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    Released in April 1987, the Happy Mondays debut album was a perfect snapshot of a very different kind of pop culture coming from beyond the fringes. It would be an underground album but a game changer. Produced by Velvet Underground legend, John Cale, this was the accidental sound track for the endless housing estates sailing away from Manchester City centre and into Salford-perfectly captured by this gang of misfits.

    With artwork lovingly replicated by original Manchester designers Central Station Design, this album is on vinyl for the first time since it’s original release. Features the singles “Tart Tart” and “24 Hour Party People”.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Totally original, eternally rhythmical, post-punk/funk topped with Shaun Ryder's inimitable drawl. A proper band fronted by two cartoonish magicians in Shaun and Bez. Amazing, reallu.

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    Bummed

      Like many an influential album in rock history, the cultural significance of Happy Monday’ Bummed was apparent to precious few listeners upon its first release on 5 November 1988. Within a decade or two, Bummed would be hailed as one of the best records of the ’80s, often by the self-same publications that had slated it back in the day – a harbinger of the seismic shift about to take place in British popular music, away from the squeaky-clean, corporately ordained pop-radio fodder which had increasingly dominated the charts since punk, and back towards the more aggressive, unruly and experience-hungry urges which had always pulsed through rock ‘n’ roll.

      With artwork lovingly replicated by original Manchester designers Central Station Design, this album is on vinyl for the first time since it’s original release.

      Featured the singles “Wrote For Luck” and “Lazyitis - One Armed Boxer”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: The Martin Hannett produced "Bummed" was a huge step up (and on!) from their debut record. Cavernous and rambling, heavy and churning, the tunes here were much more direct whilst the grooves were (can we say it?) BAGGY as fuck! One of Factory Records' greatest ever releases.

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      ...Yes Please!

        ‘...Yes Please!’ was the last Happy Mondays album on Factory Records. It was produced by Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz and reached number 14 in the UK chart. Artwork lovingly replicated by original Manchester designers Central Station Design. Features the singles “Stinkin´ Thinkin”, “Sunshine & Love” and “Angel”.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: "Yes Please" signaled the chaotic end of the Happy Mondays but it's still really interesting with it's tasty Talking Heads production and "Stinking Thinking" is one of the best things they ever did.

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        Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches

          Happy Mondays formed in 1980 and were signed by Tony Wilson to Factory Records. While their first album 'Squirrel And G-Man' had been all ramshackle ramblings and jarring grooves, by their second album 'Bummed' they were already showing signs of what was to come on 'Pills and Thrills' with off kilter funky grooves carrying Sean's sneering nonsensicle lyrics. 

          By 1990, 'Madchester' was in full swing, this was the time of the indie-dance crossover. Previously there had been a very distinct line drawn between these two genre's which was rarely (if ever) crossed, but rave culture and Ecstacy had erased such rigid barriers and with DJ Paul Oakenfold more dancefloor orientated production, the Mondays embraced this change and added loose (ok, yes, baggy) psychedelic grooves to their uncompromising lyrics and shady tales. This album (along with Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica') came to defined this indie-funk-psych-rave melding of genres and hedonistic scene perfectly. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Andy says: The Mondays first "pop" (but not really) LP was produced by superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold and featured their biggest hit, the superb "Kinky Afro". This was their time,and they didn't fail to deliver.

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          The Early EP's

            This collection of EPs features very early, rare Happy Mondays tracks originally released on limited vinyl in the late 1980s by Factory Records. Included is the original version of ‘24 Hour Party People’ and feature track ‘The Egg’ - with atmospheric eerie slide guitar and driving bass this is a stand out gem from the band’s back catalogue and transports you in time to late 1980s Manchester.

            All tracks remastered from original master tapes.

            ‘Forty Five’ pressed on translucent green vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

            ‘Freaky Dancin’ / The Egg’ appears on translucent orange vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

            ’Tart Tart’ is on translucent blue vinyl in 3mm spine sleeve.

            ‘24 Hour Party People’ on translucent yellow vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

            All 4 EPs are gathered in a 300gsm carton slipcase.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Andy says: Happy Mondays lit up the late 80s with their barely contained, shambolic but groovey take on punk-funk and god knows what else! They were, in short, totally original. In frontman Shaun Ryder they had a complete one-off who label boss Tony Wilson famously compared to W.B.Yeats! These early twelves (85-88) are presented here as four different coloured vinyl, remastered from the original analogue tapes and housed in a 300 gram carton slipcase.


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