforming.

0:38:590:39:04

-Rumours started long before

-we'd even discussed it.

0:39:040:39:08

-There's been some pressure

-to sing again.

0:39:080:39:11

-There was so much fun from working

-together among all the members....

0:39:110:39:16

-..that I felt a special part

-of my life had been lost...

0:39:160:39:20

-..when we split up.

0:39:200:39:22

-Those were the sentiments

-of thousands of fans...

0:39:230:39:26

-..when Wales's most popular

-rock group split up 18 months ago.

0:39:260:39:32

-But everything was alright

-on Saturday night.

0:39:320:39:35

-A thousand fans gathered in Talybont

-to witness Edward H Dafis's revival.

0:39:360:39:41

-Despite the pressure to reform...

0:39:420:39:45

-..it was a challenge for the five

-to strike a chord once again.

0:39:450:39:49

-Were you in Corwen?

0:39:500:39:51

-Were you in Corwen?

-

-No.

0:39:510:39:53

-I was looking after my brothers.

0:39:530:39:55

-Where did you get that T-shirt?

0:39:560:39:56

-Where did you get that T-shirt?

-

-From Hefin Elis.

0:39:560:39:58

-Are you a fan of Edward H Dafis?

0:39:580:40:00

-Are you a fan of Edward H Dafis?

-

-They're brilliant. The best.

0:40:000:40:02

-Were you in Corwen?

0:40:020:40:04

-No. My mother wouldn't let me go.

0:40:040:40:08

-I'm glad Edward H Dafis

-are back together.

0:40:090:40:11

-They had something special.

0:40:120:40:13

-They had something special.

-

-What exactly?

0:40:130:40:15

-People respond to them

-differently.

0:40:150:40:17

-Have you worn that

-for the past 18 months?

0:40:180:40:20

-No, but I'm wearing it

-especially for the revival.

0:40:210:40:24

-What's the secret of their success?

0:40:240:40:27

-As Dewi Pws says,

-their enjoyment rubs off on people.

0:40:270:40:31

-Did Dewi Pws say that?

0:40:310:40:32

-Did Dewi Pws say that?

-

-Yes.

0:40:320:40:34

-I've never felt as nervous

-as I feel today.

0:40:340:40:37

-I hope it goes well.

0:40:380:40:39

-I'm not usually nervous

-but I am tonight.

0:40:390:40:43

-I'm very nervous at the moment.

0:40:430:40:45

-I think it's because we haven't

-played together in public...

0:40:460:40:50

-..for such a long time.

0:40:500:40:52

-But I hope it will all come together

-tonight.

0:40:530:40:56

-If we knew then what we know now...

0:40:570:40:59

-..it would have been better

-if we'd taken a break for a year...

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-..and come back fresh.

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-That would have been better for us.

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-Edward H!

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-Edward H!

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-Edward H!

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-Edward H!

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-Be careful!

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-Let's do it!

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-Let's do it!

-

-Alright, let's go. Whoo-hoo!

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-LOUD CHEERING

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-# Travelling, working

0:41:500:41:54

-# Early in the morning

0:41:540:41:57

-# Busy, busy

0:41:570:42:01

-# Pledging to do my best

0:42:010:42:04

-# But the man paying the wages

-is not satisfied

0:42:040:42:07

-# He says, "Pack up your things

-and get out on the street"

0:42:080:42:11

-# It's hell on earth

0:42:120:42:14

-# I don't stand a chance

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-# It's hell on earth

-living on the dole #

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-Getting back together

-was more difficult...

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-..because it's hard to pick up

-where you left off...

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-..and create

-the same momentum again.

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-But I feel that we produced some of

-our best work in our second phase.

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-We were more mature...

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-..and had all benefited and learnt

-from going in other directions.

0:42:420:42:48

-# Getting up in the morning,

-everyone doing their level best

0:42:590:43:03

-# It's hard to go back to sleep

0:43:040:43:06

-# Why is life so cruel?

0:43:060:43:09

-# But I know, I know full well

0:43:100:43:12

-# You'll be back soon

0:43:140:43:16

-# You'll come back

-and shatter every emotion I have

0:43:170:43:21

-# Come with me

0:43:230:43:25

-# Come with me

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-# Come with me

-and we'll set the world on fire #

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-LOUD CHEERING

0:43:450:43:48

-# On Gelliwastad Mountain

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-# Nobody lived

0:43:570:44:00

-# On Gelliwastad Mountain

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-# Nobody lived

0:44:100:44:13

-# Only the clouds

0:44:170:44:19

-# A little lark and wren #

0:44:210:44:24

-When I heard that Edward H Dafis

-were getting back together...

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-..you'd think, as a fan, that I'd

-have been happy about that.

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-But on the contrary.

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-What people didn't understand...

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-..was the angst that followed

-after they split up.

0:44:420:44:46

-For them to come back together

-after two years...

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-..I couldn't deal with it.

0:44:510:44:53

-I thought they were playing

-with my emotions.

0:44:530:44:56

-# I'm the Maharishi,

-I'm the Maharishi

0:44:570:44:59

-# Get your money out

-and give it all to me

0:45:000:45:02

-# I'm the Maharishi,

-I'm the Maharishi

0:45:020:45:05

-# Get your money out

-and give it all to me #

0:45:050:45:08

-It was never the same for me.

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-Never go back

-once something has ended.

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-Thank you very much.

-Thank you so much.

0:45:440:45:47

-# When night's voices

-come to taunt me #

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-We were successful because people

-could see that we were having fun.

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-That sense of fun bounced off us.

0:46:060:46:09

-# With dew you paint the flowers #

0:46:090:46:12

-Looking back and thinking...

0:46:120:46:15

-..of all the people who came to see

-us and followed us around Wales...

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-..they're the people

-we mix with nowadays.

0:46:200:46:23

-# Spirit of the night

0:46:240:46:26

-# I beg of you #

0:46:260:46:29

-I liked playing in a band, meeting

-friends and having a good time.

0:46:300:46:34

-# Dismiss the darkness,

-bring on day #

0:46:370:46:39

-The 1970s

-was a fascinating decade...

0:46:390:46:42

-..for young people in Wales.

0:46:420:46:45

-We were part of the development...

0:46:460:46:48

-..that was happening

-in the world of entertainment.

0:46:480:46:52

-# Spirit of night, I beg of you

0:46:530:46:55

-# Banish my fears,

-let light shine through #

0:46:550:46:57

-Who could have asked for more?

0:46:590:47:01

-I'm so fortunate

-to know these lads...

0:47:020:47:05

-..and to have been part of it.

0:47:050:47:07

-# Free me,

-free me from the night, I say #

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-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.

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Mae'r band yn edrych yn ol ar y bywyd roc a rol gyda Lisa Gwilym. Seventies' supergroup Edward H. Dafis look back at their rock 'n roll years.