Mansun – Stripper Vicar

It was a case of oh so close for Chester’s Mansun (an abbreviation of a Verve b-side called ‘A Man Called Sun’). Despite a smattering of great press they never quite built on the success of their debut which went to number 1 in the UK charts. And this is probably the best place to start exploring their back catalogue as ‘Attack of the Grey Lantern’ was a sweeping statement of intent. The bands grand vision is encapsulated on the opening track ‘The Chad Who Loved Me’ with its lush strings and swooping vocals that could have illuminated the opening scenes in any Bond movie. ‘Stripper Vicar’ was one of the albums’ incandescent singles. Singer Paul Draper is in fine form as the baggy beats make way for a full-blown sonic event where the highs are maintained throughout. The band dispense with the pesky verse, instead opting for the shiny chorus from the getgo. This is quite capable of filling the average room so make sure you only handle it in a wide open space. KD

Mansun – Stripper Vicar

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Year: 1996

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