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Review: Happy Mondays – Excess All Areas – by Simon Spence

Happy Mondays

This is the third Simon Spence book that I have read. He is a very talented music journalist from Manchester with a taste for documenting, wild, stylish cultural movements that have emerged from the Madchester craziness. Excess All Areas covers perhaps the most successful and innovative band to have ridden the early acid house craze that swept the nation in the mate 1980s. With the charismatic Shaun Ryder heading up the band, a true hedonist, a notorious substance abuser, it was always difficult for the true Happy Mondays to translate through the myriad web of journalists who tried to document them. Ryder, much to the annoyance of most of the musical backdrop of the band, Paul Ryder (Bass), Gary Whelan (Drums), Paul Davis (keyboard), Mark Day (Guitar), Mark ‘Bez’ Berry (dancer), got into a habit of blagging the press and feeding them over the top exaggerations of the band’s history and exploits. In hindsight, this was pure marketing genius and led to much of the mystery and notoriety that paved the way for success. However, it sifting all the bullshit, has made the writing of this book that much more difficult for Simon Spence. The early days of a relatively privileged middle class upbringing contrasts with the bunch of Manchester council estate ‘scallies’ they tried to portray themselves as. Sure there was petty crime and shopflifting etc. but nothing serious, although perhaps the addition of Bez to the group was actually verging on real true life crime as he obviously was up to the neck in it as a youngster and quite obviously expanded his mini empire quite a lot under the guise of being part of the band…. Manchester Giants, Factory Records and Tony Wilson picked up the band and signed them which paved their way to success following the ilk of luminaries Joy Division and New Order and allowing them direct access to one of the UK’s most influential music venues, the Haçienda. It all happened at just the right time for this band, as the cultural rebellion against failed Thatcherism took hold of the UK’s disillusioned youth masses and expressed itself in the ‘Acid House’ movement. Ecstasy-fuelled, fashion shifts, mass movement and gathering of people in raves, parties and festivals, vast increase in polydrug clubbing and mainstream ending of anti-drug taboos. A lot of this movement was driven by DJs and the Mondays’ uniqueness was that they…

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90s Megablast

90s megablast

Wez G – 90s Megablast by Wez G on Mixcloud Here’s a nice selection of influential songs that plugged my walkman ears during through the teenage years. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Mock Turtles – Can You Dig It? [Siren] 2. The Farm – Altogether Now [Produce Records] 3. Martika – Toy Soldiers [CBS] 4. Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World [Arista] 5. Blue Pearl – Naked In The Rain [Big Life] 6. New Order – True Faith [Factory] 7. Womack & Womack – Teardrops [Island Records] 8. OMD – Enola Gay [Virgin] 9. Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don’t Care [MCA Records] 10. Divinyls – I Touch Myself [Virgin] 11. The Las – There She Goes [Go! Discs] 12. Soup Dragons – I’m Free [Big Life] 13. Bomb The Bass – Winter In July [Rhythm King Records] 14. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U [Chrysalis] 15. Annie Lennox – Little Bird [RCA] 16. Heaven 17 – Temptation [Virgin] 17. Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots [Elektra] 18. Soul II Soul – Back to Life [Virgin] 19. Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me [Go! Discs] 20, Duster – Not So Manic Now [Food] 21. Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart [WEA] 22. Deacon Blue – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again [Columbia]

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 21

Wez G Sessions Episode 21 has a diverse mix of music from across multiple genres. Easy-listening for pleasure… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Groove Armada – Purple Haze [Pepper Records] 2. Bobby Womack – Stand Up [EMI USA] 3. Beastie Boys – Get It Together [Capitol Records] 4. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Album Version) [London Records] 5. Lou Reed – Oh Jim [RCA Victor] 6. Coldcut – My Telephone [Ahead Of Our Time] 7. Dennis Brown – Black Liberation [Heartbeat Records] 8. Grandmaster Flash – It’s Nasty [Sugar Hill Records] 9. Pepe Habichuela – A Mi Manuel (Soleá) [Nuevos Medios] 10. Lighthouse Family – Postcard From Heaven [Polydor] 11. Sarah Ndagire – Train [Unknown] 12. Madonna – Express Yourself [Sire] 13. Morrissey – Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together [His Master’s Voice] 14. Otis Redding – Satisfaction [ATCO Records] Wez G Sessions Episode 21 by Wez G on Mixcloud [wp-post-slider]

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Freedom Loving, Fearing Nothing

DJ Set 12 Freedom Loving, Fearing Nothing

Listen to Wez G – Freedom Loving, Fearing Nothing byWez G on hearthis.at    This mix of old and new rekindles the flames of freedom I discovered on the club dancefloors of the late nineties. Lakota, The Hippo Club, Leos, 1 Love @ The Brunel Rooms, The Cross, Miss Moneypennys, Ministry of Sound, Chuff Chuff and all Shuffle events were clubs and venues I used to frequent. The revolutionary crowds were truly inspiring and I made many good friends I still have today. This little soundbyte goes out to all of them. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Golden Boy With Miss Kittin – Rippin Kittin (Tobi Neumann’s Glove Tension Dub) [Illustrious] 2. Rob’n’Raz featuring Leila K – Got To Get (Extended Mix) [Arista] 3. New Order – Subculture [Warner Bros] 4. Nine Inch Nails – God Sent Angel [Piss Off 2] 5. Tom Chasteen – Freedom (Ibadansfere Mainline) [F-111 Records] 6. Gold Ryan & Tapesh – Open System [CR2 Records] 7. Ambassador – The Fade (Original Mix) [Platipus] 8. POB – The Essence (Granny Remix) [Seismic Records] 9. Lost Tribe – Gamesmaster [Hooj] 10. Future Of Vision – Talk To Me [White] 11. Sasha & Maria – Be As One [Deconstruction] 12. Slam – Positive Education (Original 12″ Mix) [Soma] 13. MD X-Spress – God Made Me Phunky (Original Mix) [Defected] 14. Fedde Le Grand – Get This Feeling (Club Mix) [CR2 Records] 15. Mount Rushmore – You Better [P&C Dance2 Recordings] 16. Sensei – Do What You Wanna (Andy Manston Remix) [Breathless Records] 17. Brothers In Rhythm – Such A Good Feeling [Fantazia] 18. Megatonk – Belgium (Nintendotone Mix) [Kai Tonk Records] Wez G – Freedom Loving, Fearing Nothing by Wezg on Mixcloud

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