“We need Manc street sass, intelligence and wit more than ever right now” – Irvine Welsh
Shaun Ryder has never played The 100 Club before, at least he thinks he hasn’t - “I can’t quite remember” he says, “Most of the ‘90s were a bit of a blur”. Tonight Shaun and Black Grape partner-in-crime Kermit play an exclusive show for Fred Perry SubcultureLive, finally taking Shaun Ryder to the historic stage of London’s 100 Club.
Almost 22 years since they topped the UK album chart with ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah”, Black Grape return with a new album ‘Pop Voodoo’ and politically charged single ‘Everything You Know Is Wrong’.
Taking to the 100 Club stage at 9pm, the band preview new tracks alongside classic material. They open their SubcultureLive set with hit single ‘In The Name Of The Father’ which ignites the crowd. Beer immediately goes flying and arms are aloft as Shaun and Kermit evoke memories of 1995. Chemistry between the pair is evident with the pair seemingly having as much fun on stage as the crowd are watching.
‘Everything You Know Is Wrong’ and ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ are obvious crowd-pleasers, but debut single ‘Reverend Black Grape’ by far gets the biggest crowd reaction with the distinctive lead harmonica line commanding audience attention.
Following Black Grape live the evening continues with a DJ set from Hacienda legend Graeme Park.
Park plays homage to ‘90s rave culture, with a set that transports the audience back to the Hacienda’s glory days. A Guy Called Gerald’s anthem ‘Voodoo Ray’ sees orders at the bar abandoned as the dancefloor fills, and an extended version of Derrick May’s ‘Strings Of Life’ to close his set has the audience in raptures, applauding and shouting for “ten more songs”.
Black Grape release new album ‘Pop Voodoo’ on July 7th - Find out more about The 100 Club, and listen to owner Jeff Horton’s playlist