I’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