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Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches [CD]

Happy Mondays Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: London Records
  • ASIN: B00002DE1T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. Harmony

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BBC Review

In the two years since Bummed, the Happy Mondays had embraced dance culture. Every movement needs its high-water mark, and their third album, Pills'n'Thrills And Bellyaches was Madchester's Tewkesbury. Although The Stone Roses debut is more retrospectively adored (astonishing as it still sounds like an album of Freddie and the Dreamers' B-sides), Pills'n'Thrills And Bellyaches at the time felt like nothing you'd ever heard before; except it was absolutely everything you'd heard before; exceptionally undemanding chord structures; grinding beats; shambolic monotony – but the dance nuances of producers Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne and the influence of E as well as Shaun Ryder’s witty dystopian lyrics made the album a very serious work indeed.

Pills'n'Thrills And Bellyaches was trailed by two singles, the student disco favourite "Step On" (a cover of the 1972 hit by John Kongos) and "Kinky Afro" - probably their greatest moment – a sort of Sly and the Family Skunk. But these are not the only pleasures: "God's Cop", opens with chaotic, out of tune slide guitar and develops into a rambunctious lyrical attack on the then-Manchester Police Chief James Anderton, over a loping drum loop from "Shack Up" by Banbarra, complete with Paul Davis' synth stabs and full on vocals from Rowetta; "Donovan," Ryder's lyrical appropriation of his future father-in-law's "Sunshine Superman." Again, Oakenfold and Osborne's deftness of touch is highlighted; it is a languid, accordion-driven groove suddenly undermined by the trademark Mondays hobnails two minutes in.

Pills'n'Thrills and Bellyaches all gets a bit much toward the end, but no matter, what a hoot it is on the way there. It was obvious that this simply couldn't be sustained; one album later the group had acrimoniously imploded in a cloud of class As, Factory collapsing and their own extreme "Lazyitis." --Daryl Easlea

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This album was once described as sounding like Bernard Manning reciting Phillip Larkin poetry in a Ibiza nightclub. Thats a pretty good description, but its also one of the most inspirational and original rock records ever made. The Happy Mondays were probably the last of the truly great rock bands. Part of their appeal was their authenticity. They were real people, they didn't write songs about what they thought 'normal' people did, they were doing it. 'Pills 'n' Thrills' hasn't dated in the 10 years since it release, in fact it actually sounds more modern than a lot contemporary music. 'Kinky Afro' sets the tone for this sleazy roller-coaster ride, with the fantastic line 'Son I'm 30, I only went with your mother cos she's dirty', and just gets better and better. Clocking in at just under 44 minutes this album covers so much musically and takes you to so many places it really is breath taking. Its such a shame there aren't any rock bands making records as good as this any more. Buy it now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This album was once described as sounding like Bernard Manning reciting Phillip Larkin poetry in a Ibiza nightclub. Thats a pretty good description, but its also one of the most inspirational and original rock records ever made. The Happy Mondays were probably the last of the truly great rock bands. Part of their appeal was their authenticity. They were real people, they didn't write songs about what they thought 'normal' people did, they were doing it. 'Pills 'n' Thrills' hasn't dated in the 10 years since it release, in fact it actually sounds more modern than a lot of contemporary music. 'Kinky Afro' sets the tone for this sleazy roller-coaster ride, with the fantastic line 'Son I'm 30, I only went with your mother cos she's dirty', and just gets better and better. Clocking in at just under 44 minutes this album covers so much musically and takes you to so many places it really is breath taking. Its such a shame there aren't any rock bands making records as good as this any more. Buy it now!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, happy days! 1 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ah, it's the heady days of autumn 1990 - baggy trousers, funny hats, this funny new thing called dance music still settling in. Ministry still doesn't exist and it ain't mainstream - but THESE guys bring the rock, mix it with the dance and create a complete classic. Really, you need the vinyl version to get this album - because that cover is such an intricate mish-mash of things cheesy but bright, American and British, tongue-in-cheek but with some kind of point to make. I never quite got what that point was, but with phrases like "Twisting my melons" and "Ain't gonna wear no skin tights today" bouncing around the tracks, you don't really NEED to make any sense of it. Jump around and enjoy: if you were there, you should re-buy it's worth buying this just to remind yourself of different (not better or worse, just different and FUN) times.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 2 May 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Really and truly, if you need a party album with an attitude, songs, grooves, guitars, beats, keys and braindead/jawdropping (delete as applicable) lyrics then this can be the only choice. Try puttin this on at a party and people will move (especially if they're drunk enough not to notice the difference between 'Kinky Afro' and 'Lady Marmalade' - always a winner).
A standout album of the early nineties, it revolutionised British Indie/Rock music along with The Roses' debut and The Scream's 'Screamadelica' (another great party record).
Memories of happy days I bet (just play 'Step On' for christ's sake)...and I was only 10 or 11...even still, with this album at the forefront it must have been a great time in British music at the turn of that decade. In fact, the Nineties were bloody ace, weren't they?
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5.0 out of 5 stars great - even after more than 15 years 4 Dec 2007
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i listened to this to death when it came out - and i dont' think i've heard it since - it 100% stands the test of time - great to have it back in my life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Isn't it.... 7 Jan 2006
By J. Parr
Format:Audio CD
...amazing what vast quantities of hard drugs can produce? From God's Cop (a glorious send up of the ex-Police chief of Greater Manchester), to Step On, Holiday to Grandbag's Funeral, Dennis and Lois to Bob's Yer Uncle, an exemplary masterpiece of all Manchester had to offer at the time. Why wasn't I born ten years earlier?!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb! 3 July 2014
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superb!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery 9 Mar 2014
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I bought this album after hearing it on a flight home. It was one I had played regulalry in my younger days and I wanted to listen again. The CD was delivered promptly and was used straight away to play in my car and download to my Itunes Library. Very good service from vendor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pills'N' Thrills and Bellyaches
Good stuff here from the Mondays, brought back memories of the 90's. Needed a few plays, but its definitely a grower!
Published 12 months ago by S. NAKONECZNYJ
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 Of 1001
In February of this year The Guardian newspaper ran an online poll on the Happy Mondays. They asked their readership to choose their favourite album from the group's erratic back... Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Mondays, everyone's favorite oxymoron
Hey, man, are you ready to partyyyy? Shaun Ryder is. He always is, apparently. Despite his horrible voice, he can get a party started in a second with his ultra-catchy lyrics (that... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by rodgersviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Order 4 A.M.
This is my f...ing best MCR-album from and for all the time !!! The Last Order Play after the presence before ; Unknown Pleasures ( feeling depressed several hours ) and Meat is... Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Stefan Prediger
4.0 out of 5 stars We'll never hear the likes of it again.
Classic rock `n' funk components + Shaun Ryder+ Paul Oakenfold + ecstasy = Madchester's high-water mark. Read more
Published on 5 July 2010 by Alister King
3.0 out of 5 stars The E generation
Formed circa 1984 coming last in a battle of the bands competition in Manchester, The Happy Mondays would have gone ignored forever were it not for Factory Records boss, Tony... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2010 by Mr. Percy Frizelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Brill!
Shut ya curtains, turn up the volume and get dancing. Excellent with all the Mondays numbers you remember. Buy it, someone's gotta keep em in beer!
Published on 3 April 2009 by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Pills n Thrills - a great friend!!!
What can you say about this album thats not been said before!! Its like an old drinking buddy you like to spend a good time with! Read more
Published on 14 July 2007 by A. M. Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This album is the best British LP of last 50 years. Every song is in a league of it's own - To put it simply there is nothing better than this record.......... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2005
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