Supergrass
In It for the Money


3.5
great

Review

by Ben Thornburgh CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
November 5th, 2013 | 6 replies | 772 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For Tomorrow: A Guide to Contemporary British Music, 1988-2013 (Part 29)

Attach a buzzword to a scene and you basically guarantee its doom. Genre tags have to evolve naturally, try to just shove something in there to make for a snappy headline and the host will reject it. With the compression of media already underway the 90s saw the rise and fall of hip-house, trip-hop, electronica, and Britpop (For a modern example: PBR&B). By 1997, everyone had had enough of Britpop. Oasis’ bungled marketing campaign for Be Here Now and their unavoidable singles ensured that everyone was ready to put this genre 6 feet under and get on with the hangover already.

Without further ado, I proudly present Supergrass with the “Didn’t Get the Memo” Award for releasing possibly the last great Britpop album, 1997’s In It For the Money. And it’s a fitting way to send off the genre’s golden years, a tight explosion of killer melodies and crisp production.

After kicking the scene in with 1994’s 2 minute rocket ship “Caught by the Fuzz”, Supergrass hit paydirt in their home country with 95’s I Should Coco and that album’s omnipresent smash hit “Alright”. But what bumps the band above their Britpop peers is their adventurous spirit. In It for the Money veers from glam to pub rock to jazz in a small handful of tracks. The final song, “Sometimes I Make You Sad”, sounds unlike any other Britpop song, an almost abrasive combination of loudly mixed grunts and circus organ giving way to an absurd sitar solo bridge. But Supergrass’ strength is making ultra compressed pop music for when life is going so well you feel like your brain is going to melt into your throat. “Richard III”, “Sun Hits the Sky”, and “Cheapskate” are all 50 million watts of fun, songs that will win you over instantly. At a rapid fire 43 minutes In It for the Money is a quick moving monster, even leaner than the band’s debut.

Although it fell one position shy of their debut on the album charts, In It for the Money proved to be another big success for Supergrass. Alas, it wasn’t enough to elongate Britpop dominance as the genre continued to fatigue as more and more of its premier acts jumped ship.



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HolidayKirk
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November 5th 2013



1594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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DrGunther
November 6th 2013



184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool stuff, nice to see a review for this! This is one of the best Britpop albums, not too much love of the genre on this site I've noticed.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2013



1594 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I've been working on that

Pheromone
November 6th 2013



3412 Comments


Love your reviews man.
Honestly never checked out Supergrass but I loved the song Alright.

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LittleStranger
November 6th 2013



481 Comments


I hate Supergrass with a fiery passion

jefflebowski
November 6th 2013



7379 Comments


well aren't you edgy

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