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Salford, Greater Manchester, U.K. (1985 – 1992, 1999 – 2000, 2004 – present)

Happy Mondays are an band formed in Salford, Greater Manchester, U.K. in 1985, notable for being a forerunner of the immensely popular movement (known as ‘’ for some groups) that mashed up , , , and other genres. Still touring to this day, the band is fronted by Shaun Ryder, who formed the band with his bass-playing brother Paul Ryder. The classic line-up for the rest of the band consisted of their friend Bez, who danced and played percussion, plus guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Although facing numerous challenges from drug abuse to label-related meddling, causing the band’s recorded output and touring to be sporadic, they have had massive influence among genre-bending and groups such as EMF, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, and many others.

There are several theories about why the Happy Mondays are called what they are. One is that the band’s name refers to what Manchester’s unemployed population called the day that welfare checks were issued, or that simply they didn’t have to go back to work on Mondays unlike the poor working sods. However, Shaun Ryder did remark in an interview with drug smuggler Howard Marks that the name Happy Mondays was merely a quick solution to naming the band and bears no real relevance at all. Despite fan speculation, he name has no connection with the song “Blue Monday” by band New Order, as the Mondays were together and had named the band before this song was released.


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  • xfridaytha13thx


    17 Jun 8:18am Reply
  • McBlood_857

    Охуенная музыка. 1й альбом охуенен

    21 May 8:53pm Reply
  • Kyonil


    7 May 7:36am Reply
  • www888666888

    первые альбомы - шедевры наркокультуры

    14 Apr 9:42pm Reply
  • Raddi27


    6 Mar 4:03am Reply
  • ifnedmerrillwas

    S.Ryder's lyrics can be at times, immediate and silver-tongued, but at times seem not joined; yet flow, abstract, cascading like streams through yer ears, and nearly always genius. True spokesman for the hoi polloi, proles, the unskilled, blue collar types, that knew knew the score with their dealt lot in life, being thoughtful sometimes insightful lads and lasses this likely leading to the escapism of the times: large consumption of ecstasy and dancing at the weekends, whether they were indie kids or ravers. Warning, also assumed to be understood by some, mainly middle class hipsters with wispy taches or full mountain men beards or just skinny cunts in suit jackets smoking pipes and contemplating the sexual orientation of certain female characters in the novels of Jane Austin.

    9 Feb 8:38am Reply
  • cornhorses

    the band guys should take slow doses of lamotrigine to keep calm, it works for me...

    9 Feb 2:44am Reply
  • cornhorses


    7 Feb 10:11pm Reply
  • RSoldado


    24 Jan 4:14pm Reply
  • rusibat


    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • wheresyourblues

    ебанутые какие-то, но мне нравится.

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • suddenoak

    второй альбом говно

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MskLvr_

    экзистенциальные ребята

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • weinglass

    Shaun reminds me of Gabriel Byrne.

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Cylob

    What are the essential albums of the Madchester era? Join the debate!

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    второй альбом очень крут, вообще очень их любил когда-то

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Cylob

    Bez is the best at what exactly? Ah yes, the cocktail sausage in mouth record.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HarryDwyer

    Bez is the best!

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Cylob

    Partake in the "I Love You But I've Chosen Madchester" 100 anthems list. It's better than counting the cracks in the floor.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • auggiepigeon

    gopniki indeed

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
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