It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah

It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah

by Black Grape
     
 

When Happy Mondays fell apart in 1992, most observers assumed that Shaun Ryder would never recover from his numerous drug addictions. No one could have ever predicted that he would return to the top of the charts three years later, relatively fit and healthy, with a new band that fulfilled all of the promises of his old group. Black GrapeSee more details below

Overview

When Happy Mondays fell apart in 1992, most observers assumed that Shaun Ryder would never recover from his numerous drug addictions. No one could have ever predicted that he would return to the top of the charts three years later, relatively fit and healthy, with a new band that fulfilled all of the promises of his old group. Black Grape is what Happy Mondays always were, only better. Leaving behind the stiff musicianship that plagued even the best Mondays records, Black Grape's debut, It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah, is a surreal, funky, profane, and perversely joyous album, overflowing with casual eclecticism and giddy humor. Working with a band that is looser and grittier than the Mondays, Ryder sounds reinvigorated, creating bizarre rhymes that tie together junk culture, drug lingo, literary references, and utter nonsense. Ryder's lyrics have always been freewheelingly impenetrable, but now he's working with Kermit, a rapper that is the equal of his skills. Even better, the music has deep grooves and catchy pop hooks that come straight out of left field. From the blaring harmonica of the triumphant "Reverend Black Grape" and the trippy sitars of "In the Name of the Father" to the seedy, rolling "Shake Your Money" and the stinging guitars of "Tramazi Parti," It's Great is filled with music that goes in unconventional directions without ever sounding forced. Not only is It's Great When You're Straight a triumphant return for Ryder and his sidekick Bez, it's the first album they have ever recorded that justifies all of the hype.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/1995
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0008811122423
catalogNumber:
1112242
Rank:
123152

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Grape   Primary Artist
Stephen Lironi   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Slide Guitar
Shaun Ryder   Vocals
Danny Saber   Bass,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Ged Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Bez   Maracas
Paul "Kermit" Leverage   Vocals
Helen Vigneau   Background Vocals
Paul "Wags" Wagstaff   Guitar
Psycho   Vocals
Martin Slattery   Saxophone
Anthony Guarderas   Bass

Technical Credits

Tom Lord-Alge   Contributor
Phil Ault   Engineer
Stephen Lironi   Programming,Producer
Shaun Ryder   Producer
Danny Saber   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Gary Kurfirst   Executive Producer
Ewan Davis   Engineer
Michael Scherchen   Programming,Engineer

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