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Lost Mondays album

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

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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’… Read more »

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… Read more »

Unheard songs

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Unheard tapes: 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…  

Hanging

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Malcolm 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

Articles

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        A selection from the archives of Bigg T.

Dust

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