A Grand Don't Come For Free

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A Grand Don't Come For Free
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LP & CD by The Streets
Released May 18, 2004
Genre Electronica, Alternative
Record label Vice/Atlantic
Producers Mike Skinner
Professional Reviews
All Music Guide 4.5/5 link (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=UIDMISS70311071654390588&sql=A7fmsa9ugw23k/)

A Grand Don't Come For Free is the second album for UK garage musician Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, released on May 18 2004.


A Grand Don't Come For Free is a concept album. In the story, the protagonist loses a thousand pounds. In the first track on the album, "It Was Supposed To Be So Easy", he loses the money while he is out returning a rental DVD and attempting to get money from an ATM. In the process of trying to recover the money, he conquers a girl ("Could Well Be In"), finds himself in situations of being high on Ecstacy in a nightclub in "Blinded by the Lights", followed by arguing with his girlfriend in "Get Out Of My House", posing to impress a girl ("Fit But You Know It") in a chip shop in a holiday resort, and finally trying to cope with his girlfriend breaking up with him ("Dry Your Eyes"). The final track, "Empty Cans", features two endings to the plot, a bitter ending and a happy ending with matching music for both.

"Fit But You Know It" was the first single from the album, which debuted at No. 4 in the UK singles charts and in the top 40 in Australia. The second single, "Dry Your Eyes", entered the UK chart at No. 1. The album itself reached No. 1 in the UK albums charts, No. 11 in Australia and No. 82 in the US.

Track listing

  1. "It Was Supposed To Be So Easy" (Skinner)
  2. "Could Well Be In" (Skinner)
  3. "*** Not Addicted" (Skinner)
  4. "Blinded By The Lights" (Skinner)
  5. "Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way" (Skinner)
  6. "Get Out of My House" (Skinner)
  7. "Fit But You Know It" (Skinner)
  8. "Such A Twat" (Skinner)
  9. "What Is He Thinking?" (Skinner)
  10. "Dry Your Eyes" (Skinner)
  11. "Empty Cans" (Skinner)

Tracks in bold are released as singles.


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