Prior to Super Furry Animals's formation, Gruff played in a number of other bands, including the Creation Records-signed Emily, and Ffa Coffi Pawb.
Eclectic and eccentric, Gruff Rhys has released three solo albums. His debut album Gruff Rhys - Yr Atal Genhedlaeth released in 2005 and recorded entirely in his native Welsh language, followed by Gruff Rhys - Candylion released in 2007 and Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo released in 2011 which was the winner of the inaugural Welsh Music Prize in 2011.
In 2008 Gruff released Neon Neon - Stainless Style, a concept album with a string of guest musicians. The album was based on the rise and fall of the John De Lorean, the De Lorean Motor Company founder.
In 2010 Gruff collaborated with Brazilian eccentric Tony da Gatorra to release Gruff Rhys V Tony Da Gatorra - The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness. In addition to this Gruff has collaborated with a host of other musicians, most notably for vocals for the track 'Just War' on Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse - Dark Night Of The Soul and 'Superfast Jellyfish' from Gorillaz - Plastic Beach.
Gruff Rhys Discography
- 26 Vocals
- 26 Instruments & Performance
- 44 Writing & Arrangement
- 16 Featuring & Presenting
- 15 Production
- 3 Technical
- 3 Acting, Literary & Spoken