Supergrass & Sleepwalking (video)

I finally got around to buying Supergrass’ 2005 release “Road to Rouen,” only to learn that Supergrass’ sixth studio album will be released this Spring.

You can catch a video of the first single on YouTube:

The first thing I noticed in the video was that Mick Quinn was missing! Has Supergrass become a two-piece, a la The White Stripes? No, it turns out that Mick had a freak accident:

The bass player and vocalist sleepwalked out of a first floor window of the villa where he was staying in the South of France.

Quinn was rushed to a specialist spinal unit in Toulouse where surgeons operated to repair two broken vertebrae as well as a smashed heel.

He is expected to make a full recovery, although it could take several months.

Weird, huh? Thank god he didn’t kill himself. I was a somnambulist as a child, so I can empathize with Mick. One time I walked to the girl next door’s house in my underwear. I awoke to find myself on the front porch with the girl’s parents staring at me, not sure why I was at their door in the middle of the night. The last episode I know about was in boot camp. I was told by a friend that I got up out of bed and walked to the end of the barracks, ready to proceed downstairs. My friend asked me, “Where are you going?” I mumbled something and then he led me back to my bunk. He told me what happened a few days later and although I don’t recall a thing, I trust that he was telling me the truth. Why did it come up? A few of us were talking about other recruits who were talking in their sleep. I was fortunate that he was a friend, otherwise I might have been discharged. Even luckier was that I didn’t make it to the outdoor staircase — our barracks were on the fourth floor.

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