Reverend Black Grape

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For Reverend Black (Harry Feeney) see The Rockin' Vickers

"Reverend Black Grape"
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Single by Black Grape
from the album It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah
Released 29 May 1995 (1995-05-29) (UK)
Format CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Britpop, funk rock, alternative rock, psychedelic,[1] big beat[1]
Length 5:13
Label Radioactive Records, MCA Records
Writer(s) Shaun Ryder
Producer(s) Danny Saber
Black Grape singles chronology
"Reverend Black Grape"
"In the Name of the Father"

"Reverend Black Grape" is a song which was released in May 1995 by UK band Black Grape. It was the first single to be taken from their debut album It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah and peaked at #9 in the UK chart.

The song was co-produced by Danny Saber and Stephen Lironi. It was written by Shaun Ryder and released by Radioactive Records.


The song caused mild controversy when released because of its assertion that the Catholic Church collaborated with the Nazis: "Oh Pope he got the Nazis, To clean up their messes, In exchange for gold and paintings, he gave them new addresses". [2] In addition, the song contains a brief audio clip of Adolf Hitler at one of his rallies. The lyrics also borrow from the traditional hymn O come all ye faithful.

Track listing[edit]

CD Single

  1. "Reverend Black Grape" – 5:13
  2. "Reverend Black Grape (Dub Collar Mix)" – 5:45
  3. "Reverend Black Grape (The Dark Side Mix)" – 4:46

CD Maxi Single

  1. "Reverend Black Grape" – 5:13
  2. "Straight Out Of Trumpton (Basement Tapes)" – 4:06
  3. "Reverend Black Grape (The Dark Side Mix)" – 4:46


  1. ^ a b "Pitchfork: Castoffs and Cutouts: The Top 50 Most Common Used CDs". 2 October 2003. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Richard Luck, The Madchester Scene, Harpenden : Pocket Essentials, 2002. ISBN 1903047803 (p. 58).