Black Grape

Black Grape

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Black Grape was started by vocalist/bandleader Shaun Ryder and dancer Bez of Happy Mondays after the dissolution of that group in 1993. Shaun and Bez added Kermit (2) and Ged Lynch, both of the hip hop group Ruthless Rap Assassins (who were associated with Hulme/Manchester's baggy movement), as second vocalist/rapper and drummer, respectively, and also guitarist Paul Wagstaff from the baggy/madchester/indie-dance group Paris Angels. Gluing the sound together was Danny Saber, a talented and prolific producer/remixer/multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles, California. The combination of this supergroup of musicians essentially assured that resultant sound would fuse together the drugged- and thugged-out baggy attitude of the Mondays with a denser, brighter electronic and hip hop production style, and very well-produced rhythm tracks. Sonically, Black Grape emerged fully formed: harder-edged and brasher altogether than the Happy Mondays; elements of funk, hip hop, electronic, and soul, all of which were present in the previous group's music (but to a lesser extent) became far more saturated and less understated in the new group's style. One British music journalist of the time rather enthusiastically described Black Grape's debut album as "the party Prince was describing in the song '1999'."
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Black Grape Discography

Albums

RARSD-11224 Black Grape It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah (Album) Radioactive RARSD-11224 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
RARD 11716 Black Grape Stupid Stupid Stupid (Album) Radioactive RARD 11716 Malaysia 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RAXTD 19 Black Grape In The Name Of The Father (Single, Maxi) Radioactive RAXTD 19 UK 1995 Sell This Version
MCD 76004 Black Grape Kelly's Heroes (Single, Maxi) Radioactive MCD 76004 Spain 1995 Sell This Version
WRAXT 16 Black Grape Reverend Black Grape (Maxi, Single) Radioactive WRAXT 16 UK 1995 Sell This Version
RAXTD25 Black Grape Featuring Joe Strummer And Keith Allen Black Grape Featuring Joe Strummer And Keith Allen - England's Irie (Single) Radioactive RAXTD25 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RAXT 24 Black Grape Fat Neck (Single) Radioactive RAXT 24 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RAXJB 32 Black Grape Get Higher (Single, Maxi) Radioactive RAXJB 32 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RAXT 33 Black Grape Marbles (Single, Maxi) Radioactive RAXT 33 UK 1997 Sell This Version
BLACKPROMO 1.97 Black Grape Dadi Waz A Badi(CD, Single, Promo) Radioactive BLACKPROMO 1.97 UK 1997 Sell This Version

Videos

none Black Grape In The Name Of The Father(VHS, Single, Promo) MCA Music Video, MCA Records none US 1995 Sell This Version
RAXV 32 Black Grape The Grape Tapes(VHS) Radioactive RAXV 32 UK 1997 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

RAXC 22 Black Grape Kelly's Heroes Radioactive RAXC 22 UK 1995 Sell This Version
BLACKPROMO 1 Black Grape Stupid, Stupid, Stupid(CD, Promo, Smplr) Universal Music AB, Radioactive BLACKPROMO 1 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version