Bummed

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Bummed
Studio album by Happy Mondays
Released November 1988
Recorded August 1988
Genre Madchester
Length 45:49
Label Factory - FACT 220
Producer Martin Hannett
Happy Mondays chronology
Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
(1987)
Bummed
(1988)
Hallelujah
(1989)

Bummed was the second album by British band Happy Mondays. It was released in November 1988.

Warner later released a double album collector's edition on 5 November 2007 (2007-11-05). This release collected the original 1988 album with a second disc of remixes from the era.

Production[edit]

The album's sound is noticeably different from any preceding or succeeding albums in the Madchester genre. This can be explained by the producer, Martin Hannett, who was notable for pioneering use of electronics in music. What is most noticeable production-wise on this album is the use of echo and reverb on the drum sound; while some fans and critics[who?] appreciate this production work for being groundbreaking and unique (not least for the devastating power and volume it endowed the record with when played in clubs), others[who?] have criticised it for the claustrophobic effects it renders on the music.

"Martin worked like we worked," Shaun Ryder told Select. "He didn't give a fuck about anything and neither did we. We wouldn't start work till two in the morning when we was all pissed enough and stoned enough to go in and do half an hour".[citation needed]

Remixes[edit]

Several of the songs on this album were later remixed. These included "Mad Cyril", "Wrote For Luck" and "Lazyitis". "Mad Cyril" was remixed into "Mad Cyril (Hello Girls Mix)", "Wrote For Luck" was remixed twice, firstly into "WFL" and then "Wrote For Luck (Think About The Future Mix)"; Vince Clarke remixed the former, Paul Oakenfold the latter. "Lazyitis" was remixed into "Lazyitis (One-Armed Boxer Remix)" which featured Country legend Karl Denver on guest vocals. Paul Oakenfold would become vastly important to Happy Mondays when he produced their 1990 opus Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches. These remixes are significant as they were a sign that Happy Mondays were beginning to embrace the burgeoning rave scene, then taking place in the UK.[citation needed]

Cultural impact[edit]

This album arrived at a time when the Madchester genre was only beginning to formulate into what could be termed a "scene", closely connected to acid house. However, on this album Happy Mondays played mostly pure rock music[citation needed], with funk rhythms played on the drums and bass guitar and electronic flourishes showcased by the keyboard melodies. The real dance influence shone through when the songs were remixed by people such as Paul Oakenfold, as described above. This was when the band first made a cultural impact on a regional and national level.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Q magazine awarded Bummed three stars out of five. The album, wrote Martin Aston, "continues the band's warped version of Northern Soul rhythms, with stabbing guitars and Hammond organs, wayward sequencers, a dislocated rhythm section and surly sardonic vocalist... [The] only real failing is its lack of versatility, but it's Happy Mondays' stroppy spirit that counts most of all." [2] In 2006, the same magazine placed the album at #18 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".[3]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All tracks written by Happy Mondays except 10 (Happy Mondays, Lennon–McCartney)

  1. "Country Song" – 3:24 (Originally called "Some Cunt from Preston")
  2. "Moving in With" – 3:36
  3. "Mad Cyril" – 4:36 (Opens with the line "We've Been Courteous" from Performance supposedly sounding like Ian Curtis)
  4. "Fat Lady Wrestlers" – 3:25
  5. "Performance" – 4:09
  6. "Brain Dead" – 3:10 (Ryder's opening "You're rendering that scaffolding dangerous!" is a quote from Gimme Shelter (1970 film), in which it is uttered by Sam Cutler, referring to the set at the Altamont Free Concert)
  7. "Wrote for Luck" – 6:05
  8. "Bring a Friend" – 3:45
  9. "Do It Better" – 2:29
  10. "Lazyitis" – 2:48 (The song explicitly borrows from Ticket to Ride by The Beatles, but also nods to Family Affair (Sly and the Family Stone song) and Gonna Make You A Star by David Essex)

2007 collector's edition[edit]

CD1

  1. "Country Song" – 3:24
  2. "Moving in With" – 3:36
  3. "Mad Cyril" – 4:36
  4. "Fat Lady Wrestlers" – 3:25
  5. "Performance" – 4:09
  6. "Brain Dead" – 3:10
  7. "Wrote for Luck" – 6:05
  8. "Bring a Friend" – 3:45
  9. "Do It Better" – 2:29
  10. "Lazyitis" – 2:48
  11. "Hallelujah" - 2:36
  12. "Holy Ghost" - 2:50
  13. "Clap Your Hands" - 3:30
  14. "Rave On" (Club Mix)- 5:38
  15. "Boom" - 2:58
  16. "Mad Cyril" (Hello Girls Mix) - 3:53
  17. "Wrote For Luck" (12" B-Side) - 5:48

CD2

  1. "Wrote For Luck" (7" Version)
  2. "Hallelujah" (Club Mix)
  3. "Wrote For Luck" (12" Version)
  4. "Hallelujah" (MacColl Mix)
  5. "Lazyitis (One Armed Boxer)" (Feat. Karl Denver)
  6. "WFL" (Think About The Future)
  7. "Hallelujah" (12" version)
  8. "Kilamenjaro" (aka 'Rave On')
  9. "WFL" (Vince Clarke 12" Mix)
  10. "Hallelujah" (Deadstock Mix)

Credits[edit]

Band[edit]

Recorded[edit]

Mixdown[edit]

Engineering credits[edit]

  • The Slaughterhouse
  • Colin Richardson
  • John Spence
  • John Pennington
  • Strawberry
  • Laurence Diana

Special credits to[edit]

  • Dave Hassall - Percussion
  • Steve Hopkins - Piano
  • Horseman - Banjo

Artwork[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Bummed - Happy Mondays | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ Q; February 1989
  3. ^ Q; August 2006, Issue 241

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