The hooligan exploits of the brothers Ryder, Shaun and Paul have already been documented in Michael Winterbottom's paean to all things rude and Mancuian, the 2002 film 24 Hour-Party People, and to hilarious effect, but what The Happy Mondays should most be remembered for, aside from Bez's dancing, is their music.
Like The Pixies or Joy Division, the Happy Mondays were always one of those bands that came just before my generation, something I was supposed to like, and could certainly name-drop like a speeding bullet, but never got around to actually listening to all that much. The film finally got me around to it, and now I see what all the fuss was about. The Happy Mondays were doing dancepunk when the members of !!! and The Rapture were still in diapers, and were a hell of a lot funkier too! So enjoy “Kinky Afro,” my favorite Happy Mondays song. Gichy gichy ya ya hey hey hey!
MP3: Disco Volante – Kinky Afro(Right-Click-Save-As)
1. Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro (3:59)2. Booker T & The MG's - Melting Pot (8:18)3. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?) (5:07)4. The Flaming Lips - Unmade Bed/No Quarter (Sonic Youth/Led Zeppelin Cover Live Session Version) (6:49)5. Big Sir - lisa's theme (4:43)6. Grizzly Bear - Knife (5:14)7. Bill Callahan - The Wind And The Dove (4:34)8. Margot & The Nuclear So and So's - Dress Me Like A Clown (4:37)9. Gong - Love Is How U Make It (3:30)10. Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestr - Mondo Mondo (3:13)11. Juliana Hatfield and Frank Smith - If Only We Were Dogs (4:03)12. The Twilight Singers - Fat City (Slight Return) (3:25)13. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Drake (3:54)14. Daryl Hall and John Oates - One on One (3:58)