Happy Mondays – Squirrel & G-Man…

ARTIST: Happy Mondays              220px-Squirrel_and_G-Man

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

YEAR RELEASED: 1987

CHART ACTION: #4 UK Indie

SINGLES: Tart Tart (#13 UK Indie), 24 Hour Party People (#10 UK Indie)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Kuff Dam

LINEUP: Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Paul Davis, Gary Whelan, Mark Day, Bez

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from the infamous “Madchester” standard bearer has some interesting grooves, but Shaun Ryder’s voice is kind of…off putting to say the least.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Mind you, they probably were under the influence of something, but musically the Happy Mondays knew how to find a groove and keep it in the pocket. Paul Ryder, Mark Day, Paul Davis and Gary Whelan all do their jobs well for the most part here.

Then there’s Shaun Ryder’s vocals, which seem to be wildly in and out of tune, and sometimes sounds like he’s shouting at the microphone. Some people have gone for Ryder’s vocalizations, but they leave me a bit out of it.

They became a sensation in the UK, and started a whole scene revolving around dancing and drugs, but that’d wait until the next, better records.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: A song, “Desmond”, was on the album but had to be yanked as it blatantly ripped off “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, an extra cut on some releases.

GRADE: C+: I’m keeping this, for now, because of the grooves. I may exile some later.

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