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Supergrass Biography

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Birth Place: Oxford, England
Years Active: 1993–2010
Genres: Alternative Rock, Britpop

Supergrass was an English alternative rock band from Oxford. The band consisted of brothers Gaz (guitar and lead vocals) and Rob Coombes (keyboards), Mick Quinn (bass and backing vocals) and Danny Goffey (drums and backing vocals).

Formed in 1993 the band released their first single “Caught by the Fuzz” on small independent record label, Backbeat records, on a limited run of 500. In October 1994 the single was re-released on the Parlophone label and reached #43 on the U.K. Singles chart, but failed to chart in the U.S.

Supergrass released their debut full-length album “I Should Coco” in May 1995. The album reached #1 on the U.K. Albums chart. “Alright” was released from the album, which reached #2 on the U.K. Singles chart. This is the highest chart position the band gained with a single except for “Richard III” from “In It for the Money.”

Released in 1997, “In It for the Money,” was the first album to be produced entirely by Supergrass and peaked at #2 on the U.K. Albums chart. Their self-titled third album “Supergrass,” often referred to as “the X-ray” album due to the picture on the sleeve, peaked at #3 on the U.K. Albums chart. Their fourth album, “Life On Other Planets” was the first to include Rob Coombes as an official member of the band. The album, released in 2002, peaked at #9 on the U.K. Albums chart.

In 2004, the band released a singles compilation entitled “Supergrass Is 10”to celebrate ten years since the band's formation. The accompanying DVD featured a documentary film, in which the band members recalled moments during their career in the group.

Their fifth album, “Road to Rouen,” was recorded in Normandy, France, where the band created their own studio. Released in 2005, it peaked at #9 on the U.K. Albums chart. The first single “St. Petersburg” reached #22 on the U.K. Singles chart, and featured a distinctive video directed by Borkur Sigthorsson. “Diamond Hoo Ha” was the sixth album from the band. It peaked at #19 on the U.K. Singles chart, which made this release their lowest-charting album to date. The song “Diamond Hoo Ha Man” was first played live at Guilfest and this was recorded and made available as a free download via the band's website. “Rebel in You,” from “Diamond Hoo Ha,” was released independently on Supergrass Records following their split from EMI, as a limited edition run of 1500, vinyl-only singles.

In August 2009 they signed to Cooking Vinyl and began work on their seventh studio album “Release the Drones.” It remained unreleased and unfinished and in April 2010 the band announced that it was splitting up due to musical and creative differences.