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Happy Mondays

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Because it was made before the band really came into its own, Squirrel and G-Man… tends to be dismissed within the Happy Mondays canon. Produced by John Cale, the album fits easily into the wiry attacks of British post-punk in the ‘80s, but even in their early incarnation the Mondays were like no other. Sure, they were cribbing styles from their contemporaries — just check “Cob 20,” their Cure imitation, or “Olive Oil,” which is a delightfully warped interpretation of a Smiths song. But the songs that really hit home are the ones that precipitate the Mondays’ signature sound. “Kuff Dam,” “Tart Tart” and “24 Hour Party People” are harbingers of the queasy, swirling groove that would serve as the foundation for the burgeoning Madchester movement. The Mondays were still green, but there’s no dismissing Shaun Ryder on this album, as a vocalist or a writer. He sputters and spits and moans without regard for rhyme or intelligibility. As a singer and a writer he is the bastard offspring of Jim Morrison and Mark E. Smith — a caustic Mancunian boozer whose surreal visions are spiked with venom and fastened with black humor.

Customer Reviews


The Mondays first and best, with Martin Hannett on board, or mixing board so to speak. This is a legendary debut of a legendary Sulford, UK band, with a legend producing! They rebirth of Factory Records! Drop some eee's and Dig!

Sad Ol' Git is Also Ignorant

Either too young or old to remember accurately SOG applies a bit of revisionist history to the Mondays first release. This was a good debut, but sank almost without a trace on release. Along with the single "Freaky Dancing" it captures the do it yerself punk ethos of early Mondays and drips with funk. It has the swagger and fusion that made Madchester such a potent force.

However, that all came later. Martin Hannett produced the follow up "Bummed" which was remixed - add drugs - and Rave culture was born. The Mondays are (maybe) from Salford - not Sulford. I hardly think this album can be considered the "re-birth of Factory" when New Order were selling more records each week than this album did.

This is a good album by a great band. Start with Bummed and Pills 'n' Thrills and get this album if you like those.


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,...
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