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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