Black Grape – Nine Lives

When The Happy Mondays fell apart in 1992, no-one expected to ever hear from Shaun Ryder again. It was commonly accepted that he (or at least his career) probably wouldnโ€™t survive his various drug addictions. So, it was quite a surprise to see Ryder โ€“ in fairly healthy shape โ€“ return to the top of the charts three years later, with a new band: Black Grape. A band he formed with ex-Ruthless Rap Assassins frontman Paul โ€˜Kermitโ€™ Leveridge (not the green one).

Black Grapeโ€™s debut album Itโ€™s Great When Youโ€™re Straightโ€ฆ Yeah was nothing less than a master piece and, although commercially less successful, I love 1997โ€™s follow-up record Stupid Stupid Stupid as well. No link there, as itโ€™s officially missing from streaming services, but *cough* YouTube *cough*. Worth the effort, thoughโ€ฆ

You can imagine that after 20 years of silence, the announcement of a new Black Grape album was even a bigger surprise than the bandโ€™s debut in 1995. But youโ€™d better believe Pop Voodoo will be out 17 July. And since itโ€™s 2017, new tracks off it are being released each week now, to give the album release as much momentum as possible. Nine Lives is my favourite so far!


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