Since I am listening to a lot of early 90s / late 80s music currently, and did an entire month of the Inspiral Carpets in January, I naturally came to this beauty this past week. A song that I remember bopping to at the Kes Club, in Glasgow in late 1988 (along with Elephant Stone (Stone Roses) and Gigantic (The Pixies) – What music!
At that time, very few knew of this, and of the coming Manchester explosion, though I had heard of the Mondays before, and believe (not sure) that they were on the C86 cassette (Is this correct?).
What I must say after hearing this after a LONG time, from the album Bummed , (on Spotify I might add, so Ryder and his pals will collect some money, however small), is the size of the guitars! Please keep in mind that their producer on this gem, was none other than Martin Hannett; who had also produced Joy Division, OMD and even the likes of the Durutti Column.
Let’s not beat around the bush here, these are not “indie” guitars, but full fledged 80s’ ones that are more akin to U2, Goths, Shriekback or even Killing Joke (but with casual clothing). They would pass with winkelpickers, Docs and white makeup, no problem!
Listen to this and forget about the reissue a few years later.