Mary (Supergrass song)

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Single by Supergrass
from the album Supergrass
B-side "Mary (Live at Lamacq)"
Released 22 November 1999 (UK)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded Sawmills Studio
Ridge Farm Studios
Genre Britpop, rock, pop
Length 04:02
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Supergrass & Rob Coombes.
Producer(s) Supergrass
John Cornfield
Supergrass singles chronology
"Never Done Nothing Like That Before"
Alternative Cover
CD 2 single cover

"Mary" was the third and final single from the Britpop band Supergrass' eponymous third album. Released in November 1999, it reached a disappointing #36 on the UK Charts,[1][2] their lowest charting single for 5 years. This was also the last Supergrass single to be released on cassette.

Chord progression and lead guitar breaks[edit]

Mary is written in the key of Cm. The verses and chorus both employ the same chord progression of G♯-F-Cm, with guitarist Gaz Coombes utilising single string lead breaks on the 5th (A) string with an E-bow. It is worth noting that the opening chord progression of the song bears some similarities to The Police's Invisible Sun.

Track listing[edit]

CD1 CDRS6531 / TC TCR6531

  1. "Mary" (4:02)
  2. "Pumping on Your Stereo (Live at Peel Acres)" (3:12)
  3. "Strange Ones (Live at Peel Acres)" (3:57)

CD2 CDR6531

  1. "Mary (Live at Lamacq)" (4:12)
  2. "Richard III (Live at Peel Acres)" (3:29)
  3. "Sun Hits the Sky (Live at Peel Acres)" (4:44)

LTD. ED. Silver 7" R6531

  1. "Mary" (4:02)
  2. "Mary (Live at Lamacq)" (4:12)

Album Artwork[edit]

The single features a photo of a stone angel statue at night, whilst the 2nd CD of the CD release shows a similarly crafted stone statue of a man in daylight.

Music video[edit]

Conceived as an homage to the Hammer Horror films from the 1950s, the accompanying music video features three moderately scary scenes, always corresponding to the song's "falsetto screaming" chorus: a room with books flying off the shelves and objects exploding because of poltergeist, a housewife vomiting blood in front of her family (including two children) and a girl drowning in a bathtub while blood spouts from the sink. The video was banned from television due to being "too frightening".[3][4] An edited version was released, replacing the aforementioned scary scenes with pictures of onions.


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