Black Grape – It’s great when you’re straight, Yeah (The ’59) #229

The ’59 2018 #229: 180817

Black Grape – It’s great when you’re straight, Yeah (1995)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 37 – 1995.

It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah was the first album from Black Grape, released in 1995 on Radioactive Records.

It was a critical and commercial success, particularly in the UK, where it topped the Album Charts for two weeks and produced two Top 10 hit singles and a third Top 20 hit. “Reverend Black Grape”  (No.9), “In The Name of the Father” (No.8) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (No.17).

The album was seen as something of a triumphant comeback for both Shaun Ryder and Bez, who had suffered from a decline in popularity and interest in their former band, the Madchester and pre-Britpop indie dance/rock innovators, the Happy Mondays. “It’s Great…” represented what some considered an evolution of the Happy Mondays sound on their 1990 album ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’, with a stronger hip hop influence, down mostly to the rapping of Kermit, formerly of the band ‘The Ruthless Rap Assassins’.


Fatboy Slim – Palookaville (Epic 2017 #081)

The Epic 2017 Project #081: 170322

Fatboy Slim – Palookaville (2004)

Good to have some local flavour in this series. So here’s one from Fatboy Slim who technically lives in Shoreham. I say technically because his house is in ‘millionaires row’ on the beach at the eastern end of Shoreham Harbour – some 5-6 miles from Shoreham town itself. However, he’s still a local boy.

Palookaville was his fourth studio album released on 4 October 2004, approximately four years after the previous one. Football club Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. temporarily named their Withdean Stadium after it following their sponsorship deal with Skint Records. The album was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.