Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 9 - 5. Gaz Coombes

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 9 - 5. GAZ COOMBES (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 2nd February 2018

Gaz Coombes shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

Sometimes the perfect band comes along at the perfect time, a group that captures a moment in your life so well that you'll always have a place in your heart for them. If you were going to gigs or buying records during the 90s, Supergrass may be that band.

Following in the tradition of bands such as the Kinks, Buzzcocks or Madness who had a uniquely British take on pop, Supergrass released five great albums and a list of pretty much flawless singles, which have aged better than many of their peers. Their cartoon-ish image belied some great musicianship and songwriting.

Gaz talks about how digging though his uncle's record box led him to discover his early influences (Elvis, Neil Young, Dinosaur Jnr and the Smiths) and his first band, the Jennifers, who would morph into Supergrass, who were only 15 years old when they signed their record deal (Gaz's mum had to sign his contract for him).

He also looks back at Supergrass' breakthrough with singles such as Caught by the Fuzz, and how he feels about Alright (the song that in many ways defined the band's career), along with what caused their break-up in 2010, and if that reunion will ever happen. But there's also his solo career to cover, including the rather brilliant album Matador.

Supergrass - Going Out [Parlophone]
Supergrass - Coffee In The Pot
Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues [Virgin]
Huey Lewis And The News - The Power Of Love [Chrysalis]
The Smiths - This Charming Man [Rhino]
Dinosaur Jr. - Freak Scene [Blast First]
The Jennifers - Just Got Back Today
Supergrass - Caught By The Fuzz [Parlophone]
Gaz Coombes - Buffalo [Hot Fruit Recordings]
Neil Young - Southern Man [Reprise]
Supergrass - Alright (Live 1996)
Elvis Presley - Little Sister [RCA]
Supergrass - Fin [Parlophone]
Goat - Run To Your Mama

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