We must apologise to Chimpton because she has been asking for some Happy Mondays for a while and we said we had already featured our favourite of theirs; “Kinky Afro”. It seems we were mistaken, so here it comes.
Happy Mondays are band from Salford who were formed as part as the Madchester scene in the 1980s. The band’s line-up featured Shaun Ryder on vocals, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, Mark Day on guitar, Paul Davis on keyboards, Gary Whelan on drums and Mark “Bez” Berry on E’s or anything else he could get his hands on. Rowetta also joined the band as a vocalist in 1990.
The group’s work bridged the Manchester independent rock music of the 1980s and the emerging UK rave scene, drawing influence from funk, house, and psychedelia to pioneer the Madchester sound. They experienced their commercial peak with the releases Bummed (1988), Madchester Rave On (1989), and Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches (1990), with the last going platinum in the UK. They disbanded in 1993, and have reformed several times in subsequent decades.
“Kinky Afro” is a single produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne and taken from their third album Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches. The song’s chorus paraphrases the Labelle song “Lady Marmalade”. The song was the band’s biggest hit in the United States, reaching number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. It reached number five in the United Kingdom, tied with “Step On” as the band’s highest-charting single here.
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