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Documentary: Madchester – The Sound of the North

To understand why Jake and I went to Manchester, take a peek at this documentary from Granada Television that focuses on the Madchester sound.

Madchester – The Sound of the North (part 1 of 8)

Madchester – The Sound of the North (part 2 of 8)

Madchester – The Sound of the North (part 3 of 8)

Parts 4 through 8 after the jump…

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Come As You Are…To the Hacienda

The Hacienda, ManchesterIt seems silly now, ludicrous even, but at the time I swear it was not only plausible…it almost worked.

In December 1991 I flew to the UK to meet up with Jake, who was on foreign study in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was my first solo foray out of the country and the realization of a lifelong Anglophile dream. The foundation of my friendship with Jake was based on our mutual love for The Beatles, and by extension, British musical culture. Our obsession for the Fabs morphed into an obsession with The Smiths and eventually Madchester bands like The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays. High on our list of tour stops was Manchester, the home to so many of our heroes.

“Oh, Manchester, so much to answer for…”

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Bez Done Broke

According to the NME, The Happy Mondays sideman has declared bankruptcy for the SECOND TIME. First of all, who would lend money to Bez at all? I mean, the dude dances and shakes maracas for a living. Second, who would lend money to Bez after he’d decalred bankruptcy? Third, what the fuck happened to Shaun Ryder? Fourth, Bez is sporting an awesome shirt in the photo accompanying the NME article.

Drop acid, not bombs!

DROP ACID, NOT BOMBS

Fun with Forkast, Round VI

Another round of mp3s featured on Forkast recently…

Happy Mondays – “Jelly Bean” [fr0k]

Arthur & Yu – “Come to View (A Song for Neil Young)” from In Camera; due June 19 on Hardly Art [fr0k]

The New Pornographers – “My Rights Versus Yours” from Challengers, due August 21 on Matador [fr0k]

Kanye West – “Young Folks” from Can’t Tell Me Nothing mixtape. Yes, it is exactly what you fear it is… [fr0k]

Okkervil River – “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe”from Stage Names due August 7 on Jagjaguwar [fr0k]

A couple more after the jump…

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Not Trying To Break Anyone’s Heart

The film 24 Hour Party People embodies the punk spirit it documents. But before I go into director Michael Winterbottom’s freewheeling, go-for-broke filmmaking style, I just want to say the movie’s kind of got old-fart appeal, being about the beginnings of British punk and the Manchester bands (Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays) who succeeded it in the 80s. The very few actual survivors of the Manchester 80s music scene who appear in the film look really, really old. I emphasize that because it seems so amazing that the punk revolution, which sneered at sacred cows from the Beatles to David Bowie, happened so long ago now. That was our revolution – the one that turned out the hippies, rejected wealth-driven spirituality and embraced a primitive brawling yelp. The movie brings back that hedonistic, artistically explosive era and plunges the viewer into its excesses, recreating the scene so successfully that it reminds you of how much plain fun it was (more than it seemed at the time, with all its confusion, drugs and attitude).

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