FUZZED-UP sideburned sparky pop fun from a trio of hyperactive youngsters who seemed to have worked out everything that was great about Cream-era pop and bashed it out in a collection of rapid-fire punky pop-splurge Buzzcocks-meet-Pistols-meet-Madness-meet-Syd’s-Floyd-meet-Bowie-meet-Beach-Boys-meet-Eurotrash-theme thrills. Seemingly beamed in from a universe where ‘quallidy pop’ never happened, Gaz, Danny and Mickey were the toast of 1995 and rightly so; not only were they immeasurably better than any of their Britpop peers (yes, including Oasis and – at least in their circa-The Great Escape incarnation – Blur) and therefore by association enormously more exciting than anything else around at the time, they also made a rather corking album to boot. There’s the surprisingly large hit singles quotient (Caught By The Fuzz, Mansize Rooster, Lenny, Alright, and we’re counting Time and Lose It as well round here thank you very much), the manic singalongs (I’d Like To Know, Strange Ones, She’s So Loose), the are-they-for-real? jokiness (Sitting Up Straight, Time To Go), the lovelorn epic (Sofa (Of My Lethargy)), and the downright oddness (We’re Not Supposed To, and all that “Igor! I can’t find you…” business) that suggested they’d spent a little too long poking around the more unhinged corners of their local independent record shop. For so many reasons it couldn’t last, of course, but even then Supergrass defied all logic and expectation by getting better and better as their star steadily but very very slowly faded.
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Says here “new”, but you know what they mean. It’s the very famous show from the Royal Albert Hall in 1968 which as well as featuring one of the most influential bands in pop history is also quite important because it was shown on BBC1 in the days when progressive pop was a very rare occurrence on the channel, and which spurred Mrs B Oldland of Sheldon, Birmingham to write to the Radio Times to say, “I must say that never in all the years of television have I seen such a confusion of sheer unadulterated nonsense, with flashing pictures to match. Their music had no beginning or ending, and was a continuous mumbo jumbo of ‘middle’ from start to stop. If this is their farewell performance, then it wasn’t a minute to soon for me!”
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