The Stereophonics at Kelly's mum's house in Wales
The Stereophonics recently played a set for the BBC 1's Live Lounge series, starting with an interview at Kelly's childhood home in Wales, followed by a show at the Cwmaman (no, I don't know how to say that) Men's Club where the band had played their first show way back in the day.
The band covered the Foo Fighters song "Best of You" during the set, and after hours of fighting with the stream on the BBC site, I finally found this unofficial blog that had just the tune I was gunning for. Tonight this just seems like one of the saddest, most melancholy songs I've heard in a long time; Kelly sings like he's a staring off a million miles away. Each lyric gets at me tonight. Clearly that's also by virtue of the strength of the original songwriting here that glows through the ache.
On this version you don't get the Grohl-screaming but you get at the core in a new way.
Best of You (Foo Fighters cover) - Stereophonics
That site also has an mp3 of their performance of "Local Boy In The Photograph," which feels fitting for the setting. And on a lighter note, here are a few more pics from the whole silly junket:
Beryl and Oscar (aka Mum and Dad) charmingly have a few Stereophonics videos in their collection, behind the ceramic elephant and the piano school tote bag.
Kelly's mum telling interviewer Jo Whiley about the mullet that Kelly rocked when he was younger . . .
Said mullet in the sunset. Hot.
Their live set at the Cwmaman Men's Club.
The full photo slideshow is here