Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches

Happy MondaysReleased: 1990
Bought: HMV, Manchester, Unknown Year
Rating: 42

This’ll be quick.

I’ve never really liked the Happy Mondays and listening to this again hasn’t really changed my opinion. Maybe it’s due to living in Manchester and the massive over-exposure they’ve always had here, or maybe it’s down to the fact that the band’s sound is made up of a drunk addict rambling and shouting over a style of music that’s never appealed to me. I’ve just never understood why Shaun Ryder’s held up as a godlike figure among Manchester music fans – his voice is rotten and his lyrics aren’t that special either. Granted, there are some gems in there (“Son, I’m thirty, I only went with your mother cos she’s dirty”) but much of the rest resembles the mumblings of a madman.

“Step On” is a proper tune though.

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