You Used To Speak The Truth But Now You’re Clever

When I posted Boom, a Happy Mondays B-side from 1988, a couple of weeks ago I flipped the 12″ over to enjoy the A-side shortly afterwards. If I could only have one Happy Mondays song it would be Wrote For Luck, their essence distilled into a gloriously fucked up but funky racket. Shaun’s lyrics are his best, full of truths and wit, and Horse’s guitar part is from some other place entirely. Martin Hannett’s production makes perfect sense. Shaun said of working with Hannett it was the only time the producer was more out of it than the band. You could have the album version, the various mixes, the W.F.L. Oakenfold and Vince Clarke versions, any of them. In October 1988 The Bailey Brothers shot a video for the in Legends discoteque in town. It is also a work of genius- fill a city centre club with your mates, get them refreshed and roll cameras. Shaun’s facial expressions tell the story in themselves.

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  1. The first Mondays tune I heard. At first I thought I didn’t like it, but couldn’t understand how it made me twitch with excitement. I succumbed to it in the end. One of their top five tunes, no doubt. Cracking vid too, really sums up the era.

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