Release date
4 Sep 2006
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Country Song 3:23 14,333
2 Moving In With 3:36 13,193
3 Mad Cyril 4:34 28,200
4 Fat Lady Wrestlers 3:24 12,695
5 Performance 4:08 12,334
6 Brain Dead 3:10 12,946
7 Wrote For Luck 6:04 21,688
8 Bring A Friend 3:44 11,151
9 Do It Better 2:28 12,114
10 Lazyitis 2:48 14,507

About this album

Artist: Happy Mondays

Album: Bummed

Release Date: Nov 1988

Format: CD Deluxe Edition


Only a year after the intermittently thrilling Squirrel & G-Man, Happy Mondays snapped into focus on its sophomore album, 1988’s Bummed. “Focus” is an odd word for the persistently addled, violently hedonistic Mondays, yet Bummed has its own peculiar drug logic, loping into view with the two-stepping “Country Song,” a cut so twisted it goes far beyond irony, then settling into the dense groove of “Moving in With,” its hook buzzing and circling, causing a cacophony. Such vivid, concrete textures are a hallmark of producer Martin Hannett, the Mancunian legend who has been brought on board to give the Happy Mondays direction by doing the opposite of what he did with Joy Division. His production for Unknown Pleasures was stark, austere, but Bummed is all smeared colors and harsh edges, a fistful of razors and menace cutting viciously into the subconscious. This is nasty, nightmarish music delivered with a lascivious leer by Shaun Ryder, a hallucinatory accidental poet portrayed on the album’s garish cover as some kind of harlot put out to pasture. Decadence has rarely sounded as dangerous as it did in the hands of the Mondays and this is where they reveled in that debauchery, pumping out stiff psychedelic funk as Ryder spat out rhymes of luck, lazyitis and fat lady wrestlers. Hannett’s bright, brittle production amplifies everything

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  • FakePlasticDick

    Their best

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Skygazer1

    Fun, fun record....

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Turnersmemo

    My fave Mondays album seein em soon in Manchester.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • geniusmover

    I like this, turn it up

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • IAJP

    was martin hannets in anyway connected to the fellow mancunian producer martin hannett?

    4 Dec 2010 Reply
  • gunn26

    My favourite album of all time, and i'm 18. I cannot imagine someone giving this a proper listen and not falling in love with it. Talfred, you're a cunt. An old cliche, but this puts so so many bands currently gracing the NME to shame. Performance (especially), Bring A Friend and Mad Cyril are incredible songs, Country Song and Lazyitis are equally hypnotic. 11/10.

    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • reality_bite

    Best Mondays record by a mile - makes their later stuff sound shite.

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • LeftCoastRyda

    Talfred is a cunt. Classic record.

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • iyers

    You're rendering that scaffolding dangerous!

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • khambrel13

    talfred, neck an "e" and that'll get you right in tune. also repeated viewings of the film "Performance" will help. it's the film much of the samples and song titles are nicked from. this lp is my "Parklife", yet much better. i'm one sepo who gets it.

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • HodarCobra

    Talfred - you sound like shit. Your words make my ears fall off. Why come on here and dis an lp you have no connection with as if your word is so great, you muppet. This lp is wicked BECAUSE it sounds shit, it sums up a certain time in Britain up here in the North, the lyrics are dark and funny, I fucking love it.

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • talfred

    This record sounds like shit... I don't know how anybody can listen to this record, it sounds so fucking dated, nothing good about it. My ears fall off when Shaun Ryder opens his mouth. The worst album from the worst madchester band. Happy Mondays is a highly overrated band. Sadly this was one of the last records Martin Hannets produced. His production can't save the bad songs here. Stay away for your own sake.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • hardwareltd

    Best album ever, no bad song, great lyrics, everything in its right place.

    20 Nov 2008 Reply
  • rkellyphoto

    love this album

    3 Nov 2008 Reply
  • tracey1970

    I love this album, Fat Lady Wrestlers is my favorite the lyrics are brilliant.

    22 Oct 2008 Reply
  • zeno_izen

    This is a great record. I wish there were some full tracks here. Does Yoko Ono own this or something?

    9 Jun 2008 Reply
  • vanitycentral

    Do It Better is the best song here. Followed very closely by WFL and Moving In With.

    18 May 2008 Reply
  • road_to_ruin

    Great album, Lazy itis and moving in with are my favourites.

    31 Dec 2007 Reply

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