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  • Audio CD (4 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London Records
  • ASIN: B000046QAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Released as a new musical movement was gaining focus and shape after the second summer of love, Bummed represented something of a great leap forward for the Happy Mondays. The shambolic monotony of their John Cale-produced debut, Squirrel and G-Man 24 Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) was replaced by well, a Martin Hannett-produced shambolic monotony. However, it is the rogue heart and spirit that beats away here is what stops the album from collapse. Given the pedigree of the city, Shaun Ryder's lyrics are some of the best to come out of Manchester, bringing a cast of no-hopers and vagabonds to life over the album's 10 tracks, all delivered with a great wit and slurry anti-charm. Here are characters like “Mad Cyril” (which took, like Big Audio Dynamite’s “E=Mc2” before it, inspiration from the Nic Roeg/Donald Cammell film Performance) or “Fat Lady Wrestlers”, and notably “Some C*nt From Preston” ('Smoking wild-grown mari-jo-wana keeps that smile on my face'), which had to be renamed “Country Song”.

The Irish showband-flavoured "Lazyitis", although a direct swipe from "Ticket To Ride", is remarkable, highlighting the group’s growing musical adeptness and Ryder’s lyrical disdain. It was Martin Hannett’s final production of significance, and Central Station’s saucy sleeve help Bummed capture the Mondays exactly as they were, untrained, vulgar, as far outside the marketing machine as possible. And very very beautiful.

"Wrote For Luck" is the album's monster, one of the handful of definitive Mondays' tracks. When it was later remixed as "W.F.L" by Paul Oakenfold and Vince Clarke, Madchester as we know it was born. --Daryl Easlea

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Format: Audio CD
Taking their name from New Order's 'Blue Monday' (actually poking fun at that song), the Happy Mondays literally invented Madchester before the Roses, Oasis or anyone else appeared on the scene. Reading about the Monday's little adventures on holiday or on tour is always a delight - a rock and roll band that actually railed against normal rock music.
This album is packed with huge drums, reverb soaked guitars and funky basslines that are guaranteed to light up the day. If that wasn't enough, Shaun ("the Poet") Ryder's lyrics are hilarious, delivered in a kind of sneer not seen since Johnny Rotten hung up his safety pins.
And how can you beat songs like 'Performance', 'Brain Dead' and (especially) 'Wrote for Luck'? Well...you could go and release something like 'Pills 'n Thrills 'n Bellyaches' I suppose...thats how great the Mondays were. If you want three classic albums, pick up this, 'Pills 'n Thrills' and Black Grape's 'It's Great When You're Straight, Yeah!' - proof that Ryder & co should be viewed as the saviors of music that they rightfully were.
...Well, maybe not Bez...
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just spent 1/2hour trying to describe life in Manchester in 80's and 90's with this album at the centre of everything - but can't. Just buy it because it is the best they did and in my view one of the best albums of all time if you like your music loose ,funky and above all else totally honest.
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The Mondays' second LP is memorable as it sees the return of Martin Hannett to the Factory fold on production duties. Hannett had previously produced the two Joy Division albums with devestating effects. He conjures up mixed results here, while The Mondays may have progressed significantly since their debut the sound here is strangely claustrophobic and murky.

As for the songs Country Song, Moving in With and Lazyitis are great efforts while Mad Cyril, Performance, Wrote For Luck and Do It Better are classics. The remaining three Fat Lady Wrestlers, Brain Dead and Bring A Friend are a bit run of the mill but by no means bad. This album swaggers and is so care free it could have only come out on Factory Records.
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This is a great album if not quite up to the masterpiece of Pills n'thrills. Moving In With, Lazyitis and Wrote For Luck are classics -in factWrote For Luck for me is far superior here in its originalguitar-bass-drums form than the dancey remix made later on by Oakenfold etal.
It amazes me that Shaun Ryder can get away with inserting a chorusof "turkey lurkey, goosey loosey" etc etc and get away with it withoutsounding forced and this is part of the Happy Mondays feel.
A scuzzy sleazy gem of an album from the best Madchester band.
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