Saturday, January 24, 2009

796. Supergrass - I Should Coco (1995)

Track Listing

1. I'd Like To Know
2. Caught By The Fuzz
3. Mansize Rooster
4. Alright
5. Lose It
6. Lenny
7. Strange Ones
8. Sitting Up Straight
9. She's So Loose
10. We're Not Supposed To
11. Time
12. Sofa Of My Lethargy
13. Time To Go


Imagine a bunch of weird kids who sit around listening to really old records. You know those freaks at school, who actually grow up to be better and more successful than any of the cool kids? Well, if they were very talented and got together to make an album, this might be what it sounds like, if they are lucky.

This Supergrass album has a wide-eyed enthusiasm and actually a kind of innocence that makes it pretty great. They are not ashamed of jumbling endless influences into a distinctive sound, the Kinks, the Beach Boys, The Beatles, Buzzcocks, Madness, The Jam, Mott the Hopple, fucking Slade and Chipmunks all is an influence and it all works.

It sounds genuine, exciting, fun and pretty bloody good. It is actually a refreshing album next to so much self-conscious Brit-pop crap. So you should get this if you don't know it (i.e. are American or something). The kids are alright.

Track Highlights

1. Alright
2. Mansize Rooster
3. We're Not Supposed To
4. Sofa of My Lethargy

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Supergrass have stated that the album title has no particular meaning; however, in Cockney rhyming slang "I should coco" (or "I should cocoa!") can be interpreted to mean "I should say so", a sarcastic exclamation of disbelief or anger. There is also a café on Oxford's Cowley Road, an area the group used to frequent, called Café Coco, and this may also have influenced the album's title.


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