Dance Floor Killer ‘STEP ON’ By HAPPY MONDAYS Turned 30 In 2020

Top singles from the past…

31 December 2020

Of all classic crackers that celebrated a birthday this year, and were featured here,
Turn The Volume picked STEP ON by HAPPY MONDAYS, released 30 years ago
this year, as the cracking cracker of all 2020 crackers.

Why? This is the dance floor killer I moved to in mysterious ways
for years now and will do so tonight (New Year’s Eve).

It was actually a reworked version of 1971 hit He’s Gonna Step On You Again by
South-Africa born, Greek singer and songwriter John Kongos (listen/watch below)

Released: April 1990 – 30 years ago
Producer: Sound wizard Paul Oakenfold
Score: No 5 in the UK
Album: Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches
Third LP, released 5 November 1990

Shaun Ryder about the track: “It was fluke. We thought, this is the last thing we need! They sent over a tape with lots of songs from the back catalogue of Elektra. So we stuck the tape on and Step On was either first or second on the tape. We said, right – that’ll do!”

OFFICIAL VIDEO

TOP OF THE POPS performance
(great moment: 3-minute mark when
Rowetta‘s voice fills the studio)

ORIGINAL

HAPPY MONDAYS: Facebook

HAPPY MONDAYS Released Third LP ‘PILLS ‘N’ THRILLS AND BELLYACHES’ 30 Years Ago Today

27 November 2020

Band: HAPPY MONDAYS (Manchester)
Active: 1980–1993, 1999–2001, 2004–2010, 2012–present

Album: ‘PILLS ‘N’ THRILLS AND BELLYACHES’ – third LP
Released: 27 November 1990 – 30 years ago

BBC Music: “In the two years since ‘Bummed’, the Happy Mondays had embraced
dance culture. Every movement needs its high-water mark, and their third album,
‘Pills’n’Thrills And Bellyaches’ was Madchester’s Tewkesbury. Although The Stone Roses
debut is more retrospectively adored, ‘Pills’n’Thrills And Bellyaches’ at the time felt like
nothing you’d ever heard before; except it was absolutely everything you’d heard before; exceptionally undemanding chord structures; grinding beats; shambolic monotony – but
the dance nuances of producers Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne and the influence of E
as well as Shaun Ryder’s witty dystopian lyrics made the album a very serious work indeed. Music is the dope!”

Turn Up The Volume: The mother-rave-record of all Madchester-rave-records. The E album for all 24-hour party people. The acid-house album for all dance floors globally, then and now. The twisting my melons LP. Music is the dope! Oh yeah, addictive stuff.”

Singles/clips: Step On / Kinky Afro / Loose Fit

– STEP ON –

– KINKY AFRO –

– LOOSE FIT –

Full album…

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HAPPY MONDAYS: Facebook


Still going strong – next year with James

Hit Single ‘KINKY AFRO’ By Madchester Legends HAPPY MONDAYS Came Out 30 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

8 October 2020

Band: Happy Mondays feat. glowing soul voice Rowetta
Active: 1980–1993, 1999–2001, 2004–2010, 2012–present
Single: Kinky Afro
B-side: Kinky Afro Live

Released: 8 October 1990 – 30 (!) years ago today
Score: A massive hit in America, reaching No 1 on
the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart and #5 in
home country England

Album: Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches – third LP

Yippee-ippee-ey-ey-ay-yey-yey
I had to crucify some brother today
And I don’t dig what you gotta say
So come on and say it
Come on and tell me twice

C’mon, Shaun

HAPPY MONDAYS: Facebook – Discography

HAPPY MONDAYS And THE STONE ROSES Performed Both On Same Edition Of TOP OF THE POPS 30 Years Ago…

30 November 2019

It was the Madchester era. It seemed like all great bands at the time came out of that buzzing city up north, called Manchester, the town of 24 Hour Party People.

Two of the biggest bands on the scene, THE STONE ROSES and HAPPY MONDAYS even performed on the same edition of the legendary BBC music programme Top Of The Pops. It happened on 30 November 1989, 30 years ago.

The Stone Roses played their greatest single success, the awesome trippy ‘Fool’s Gold’
and Happy Mondays, with surprising special guest, the late great Kirsty MacColl played ‘Hallelujah’ from their Madchester Rave On EP. Time to watch some cool moves…

– ‘Fool’s Gold‘ by THE STONE ROSES –

– ‘Hallelujah’ by HAPPY MONDAYS –