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Supergrass split up

“Musical differences” blamed as Britpop favourites break up after 17 years

  • 12/04/2010
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Supergrass have called it a day after 17 years together, citing “musical differences” for their split.

The band will go on a four-date farewell tour in June before going their separate ways.

The tour starts in Glasgow on 8 June before visiting Manchester and London and bowing out in Paris on 11 June.

The Oxford quartet broke through in 1994 with infectious Britpop favourites like Mansize Rooster and Caught By the Fuzz.

Their six studio albums also included tracks like Alright, Going Out, Pumping On Your Stereo and Grace, and they became known for their impish image and oversized sideburns.

Producer John Cornfield, who worked with the band on their first three albums, said they had the world at their feet in their heyday.

“They never really seemed to seek stardom, particularly [singer] Gaz – he was always trying to hide everywhere,” Mr Cornfield told 6 Music.

“Maybe if they’d had that hankering for stardom then they could have been up there kicking Oasis and Blur’s ass.

"I don’t think they ever wanted to be huge – I think they just had a good time doing it."

Producer John Cornfield

“I thought they’d be an institution forever. They always seemed to get on well together. Everybody was pretty laid back, there were no real egos to deal with. So I’m very surprised.”

Working with the band was like being part of a family, he said, recalling the “sunny days and sunny disposition” when recording second album In It For The Money in the open air at his studios in Cornwall.

“I don’t think they ever wanted to be huge – I think they just had a good time doing it,” he said.

“It was great, it was so easy. Sometimes we’d have hair-pulling moments but it was never down to falling out or egos. It was purely a creative process.”

He added: “They’ve certainly influenced a lot of musicians and a lot of bands I’ve worked with over the last 17 years. They’ll get back together though won’t they?”

A statement from the band announcing the split said: “Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years.

“We still love each other but, cliche notwithstanding, musical differences have led to us moving on and of course we all wish each other well in the future.”

Gaz Coombes and drummer Danny Goffey have recently been performing with their new band Hot Rats.

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