Mansun’s first LP originally released in Europe February 17th 1997 first hit the number one spot in the UK album chart . It contained the singles Egg Shaped Fred/ Stripper Vicar/ Wide Open Space/ She Makes My Nose Bleed
US version later released June 24th contained the single Take It Easy Chicken but omits Stripper Vicar
A very comprehensive triple collectors edition CD with b-sides and extra tracks was issued June 7th 2010.
Kscope acquired the Mansun back catalogue in 2017 and plan to reissue hopefully everything at the fans request.
Grey Lantern was reissued this year to mark the 21st anniversary on the following formats
Reissue book style standard cd
Black vinyl gatefold double LP
Limited edition double purple vinyl
Special limited 3CD /1 DVD in large book style format *
*I was fortunate to have the opportunity to supply some artwork scans and photos to Kscope for this edition and received credits on three pages for which i am forever humbled!
Paul Draper was the frontman of Mansun – one of the most iconic bands of the late ’90s. Over the course of three albums (a fourth issued posthumously), they achieved something unique – after fostering a fervent cult following, they managed to maintain critical and commercial success with a series of intensely radio friendly yet increasingly experimental records. Off the back of their biggest radio record, Mansun imploded in 2003 and Paul all but disappeared from view.
Paul Draper’s long awaited debut solo album, Spooky Action takes its cue from his two 2016’s EP releases which were recorded in collaboration with Catherine AD (the Anchoress) and long time Mansun collaborator PDub, The record’s eleven tracks veer from warped voodoo psych (Don’t Poke the Bear) to glistening synthetic soul (Things People Want); from warped, razor wire rock’n’roll (Grey House) to glorious widescreen analogue pop music (Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion). Collectively, they represent Paul’s strongest, most consistent set of songs to date – half a lifetime’s work condensed into just over an hour of perfectly formed music.
Paul will be performing a special ‘Six’ set, with tracks from the 1998 album.