Personalities | The Happy Mondays | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1980–93, 1999, 2004–10, 2012–present)

Led by vocalist Shaun Ryder, the band were at the forefront of the ‘Madchester’ scene. They appropriated licks from psychedelia, soul and hip hop to come up with a danceable brand of rock that reached its apotheosis on 1990’s Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches, which included UK Top 5s ‘Step On’ and ‘Kinky Afro’. The chaotic, drug-addled nature of the band meant the hits diminished, and when the Factory label subsided, Ryder moved on to form Black Grape.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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