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Receptacle for the Respectable

Album This song officially appears on the Rings Around the World Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2001

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Song facts

Receptacle for the Respectable” is a song from the Super Furry Animals, on which Paul McCartney is credited doing “carrots and celery rythmn”.

From MTV (about the collaboration between McCartney and Super Furry Animals):

[…] A far stranger relationship developed between the Furrys and the former Beatle. The two forces first intersected in 2000 at an NME Awards ceremony in London when Furry keyboardist Cian Ciaran got drunk and found himself in the men’s room next to the music legend. Their bathroom conversation continued into the ceremony room, and by the end of the night Ciaran had convinced McCartney to let the Welsh band remix some previously unreleased Beatles music.

One minute Cian is dragging Paul McCartney to a table, and within two weeks four boxes of original Beatles master tapes arrived in our office in Cardiff,” marveled Rhys. “We sampled chunks of John [Lennon] and Paul chatting, and we made loops of George’s guitar and Ringo [Starr]‘s drums. That was extremely surreal.

The music came out last year on a record called The Liverpool Sound Collage and was used as background music for an installation by British pop artist Peter Blake at the Tate Gallery in London. Pleased by the collaboration, McCartney agreed to guest on Rings Around the World.The only problem was scheduling the time.

He was always going to fashion shows in Paris and was always canceling on us,” grumbled Rhys. “Also, there was a lot of security involved. It was like trying to make a record with the pope.

In typically perverse fashion, Super Furry Animals didn’t want McCartney to sing on their record. Instead, they asked him to chew carrots and celery into the mic on “Receptacle for the Respectable,” as he allegedly did for Brian Wilson on the track “Vegetables” from the unreleased 1967 album Smile.

He claims that was his favorite moment of last year — chewing the celery and carrots to the beat,” Rhys said. “We just didn’t want him to strain his voice, and we didn’t want him to play bass because he’s done that so many times in his life. He’s probably sick of singing cameo roles.” […]

From Wikipedia:

The track “Receptacle For the Respectable” reflects the eclecticism of the album as it “undergoes a complete personality change” over the course of its four-minute thirty-two-second duration, veering from prog rock to death metal. The song begins as an acoustic guitar-driven pop song and then shifts into a slower bridge section which leads to an even slower coda which has been compared to the music of Burt Bacharach and The Beach Boys’ Smiley Smile album and features Paul McCartney chewing carrots and celery to the beat. The track ends with a “pantomime death metal” section with Rhys’s “distorted, bellowed vocals” screaming the title phrase. According to Cian Ciaran, the song initially comprised just the first two parts when recorded at Monnow Valley Studios but, by the time the group relocated to Bearsville Studios, Rhys had written and added the third section. While there the band added the fourth section by “pissing about with Pro Tools”, looping the bass from the end of the third section “by accident” to create the musical backing. A fifth, hip hop, section was discussed but the band decided against it, reasoning that “if you’re going to do a fifth bit, you’d probably do a sixth, and before you know where you are, you’re doing a concept album made up of nothing but bits!“. According to the band, the track is the only time on the album where they tried to achieve comedy and “completely went with [their] silly streak“.


It took a long time for me to get over
Your incredible ways
And now I'm minded to wipe out the memory
Of the way you behaved

I was so gullible
But now I'm cynical

I took some time out to study your actions
Of how you painted towns red
And if my worse fears came to fruition
I'm shure you'd leave us all dead

You're a recepticle
For the respectable

We're all seseptable
To the Incredible

Welcome as a storm cloud
In the late December gloom
Subtle as a nail bomb in the head
You came to me in peace
And left me in pieces.

Officially appears on

Rings Around the World

Official album • Released in 2001

4:32 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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