HAPPY MONDAYS Started Madchester 30 Years Ago With 2nd LP… ‘BUMMED’

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

5 November 2018

Band: HAPPY MONDAYS

Album: BUMMED

Released: 5 November 1988 – 20 years ago via Factory Records

BBC MUSIC review: “Released as a new musical movement was gaining focus and shape
after the second summer of love, Bummed represented something of a great leap forward
for the Happy Mondays. The shambolic monotony of their John Cale-produced debut, ‘Squirrel and G-Man 24 Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)’ was replaced by well, a Martin Hannett-produced shambolic monotony. However, it is the rogue heart and spirit that beats away here is what stops the album from collapse. Given the pedigree of the city, Shaun Ryder’s lyrics are some of the best to come out of Manchester, bringing a cast of no-hopers
and vagabonds to life over the album’s 10 tracks, all delivered with a great wit and slurry anti-charm… “Wrote For Luck” is the album’s monster, one of the handful of definitive Mondays’ tracks. When it was later remixed as “W.F.L” by Paul Oakenfold and Vince Clarke, Madchester
as we know it was born.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Bob Dylan once sang ‘Every Must Get Stoned‘ and David Bowie sang ‘Let’s Dance‘. The Happy Mondays put both together and what you got was Madchester, a whole city on Es while going gaga on the dance floor.

* WROTE FOR LUCKclassic Mondays

* LAZYITISI never get tired of this one

* COUNTRY SONGsounds like a hallucination

ALBUM in full…

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Significant Singles Turning 30 In 2018 – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 10 Picks…

Going back in sonic history…

1988 was a year of versatile vibes and kicks
Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S ten picks…

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1/ ‘Fiesta’ by THE POGUES
Ultimate party cracker…
Album: ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’

2/ ‘Wrote For Luck’ by HAPPY MONDAYS
Eight miles high…
Album: ‘Bummed’

3/ ‘Sidewalking’ by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
Psych pop pearl…
Album: ‘Barbed Wire Kisses’

4/ ‘People Have The Power’ by PATTI SMITH
Sing it loud, maybe it’ll help…
Album: ‘Dream Of Life’

5/ ‘Gigantic’ by PIXIES
Kim Deal on a roll…
Album: ‘Surfer Rosa’

6/ ‘Hit The North’ by THE FALL
You can dance to The Fall…
Album: ‘The Frenz Experiment’

7/ ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ by PUBLIC ENEMY
Just believe Public Enemy…
Album: ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’

8/ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ by GUNS N’ ROSES
Massive rock and roll riffs…
Album: ‘Appetite For Destruction’

9/ ‘Orange Crush’ by R.E.M.
R.E.M. becoming a big alt act…
Album: ‘Green’

10/ ‘Christine’ by THE HOUSE OF LOVE
Pure pop melancholia…
Album: ‘The House Of Love’