Black Grape - It''s Great When You''re Straight... Yeah LP
Vinyl LP pressing. It''s Great When You''re Straight... Yeah is the first album by British band Black Grape. Released in 1995, the album was a critical and commercial success, particularly in the UK, where is topped the UK Album Charts for two weeks  and yielded two Top 10 hit singles and a third Top 20 hit. The album was seen as something of a triumphant comeback for both Shaun Ryder and Bez, who had suffered from a decline in popularity and interest in their former band, the Madchester and pre-Britpop indie dance/rock innovators, the Happy Mondays. It''s Great... represented what some considered an evolution of the Happy Mondays sound on their 1990 album Pills ''n'' Thrills and Bellyaches, with a stronger hip hop influence, down mostly to the rapping of Kermit, formerly of the band The Ruthless Rap Assassins. Just over 20 years on Black Grape''s debut, It''s Great When You''re Straight... Yeah, is a surreal, funky, profane, and perversely joyous album, overflowing with casual eclecticism and giddy humor. Working with a band that is looser and grittier than the Happy Mondays, Shaun Ryder sounds reinvigorated, creating bizarre rhymes that tie together junk culture, drug lingo, literary references, and utter nonsense.