Song Title: Alright
Date of release: 3 July 1995
Description: ” Alright ” by British group Supergrass was released as a double A – side single along with ” Time ” and taken from their Album ” I Should Coco ” which was released in 1995. “Alright” became popular with radio stations in the United Kingdom and received considerable airplay helping to turn it into a teen anthem at the time. Coupled with upbeat lyrics and the cheerful piano, it became one of those songs that stuck in your head and helped to define the British youth culture when the Britpop was the mainstay of the charts.
The fact that Supergrass was made up of youth ( Lead singer Gaz Coombes was 19 ) helped the overall likeability of the song. The lead singer Gaz Coombs said that the song “it wasn’t written as an anthem. It isn’t supposed to be a rally cry for our generation. The stuff about ‘We are young/We run green…’ isn’t about being 19 but really 13 or 14 and just discovering girls and drinking. It’s meant to be light-hearted and a bit of a laugh, not at all a rebellious call to arms.” Although the song has a very summery feel, it was written in a cottage where the heating had broken down.
” Alright ” was number 5 from the singles released off the Album ” I should coco ” and liked by music critics and fans alike which really helped the band gain popularity with ” Alright ” still receiving airplay today some 20 years later. Although the song had huge radio play it failed to reach the top slot in the UK only making number two, this however was the most successful of the band’s songs.
The video enjoyed just as much popularity as the song, featuring the band members messing around of bicycles and a double bed on wheels at Portmeirion in North Wales. Seeing the video, One of the World’s most successful directors approached the group to make a tv show similar to the Monkees, however the group turned him down in order to concentrate on other music projects.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian ARIA singles chart 96
Official Website: Supergrass.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/supergrass
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Supergrass