1st December 2013
Location: O2 Academy
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The Happy Mondays celebrate 25 years since their sophomore album Bummed was released and the band will play the album live and in full at the Glasgow 02 Academy in December 2013.
25 years on from its release in November 1988, the album Bummed still sounds as dangerously hedonistic as it did in the 80s. The importance of this record can’t be overstated; don’t miss the chance to hear this seminal album played live and in full!
Founded in 1980, the group, featuring Shaun Ryder, his brother Paul, Mark Day, Paul Davis and Gary Whelan, along with Rowetta and Bez, were at the forefront of the late-80s Madchester scene. They were fundamental in blurring boundaries between indie rock and acid house with songs such as Step On and Kinky Afro. They were one of the key bands on Factory Records, inspiring the title of the film 24 Hour Party People.
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Their first album, Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), debuted in 1987, followed by two classic albums; Bummed in 1988, then Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches in 1990 which went platinum in the UK selling more than 350,000 copies. This put the band firmly on the music map as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK in the early 1990’s. Singles “Step On” and “Kinky Afro” from this album both reached number 5 in the UK singles chart.
By the late 1980’s, the Happy Mondays were an important part of the Manchester music scene and personified rave culture. Numerous world tours meant the band had international success as well as massive success in the UK. The line up of the band during this first and most important ten year phase never changed, and the six original members Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Gary Whelan, Paul Davis, Mark Day and Mark “Bez” Berry remained a tight unit until Shaun and Bez re-formed the Happy Mondays with Wags and Kermit in 1994.