Doing a 180: Supergrass, I Should Coco

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Doing a 180: Supergrass, I Should Coco

This week, our 180-gram vinyl reissue program is providing you with one of the true gems of the Britpop era: the debut album from Supergrass.

Recorded at Sawmills Studios in Cornwall, England, I Should Coco is such an exuberant pop album that it really only takes a single listen for you to correct deduce that the guys who recorded it were in their teens (Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey) or, at best, early twenties (Mick Quinn). The killer cut on the album is, of course, “Alright,” which was so undeniably catchy that it even caught the ears of American radio programmers, and that hardly ever happens.

The album's success wasn't limited solely to “Alright,” though. Well, actually, it was limited to that track in the US, but in the UK the album pulled a second top-10 single with “Lenny,” a top-20 single with “Mansize Rooster,” and another pair of lesser successes with the singles for “Caught by the Fuzz” and “Lose It.” In fairness to “Caught by the Fuzz,” though, it was the band's debut single, so to hit #43 on the charts really wasn't half bad in the grand scheme of things.

There are a couple of other attributes to this reissue that are particularly notable, starting with the fact that the cover has been re-photographed at high resolution from the original painting by The Moody Painters who created all artwork for the original release and singles, and the package has been designed by Nick Bax at Human Studios, who was also responsible for graphic design the first time around. In addition, the LP also includes the original 7" single of "Stone Free"/ "Odd?" on red vinyl with a reworked red/yellow classic Parlophone 45 label but in its original retro Parlophone housebag.

Come on, don't you want to run and buy a copy that you can have it pumping on your stereo? Wait, sorry, that's a different classic Supergrass album. You've got to like a band with more than one classic in their catalog. Anyway, our point is, go buy I Should Coco: it's a great album, and it sounds better than ever.