i've dismissed supergrass as a singles band for many years now but this week i decided to actually give the albums another proper go.. what a fool i've been. i should coco is just banger after banger after banger. fantastic record.
Agreed with the various comments below about Alright getting loads of listens and the rest not nearly as much. I've seen this with a few other bands, and it's quite often to do the the song being featured on compilation CDs, soundtracks, or playlists. Anyone buying a 'best of britpop' CD or using a similar playlist on spotify or something will probably be pointed towards Alright on the majority of occasions as the go-to Supergrass track, whilst the other tracks feature less on this sort of thing. Certainly doesn't mean it's their best track, or that all 'fans' think it's their best. Just makes the charts a bit lopsided unfortunately.
Первый альбом очень похож на Blur, только припанкованный. Те же I'd like to know, Mansize Rooster, It's Alright легко представить на альбоме последних, но с другим вокалом и несколько более медленном темпе:) Ребята точно слушали Parklife и Modern life is rubbish, и не один раз, конспектировали:) Зато второй альбом звучит более оригинально, более зрело и гитарки там весьма неплохи.
'Alright' is a fun song, but it's a little disappointing indeed that the rest of their work gets so little love in comparison. I know it's considered a Britpop classic and it's easily one of the catchiest and most mass-oriented things they've done, but there's so many more sides to Supergrass. Take 'Roxy', off of Road To Rouen, probably one of the longest songs they've written -- it's not nearly as radio-friendly, but it's one hell of a song. Really well constructed, great production, yet it's in 41th place in their song charts. And then there's tracks like 'Mary', 'Richard III', 'Time' and 'Rebel In You', all different, but all great. I mean, I understand how it works, but Supergrass should be remembered for more than just one hit single.
A lot of bands have one or two songs which get listened to far more often than their other work. It's the way it often works when you have a breakout single or hit song that everyone remembers. I love the song, but yeah they've got lots of other excellent material.
While I can understand why Britpop classic 'Alright' is at the top of the Top Tracks list here, it's still too disproportionately weighted in its favour - Supergrass made so many other excellent songs that were far superior to Alright, and it's sad to see that they are listened to so little, comparatively speaking. I mean, almost three times as many plays than second place track 'Caught By The Fuzz' (sure, extremely catchy, I'll grant, but far from their very best). It stills puzzles me as to why the wider audience didn't appreciate the maturity of their better material; maybe if they'd had, we might not have seen Supergrass disband so soon... way too early. They were frankly one of THE very best bands to emerge from the UK over the last two decades.
As much as I love all their work, Road to Rouen is a masterpiece. So melancholic, sad, slow and beautiful, quite different from the work they done before. A shame that it was so short, and a shame it didn't hit the spotlights the way it deserved.