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on 11 September 2008
Squirrel & G-Man was the Monday's debut released on Manchester's Factory records in 1987. John Cale (Velvet Underground) is on production duties, presumably because of the Velvet's drug history going hand in hand with the Monday's renowned intake.
The album displays a crude funk reminiscent of post punk funksters such as Gang of Four and A Certain Ratio. Cale concentrates on developing the funk by bringing the drums and bass to the front. What sets this album apart is the Ryder brothers Paul & Shaun. Shaun's guttersniping one-liners are well known and deserve all the credit they get but older sibling Paul's bass lines make the record listenable.
A couple of tracks let the side down but Tart Tart is as good as anything they have produced since. Kuff Dam (spell it backwards) is an inspired choice as LP opener dragging the listener into the warped Mondays world paving the way for council estate tales and casual drug references.
More interesting work was to come from the Mondays but this remains a good buy and a hugely underrated if not flawed debut.