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Supergrass — Road To Rouen
Album: Road To Rouen
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Released: 2005
Length: 3:42
Plays (last 30 days): 3
There's damage out there some place
You got to step aside
Where are you going that decision is made
That's how it started
Too hot and dirty inside
Contain your feelings when there's nowhere to go

Follow all the signs and they'll lead us away
And it's all good stuff for ... around the world today

Turn off your television
Don't be the hatchet man
His time has come and now I'm ready to go
Cut up and fear
Tap into the nervous system
Retrieve your message tell me what do I know

Follow all the signs and they'll lead us away
But it's all good stuff for ... around the world today

Tried on the feeding time
The truth is
It's going to get you and won't let go
I'm isolated
I'm going nowhere fast
There's no direction so where do I go

Follow all the signs and they'll lead us away
But it's all good stuff for ... around the world today
Comments (196)add comment
This song sounds a bit like the Arctic Monkeys
Great tune , thanks RP!!
 dlm1 wrote:
I used to drive recklessly to this song in Flatout 2.
 

Kinda like Commander Cody and Hot Rod Lincoln.

Nice.
I used to drive recklessly to this song in Flatout 2.
Very goooooddf
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}
What a great track from a great album, best played very loud with the bass on max.
Definitely has some Joe Jackson DNA.  Throw It Away from Look Sharp!
An unmistakable intro.
Supergrass

Love 'em

Miss 'em 
 rdo wrote:

I still have not listened to the lyrics of this song.  I was responding to the question posed by Cy.  I agree with my old sparing mate Fred though.  You cannot, you should not, separate art from politics.   It's all politics, all the time.  Most people just lie back and bask in the sunshine of their freedoms.  These freedoms were hard fought and came at a blood-soaked price.   We have become a nation of complainers and whiners. 

 
Just you wait 'enry 'iggins, just you wait!
Such weird comments.  I love this song!
Bowie fans much?
 
Derivative crap!
 eveliko wrote:
Rouen is where crème brûlée comes from.

 
Rouen might be a good (wet!) place, but this song sucks. 
Rouen is where crème brûlée comes from.
 markus333 wrote:
{#Frustrated}
 
Right, that monotonous drumming....................
{#Frustrated}
aannnnnnddd - Supergrass main man Gaz Coombes has a new disc out "Matador" that is also getting good notices. 
 Propayne wrote:
For those that miss Supergrass, check out the album Turn Ons by The Hot Rats

 
HOTRATS
TOOOTALLY UNDERRATED BAND!
For those that miss Supergrass, check out the album Turn Ons by The Hot Rats
This band called it quits, just about the time they started to really reach a global audience.  

 
Great band, and you know where i saw them Live? In Rouen. Yes guys, that's where i live. Dont be jealous...
TOTALLY underrated band!
Kinda like the Clash meets David Bowie meets Talking Heads...kinda. In other words they have their own sound...and its really cool!
Rouen is where I filled my diesel car with petrol (gas) and had to have the tank drained.  Nearly missed the ferry home to England.
 Rotterdam wrote:

Completely agree with you!!!

 

Rotterdam agrees with Cologne?

Woow, that is awesome!

Light that thing!


 Stingray wrote:
GORGEOUS!

 
Completely agree with you!!!
 lily34 wrote:
wtf! this is awesome.

 
I agree!
 lily34 wrote:
wtf! this is awesome.
 
Damn straight!
wtf! this is awesome.
Most Art (think of music or movies, but also books, paintings etc...) are like a mirror. What you recognize in it, depends on your own view and from where you look at it. Much more than anything else.
 pianocomposer wrote:
I've read these lyrics twice thru and they are not political. My wife's an English professor and she says the lyrics are using lots of generic nouns like "stuff" that are meaningless. I think the comments here ARE political...but the lyrics sound more like something safe about subjective emotions to sing while the (good) music is playing. The lyrics are pretty generic so they can mean lots of different things to lots of different people. 

As for obama being a socialist, that's just right-wing propaganda. He was a liberal senator but has (according to most of the pols) become a centrist president in order to get consensus. Sensible. Leans to the left. Politics has nothing to do with these lyrics. And "supergrass" probly does refer to marijuana, but who cares? It's a rock band. ! :-)  Relax, sit back, and tap your fingers and toes to the beat. 

 
I still have not listened to the lyrics of this song.  I was responding to the question posed by Cy.  I agree with my old sparing mate Fred though.  You cannot, you should not, separate art from politics.   It's all politics, all the time.  Most people just lie back and bask in the sunshine of their freedoms.  These freedoms were hard fought and came at a blood-soaked price.   We have become a nation of complainers and whiners. 
Fine music. And a rhythm section that knows what it's doing. Even instantly makes my 2 year old dance and smile to it :o)
New Steve Miller Band!
Should I look back through the comments to make sure I haven't said that already?
GORGEOUS!
 Xstar wrote:

Wow I never blah blah thought blah blah things were blah blah blah blah blah, but the blah blah blah blah.  That's why blah blah blah, and I love RP so much!  BLAH!

 
Great response to the previous post, X. That made me snot on my keyboard. Thanks a lot!
 Sloggydog wrote:
8>>>9 I mustn't have been baked enough the first time i rated it.
 
Laughing
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
I don't have any experience with this group, but I like the song.  How come I don't hear any other of their songs?  No others worth sharing?
 
I really like there album "Road to Rouen".  Especially the first track which I first heard on RP.
Retro is just fine when the execution is there.  And it is on this tune.  Nice 8
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
I don't have any experience with this group, but I like the song.  How come I don't hear any other of their songs?  No others worth sharing?
 
Most folks don't listen after midnight.   That's their problem

 finoufk wrote:


the whole album is very good, no bad song.  By the way, you must have heard "alright" at least 450 times on adds or radio ? Or do you live in a cave  ?
{#Angel}
 

Nope, they have never played that song in my cave and after listening to it I know why.  Hard to believe the same group that produced Road to Rouen turned out that drivel Alright. 

 yodasan_magoo wrote:
I don't have any experience with this group, but I like the song.  How come I don't hear any other of their songs?  No others worth sharing?
 

the whole album is very good, no bad song.  By the way, you must have heard "alright" at least 450 times on adds or radio ? Or do you live in a cave  ?
{#Angel}
I don't have any experience with this group, but I like the song.  How come I don't hear any other of their songs?  No others worth sharing?
 iTuner wrote:
No politics here. Sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me.
 
Okay, thanks for sharing.......

No politics here. Sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me.
GREAT MUSIC - GREAT BAND!
 fredriley wrote:

Because music is intimately bound up with society and culture (in the widest sense), and because 'politics', in the broad sense of referring to power relationships (not the narrow sense of referring to formal institutions and parties), is an integral part of social organisation. 

Now, some songs have little to do with any sort of politics - you'd be hard pushed to get a political statement from "Mr Blue Sky" or "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", say - and it is a bit pointless and 'green ink' for some on this board to suddenly write diatribes for/against Obama/Bush/conservatives/liberals/socialists/Canada/whatever on the fora for those songs. It's that sort of riding of hobby-horses which gets pretty tiresome and hijacks the music discussion without any net gain in understanding.

When the song itself has political lyrics, or is the product of a specific time and reflects the socio-political situation of that era (for instance, The Specials' "Ghost Town"), then political discussion is, IMO, relevant. Or when the musical style is implicitly political, such as Blues which came out of the black working-class experience.

Perhaps the guiding principle should be that political discussion should be relevant to the song, the artist or the situation.
 
Wow I never blah blah thought blah blah things were blah blah blah blah blah, but the blah blah blah blah.  That's why blah blah blah, and I love RP so much!  BLAH!

 Cynaera wrote:
I repeat:  Why does this have to become a political forum, when it's supposed to be about the music?
 
Because music is intimately bound up with society and culture (in the widest sense), and because 'politics', in the broad sense of referring to power relationships (not the narrow sense of referring to formal institutions and parties), is an integral part of social organisation. 

Now, some songs have little to do with any sort of politics - you'd be hard pushed to get a political statement from "Mr Blue Sky" or "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", say - and it is a bit pointless and 'green ink' for some on this board to suddenly write diatribes for/against Obama/Bush/conservatives/liberals/socialists/Canada/whatever on the fora for those songs. It's that sort of riding of hobby-horses which gets pretty tiresome and hijacks the music discussion without any net gain in understanding.

When the song itself has political lyrics, or is the product of a specific time and reflects the socio-political situation of that era (for instance, The Specials' "Ghost Town"), then political discussion is, IMO, relevant. Or when the musical style is implicitly political, such as Blues which came out of the black working-class experience.

Perhaps the guiding principle should be that political discussion should be relevant to the song, the artist or the situation.


8>>>9 I mustn't have been baked enough the first time i rated it.
Too funny!

I posted the Obama parody as follow-up to the Sarah Palin spoofs below and the thread becomes a debate on who is "more-Socialist-than-thou".  Man, some people are touchy. 

Why no comments along the lines of "Palin would never go without blending the Rouge from cheekbone ridge to chin - to do so is Anarcho-Facist" ?

The song is pretty good, but not one of my fav's.
 Cynaera wrote:
I repeat:  Why does this have to become a political forum, when it's supposed to be about the music? Granted, maybe the lyrics are political. So - take the lyric portion to another forum, and leave the music here. I don't even know what a socialist is. I've spent most of my life in the land of OhMyGod, where there are no boundaries - everyone is equally vulnerable, but also equally receptive. I hate politics. I'm barely aware of who the president is, and don't even ask me who rules any other country, because I'd probably respond with, "Uh, Cthulu?"

It's music here, for me. Politics, one side against another, one race against another - it all bores me. We're HUMANS first. And music should come as the next unifying factor for mankind - not race, gender, country, or political affiliation.

And I just went political, didn't I? *facepalm* Geez, next think you know, I'll be hugging a tree or saving a whale or sponsoring a child or boycotting a puppymill.{#Doh}
 

I'm here for the music... and I'm against puppy mills!  So what!
You want to know why politicians are lower than a piranha... piranha don't attack their own kind.

Sorry, couldn't help myself ;o)


I am forced to think of FlatOut 2 when hearing this song - it was the menu soundtrack. Over-use made this a bit grating at times, but hearing it in the middle of an RP playlist is ok.
 madhoop wrote:

I played the tar out of this cd....thanks to Bill for the intro to Supergrass,....now to see them live


 
Not likely since they've split up.

I've read these lyrics twice thru and they are not political. My wife's an English professor and she says the lyrics are using lots of generic nouns like "stuff" that are meaningless. I think the comments here ARE political...but the lyrics sound more like something safe about subjective emotions to sing while the (good) music is playing. The lyrics are pretty generic so they can mean lots of different things to lots of different people. 

As for obama being a socialist, that's just right-wing propaganda. He was a liberal senator but has (according to most of the pols) become a centrist president in order to get consensus. Sensible. Leans to the left. Politics has nothing to do with these lyrics. And "supergrass" probly does refer to marijuana, but who cares? It's a rock band. ! :-)  Relax, sit back, and tap your fingers and toes to the beat. 

 Cynaera wrote:
I repeat:  Why does this have to become a political forum, when it's supposed to be about the music? Granted, maybe the lyrics are political. So - take the lyric portion to another forum, and leave the music here. I don't even know what a socialist is. I've spent most of my life in the land of OhMyGod, where there are no boundaries - everyone is equally vulnerable, but also equally receptive. I hate politics. I'm barely aware of who the president is, and don't even ask me who rules any other country, because I'd probably respond with, "Uh, Cthulu?"

It's music here, for me. Politics, one side against another, one race against another - it all bores me. We're HUMANS first. And music should come as the next unifying factor for mankind - not race, gender, country, or political affiliation.

And I just went political, didn't I? *facepalm* Geez, next think you know, I'll be hugging a tree or saving a whale or sponsoring a child or boycotting a puppymill.{#Doh}
 

So, we're supposed to ignore the lyrics?  They're not part of the music?  Why have them at all then if not to consider what they express?  

Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.  Plato
I repeat:  Why does this have to become a political forum, when it's supposed to be about the music? Granted, maybe the lyrics are political. So - take the lyric portion to another forum, and leave the music here. I don't even know what a socialist is. I've spent most of my life in the land of OhMyGod, where there are no boundaries - everyone is equally vulnerable, but also equally receptive. I hate politics. I'm barely aware of who the president is, and don't even ask me who rules any other country, because I'd probably respond with, "Uh, Cthulu?"

It's music here, for me. Politics, one side against another, one race against another - it all bores me. We're HUMANS first. And music should come as the next unifying factor for mankind - not race, gender, country, or political affiliation.

And I just went political, didn't I? *facepalm* Geez, next think you know, I'll be hugging a tree or saving a whale or sponsoring a child or boycotting a puppymill.{#Doh}
 Stingray wrote:

What you are talking about may be a Nottingham version of socialism!

How can any president of the US be a socialist in a European sense, please? How do you call the political direction, OBAMA is representing? He is closer to be called an "American socialist" than any other president before him in recent decades!

What this has to do with football, spleens and being a hardcore socialist in England, leave alone Supergrass?

Any grass - super or not -  is very social.
Even in USA! Ask Clinton - no matter he
never (in)hailed the gods of green!
 
So "American socialism" is comparable to "American football" then. It's not football.

A little rauchen die komische cigaretten never hurt anyone....
 fredriley wrote:
 I've been a radical socialist all my life and know its various flavours pretty damn well, and I can  state with some certainty that Obama is no more a socialist than the Pope is a Lutheran.


 
What you are talking about may be a Nottingham version of socialism!

How can any president of the US be a socialist in a European sense, please? How do you call the political direction, OBAMA is representing? He is closer to be called an "American socialist" than any other president before him in recent decades!

What this has to do with football, spleens and being a hardcore socialist in England, leave alone Supergrass?

Any grass - super or not -  is very social.
Even in USA! Ask Clinton - no matter he
never (in)hailed the gods of green!
 Cynaera wrote:

Okay, I give up. *throws hands in the air*  {#Roflol} I still like this song. Still haven't really listened to the words, and probably won't. I just like the beat. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 

Totally with you on this one...it's all about the music, music, MUSIC!!!!
 scocam wrote:

Did you just complain about political rants and then devote half your post to a political rant?
 
Okay, I give up. *throws hands in the air*  {#Roflol} I still like this song. Still haven't really listened to the words, and probably won't. I just like the beat. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 fredriley wrote:

Some folk are green ink merchants who can't resist any opportunity for a political rant. Sometimes it's justified and necessary when the song itself has a strong political message (Michael Franti and Spearhead, for instance, sing explicit agitprop), but for relatively apolitical songs it's unnecessary and distracting. But what the hey, it's like some guys who go along to football matches for no other purpose but to vent their spleen - it serves a social purpose, I guess.

What makes me chuckle, such as in this thread, are folk who call Obama or H Clinton 'socialist', which shows a blinding ignorance of political philosophy and a US-centric parochiality. I've been a radical socialist all my life and know its various flavours pretty damn well, and I can  state with some certainty that Obama is no more a socialist than the Pope is a Lutheran.
 
Did you just complain about political rants and then devote half your post to a political rant?
 Cynaera wrote:
Why does everything have to spiral down to snarky political discussions? Why can't it just be about the music? I like this song, and I have no idea what the "message' is.  I am a dork. (And no, I don't care if anyone chooses to pluck one comment out of this and use it as a political platform, as long as they make sure to state that I am a dork.)
 
Some folk are green ink merchants who can't resist any opportunity for a political rant. Sometimes it's justified and necessary when the song itself has a strong political message (Michael Franti and Spearhead, for instance, sing explicit agitprop), but for relatively apolitical songs it's unnecessary and distracting. But what the hey, it's like some guys who go along to football matches for no other purpose but to vent their spleen - it serves a social purpose, I guess.

What makes me chuckle, such as in this thread, are folk who call Obama or H Clinton 'socialist', which shows a blinding ignorance of political philosophy and a US-centric parochiality. I've been a radical socialist all my life and know its various flavours pretty damn well, and I can  state with some certainty that Obama is no more a socialist than the Pope is a Lutheran.


I played the tar out of this cd....thanks to Bill for the intro to Supergrass,....now to see them live


Quite True, Dale. Quite true.
 
Dalebarely wrote:
It's like 21st century Steve Miller Band
 

I'm really diggin' the groove! Led Zeppelin and the White Stripes had a love child and put it on Ritalin.

Why does everything have to spiral down to snarky political discussions? Why can't it just be about the music? I like this song, and I have no idea what the "message' is.  I am a dork. (And no, I don't care if anyone chooses to pluck one comment out of this and use it as a political platform, as long as they make sure to state that I am a dork.)
That's very disappointing.

One of my favorite bands... 
 EssexTex wrote:
I hear they're splitting.
 
Unfortunately, this seems to be the truth.

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=10350829 


I hear they're splitting.
I'm not sure why the sudden postings of political parody, but here is an oldie/goodie:




 bkrontz wrote:

going-rouge


 


Mediocregrass
 ihategrapejuice wrote:
does the beginning remind anyone else of Tombstone Blues?
 
There's something restless and feverish about both songs.

No.  Inception of Supergrass 1993 - 10 years older but thanks for playing! {#Bananajam}

 
Felix_The_Cat wrote:
similarities to arctic monkeys perhaps?
 



Well isn't that a coincidence.  I was just thinking I could sure use some super grass right about now... {#Cowboy}
similarities to arctic monkeys perhaps?
 NickDanger wrote:
I hear shades of The Kinks.
 
Subscribe to Sirius XM if you want to hear a lot of Kinks. I swear the Kinks must own a piece of satellite radio. (And Dion, too.)
A little World Party-ish.
I hear shades of The Kinks.
It's like 21st century Steve Miller Band
I like this very much!
{#Dancingbanana}
 stéfanik wrote:
c' est autre chose que la musique de Vincent Delerm, fils de l' excellent écrivain philippe Delerm.
 
i.e (in English)
it is something other than the music of Vincent Delerm, son of the excellent writer Philippe Delerm.

translate.google.com.. use it; live it; love it.  oh, and communicate and save me the bother.

Someone please upload Kick In The Teeth from this cd.
It's a Kick Ass song.
Me?  I'm computer illiterate.
 bizon wrote:
This reminds me of Brian Eno & David Byne's My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. In a good way.
 
Me too, except for the part about Eno & Byrne sucking so bad.

And this song kinda' rocks. 
c' est autre chose que la musique de Vincent Delerm, fils de l' excellent écrivain philippe Delerm.
 sub-arctic wrote:

And for your on-board library I can recommend the short essay L'autoroute la nuit by Philippe Delerm. (It's in the wonderful little book La Première Gorgée de bière et autres plaisirs minuscules.)

 
Thanks, dude, I sure take notice of that!


This reminds me of Brian Eno & David Byne's My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. In a good way.
There never seems to be much buzz about these guys but they have been making great music under the radar for over a decade. I've liked everything I've heard off this disc. {#Music}
Ooooh! LOVE that album cover!   This song is pretty good, too!
 Bleyfusz wrote:
This track is growing on me, no joke. Its very title evokes familiar feelings in me, since I cross a great deal of France twice or thrice a year by car. And love to do so. The cover image also fits to it: nocturnal lucidity, raised by streams of black coffee and the will to get way behind....

Maybe I should include this album in my on-board discography.

 
And for your on-board library I can recommend the short essay L'autoroute la nuit by Philippe Delerm. (It's in the wonderful little book La Première Gorgée de bière et autres plaisirs minuscules.)

Their excellent song "Alright" has been appropriated by a cruise line. Aargh!
 Bleyfusz wrote:
... Its very title evokes familiar feelings in me, since I cross a great deal of France twice or thrice a year by car...

 
God I envy you, Bleyfusz!
As for the song, it has such a retro feel to it, that I was trying to recall what 70's hit this was! ...just the beginning, mind!

For some reason, this song reminds me of my trips to Europe, especially southern France.


This track is growing on me, no joke. Its very title evokes familiar feelings in me, since I cross a great deal of France twice or thrice a year by car. And love to do so. The cover image also fits to it: nocturnal lucidity, raised by streams of black coffee and the will to get way behind....

Maybe I should include this album in my on-board discography.

supergrass is underated. love their stuff.
A dusty tumble weed just rolled by at a very slow pace.
Best cut I've heard off this album so far.
This song is doing nothing for me.{#Headache}
does the beginning remind anyone else of Tombstone Blues?
Trying to find out what guitar riff the main one in this song reminded me of, distracted me from really listening to the music. It's I Want to Take You Higher by Sly and the Family Stone! Reading the comments it reminds people of lots of songs, riffs.
something about this reminds me of "Black Girls" by the Violent Femmes...
I like it. Kind of reminds me of Adolescent Sex by Japan.
Good choice! Love Supagrass.
i too bought this album after hearing here - best ten bucks i spent in 2007! as pedro says, this is rock
I bought this album used recently, based on what I had heard on RP. What surprised me was how many of the songs I have heard here are on that one album. Yet, never heard anything by the band anywhere else.
Great band. A million times stronger than half of the brit bands that made it big through the 90s...
Not bad ...reminds me Sandinista
Roverfish wrote:
Heh. No doubt you're just playing here, but... Record = vinyl disk typically spun at 33 1/3 rpm and read with a stylus Album = complete work of artist released under a title (e.g. Abbey Road) Hard to see the use of the word "album" going anywhere anytime soon..."CD" is transitory (just like "cassette" "8-track" and "record"). One's a medium, one's a body of work. Important distinction. Still an excellent tune (sorry, should I say track?) from an excellent album (SACD, CD, Mini-Disc, DAT, tape, gramophone record, phonograph cylinder, ...) :wink:
Nice, very nice. Hey Roverfish. I lived in Tucson from 67-71 and then went home to the Northeast. Haven't been back since. Seen any changes in the last 40 years? Maybe just a couple? Like a doubling or tripling of population? Nice to see Mt. Lemmon is still there. Ah, childhood. When I lived there, we'd go into the brush on the weekends and dig up cactuses and plant them in our front yard. Isn't that a felony now? Oh, how the times change.
Supergrass is growing on me... some might say it is a "creeper!" :cowboy:
I love this. And it's a good follow-up to the Bare Naked Lady Boys. It helps me forget.
Definitely not their best - grates on the nerves.
pushkinjim wrote:
Very annoying!
Marginal
Very annoying!
pkimbrel wrote:
We need a high octane version of RP with songs like this on regular rotation to keep us night owls a-cook'n.
I like that idea!
Who is that monster on bass?
Bill has hit the Friday afternoon groove!!!