Review: Supergrass – I Should Coco (20th Anniversary Edition) (Parlophone / Warner Music Canada)

SupergrassWhile North America was awash in Oasis-mania in 1995, perennial underdogs Supergrass were rightfully laying Britpop fans to waste with I Should Coco, their fervently energetic debut record. What was arguably most compelling about this release was the group’s eclectic taste in music, embracing Elvis Costello-inspired new-wave on album opener “I’d Like To Know,” while a flavour of punk reigns on first single “Caught By The Fuzz,” “Strange Ones,” and “Mansize Rooster.” This impressive 3-CD collection, released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the album’s release, is rounded out by a pair of live shows as well as a generous host of demos, b-sides and covers, including “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Stone Free.”