“Happy Mondays” is the British rock group, being one of the leaders of “The Manchester wave" (Madchester) at a boundary of the 1980s — 1990s. “Happy Mondays” was formed in 1985 in Manchester, Great Britain. The name of the group was thought up as an antonym of the song “Blue Monday” of their fellow countrymen “New Order”, whose leader — Bernard Sumner — was also a producer of the first recordings of the group in 1985 released on Factory Records.
About Happy Mondays
The Way to Glory
“Happy Mondays” was an embodiment of a dark side of the British rave culture at a boundary of the 80s and 90s. The take-off of “Happy Mondays” in many respects happens thanks to “New Order” - their way to glory began with the performances in the Manchester club “Hacienda”, which was owned by the participants of this group, and the vocalist Bernard Sumner was even a producer of “Freaky Dancing” left in 1986.
The Summer of Love
The summer of '88 became the first in the history known as “the summer of love” (in Berlin, such concept was not known). The fame of the musical team, embodying this movement, grew in the same way, and the second, more mature album of Mondays’, “Bummed” (1988) appeared in more favorable circumstances, though it didn't become a noticeable mainstream hit either.
The First Hit
The first “Happy Mondays” hit appeared in Top-40 was an EP under the name “Madchester Rave On”, the main single was “Hallelujah”, which was the overwound variant of a Christmas song from the generation of ecstasy. The word Madchester soon became a synonym of all the movement which also “The Stone Roses”, “The Inspiral Carpets”, “The Charlatans”, James, “Pop Will Eat Itself”, “The Farm” joined.
“Happy Mondays” and “The Stone Roses” performed together in Top of the Pops for the first time. England was finally ready to coming. The coming happened in 1990 with the release of a remake of the song of John Congo “He's Gonna Step On You Again”. “Happy Mondays” version was called just “Step On” and it immediately got to Top-5. It was followed by a single with impressively cynical track of “Kinky Afro”, with lines like “And I don't dig what you gotta say, so go on and say it”, also got in Top-5, and then he album, which is very precisely called “Pills'N'Thrills and Bellyaches”. The third single “Loose Fit” became a hit in Top-20.