Happy Mondays

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": madchester indie alternative new wave rock british britpop manchester Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Discography MusicMoz Wikipedia

Biography

Few debut records could lay claim to have had the impact (or length of title) of the Happy Mondays’ Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out). The sextet’s raw brand of urban folk, with Shaun Ryder’s accented, drawled vocals, was almost universally acclaimed. John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground, produced and gave the record a fresh, live feel. The original line-up remained unchanged (apart from the addition of backing singer Rowetta) from the band’s formation in Manchester, England, early in the 80s. Joining singer Ryder (23 August 1962, Little Hulton, Salford, Lancashire) was his brother, Paul Ryder (b. 24 April 1964; bass), Mark Day (b. 29 December 1961; guitar), Gary Whelan (b. 12 February 1966; drums), Paul Davis (b. 7 March 1966; keyboards) and Bez (b. Mark Berry, 18 April 1964, Manchester, England; percussion), the latter widely noted for his manic onstage antics and dancing. Martin...

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