Happy Mondays - Bummed (Vinyl)

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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, corporate 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".

 



If their end was a little squalid and musically disappointing, then their 1988 album, their second release, 'Bummed' promised a bright future before all the wrong stuff screwed with peoples heads and screwed up even more terribly the music. 'Bummed' was proof positive that you could rock and dance at the same time and that the two were not mutually exclusive. With the whole acid house rave scene taking off a year previous and with ecstasy culture taking a grip on the minds and souls of Britains young hedonists, here was a band from Manchester who straddled both sides of the musical mainstream and created a sound that was uniquely their own. Not possible to listen to 'Wrote for Luck' without a big smile on your face if you happen to remember it first time around and it getting played at a rave that was then subsequently shut down by the boys in blue! The only thing that mattered to this band was not giving a shit and partying and this album is a musical expression of that vibe. Great !


By: Ellicott


A1 Country Song
A2 Moving In With
A3 Mad Cyril
A4 Fat Lady Wrestlers
A5 Performance
B1 Brain Dead
B2 Wrote For Luck
B3 Bring A Friend
B4 Do It Better
B5 Lazy Itis


 

London Records – FACT 220

Embossed reissue sleeve 180g with Download Card.