After Happy Mondays disbanded in 1992, most observers would have guessed that the group's leader, vocalist Shaun Ryder, would succumb to the myriad of drug addictions that hastened the breakup of the group. Instead of dying, Ryder recouped his strengths and came back with a new band, Black Grape, in the summer of 1995. Black Grape were embraced by both the British public and press, making Ryder one of the more unexpected comebacks in rock & roll history.
Ryder formed Black Grape in 1993, recruiting ex-Happy Monday Bez (dancing, percussion), rappers Kermit (born Paul Leveridge) and Jed from the Ruthless Rap Assassins, and ex-Paris Angels guitarist Wags. Black Grape began recording demos only weeks after the implosion of Happy Mondays. Over the course of recording and writing It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah, Ryder recruited a number of musicians, most notably producer and bassist Danny Saber, keyboardist/producer Stephen Lironi, and former Bluebells and Smiths guitarist Gary Gannon. Black Grape's debut album was recorded over a period of seven weeks in late 1994 and early 1995; after it was completed, the band signed with Radioactive Records. The group's first single, "Reverend Black Grape," entered the Top Ten upon its release. The group's debut album, It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah, was released in August of 1995. The album entered the U.K. charts at number one.
黑葡萄(Black Grape)是一支英国乐队,本人并不十分了解他们,但黑葡萄是Happy Mondays的Shaun Ryder组建，但只是临时性的,这张专辑的评分也不低,有的网站打8分(满分10分),但这只是别人的评价,真正的评价还是要等你自己欣赏过好才能知道
1.Reverend Black Grape
2.In The Name Of The Father
5.Yeah Yeah Brothe
6. A Big Day In The North
7.Shake Well Before Opening
9.Shake Your Money