Band billed as Santagrass as they get festive during explosive Oxford gig

Supergrass debuted new song ‘Hip Replacement’ during their Christmas gig last night (December 18).

The band played the hometown gig at Oxford‘s Regal venue to a heaving audience in a night that saw them billed as ‘Santagrass’.

Playing an 18-song set, the band threw in several surprises, including a full-band cover of Tommie Connor‘s classic Christmas song ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’.

Singer Gaz Coombes had earlier told NME.COM that the specially-chosen set had initially worried him slightly because he hadn’t played some of the songs in so long.

“With ‘Moving’ I had to go through it just to remind myself of the lyrics!” he joked. “It’s nice though, I think this is our third Christmas gig now.”

The band even had special memorabilia made to mark the occasion, such as Santagrass mugs, and fans were served mulled wine to help them get into the festive spirit.

Debuting new song ‘Hip Replacement’, Coombes informed the audience that the band have “been buried in the studio making our new album” for the past few months.

Fan favourites ‘St Petersburg’, ‘Alright’ and ‘Mary’ were well received by the audience, many of whom had come dressed in Santa hats, while Supergrass‘ sound was bolstered for much of the set by Coombes‘ younger brother Charley on guitar (making it three Coombes brothers onstage in total, including keyboardist Rob).

Before playing early single ‘Caught By The Fuzz’, Gaz Coombes pointed out that the story behind the song (about a youth who gets caught by police for smoking marijuana) was particularly relevant to the location of the gig.

“This next song is actually about a little incident that happened just a couple of hundred yards down there,” he explained, pointing towards Oxford‘s Cowley Street.

Supergrass ended their set in explosive fashion, bringing out a bevvy of girls dressed in santa costumes and firing ticker tape from a makeshift cannon (borrowed from The Flaming Lips, according to the band) into the audience during the encore of ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ and ‘Pumping On Your Stereo’.

Supergrass played:

‘Sun Hits The Sky’
‘Diamond Hoo Ha Man’
‘Bad Blood’
‘She’s So Loose’
‘Mary’
‘Hip Replacement’
‘Rebel In You’
‘Moving’
‘Ghost Of A Friend’
‘Alright’
‘St Petersburg’
‘Brecon Beacons’/’Outside’
‘Time’
‘Richard III’
‘Caught By The Fuzz’
‘Strange Ones’
‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’
‘Pumping On Your Stereo’