Black Grape was originally formed in 1993 by lead singer Shaun Ryder and rapper Kermit while they were putting the finishing touches to the Happy Mondays' album Yes Please, which the Ruthless Rap Assassins' Kermit appeared on. It served as Ryder's first musical project after the Happy Mondays imploded. The group's 1995 debut It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah entered the charts at No. 1 on its release in October 1995, yielding the Top 10 hit singles "Reverend Black Grape" and "In The Name of the Father," plus a third Top 20 hit "Kelly's Heroes." In celebration of the album's 21st anniversary it will be re-issued on vinyl in December 2016 while Black Grape has also confirmed a 12-date tour of the UK and Ireland where they'll play It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah in its entirety.