Ranking each album from Supergrass
It’s been 25 years since Supergrass released their debut album “I Should Coco” and this year the boys decided to hit the road on tour to celebrate this anniversary.
Supergrass made the decision to part ways in 2010 citing musical and creative differences. At this time the boys were recording their as of yet unreleased seventh studio album “Release the Drones”.
A decade has passed since their farewell gigs and since then frontman Gaz Coombes has embarked on a very successful solo career.Drummer Danny Goffey has also been keeping busy making tunes under guises such as Van Goffey as well as touring with Babyshambles and founding member Mick Quinn has been making music with various bands such as DB Band and Swervedriver!
So with six albums of sheer quality under their belt how does this body of work compare against each other?
6) Diamond Hoo Ha (2008)
Released in 2008 they decided to revert back to a punchier sound in comparison to the more reflective and mellow “Road To Rouen” album 3 years earlier.
Commercially it was their least successful but it’s an absolute cracker.
The title track is a stomper, “Rebel In You” excels in epicness and closing track “Butterfly” is joyous.
It’s an enjoyable listen start to finish.
5) Life On Other Planets (2002)
Again, in comparison to their previous album this was a return to the fun side of Supergrass.
Opening track “Za” is full of jaunty pianos and 70s style guitars. You even get a bit of this track by the way at the end of this album.
“Seen The Light”, “Never Done Nothing Like This Before”, “La Song” and “Grace” revisit the fun times of their debut album.
There’s even a ska rock feel to the brilliant “Brecon Beacons” and the closing two tracks “Run” and “Prophet 15” take you on a psychedelic journey.
4) Supergrass (1999)
That difficult third album?
For some maybe but this is just brilliant. A more mature sound to their first two albums it’s certainly no less fun.
“Moving” is a classic opener and still one of their best known songs. “Pumping On Your Stereo” and “Jesus Came From Outer Space” are glam rock fun.
It’s a band wearing their 70s influences on their sleeves.
3) Road To Rouen (2005)
If it wasn’t for their first two albums this would certainly top my list.
Their most mature sounding record and an absolute classic.
“St Petersburg” is gently Beatles-eque and “Tales Of Endurance (Parts 4, 5 & 6) could be two songs in one.
Amongst all the maturity there is always however time for the fun side of Supergrass with “Coffee In The Pot”.
2) I Should Coco (1995)
The triumphant debut album which has vibes of fun from start to finish. An iconic 90s masterpiece.
One play of this record and you are taken to the carefree attitude of the Britpop era. “Alright”, “Mansize Rooster” and “Caught By The Fuzz” all sing about youthful exuberance.
Amongst all this fun the album also shows the maturity they would show as songwriters. “Time” and “Sofa Of My Lethargy” sound like they could have been written by someone much older than a band who’s frontman was only 19 at the time of this album’s release.
1) In It For The Money (1997)
I remember saying to a friend at the time of the release of “In It For The Money” that this even better than “I Should Coco”
His reply “That’s a big claim, it’ll have a job”
I said to him “Just give it a listen”
The sign the direction the band were going at the time was shown with the release of the single “Going Out”
Released a year before the album it gave us a sneak preview of what was to come.I remember Gaz Coombes saying at the time that they could of just released 12 “Alrights” and been just as successful but they didn’t want that.
In It For The Money sees the band ramping it up with production. “Going Out” is massive with his brass sound, “Richard III is a rocker with a nod to their glam influences and “Sun Hits The Sky” has a vibe of The Who.
23 years after the release of this record it has certainly stood the test of time as a modern day classic.
Words by Lee Bellfield
Born in Manchester, live now around Heaton Moor. A football, boxing and snooker fan and support Manchester City(even before the glory days)
A big fan of gigs, music and all that come with it. I used to write for a boxing website and have previously worked for Music Zone, a job that involved listening to new releases, speaking to labels and keeping the schedule updated.