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Tavern plaque for Supergrass
10:00am Thursday 20th September 2012 in News
ONE of Oxford’s best-loved bands will be honoured with a plaque at the venue where they were signed.
Supergrass formed in 1993 under the name Theodore Supergrass and played their first gigs in the Jericho Tavern.
It was there the next year where the promoter came rushing into the dressing room after a gig and – referring to a record contract with Parlophone – said: “You’ve got it.”
Now Supergrass will be honoured with a plaque on the outside of the building from the Performing Rights Society (PRS) to commemorate their place in music heritage.
Jack O’Riordan, duty manager at the Jericho Tavern, pictured right, with supervisor Tom Smith, said: “This is a prestigious award and it is good to see that the tradition of music is still alive in Jericho. We hope to keep it going long into the future.”
The plaque will be put in place during a ceremony at the beginning of October when the group, which split in 2010, will be reunited.
Founding member Mick Quinn said of the Jericho Tavern: “Everyone aspired to play the venue back in the day and I remember seeing my brother’s band This Way Up play there as early as 1983.”
Lead singer Gaz Coombes still lives in Wheatley where he grew up. Gaz is pictured, inset centre, with Danny Goffey, left, and Mick, right.
Olivia Chapman at the society said: “What is lovely is that they are all genuinely, really chuffed.
“Mick is genuinely excited.”
Picture: Mark Hemsworth