Fri 6th Dec at 6:30pm
@ O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
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Bummed 25th Anniversary Tour: Happy Mondays
The legendary 'Madchester' band the Happy Mondays hit the road for a special UK tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic LP 'Bummed'.
Marrying dense funkadelic grooves with biting post-punk guitars and disorientating, eddying keyboards it makes for a vivid, unsettling, and elaborate whole. We hear slide guitar mixing with looped drum-machines, alongside sound clips from the film ‘Performance’ and half-inched Beatles melodies; all unified by Shaun Ryder's singular incantations of luck, lazyitis and fat lady wrestlers.
The importance of this record can't be overstated; Bummed propelled the Happy Mondays into the wider public eye, found them dominating Top Of The Pops and playing stadiums. Bummed is the crucial connector between indie and acid house of course, between rock and rave – just listen to the Vince Clarke remix of ‘Wrote For Luck’ (WFL) –
this is something daring and unheard of which changed the clubbing landscape of the country forever.
So exactly 25 years later we have a chance to hear this seminal and astonishing album played out in full; from the two stepping ‘Country Song to a meeting with ‘Mad Cyril’ and a heady dose of ‘Lazyitis’ along the way.
These performances are guaranteed to be unprecedented and phenomenal.
This event takes place at O2 Academy Birmingham, which has achieved Silver Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Originally signed to the influential Manchester label Factory Records, the Happy Mondays formed in 1980 with a sound that owed as much to northern soul and funk as it did rock and psychedelia. It was, however, the influence of the house music records beaming in from Chicago that had the most profound effect on the band.
In 1990 they released the 'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches' album which collided with the acid house and rave movement that had swept the UK, firmly putting The Happy Mondays on the map as one of the most inspiring bands to come out of England in the early 1990s. And 30 years on from their debut album 'Squirrel And G-Man....', Shaun, Bez and the gang continue to be 24 hour party people.
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