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"Reverend Black Grape"
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Single by Black Grape
from the album It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah
Released29 May 1995 (1995-05-29) (UK)
Recorded1995
GenreBritpop, funk rock, alternative rock, psychedelic,[1] big beat[1]
Length5:13
LabelRadioactive Records, MCA Records
Songwriter(s)Shaun Ryder
Producer(s)Danny Saber
Black Grape singles chronology
"Reverend Black Grape"
(1995)
"In the Name of the Father"
(1995)

"Reverend Black Grape" is a song which was released in May 1995 by UK band Black Grape. It was the first single to be taken from their debut album It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah and peaked at #9 in the UK chart.

The song was co-produced by Danny Saber and Stephen Lironi. It was written by Shaun Ryder and released by Radioactive Records. The sample "Would he agree that a stately minuet would be preferable to the rain dance" is taken from Sir Thomas Arnold asking a question of John Major in the House of Commons in 1994 [2]

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Black Grape

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Black Grape are an English rock band, featuring former members of Happy Mondays and Ruthless Rap Assassins. Their musical style fuses funk and electronic rock with electronic programming and samples.

Danny Saber

Danny Saber

Danny Saber is a musician in Los Angeles. He is an audio engineer, record producer, and remixer as well. He is a former member of Black Grape and Agent Provocateur. He plays organ, and keyboards, and is a prominent Los Angeles DJ.

Shaun Ryder

Shaun Ryder

Shaun William George Ryder is an English singer/songwriter and poet. As lead singer of Happy Mondays, he was a leading figure in the Madchester cultural scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1993, he formed Black Grape with former Happy Mondays dancer Bez. He was the runner-up on the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.

Radioactive Records

Radioactive Records

Radioactive Records was an American record label. It was formed as a joint venture between talent manager Gary Kurfirst and MCA Records, and it is now out of business. Its catalogue is now owned by Geffen Records and licensed through Universal Music Enterprises.

Tom Arnold (politician)

Tom Arnold (politician)

Sir Tom Arnold is a former politician and was the Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Hazel Grove from 1974 to 1997.

John Major

John Major

Sir John Major is a British former politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997, and as Member of Parliament (MP) for Huntingdon, formerly Huntingdonshire, from 1979 to 2001. Prior to becoming prime minister, he served as Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer in the third Thatcher government.

House of Commons

House of Commons

The House of Commons is the name for the elected lower house of the bicameral parliaments of the United Kingdom and Canada. In both of these countries, the Commons holds much more legislative power than the nominally upper house of parliament. The leader of the majority party in the House of Commons by convention becomes the prime minister. Other parliaments have also had a lower house called a "House of Commons".

Controversy

The song caused mild controversy when released because of its assertion that Pope Pius XII collaborated with the Nazis: "Oh Pope he got the Nazis, To clean up their messes, In exchange for gold and paintings, he gave them new addresses".[3] In addition, the song contains a brief audio clip of Adolf Hitler at one of his rallies. The lyrics also borrow from the traditional hymn O come all ye faithful.

Track listing

CD Single

  1. "Reverend Black Grape" – 5:13
  2. "Reverend Black Grape (Dub Collar Mix)" – 5:45
  3. "Reverend Black Grape (The Dark Side Mix)" – 4:46

CD Maxi Single

  1. "Reverend Black Grape" – 5:13
  2. "Straight Out Of Trumpton (Basement Tapes)" – 4:06
  3. "Reverend Black Grape (The Dark Side Mix)" – 4:46

Source: "Reverend Black Grape", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverend_Black_Grape.

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References
  1. ^ a b "Pitchfork: Castoffs and Cutouts: The Top 50 Most Common Used CDs". 2 October 2003. Archived from the original on 2 October 2003. Retrieved 13 September 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 25 Oct 1994". publications.parliament.uk.
  3. ^ Richard Luck, The Madchester Scene, Harpenden : Pocket Essentials, 2002. ISBN 1903047803 (p. 58).

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