Happy Mondays Come To Carlisle

By Mike Proud

The Happy Monday’s debut alum Twenty Four Hour Party people turned 30 this year and to celebrate that and a host of top choons that followed, Madchester’s very own Happy Mondays are hitting carlisle on the 30th of November.

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Shaun Ryder gives the low down on Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out).

He said: “Squirrel and G-man were the keyboards parents, he was a cop and she looked like a squirrel. And the 24 hour party people with our plastic faces were us. That was back in the days when you could come up with good titles for an album.”

How old are you? Are you old enough? Old enough to remember thirty years ago when snow battered the UK, Margaret Thatcher was re-elected and Michael Fish said there wouldn’t be a storm. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom.

In a studio in London, six friends from manchester and an avant garde producer and one time ex violin and bass guitarist from The Velvet Underground, John Cage set out to make an album.

Walking into the studio not knowing what to expect, the album was recorded live, which perfectly captured the energy of a band steamrolling a scene in Manchester and beyond that would capture the zeitgeist of Madchester.

Shaun explained: “Standing in the vocal booth with a few cans of lager I was amazed by what sound you could get by hitting a can with a drumstick, it was that baby fascination days sort of thing”

Bright eyed and eager in the studio, the Mondays didn’t know how to take Cage, who obsessively ate tangerines and watched Channel 4 news.  Shaun said: “He must have thought that we were just a bunch of stoned idiots.

“We were dumped in London with £70 a piece to last a week. So… that was spent in the first five minutes on drugs.”

Flash forward thirty years, 5 albums, a few lineup changes, a jungle and a house here and there and the Mondays are back stronger than ever.

Shaun added: “We’re performing better than ever and I love getting together with the band, blasting out all our great tunes we’ve made together over the decades. It’s gonna be great.”

So dig out your Loose Fit, your Kinky Afro and Step On the Sands Centre on the 30th November for the Happy Mondays Twenty Four Hour Party People Greatest Hits tour. It’ll be banging!

Photos taken by Paul Husband

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