Money Mondays

What a weekend! Friday night was an all English affair in NYC for me. It started off nicely with a win in my Friday night Football (Soccer for our American friends) league and then continued with seeing the almighty Happy Mondays at the Roseland Ballroom. I walked in just as Shaun Ryder started to belt out the first lines to Loose Fit while he stood still under the psychedelic style lighting covering the stage. Happy Mondays are a notorious part of the Manchester music scene. Alongside The Stone Roses in the mid 80’s, the Happy Mondays created a new trend of music using indie pop guitar with a rhythmic style that owed much to house music, funk, and northern soul. With many of their tracks being remixed by popular Dj’s and their 3rd studio album Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches produced by Paul Oakenfold in 1990 it emphasized the dance/rave influence within the band.

The Happy Mondays and  Shaun Ryder came to a rocky end when Shaun’s drug addictions to cocaine and heroin got the best of him. There was also a dispute between record labels which prevented the band from recording for more than 6 years.

Shaun, Bez and the rest of the Happy Mondays finally reunited and recorded Uncle Dysfunktional in 2007 and are now zig zagging across the States with tour performances that would make any band proud!

Their story in part is shown in the cult favourite film 24 Hour Party People.

‘You’re twisting my melons man’ – Shaun Ryder, legend!
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