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Happy Mondays, the

David Buckley

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.46599

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English rock group. It was formed in Manchester in 1985 by Shaun Ryder (b Little Hulton, Lancs., 23 Aug 1962; vocals), Paul Ryder (b Manchester, 24 April 1964; bass guitar), Gaz (Gary Whelan; b Manchester, 12 Feb 1966; drums), Paul Davis (b 7 March 1966; keyboards) and Bez (Mark Berry; b Manchester, 1964; percussion and dancing). The Happy Mondays made an important contribution to the development of popular music in the UK. They were one of the first indie groups to recognize the potential in contemporary dance music, and fused the rhythms of hip hop and acid house with minimal rock grooves. Ryder's half-spoken, sneering Mancunian accentuation was instantly recognizable on songs such as Wrote for Luck (1988), which became an instant classic in the independent charts. By 1990 the band was one of the most successful UK indie acts with its seminal album, Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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