Without a doubt Welsh rockers Stereophonics are one of Britain's best bands and in Kelly Jones they possess one of the country's finest songwriters. Since winning a Brit Award for Best New Group in 1998, Stereophonics have gone from strength to strength, consistently delivering outstanding music over several decades (including six No. 1 albums in the U.K.) - a band consistently at the very top of their game. 1999 sophomore set, Performance and Cocktails, served as the band's first No. 1 album and was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. It finds the band augmenting their signature gritty guitar-heavy rock with more ballads this time around and producing five hit singles in the process: "The Bartender and the Thief," "Just Looking," "Pick a Part That's New," "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio" and "Hurry Up and Wait." At the 1999 Kerrang! Awards Performance and Cocktails won "Best Album" and Stereophonics won "Best British Band."