Alright

Album: I Should Coco (1995)
Charted: 2
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Songfacts®:

  • This teen anthem was released as a double A-side single with "Time."
  • The video, which featured the band larking about on bicycles and a giant flying bed attracted Stephen Spielberg's interest so much, he offered the group a Monkees type TV show. They turned him down.
  • "Alright" featured in the films Clueless (1995) and On The Edge (2000).
  • Frontman Gaz Coombes recalled to Q magazine April 2011: "For a summery song, this was written in the bleak mid-winter. It started at Danny (Goffey, drummer)'s house, where his parents had this knackered piano. One of us started bashing out those chords, we went to the pub and knocked out the lyrics in 10 minutes. The song became our calling card, but I don't think it was calculated. We were a gang of teenagers and this was us remembering the innocence of being 13, before we'd delved into the rock 'n' roll world. We didn't know it would be a hit, but we got back from our first tour of the States and suddenly old ladies were recognising us on the street."
  • Bassist Mick Quinn told Uncut magazine about his contribution to the song. "I think Danny and Gaz cooked up the verse and the chorus - they'll always argue about who came up with that piano," he recalled. "Then I came along and said, well, you need a middle 8. And I took it to G and Gaz did that very rock-and-roll solo over the top, and then I came up with the idea of doing that Peter Green bending solo, and Gaz came up with a harmony for that. We always wrote a lot of lyrics in the pub as we were recording."
  • Mick Quinn identified this as a hit from the moment the band recorded the instrumentation. He recalled to Q Magazine. "I knew the backing track for 'Alright' was bulletproof. I've got a distinct memory of staring at the two-inch turning around while that backing track was playing and thinking, that's a bulletproof backing track, that's gonna be enormous. That's gonna light people up. Even when we had it as a demo, there was something about it. It was so simplistic and stuck in your head."

Comments: 2

  • Alex from Gillingham, United KingdomAnd it was used in The Men Who Stare at Goats...
    Imagine if they had taken up Spielberg's offer and faded into obscurity... Oh, wait...
  • Mercedies from Soldotna, AkThis song was also used in the disneyland comercials. I had always wondered who this group was. They do kind of remind me of the Monkeys, but so much cooler!
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