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Happy Mondays

Excess all areas – a biography

by Simon Spence

Aurum Press
Hardback, paperback and e-book

 ‘Happy Mondays are the best group in Manchester’ Ian Brown

In 1985, when the Happy Mondays exploded onto the Manchester music scene like a Molotov cocktail, no one had heard anything like them before. As they developed into the face of the Acid House ‘Madchester’ movement, critics ranked them alongside The Velvet Underground and Sex Pistols as cultural lightning rods, and that was just for the music.

The stories of their excesses are the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend: the overdoses, fights on stage, the death threats, the gangsters, the stabbings and shootings in the studio. Yet this seemingly unhinged and uncontrollable band – encouraged by their equally crazed benefactors at Factory Records – transformed British music forever, leaving behind five infectious albums of unparalleled dirt and delight.

Twenty-five years after their breakthrough appearance on Top of the Pops, in November 1989, Simon Spence, the acclaimed biographer of The Stone Roses: War and Peace tells the story of how the Happy Mondays came to provide the soundtrack to Britain’s last great youth movement. Based on extensive interviews with the band and key associates and including 30 unseen photographs, many from the band’s own private collection, he reveals the truth behind the mythic stories that ensured their outlaw reputation, and unravels the chaos that led to the group’s ultimate implosion and the tragic collapse of Factory Records.

A riotous mix of pills, thrills and joyous chart hits, this is the untold story of Britain’s greatest rock ’n’ roll gang.

Praise for The Stone Roses: War and Peace

‘A comprehensive, no-holds-barred account … Spence details with steely, forensic precision the story of the group’s ascent, heyday and spectacular implosion. All the triumphs and disasters are here.’ The Sunday Times

‘A forensic, detailed and beautifully researched history of The Stone Roses … full of new stuff.’ John Harris, bestselling author of The Last Party

‘An era-defining, definitive biography.’ Q Magazine

SIMON SPENCE is a music journalist who experienced the Madchester scene at first hand. He has written for NME, The Face, the Independent, Q and the Guardian. He collaborated with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham on the memoirs Stoned and 2Stoned and won further acclaim for his 2012 biography of The Stone Roses, War and Peace. His latest book is Still Breathing: The True Adventures of The Donnelly Brothers. He reviewed the Mondays’ most famous UK gig, at Leeds’ Elland Road, for the NME.

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Lost Mondays album

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 8 tracks, recorded post-Yes Please and prior to band split in 93.

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 Delightful – Unheard demo 1983, ‘Bungalow’ tape

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 BUNGALOW TAPE: recorded late 1983. Again, this has been professionally recovered.

BOOK EXTRACT: Derek next recorded the band ‘as a booster’. He hired an expensive four-track reel-to-reel recorder for the day and set it up in Shaun and Paul’s nana’s bungalow in Swinton. This recording, known as ‘the Bungalow tape’, was only ever intended to be heard by the band and their pals. ‘I had Gary in the bedroom, microphone on the top of the wardrobe on a stand hanging over his entire kit,’ said Derek. ‘Paul was in the hall with his bass. Moose was in the kitchen. All the doors were open so they could see one another. Shaun was in the living room with PD.’ Six tracks were recorded: ‘Delightful’, ‘The Egg’ (named after Paul’s car), ‘Hold Back the Night’, ‘The Happy Side of You’, ‘New Day’ and ‘These Words of Mine’. The bass dominated, Shaun demanded heavy echo and reverb on his voice, and Day indulged himself in long guitar solos but, with the first two tracks particularly, there was something unmistakably original and deeply promising about this earliest recording. ‘I think Gaz was in the toilet with his drum kit,’ said Paul. ‘We were all in different rooms of this bungalow but we managed to pull it off.’

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MORE earliest ever recordings 1981- Mondays cover Depeche Mode

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Recorded on a cassette player in the attic at Mark Day’s parents home in Swinton and transferred to a digital format and cleaned up  in a professional studio. The band were called either Something in the Attic or Avant-Garde at the time and the line-up would have been: Paul Ryder on bass, Shaun Ryder on vocal and Mark Day on guitar. This is before  drummer Gary Whelan joined the band in early 1982 (keyboardist Paul Davis joined the following year) and the three Mondays are still playing with a drum machine – Derek Ryder’s Korg Mini Pops.This tape is remarkable rare and already three songs from it have been debuted on this site http://www.excessallareas.org.uk/band/earliest-ever-recordings/ Here now is a segment (the only surviving evidence) of the band’s fabled cover version of Depeche Mode’s What’s Your Name? an ultra-pop and camp track written by Vince Clarke from the Basildon band’s debut 1981 album Speak & Spell. The other track has no title. Please do not copy and reproduce this material. If you cannot help yourself please credit this website. More material will be posted in coming days. Cheers to Bigg T and all the fans who are hungry to hear more.
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What’s Your Name?

 

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Unheard demo 1983

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The Happy Side of You: recorded late 1983. Again, this has been professionally recovered. Other tracks from this rare demo to come.EXTRACT: Derek next recorded the band ‘as a booster’. He hired an expensive four-track reel-to-reel recorder for the day and set it up in Shaun and Paul’s nana’s bungalow in Swinton. This recording, known as ‘the Bungalow tape’, was only ever intended to be heard by the band and their pals. ‘I had Gary in the bedroom, microphone on the top of the wardrobe on a stand hanging over his entire kit,’ said Derek. ‘Paul was in the hall with his bass. Moose was in the kitchen. All the doors were open so they could see one another. Shaun was in the living room with PD.’ Six tracks were recorded: ‘Delightful’, ‘The Egg’ (named after Paul’s car), ‘Hold Back the Night’, ‘The Happy Side of You’, ‘New Day’ and ‘These Words of Mine’. The bass dominated, Shaun demanded heavy echo and reverb on his voice, and Day indulged himself in long guitar solos but, with the first two tracks particularly, there was something unmistakably original and deeply promising about this earliest recording. ‘I think Gaz was in the toilet with his drum kit,’ said Paul. ‘We were all in different rooms of this bungalow but we managed to pull it off.’
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Earliest ever recordings 1981

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A tape has emerged of the earliest ever Happy Mondays recordings cut in 1981: a Maxwell C30 with the inscription ‘Ringo And The Boys’ believed to be Shaun’s handwriting. It was recorded on a cassette player in the attic at Mark Day’s parents home in Swinton and has been transferred to a digital format and cleaned up  in a professional studio. The band were called either Something in the Attic or Avant-Garde at the time and the line-up would have been: Paul Ryder on bass, Shaun Ryder on vocal and Mark Day on guitar. This is before  drummer Gary Whelan joined the band in early 1982 (keyboardist Paul Davis joined the following year) and the three Mondays are still playing with a drum machine – Derek Ryder’s Korg Mini Pops.The three songs here do not have titles. Certainly the first two are originals. The third shows the influence of Joy Division on the band at this time – with the bass line similar if not the same as Disorder from Unknown Pleasures – or maybe it is a cover version?This is an extract from the book: ‘We’d go on for hours with this little square drum machine going,’ said Day. ‘We would just jam. Horse would keep repeating a bass line he made up and I’d get ideas. I’d tape what we did and in my spare time I’d listen back to it and try and improve my guitar part or come up with new parts – we didn’t have names for these songs we made up, so we called it whatever was the common denominator that we could remember it by – like “Phase Song”.’The tape is remarkable rare and there are other songs on it – including the band’s fabled cover version of Depeche Mode’s What’s Your Name? from the band’s debut 1981 album Speak & Spell. Please do not copy and reproduce this material. If you cannot help yourself please credit this website. More material will be posted in coming days. Cheers to Bigg T and all the fans who are hungry to hear more.
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LIve – high quality film – G-Mex Centre 1990

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‘The whole was always greater than the sum of the parts.’ Shaun Ryder

EXTRACT: Back in Manchester, a pair of bootleggers and ticket touts had organised their biggest ever shows – two sold-out nights (24 and 25 March) at the 10,000-capacity G-Mex Centre, with the strapline ‘The rave is on’. The pair, John ‘the phone’ Kenyon and Jimmy Sherlock, aka Muffin, were also now handling the band’s official merchandise. McGough had reasoned that if he gave the bootleg- gers the ‘in’ – legitimate merchandise sold inside the venue – they would cut the band in on the ‘out’ – the bootleg merchandise sold outside. Kenyon and Sherlock thought all their Christmases had come at once, and had taken the opportunity and run with it. The band thought Sherlock and Kenyon had been lunatics in trying to organise the one night first advertised at G-Mex, and had no con- ception of how Madchester was now being received around the country, pumped up by regular blasts on the radio of ‘Step On’. The pair had sold many of the tickets to coach companies around the UK who organised packages to all the big shows, and much to the band’s disbelief quickly added a second night – which followed the first and sold out. ‘That jump from your regular club to a night in G-Mex, the biggest venue in town, was enormous,’ said Paul. ‘I thought it was madness,’ said Whelan. ‘It was weird.’
Even weirder to look out from the stage and see a sea of young fans in the band’s T-shirts, baggy jeans, many of them copying Shaun’s ‘curtains’, his long centre-parted hair (which he referred to as his David Cassidy haircut). ‘We just thought it was a fashion change, not the influence of the bands,’ said Whelan. ‘We didn’t feel part of a movement.’
In the venue the band had spent time and money installing a vast sound system, one of the biggest ever put together, and a lighting rig. Even on stage they had installed a full-sized PA system because, said Paul, ‘we had to be able to feel it and hear it quite loud for us to get into it’. The atmosphere in the venue was rapturous. ‘I took a lot of drink and drugs before we went on,’ said Paul. ‘I used to have four pint-pots each half full of vodka topped up with grapefruit juice, so that’s two pints of vodka, and I’d do that during the show. So I was drinking quite a lot – and the cocaine was quite a lot. I used to make myself sick so I could get more alcohol down. I got to the point of feeling invincible.’

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Bailey Brothers, Happy Mondays videos

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DELETED SCENES: The Bailey Bothers, Jobling and Shotton, who the Mondays dubbed Tyne and Wear [they were both Newcastle-born], were directing the video. Wilson had loved the promo they shot for 24 Hour Party People and had been further enthused by the Bailey Brothers’ idea of making a music-driven feature film called Mad Fuckers! about Manchester car thieves with starring roles planned for Vini Reilly, Peter Hook and the Mondays. It was decided the video shoot for Wrote For Luck was also a chance to shoot scenes for movie. Shaun, like Wilson, loved the idea of making a movie. ‘You could talk to Shaun about a film you think no one else has every seen and Shaun’s got two copies of it,’ said Jobling. ‘He would quote dialogue. The Mondays were full of interesting stuff they just didn’t show it to anyone. It was like a private thing. Shaun had tons and tons of stuff to play with. They were more intelligent than you would have given them credit for from the outside. They put a bit of a facade up. They also had a tremendous sense of humour about that they were doing. They really, really had a laugh. They were pulling each other’s legs all the time, taking the piss out of one another constantly, there was a genuine enjoyment about what they did.’

Happy Mondays – Hallelujah

Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People

Happy Mondays – Wrote For Luck

Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro

Happy Mondays – Step on

Happy Mondays – Stinkin Thinkin

Happy Mondays – Loose Fit

Happy Mondays – Clap Your Hands

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Unheard songs

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83/4 Delightful, Happy Side of You, Hold Back the Night, New Day, These Words of Mine

91 Billy The Fish

92/3 No Mans, Anus, Opportunity Knows, Jam 7, Tron, Walking The Dog, Dirty Bitch, Did You Ever

82 What’s Your Name? (Depeche Mode cover) plus four more…

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Hanging

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P1010324P1010333Malcolm McLaren hangs the Happy Mondays for his film the Ghosts of Oxford Street, 1991. The band recording a version of the Bee Gees Staying Alive for the soundtrack. We wanted to use these images in the book but could not trace the photographer  Frazer Orsi

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Articles

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A selection from the archives of Bigg T.

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Dust

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Earliest ever shot of band on the dust jacket – first look. Image courtesy Mark Day.

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 PD Scrapbook

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Rip off

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Happy MondaysMatt Carroll, of Central Station Design: rip off of our style or what. why dont you ask them if we could do the cover, at least that way you could use the real mondays logo – which is copy right. can you please get the publishers to send me a 2 copies of the book lookin forward to readin it.
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Adverts

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Mark Day’s photos

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’89 American Tour

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Topless! All photos courtesy of Andrew Hardy, more from this tour (with The Pixies) in book.

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Simon’s odds

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Dancin’ at Fannies

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Mondays collectable: any info on this appreciated.A request from down under to place value on this item: a framed record –  Promotional Use Only – Step On (US Dub Mix) with plaque ‘Your Dancin’ at Fannies – Fannies Tavern 1991′Inscription on back: To Matt…   possibly Carroll?20161112_11034020161112_11032820161112_11034520161112_111814
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Press cuttings from Shug

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Thanks to Shug Sludden for these cuttings. 
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Rare press archive

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Many more press clippings from this personal archive available to see here:

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Competition winners

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There were over 200 entries 

178 were correct

The five winners of the signed book competition:

Alberto Brando, from San Diego, California 

Laura King from Edinburgh

Steven Sidebottom, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire 

Nathan Ackerley from Conwy, North Wales 

Floyd Varey from Sowerby Bridge, Halifax

The correct answers were : JOHN CALE, MARTIN HANNETT, STEVE OSBORNE & PAUL OAKENFOLD, CHRIS FRANTZ & TINA WEYMOUTH

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and congratulations to the winners. The books will be posted out shortly.

PREVIOUS POST: On Friday [24 October] we sent out an email to a large number of Happy Mondays fans, offering them a chance to win 5 books signed and inscribed by the author. There has been an overwhelming response. Winners will be selected at random on 30 October, the day of the book’s official release. If you’re feeling lucky you can still enter the competition here http://campaigns.bootroom.com/t/r-4D663743F4734B902540EF23F30FEDED

Meanwhile  there have been some interesting stories attached to the entries.

Nanci Gregory at dna Model Management in New York wrote: I am the biggest Happy Mondays on this side of the pond. If you want to see my BEZ tattoo let me know ~ he ‘sharpied’ my arm @ an after party 2 years ago in Camden and I had it tatted over the following afternoon.

Melissa Legler, also American, wrote: I saw the Happy Mondays in 09 in Columbus, Ohio. American, I figured it’d be my last chance to ever see them live. I drove 6 or so hours w/ my sister from Pittsburgh to Columbus. It was a phenomenal show. They opened for the Psychedelic Furs. I’m not a fan of the Furs, we went strictly for the Mondays. Got to meet all of the band, except Shaun. We got an autograph from Shaun, but since I didn’t see him sign it, I am skeptical. I’d love to know if it was really him, or not. Good times, thanks for reminding me 😉

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More Ts

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T-shirts 2 – Martin Wason

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Thanks to Martin Wason for these. Some of the Mondays Ts are becoming pretty collectible now. Bigg T saw a Pills one on ebay ‘go for about £45 and then a Fat Lady Wrestler one went for over £50’. 

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Front covers

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Originally intended to be included in the book as an indication of the sudden burst of fame in 1990 and Shaun’s (and Bez’s) elevation from the band. If we missed any please let us know.

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Cassettes

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A collection of rare demo cassettes, or early mixes – including the ‘unfinished symphony’, the band’s final 92 into 93 recordings. Blistered Rabbi (here misspelt by the band) was PD’s nickname for their first manager Phil Saxe. All courtesy of Bigg T apart from the top maxwell c30 cassette (from Mark Day’s collection). The maxwell c30 is a recording from a 1982 rehearsal – Shaun, Paul, Mark and a drum machine; the ‘So Pretty?’ refers to a cover (more reworking) of the Depeche Mode song What’s Your Name? from their 1981 debut album Speak & Spell. Come back soon to here some of the material on these rare cassettes. If you have any similar cassettes please send.

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Live 1987

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31/01/1987 Manchester Boardwalk – pics courtesy of Phil Grunshaw

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Band T-shirts

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Ultimate Gigography Part 1

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This list was published in the hardback version of the book and can be altered for the paperback version due out next year.Thanks already to Chris Burke who pointed out that  ‘the date played by the band in Barrow-In-Furness on the 07/06/1986 is listed in the Gigography at the back of the book as “Venue Unknown”. Just to let you know that the venue was The Soccer Bar in the Bluebird Club.’Gigography/Discography1983September: Wardley Community Centre24 October: Blackpool, GPO Social Club198415 March: Manchester, The Gallerydate unknown: Manchester, The Hacienda, The Hometown Gig11 December: Manchester, The Hacienda, The Year’s Best of the Hometown Gig (cancelled)198527 January: Leeds, Tiffany’s, supporting New Order17 April: Salford University, Maxwell Hall, supporting New Order19 April: Macclesfield Leisure Centre, supporting New Order27 July: Manchester, International, supporting Flag of ConvenienceSeptember: Forty Five 12 ̋ single: ‘Delightful’, ‘This Feeling’, ‘Oasis’21 September: Manchester, Belle Vue Stadium, Cumberland Suite, supporting A Certain Ratio27 October: Manchester, Corbieres, with The Weeds3 November: London, Clarendon Hotel Ballroom, with Section 25/ Stockholm Monsters (cancelled)3 December: Manchester, The Hacienda, supporting New Order

 

1986

20 February: Hull University, supporting The Colourfield

21 February: Reading University, supporting The Colourfield

22 February: Leicester University, supporting The Colourfield

1 March: Newcastle University, supporting The Colourfield

18 March: Manchester, Ritz, supporting A Certain Ratio

28 March: Brighton Centre, supporting New Order

1 April: Peel session – ‘Kuff Dam’, ‘Freaky Dancin’’, ‘Olive Oil’, ‘Cob 20’

6 April: Manchester, Boardwalk

7 June: ‘Freaky Dancin’’/‘The Egg’ 7 ̋ and 12 ̋ single

7 June: Barrow-in-Furness, venue unknown

12 July: Hull, Adelphi

15 July: Manchester, PSV club, supporting James

17 July: Manchester, Rafters, with The Weeds/Easterhouse

21 July: Liverpool, Bootle Fire Station

23 July: London Kennington Oval, The Cricketers

26 July: London Hammersmith, Clarendon Hotel Ballroom, supporting The Weather Prophets

10 August: Manchester, Boardwalk, supporting Julian Cope

27 August: London Covent Garden, Rock Garden August: Leicester, Fan Club

12 September: Blackburn, Windsor Suite, with The Railway Children

30 September: Leicester, Fan Club, supporting The Weather Prophets

2 October: Birmingham, Tower Ballroom, supporting New Order

3 October: Malvern, Winter Gardens, supporting New Order

7 October: Leeds, supporting The Weather Prophets

8 October: Leeds, Adam & Eves 9 October: London Ladbroke Grove, Bay 63, with Blurt, The Young Gods

10 October: Edinburgh, Hoochie Club

11 October: Hull, venue unknown

16 October: Rochdale, Tiffs, supporting The Bodines

31 October: Blackburn, King George’s Hall, supporting A Certain Ratio

December: Hull, venue unknown

 

1987

31 January: Manchester, Boardwalk

22 February: London Camden, Black Horse

March: ‘Tart Tart’/‘Little Matchstick Owen’s Rap’ 12 ̋ single

April: Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) album

18 April: Blackburn, Top Hat

20 April: Manchester, International II, supporting The Fall, The Bodines

23 April: London, Rock Garden

24 April: Liverpool & Merseyside Trade Union and Resource Centre

1 May: Liverpool, Upstairs at the Picket, supporting The Farm

3 May: London Camden, Black Horse

12 May: Stoke, Shelleys

15 May: Brighton, Zap Club

16 May: Cardiff Polytechnic, supporting The Weather Prophets

17 May: Cheltenham, Humphreys, supporting The Weather Prophets

18 May: Liverpool University

19 May: Bristol, Bierkeller, supporting The Weather Prophets

20 May: Leeds Warehouse, supporting The Weather Prophets, The Bodines

21 May: London, Astoria, supporting The Bodines

22 May: Wolverhampton Polytechnic

23 May: Hull University

28 May: Manchester, The Hacienda

29 May: Middleton, Civic Hall

6 June: London Finsbury Park, supporting New Order, A Certain Ratio and The Railway Children

9 June: Glasgow, Barrowlands, supporting New Order

3 July: Aldershot, The West End Centre

13 July: Glasgow, venue unknown

15 July: New York, Limelight

20 July: London Camden, Dingwalls

7 August: Manchester, Platt Fields, free concert

13 August: Manchester, Boardwalk

5 October: London, Portlands

7 October: Leicester, Princess Charlotte

8 October: Cambridge Technical College

9 October: Northampton, Roadmenders Club

10 October: Sheffield, Leadmill

15 October: Liverpool University

16 October: Manchester University, Solem bar

19 October: Nottingham, Trent Polytechnic

20 October: Newcastle Riverside

21 October: Hull, Adelphi

26 October: London Camden, Dingwalls

October: ‘24 Hour Party People’/‘Yahoo’/‘Wah Wah (Think Tank)’ 12 ̋ single

10 December: Warrington, Legends

11 December: Manchester, International II

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Shaun

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Rocker SHAUN RYDER has blasted his HAPPY MONDAYS bandmates for collaborating on a book about the group when they could have made a fortune by writing their own.

The frontman’s bass-playing brother Paul Ryder, guitarist Mark Day, and drummer Gary Whelan spoke to author Simon Spence for his 2014 history of the hard-living band, titled Excess All Areas.

However, Ryder, who released his own autobiography in 2012, can not understand why they ‘gave away’ their recollections of the group’s heyday when they could have used his book publishing deal to release their own memoir, and he is now determined to push ahead for a “proper” biography of the band.

He tells Q magazine, “There is a plan to do a proper Mondays book. That pile of c**p that came out recently, we won’t even go there, but I couldn’t believe members of my band were talking to this guy when I’ve got a f**king international worldwide publishing deal. Why talk to that guy when you can do your own f**king book and you lot, the rest of the Mondays, could get a cheque for the rest of your life instead of talking to some guy and getting nothing?”

http://new-magazine.co.uk/latestnews/view/68786/Shaun-Ryder-blasts-bandmates-over-memoir

http://www.hollywood.com/general/shaun-ryder-blasts-bandmates-over-memoir-60257232/

http://www.contactmusic.com/shaun-ryder/news/shaun-ryder-blasts-bandmates-over-memoir_4700409

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Paul

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End of the month sees the new Happy Monday’s bio released; Excess All Areas by Simon Spence, did it feel like enough time had passed to finally put your, and the bands side of the Mondays out there? 

Paul – Well over the years I’ve been asked a few times to contribute to books on the band, but I never wanted to do it, I just didn’t think it was the right time, you know. But this one did, the author Simon was in the right place at the right time. And he assured us it wasn’t going to be another crazy drug story, a load of nonsense like the others have been. So I spent 3 hours a day for 5 days doing the interviews down the phone with him, he got a lot of information out of it which hopefully might set a lot of things straight regarding the bands history. A lot of the other books that have been published were just built on lies and accusations really, there isn’t a Mondays book out there which is correct, not until Simon came along.

http://louderthanwar.com/paul-ryderhappy-mondays-interview-about-cancer-charity-new-book-and-band-plans-and-more/

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First look at the book for Paul Ryder. He supplied many unseen pictures for it alongside the countless hours he spent being interviewed. The dedication page signed by Paul, Mark, Bez and Gary. Both pictures courtesy of Phil Grunshaw.

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‘Brilliant book’ – Mark Day

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mark praiseMark Day’s verdict on the book. Mark gave several interviews for the book, supplied many unseen photos and paperwork.
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Acknowledgements

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This book is based on interviews conducted in 2013 and 2014 and would not have been possible without the incredibly generous amounts of time afforded me, separately, by Gary Whelan, Paul Ryder and Mark Day. Huge thanks also to Keith Jobling, who introduced and recommended me to the Mondays, and to Pat Carroll and brothers Anthony and Christopher Donnelly, for their early encouragement. Special thanks go to Phil Saxe, Nathan McGough and Derek Ryder, who were all equally generous with their time. Industry heavyweights Clive Black, Steve Osborne, Nicki Kefalas and Marc Geiger also gave up precious time thanks to their longstanding admiration for the Mondays. Tracey Donnelly, David Young, Andrew Berry and Andrew Hardy all made invaluable contributions. Thanks too to Alan Erasmus, Rowetta, Paul Davis, Phil Grunshaw and Matt Carroll. And huge thanks to Anthony Young (aka T), who allowed me complete access to his astonishing Mondays archive.Further thanks to Mark Day, Paul Ryder, Tracey Donnelly, Andrew Hardy, Peter Walsh, and T for supplying photographs and imagery, and to Joe Henry at Glastonbury to Paris magazine for liaising with Alan McGee. 
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PD doodles

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P1000599PD was an accomplished artist. He designed a colour poster advertising the band’s 1984 gig at The Gallery featuring his own caricatures of the band. ‘He went around Manchester putting them up with decorator’s paste,’ said Paul Ryder. These doodles, spotted on private paperwork in the collection of Mark Day, are circa 1991.

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12,000 Chords

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‘Mark’s a genius as far as I’m concerned,’ said Derek. ‘He is one of the most underrated guitarists. You try and work out what he’s playing on those tracks. He had a book with thousands of guitar chords in it and he knew every one of them and he invented some more himself. He really worked at it, sat there cross-legged on the floor working out parts, overdubs, everything.’ Day said he strove to find something different to enhance each song and would flick through the book, dropping in a chord at random to try it out. That’s how he came up with the guitar melody for a new song that Paul and Whelan were working into a Funkadelic-style workout, ‘Freaky Dancin’’, a song that would become a band favourite. ‘An inversion of a major seventh, slide into a major ninth trying to get it funky,’ Day said.

The above paragraph is from the Excess All Areas. Pictured is the actual guitar chord book owned by Mark.