Happy Mondays
The Happy Mondays
are a British indie band formed in Manchester in 1985, founded by brothers Shaun and Paul Ryder (vocals, bass), Bez ('vibes', or dancing and playing the maracas), Mark Day (guitars), Paul Davis (keyboards) and Gary Whelan (drums). They released their first album, Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) on Factory in 1987. The band's music fused indie pop with acid house, techno and northern soul, spawning Britain's burgeoning, E-drenched Madchester scene. The Mondays disbanded in 1992, and Shaun Ryder and Bez formed Black Grape. Subsequent Mondays reunions, (in 1999 and 2004) were unsuccessful. However since 2012 the band's original members have reunited again and continue to tour. Both lead singer Shaun Ryder and Bez (Mark Berry) were renowned for their drink & drug fueled antics, and Bez's sole purpose was to dance on stage at their live gigs. When the band went to record in Barbados in the early 90's at the studio at Eddy Grant's house, which ended-up being on the album "...Yes Please!". Their managers thought it would be good to get them away from the drink/drugs scene they were surrounded by in the UK, not realizing the massive drugs problem Barbados had at the time, meaning band members were found trying to sell much of the studio equipment to continue their binge.

Links To Peel

Peel discovered the band through Factory record label in the mid 80's: they subsequently recorded two Peel sessions (in 1986 and 1989). Peel narrated on the TV documentary Rock Family Trees: And God Created Manchester, the subject of which was the Madchester scene: the Mondays featured on the show. Their biggest chart successes featured in four Festive Fifty entries, and JP saw them live, commenting on their rather fearsome retinue. During the period of their greatest chart success, he was prone to playing some of their earliest recordings on BFBS, sardonically promoting them as a cheat for those who wished to pretend they had liked the band all the time. They disbanded for the first time in 1992 as a result of the failed LP Yes Please!, which is credited with bankrupting Factory Records. Shaun Ryder and Bez united with members of Ruthless Rap Assassins and Paris Angels to form Black Grape. The Mondays reformed in 1999 and went on tour supporting Oasis but split again the following year. 

Festive Fifty Entries


1. Recorded: 1986-04-01. Broadcast: 09 April 1986. Repeated: 22 April 1986, 22 December 1986

  • Kuff Dam / Freaky Dancin' / Olive Oil / Cob 20

2. Recorded: 1989-02-21. Broadcast: 27 February 1989. Repeated: Mostly Peel Spring 198924 July 1989, 27 December 1989

  • Tart Tart / Mad Cyril / Do It Better

Other Shows Played

(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)

Happy Mondays - Wrote For Luck (Official Music Video)03:39

Happy Mondays - Wrote For Luck (Official Music Video)

'Wrote For Luck', #48 in the 1988 Festive Fifty. The 'Vince Clarke Mix' version reached #04 in the 1989 Festive Fifty.



  • 25 March 1987: Tart Tart (12") Factory
  • 04 May 1987: Little Matchstick Owen [LP - Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)] Factory
  • 12 May 1987: 'Enery [LP - Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)] Factory
  • 02 June 1987: Russell [LP - Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)] Factory
  • 15 June 1987: 'Enery (LP-Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out))' (Factory)
  • RF Sessions 2: Moving In With (v/a 7" - Sonic Sounds 3) Sounds SONIC 3
  • 14 October 1987: 24 Hour Party People (12") Factory
  • 04 November 1987: 24 Hour Party People (12") Factory


  • 28 October 1988 (BFBS) (Peel 092 (BFBS)): 'Wrote For Luck (7")' (Factory)
  • 31 October 1988: Wrote For Luck (single) Factory 
  • 02 December 1988 (BFBS) (Peel 094 (BFBS)): Fat Lady Wrestlers (LP-Bummed)' (Factory)
  • Peel Late 1988: Wrote For Luck (7") Factory
  • 05 December 1988 (BBC World Service): Moving In With (LP - Bummed) Factory
  • 06 December 1988: Bring A Friend (LP - Bummed) Factory
  • 16 December 1988 (BFBS) (Peel 095 (BFBS)): 'Performance (LP-Bummed)' (Factory)  (JP: 'These are the Happy Mondays: I saw them playing last night in London as well, and very good they were too. Of course, (there were) some very dangerous looking lads who hang around with them, and sort of tend to rather dominate the stage later in the evening: the band disappear and these people carry on without 'em. But disconcerting-looking boys, I must say.') (JP: 'Well worth catching live, if you ever get the chance.')
  • 20 December 1988: 'Wrote For Luck (7 inch)' (Factory) FF #48 (JP: The NME thought pretty highly of their LP as well, as indeed I did, and I suspect some of you did as well. I forget exactly where it was in the chart, and it doesn't matter. I do wish I'd brought it down with me, it's most annoying,knowing that it's straight through the floor above me actually. If it was possible to whizz through the floor I could get it.' )
  • 23 December 1988 (BFBS) (Peel 095 (BFBS)): 'Bring A Friend (LP-Bummed)' (Factory)
  • 06 January 1989 (BFBS) (Peel 096 (BFBS)): Do It Better (album - Bummed) Factory
Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro (Official Music Video)04:13

Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro (Official Music Video)

'Kinky Afro', #32 in the 1990 Festive Fifty.


Happy Mondays - Step on (Official Music Video)05:00

Happy Mondays - Step on (Official Music Video)

'Step On', #08 in the 1990 Festive Fifty.







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