Britpop wasn’t just about the vanguard of brand new bands sounking forth from Camden’s Good Mixer pub. It was also about older acts tweaking their sound to hop on the gravy train – hence Teenage Fanclub, James, The Charlatans and many more enjoyed a career-topping second wind.
Returning as frontman of Black Grape, he was bouncing back to form, baiting organised religion and spouting brilliantly mad lines like “You do nothing but socialise/And become a menace/Put on your Reeboks man/And go play funky tennis”.
Black Grape’s formula was essentially the same as Happy Mondays: Ryder’s Mancunian spaceman poetry over funk-influenced grooves, but here with the addition of rappers Kermit and Psycho.
Their career burned out quickly, but the cheekily titled It’s Great When You’re Straight . . . Yeah album remains one of Britpop‘s best. And in Ryder’s two expletive-filled TFI Friday appearances, he gave us two of the best bits of Britpop-era TV too.
Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveredge