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Album Review

One faces a live document of Happy Mondays in 1990 with equal amounts of excitement and dread. No question, the Mondays were at a peak in 1990, riding the wave generated by Pills 'n' Thrills & Bellyaches, but that was a creation of the studio and the group's excesses of the time surely don't guarantee a smooth, assured performance. Call the Cops: Live in New York 1990 is neither a triumph nor a disaster. The Mondays start off a little wobbly but they get their footing fairly quickly, before "Step On" concludes in its opening spot. The band goes through highlights from Bummed and Pills 'n' Thrills, and if they never conjure a real sense of menace or debauchery, never quite splicing the tapes and live performances effectively, they don't fall, either: they create a party that's enjoyable if not quite memorable.


Formed: 1985 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Along with the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays were the leaders of the late-'80s/early-'90s dance club-influenced Manchester scene, experiencing a brief moment in the spotlight before collapsing in 1992. While the Stone Roses were based in '60s pop, adding only a slight hint of dance music, Happy Mondays immersed themselves in the club and rave culture, eventually becoming the most recognizable band of that drug-fueled scene. The Mondays' music relied heavily on the sound and rhythm of house music, spiked...
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