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Supergrass: I Should Coco [20th Anniversary Edition] [Digipak]

Track List

>I'd Like to Know
>Caught by the Fuzz
>Mansize Rooster
>Lose it
>Strange Ones
>Sitting Up Straight
>She's So Loose
>We're Not Supposed To
>Sofa (Of My Lethargy)
>Time to Go
>Caughty by the Fuzz [Acoustic Version]
>Wait for the Sun
>Just Dropped In (To See What Condition Was In)
>Ju Suis Votre Papa Sucre
>Stone Free
>I Believe in Love
>I'd Like to Know
>Caught by the Fuzz
>Mansize Rooster
>Lose It
>Strange Ones
>Sitting Up Straight
>She's So Loose
>We're Not Supposed To
>Time to Go
>Strange Ones [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>Sitting Up Straight [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>Mansize Rooster [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>Time [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>I'd Like to Know [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>Time to Go [Technical Fault] [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>She's So Loose [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>Caught by the Fuzz [Crowd Surge] [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>Caught by the Fuzz [Live at Bath Moles] - (live)
>Lenny [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Going Out [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Sitting Up Straight [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Mansize Rooster [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>I'd Like to Know [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Time [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Alright [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Odd? [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>She's So Loose [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Where Have All the Good Times Gone [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Lose It [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Caught by the Fuzz [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Strange Ones [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)
>Lenny [Live at la Route du Rock] - (live)

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (8/10/95, p.59) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...regardless of how silly Supergrass become, the strength of their songwriting always shines through. Combining the best elements of classic British pop and melodic punk, the band leapfrogs decades and spans the gaps with wide, grinning hooks..."

Spin (9/95, p.113) - 6 - Reasonably Good - "...Supergrass is a mod band....I SHOULD COCO...works best when [the group] is careering about like Dickensian urchins in smeared lipstick, blinking through hula hoop-size pupils, gleefully anticipating corruption..."

Entertainment Weekly (7/21/95, p.64) - "...`Eclectic' doesn't begin to describe the deft plunderings of these barely legal-age lads, who, in their evocation of the Beatles, Bowie, and the Buzzcocks, seem equally at home as glamour-puss fops and snot-nosed hooligans." - Rating: A

Q (2/96, p.66) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.

Q (6/95, p.118) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...petulant middle-class brats with an instinctive grasp of melody, midway between The Clash and Buzzcocks....the more Supergrass reveal of themselves, the more childish things are set aside in favour of an embracing of pop history..."

Option (1-2/96, p.120) - "...cobbles together ideas from the record collection, then pieces `em together in not-necessarily-novel but at least catchy arrangements--cheeky thievery being the sincerest form of flattery, of course..."

Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Ranked #7 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year' - "...Druggy, deranged, bright-eyed, innocently sleazy, mercilessly addictive. Like mainlining a dose of uncut fun."

Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.106) - "...I SHOULD COCO is absurdly crammed with musical intelligence....a massive heap of informed rock madness....Supergrass have a unique take on pop music..."

NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #6 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "...the 'Grass turned their day-to-day into cartoon, and still had you gasping at the sheer thrill of it..."

Album Notes

Supergrass: Gaz Coombes (vocals); Micky Quinn (bass); Danny Goffey (drums).

Recorded at Sawmills Studio, Cornwall, England.

The songs on I SHOULD COCO play like missing pieces of the Buzzcocks' SINGLES GOING STEADY, HUNKY DORY-era Bowie, and when the Stones still existed BETWEEN THE BUTTONS. At the same time, Supergrass fit perfectly into the very retro "punk" tastes of the mid-'90s charts, and make it all seem exciting again.

Combining breathless pop-rock with an ebullient and glamorous sense of humor, Supergrass are nervy and fun. "I'd Like To Know" and "Caught By The Fuzz" show off Supergrass' undeniably British sensibilities (the chirping Cockney harmonies, the acoustic piano, the topsy-turvy bass lines), but it all works. The album is a rare breed--one that plays like an old favorite, but isn't an exercise in redundancy or nostalgia.

I SHOULD COCO isn't a painful reminder of eras gone by, but an adoring school-boy homage--exactly the one that Supergrass plays up to. Because anything too serious might ruin a good time.


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