"Hello, we're Biffy Clyro."
— Simon Neil, every show
Biffy Clyro are a Scottish rock band from Kilmarnock, formed in 1995. After their first three albums, the band expanded their following significantly with the release of their fourth, Puzzle
, in 2007, which went gold in the UK. Biffy Clyro's popularity was built upon further in 2008 and 2009 with the release of the singles "Mountains" and "That Golden Rule".
Their best known album, Only Revolutions
, reached #3 in the UK chart and went gold within days of its release in 2009, later going platinum in 2010 and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. In December 2010 they were especially brought to notice of mainstream after their song "Many of Horror" was covered as the winner's single in The X Factor
by Matt Cardle.The band consists of:
Their albums are:
- Simon Neil (guitar, lead vocals)
- James Johnston (bass, vocals)
- Ben Johnston (drums, vocals)
- Blackened Sky (2002)
- The Vertigo of Bliss (2003)
- Infinity Land (2004)
- Puzzle (2007)
- Only Revolutions (2009)
- Opposites (2013)
Biffy Clyro provides examples of:
- Always Identical Twins: James and Ben
- They're more likely to be fraternal twins - Ben's gone bald, while James has (so far) retained a full head of hair (although if you look at earlier photos, taken when Ben still had hair, it's incredibly difficult to tell them apart).
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The cover of A Vertigo of Bliss.
- Album Title Drop: Played straight on Blackened Sky opener "Joy. Discovery. Invention". Inverted on Puzzle, which has the name drop on b-side "Scared of Lots of Everything".
- Badass Beard: All three band members sport them.
- British Accents: Scottish. All three members sing, and all sound very similar to non-scots, making it difficult to know who's singing on some songs.
- The Captain is a song from Only Revolutions.
- Careful With That Axe: frequently.
- Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: Happens towards the end of "Stingin' Belle".
- Fanservice: The video for "The Captain". And how.
- They usually perform live without shirts on, so most concerts may be a source of this.
- Fun with Acronyms: "Big Imagine For Feeling Young Cos Life Yearns Real Optimism", featured on official merchandise.
- Grief Song: "Folding Stars", about Simon's late mother.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Especially on "That Golden Rule".
- Long Runner Lineup: Type 1, having been constant since 1995.
- Long Title: Many. Examples include "Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies" and "There's No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake",
- Making Use of the Twin: Averted in the video for Mountains, which features the identical lords of mountain and sea. Simon plays both.
- Metal Scream: Used a couple of times, most notably on "There's No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake".
- New Sound Album: Only Revolutions, which is more melodic and contains more symphonic elements.
- Non-Appearing Title: The song "Cloud of Stink" from Only Revolutions.
- "Saturday Superhouse" from Puzzle.
- "Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys Toys" from Vertigo of Bliss.
- It's fair to say that many, many of their songs have these.
- Sometimes subverted, as some songs have incredibly bizarre titles you wouldn't think would fit in the songs - yet they do.
- Precision F-Strike: "Shock, Shock": "You talk and you talk like you're trying to shun me, I don't even know what the FUCK we're still arguing about."
- "Solution Devices": "Our turn, our turn, fuck you and all your games."
- "Get Fucked Stud"
- "Sounds Like Balloons has the line: "Ancient Rome, they built that fucker stone by stone."
- Refrain from Assuming: That song that's been everywhere recently? It's called "Many of Horror", NOT "When We Collide" - no matter what Matt Cardle says.
- Also the name of the band, "Biffy Clyro" is NOT Simon Neil's name.
- Rock Trio
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Living Is a Problem Beacause Everything Dies"
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: By their own admission, "Questions and Answers" is a "wee pop song" which stands out alongside the alternate time signatures and screaming vocals of Vertigo of Bliss.
- Title by Number: "27", "57" and "9/15ths".
- Word Puree Title: Name origin theories are abundant, and the band has never given a single official explanation.
- Word Salad Lyrics: Many, many of their songs don't make much sense. Especially if you take them literally. In fact it would be easier to list the songs that don't contain Word Salad Lyrics.