Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Rewind: The Supernaturals - I Wasn't Built To Get Up

This was at number 25 in the UK singles chart 20 years ago back in July 1998. What would you get if you crossed a hint of Blur's upbeat mid 90s output with a Scottish-flavoured twist of The Beach Boys and their sunny melodies? You'd probably end up with something a bit like The Supernaturals, who were hotly tipped in the Britpop era. Best known for their 1997 hit 'Smile', it's their second album 'A Tune A Day' from 1998 that was actually the band's finest hour. Perfectly summing up the feeling of morning lethargy, the brilliant 'I Wasn't Built To Get Up' was a lively, catchy slice of indie pop that should be regarded as one of the best singles of the era.

It was a song that inspired me to buy the album 'A Tune A Day', before watching them play at The Fleece in Bristol, with Carrie as the support act. The band released a third and commercially unsuccessful third album on a small independent label before splitting in 2002. They reformed in 2012 and released their fourth LP entitled '360'. The band will be playing at the StarShaped festival in September, which takes place in London, Glasgow and Manchester. Also on the bill are Ocean Colour Scene, Ultrasound, Black Grape, Echobelly, Northern Uproar, My Life Story and more.