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An excellent debut, a Britpop classic!,
This review is from: I Should Coco (Audio CD)
I think that almost without question, the most famous song on Supergrass' first album 'I Should Coco' is the evergreen classic 'Alright', an anthem of the Britpop era. There is one line in that song which I really love: "We are young, we go out, smoke a f*g, put it out!", such simple lyrics, but such a brilliant social comment in a way. The rest of the album, which contains further hits like the dramatic 'Caught By The Fuss' (which brilliantly recounts the tale of 15 year old Gaz Coombes'' arrest for possession of marijuana), 'Mansized Rooster' and 'Lenny' continues with the same raw energy and genuine excitement. The opener, 'I'd Like To Know' is another Supergrass classic, and one of my favourite songs of the band, who went onto release a stack of other quality studio albums.
The whole of 'I Should Coco' can easily be played in it's entirety, and for an album that was released back in 1995, you may be surprised at just how all of these songs still sound as fresh as they ever did, and are incredibly catchy. Barely out of their teens when the Supergrass trio released this classic, it demonstrates what a talented bunch of young men they were, and deserve their place among the most popular and important bands of the day. What makes this an even more impressive album is when you consider that this polished work was in fact a debut!
If you only know (and like) the one song, then you'll definitely enjoy the entire 'I Should Coco', a era-defining album virtually made to make you instantly feel good. Gaz and his boys followed this one up two years later with the outstanding In It For The Money, which already demonstrated more complex song writing and showed strong signs of musical maturity.
Update: In 2015, 'I Should Co Co' was given a lavish three CD treatment to celebrate it's 20th anniversary: I Should Coco (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition). Housed in a digipak, the original album was given a superb remastering, as well as the inclusion of a bonus CD with B sides, demos, out-takes and other rarities, and a third consisting of live recordings from two separate gigs. The booklet is less exciting, but does at least contain some excellent photographs, an original article published by Melody Maker magazine in 1995, as well as information and record sleeves of all the singles which were released at the time.