Black Grape

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1990s
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There was no lack of media interest in the post- Happy Mondays pursuits of singer Shaun Ryder (23 August 1962) and ‘dancer’ Bez (b. Mark Berry). However, save for a solitary guest appearance with Intastella, by the end of 1994 it appeared that Ryder had lost his muse permanently. The ecstatic reviews that greeted Black Grape’s 1995 debut, It’s Great When You’re Straight, Yeah!, soon silenced such doubts. However, the germination of Black Grape had apparently occurred only weeks after the dissolution of the Happy Mondays, with demo recordings conducted in Ryder’s bedroom. The band he put together was initially named simply the Mondays, and included Kermit (b. Paul Leveridge), a veteran of Manchester hip-hop act Ruthless Rap Assassins, plus ex-Paris Angels guitarist ‘Wags’ (b. Paul Wagstaff), second guitarist Craig Gannon (ex-Smiths) and Martin Smith of Intastella. However, by the time Black Grape had taken their new name and...

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