SUPERGRASS – ” In It for the Money ” Reissue

Posted: September 22, 2021 in MUSIC

Supergrass are a peculiar band. The Oxford trio released their debut album “I Should Coco” in 1995 at the height of Britpop and Cool Britannia, and their biggest hit “Alright” propelled them into the mainstream with mind-numbing speed. Supergrass were never the smartest, sexiest, loudest, or most popular members of the Britpop movement, but they were staggeringly consistent, with all six albums possessing a distinct identity—from the speedy punk-pop flair of their debut to the summery, psych-tinged rock of “In It for the Money”, or the grief-stricken balladry of “Road to Rouen“, they always flipped the script.

While the happy-go-lucky “Alright” and its famously waggish music video are what often come to mind for the average person, Supergrass’ adept musicianship and interesting albums shouldn’t be forgotten. Frontman Gaz Coombes was one of the most formidable guitarists of his time, and the group’s second album, In It for the Money, could easily be deemed the most underrated of all Britpop records. Because it had been out of print since its release in 1997, that album became highly sought after until last month, when the band released a remastered version on CD and vinyl along with rarities from that period.

From the vein-busting opener “In It For The Money” to the stoopid, human-beatbox closer of “Sometimes I Make You Sad”, Supergrass’s second album fairly defines the term “classic”. “Going Out” swivels on an outrageous, 14-bar passage of Memphis brass and buzzes like the Beatles on the roof at Apple, while “Sun Hits The Sky” has all the furious bass-runs of the Who’s “I Can See For Miles”. And “Late In The Day” breaks into a guitar solo of such unindulgent homesick beauty it could cause pavements to weep. God would have to buy a Gibson and crib off John Lennon to top half of the songs on Money.

Supergrass split up in 2010, and in the years since, Coombes went solo, bassist Mick Quinn joined Swervedriver, and drummer Danny Goffey released music as Vangoffey. But in late 2019, they played their first shows together in a decade, leading to a formal Supergrass reunion tour a year later, which was cut short by the pandemic. “All the way through, it’s been about performing live. I just think it’d be a bit weird to try and get back in the studio. I don’t know if everything that split the band has been resolved. I mean, fuck it, it doesn’t need to be, necessarily.” quoted Gaz Coombes.

The first couple albums—they’re teenagers playing punk rock and roll. The thing is, you always want to be able to deliver it with real intensity, purity, and honesty. So that was definitely something, like, “How’s it going to feel when we play ‘Caught by the Fuzz’ or ‘Alright?’” “Fuzz” was one of the first we tried when we got into rehearsals, and it was quite mad without being too corny about it. There was a chemistry that immediately hit, and it’s just the feeling we all had as we started playing.

They have also released a career-spanning box set titled “The Strange Ones” and a collection of recordings from their reunion shows titled “Live on Other Planets“. Now they’re back playing open-air festivals and clubs again, eager to celebrate a dynamic, singular back catalogue.

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