Song Story: Black Grape On Kelly’s Heroes

Shaun Ryder and Kermit of Black Grape recently stopped by the NME offices for a chat, and didn’t we all have a lovely time. The gents took it upon themselves to tell us all about their 1995 hit ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ for our Song Stories series and we found out a whole lot about the song.

In fact, the song from their debut album, ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’, was originally a rap track, full of “hip hop grooves” and inspired by Wu-Tang Clan. However, when they delivered the track to management it was decided that the band needed more of a “domestic rock” sound so they could break the American charts. See the lads chatting about it below.

Black Grape will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of the seminal ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’ later this year by touring the album – check out the dates below. They’re also about to start recording a new album – their first since 1997’s ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’.

Norwich, Waterfront (November 11)
Cambridge, Junction (12)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (17)
Hull, Welly (18)
Newcastle, Riverside (22)
Glasgow, O2 ABC (23)
Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms (24)
Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom (25)
Carlisle, Old Fire Station (26)
London, Electric Ballroom (December 7)
Nottingham, Rock City (8)
Wakefield, Warehouse 23 (9)
Northampton, Roadmenders (10)
Galway, Roisin Dubh (22)
Dublin, Vicar Street (23)