25 years on from its release in November 1988, Happy Mondays’ sophomore album Bummed (Fac 220) still sounds extraordinary and unique.
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.
Due to demand a second Manchester show has been added The Ritz on 15th November and will go onsale Friday 19th July at 9am. Tickets will be available from www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051.
Support for Manchester will be special guests Big Unit.
15th The Ritz Manchester – new date added
21st Kings Hall Canterbury
22nd The Forum London
23rd The Ritz Manchester – SOLD OUT
25th UEA Norwich
28th O2 Academy Leicester
29th O2 Academy Newcastle
30th O2 Academy Leeds
1st O2 Academy Glasgow
4th The Forum Hertfordshire
5th O2 Academy Bournemouth
6th O2 Academy Birmingham
7th O2 Academy Liverpool
12th O2 Academy Sheffield
13th O2 Academy Oxford
14th O2 Academy Bristol