My iPod #467: Supergrass – Grace

“Grace” was the second single released from Supergrass’ fourth album “Life on Other Planets”. “Never Done Nothing Like That Before” was the first though was only available on 7″ vinyl, whereas “Grace” was the first to be utilised on all major formats two weeks before the album’s official release.

The track came about due to some drunken playing on a piano by drummer Danny Goffey and the preachy “Save your money for the chiiiiildreeeen” lyric was taken from a message on a small money box that was carried around by kids that would usually visit the studio the band were recording in. Initially thought as nothing more than a B-Side, the four members worked over and over on the song resulting in one of their most playful and enjoyable tunes to date, just missing out in the top ten in the UK charts.

The song itself is about a girl named Grace who seemed like quite a fun person to be around if you listen to the lyrics in the verses. Musically, the positive vibes are reinforced by the light piano, upbeat tempo and swirling synthesizers that appear here and there giving the song a perky and spirited atmosphere. I also believe that the band sampled some vocals from “Caught by the Fuzz” in the instrumental break before the final chorus. That might just be me, but you may be able to understand when you hear it carefully. Just saying.

This song is fun. Liked it ever since I saw the video in 2008 or so. Was the first time that I’d heard a song of those after their prime in the 90s. Wasn’t disappointed. Still feel that way today.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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