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Supergrass

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Effervescent Britpop trio

Oxford trio Supergrass exploded onto the Britpop scene like a primary-coloured bath bomb of exuberance. Where their peers were aggressively aloof, perpetually feuding and nose-deep in a range of bad influences, Supergrass were like the Monkees distilled into three mischievously cheekys and charming youths: Gaz Coombes (guitar and vocals), Danny Goffey (drums) and Mickey Quinn (bass).

Supergrass kicked things off with their debut single Caught By The Fuzz, a perfect encapsulation of their Buzzcocks-meets-The Small Faces livewire energy. It earned them a major label deal and the ensuing singles Mansized Rooster and Lenny only ramped up the anticipation for their debut album.

I Should Coco didn’t disappoint on its release in the summer of 1995. The ridiculously infectious single Alright instantly became the song of the summer, hanging around the top end of the charts for a month. The band won best new band awards from Q, NME and the BRIT Awards.

Supergrass went back to the studio for the near-impossible task of following their instant success, only to prove that they had even more tricks up their sleeve. In It For The Money arrived in 1997 to critical fanfare, as Supergrass expanded their sound and silenced any doubters. Richard III added a direct aggression to their hook-laden indie pop, while Late In The Day showed they could do hazy Kinks-esque introspection just as effectively.

The band made it a platinum hat trick with their self-titled third album, propelled into the Top 5 by singles Moving and the stomping Pumping On Your Stereo. The band chose to take some time off and returned as a quartet, Gaz’s brother Rob joining on keys. Their first album with the expanded line-up was 2002’s Life On Other Planets.

The well-received Road To Rouen followed in 2005, marking a more mature, sombre direction for the band. In the run-up to the release of their sixth studio album, Diamond Hoo Haa, Mickey Quinn fell out of a window while sleepwalking, fracturing his spine and breaking his heel. Gaz and Danny toured as a duo – under the name The Diamond Hoo Haa Men – until Quinn had sufficiently recovered to rejoin the band.

Work on a seventh album was abandoned and Supergrass split up in 2010. The members occupied themselves with various solo projects up until a reunion performance in 2019. A tour marking 25 years of I Should Coco followed. In 2020, Supergrass confirmed a series of outdoor shows which were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, they announced UK tour dates including appearances at Heritage Live in Reading (with Feeder and Sports Team), Isle Of Wight Festival, South Facing in Crystal Palace and Splendour in Nottingham’s Wollaton Park (with Richard Ashcroft, Sleeper and Belinda Carlisle).