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At last! The sound of Paul McCartney chewing celery has finally been unleashed

Paul McCartney and some lettuce
Paul McCartney in 2001. With some celery. (Image credit: Kevin Mazur)

Twenty years after its original recording, the sound of Paul McCartney chewing celery and carrots has finally been released.  

The recording, which features the sound of the former Beatle's salad gnashers working in solid rhythm, originally featured on the Super Furry Animals track Receptacle For The Respectable, and has been released in isolation to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of the album from whence it came, the much-loved Rings Around The World

The carrot collaboration originally came about after McCartney ran into the Super Furries at an awards show. After turning down their request to remix some Beatles songs, McCartney agreed to contribute to the band's upcoming album and, having allegedly "played" celery on the Beach Boys' 1967 song Vegetables, reprised the technique for the Welsh rockers.

"He was going to come to the studio and then decided not to for some reason," says Super Furry Animals keyboardist Cian Ciarán. "So, we sent him stereo backing tracks so he could keep time, then he sent the tape back with a message that started with a really dodgy Welsh accent. Then he goes 'I hope you like it' – the next thing you know you just hear this chewing sound!"

The re-release of Rings Around The World comes in digital, double vinyl, single and triple CD packages, with a total of 75 "curiosities from the vaults" featuring across the various formats. Full tracklist below.

Rings Around The World 20th anniversary tracklist

2 x 180g Vinyl
A1. Alternate Route To Vulcan Street~
A2. Sidewalk Serfer Girl
A3. (Drawing) Rings Around The World
B1. It’s Not The End Of The World?
B2. Receptacle For The Respectable
B3. Touch Sensitive
B4. Shoot Doris Day
C1. Miniature
C2. No Sympathy
C3. Juxtapozed With U
D1. Presidential Suite
D2. Run! Christian, Run!
D3. Fragile Happiness

1 x CD Edition
Rings Around The World – Original Album, 2021 Remaster

3 x CD Edition
Disc 1
1. Alternate Route To Vulcan Street
2. Sidewalk Serfer Girl
3. (Drawing) Rings Around The World
4. It’s Not The End Of The World?
5. Receptacle For The Respectable
6. Touch Sensitive
7. Shoot Doris Day
8. Miniature
9. No Sympathy
10. Juxtapozed With U
11. Presidential Suite
12. Run! Christian, Run!
13. Fragile Happiness

B-Sides
14. Tradewinds
15. The Roman Road
16. Happiness Is A Worn Pun
17. Patience
18. Edam Anchorman
19. All The Shit U Do

Disc 2:
B-Sides Continued
1. Gypsy Space Muffin

Unfinished Outtakes from LP Sessions
2. John Spex*
3. Miami Vice*
4. Sanitised (Rough Mix)*
5. Chihuahua (Unfinished, Rough Mix)*

Demos 1998 – 2000
6. (Drawing) Rings Around The World #1*
7. (Drawing) Rings Around The World #2*
8. (Drawing) Rings Around The World #3*
9. No Sympathy*
10. Tradewinds*
11. Receptacle For The Respectable #1*
12. Receptacle For The Respectable #2*
13. Happiness Is A Worn Pun*
14. Sidewalk Serfer Girl*
15. Presidential Suite*
16. The Roman Road*
17. Patience #2*
18. Shoot Doris Day*
19. Edam Anchorman*
20. Sanitised*
21. Fragile Happiness*

Disc 3: Remixes
1. Alternate Route To Vulcan Street (Bench Remix)*
2. Sidewalk Serfer Girl (Catatonia Remix)*
3. (Drawing) Rings Around The World (Happy Chapel Remix)*
4. It’s Not The End Of The World? (Force Unknown Remix)*
5. Receptacle For The Respectable (Destructable Mix)*
6. Touch Sensitive (Force Unknown Remix)*
7. Shoot Doris Day (Wauvenfold Remix)*
8. Miniature (Goem Remix)*
9. No Sympathy (Kid 606 Remix)*
10. Juxtapozed With U (SFA Remix)*
11. Presidential Suite (High Llamas Remix)*
12. Run! Christian, Run! (Massimo Remix)*
13. Fragile Happiness (Brave Captain Remix)*

*Previously unreleased

Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World

(Image credit: BMG)
Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 35 years in music industry, online for 22. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović. Likes cats.