The Press Article
UK TRIO Supergrass are frank about their ambition, or lack of it - they're in the music biz for the good times.
"We've never been really ambitious about marketing ourselves or making it commercially or whatever," bass-playing vocalist Mike Quinn said.
"We're not up our own bottoms enough to have huge artistic ambitions either. I think we basically go for the enjoyment factor and the easiest route - without trying to make the most money out of it, which is a rare thing.
"We obviously want to make good records and we work very hard at that. But we don't really have any ambitions about being the biggest band or selling more records than other people."
Making their first Down Under gigs since Big Day Out three years ago, the UK trio has racked up a substantial following with albums such as I Should Coco, In It For The Money and most recently, their self-titled third album.
Formed in 1993 in the university town of Oxford, Supergrass came from an indie background but the success of I Should Coco tracks such as Alright soon prompted the mainstream attention.
A further batch of hits (Richard III, Sun Hits The Sky and Late In The Day) emanated from the wryly-titled In It For The Money.
Quinn said the band members were happy with the reaction to the latest album/ "I don't think we're in a big hurry as a band. We'll be able to better judge this record in three years. We're lucky in that we're our own bosses... nobody'd telling us what to record or what to write. We're basically satisfied with what we're doing."
Supergrass have not set themselves a suitcase of ambitions.
Asked to comment on the state of the British music scene, Quinn said: "It's pretty crap, actually. There are not too many things that interest me enough to go out and buy records."
Nor is Quinn overly impressed with the dance scene in the UK.
"It's not as big as when Acid House was in its full potential mode in '89. It's down to the quantity of bands on the scene."
Visions of marijuana plants and bottle bongs notwithstanding, the band doesn't appear to have come by its name through taste for drugs.
"I think it was just something that we had in a hat. We didn't have a name for a year and a half. Basically it's just a throwaway name. We picked it because it sounded nice."
Ritchie Yorke, Brisbane Sunday Mail - 13 February 2000