Rocks In The Attic #216: Mansun – ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’ (1997)

RITA#216I’m not sure who introduced me to Mansun – probably housemates Ferg and Kaj in my third year at University. I do remember though that the first song I heard by them was Wide Open Space. I saw the album on vinyl and bought it. The band then won me over immediately with the John Barry-esque The Chad Who Loved Me. This spoke to the Bond fan in me, regardless of whether it’s a direct rip-off of Barry’s theme to You Only Live Twice or not. I’m happy to regard it as a respectful homage.

The rest of the album is quite good although the strength of the material goes downhill after the big singles are out of the way. And I’m fully aware that that last sentence could have been written about any late-‘90s Britpop album. I’m sure people regard Mansun as a poor man’s Suede, but I never liked that band (aside from their comeback single Electricity).

I once chatted up the cousin of Mansun lead singer Paul Draper, in a bar in Oldham. Sadly, she rejected my advances.

Hit: Wide Open Space

Hidden Gem: The Chad Who Loved Me

2 thoughts on “Rocks In The Attic #216: Mansun – ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’ (1997)

  1. Matthew Gibson

    I have their debut single (I think, it’s called One EP anyway so I assume so). It’s terrible. Really terrible. And I’ve never forgiven the NME for tricking me into buying it. Sub-Oasis pap. So I don’t believe you when you say that this is a good album.

  2. READ and HEAR

    This album is actually a hidden jem! So many great songs on it.
    A classic. Have it – and still owns it, never get rid of (did a clean up a while ago)
    Have a listen to it again – and again – still a real grower so many years after its original release!


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