Picks and Pans Review: Stupid Stupid Stupid

updated 03/02/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/02/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

Black Grape

Days, maybe even weeks had passed since any members of Oasis had insulted the Queen or spit on fans. So you could almost hear the cheers from Fleet Street gossips after a January report that Shaun Ryder, lead lout of the British band Black Grape, had capped a day of pint-raising at an English pub by misplacing his 4-year-old daughter. Ryder reportedly hurried back to retrieve the girl, but perhaps proved once again that responsible parenting is no prerequisite for rock stardom. And on Stupid, Ryder and the boys justify their popularity by delivering a deliriously wacky montage of big, hip-hop beats and idiotic dance-party chants ("underpants/Foster Grants") that owes stylistic debts to the Mothers of Invention, the Beastie Boys and Chumbawamba. As for Stupid's, conceptual merits, the title says it all; it's a delightful insult to the sense of humor of sophomores everywhere. (Radioactive)

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