I SHOULD COCO: SUPERGRASS Thursday 05 April, 2012

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Probably the only people who are glad that what they were doing when they were 17 got recorded.

Often overlooked in the clamour to suck on the collective cocks of Blur and Oasis, Supergrass are one of the finest bands of that era. This, their debut album, is a splendidly charged and calculatedly raucous affair.

Recorded when they were seventeen it is also demonstrates a remarkable level of musicianship on all fronts. Unfortunately for Supergrass they’re probably only remembered for ‘Alright’. This is devastatingly unfair. It’s a good pop song but the rest of this album is full of absolute belters: ‘I’d Like To Know’, ‘Caught By The Fuzz’, ‘Mansize Rooster’…actually, sod it, this whole album is outstanding. It’s so good, in fact, that you’ll forgive ‘Alright’ which takes some doing.

I first fell in love with it during a nine hour drive from Essex to Minehead when I was seventeen. It had just been released and I bought it specifically for the journey. My best mate had just passed his test and he was driving our gang of three down there. He’d just fallen in love for the first time so he kept wanting to play that awful Edwin Collins record but I eventually managed to get this on and it stayed there quite a bit after that.

I think it stands the test of time and you can probably pick it up really cheaply. If you haven’t discovered the joys of this punky rocky little gem yet then maybe it’s about time you did, I should coco.

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