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.

Boom

had other things planned for this week but the St Anthony single has sent me off in this direction so I’m following where it takes me. Happy Mondays second album Bummed is a unique record- it sounds like nothing else ever recorded. The follow up, their real breakthrough Pills ‘n’ Thrills has a more commercial sound and is more dancefloor oriented (and none the worse for it) but Bummed is something else entirely. The original Wrote For Luck single, long before the W.F.L. remixes, came out in October 1988 and had a couple of different versions of the song and also this B-side Boom, a short song that presumably just didn’t make the cut for Bummed. I’m assuming it was produced by Martin Hannett. It certainly sounds like it was done at the same time. It has that swirling mess of keyboards and guitars, the loping beat and some of Shaun’s stream of consciousness, straight out of Salford lyrics- ‘thanks to the cabby, we love the waccy baccy, but we couldn’t pay the fare, so we pinned him down, held his feet to the ground and dumped all over his hair’. Or something like that.

Boom

I’ve survived without a file hosting service for some time now- Mediafire has a copyright detecting thing that makes downloads almost impossible, Boxnet as we know are not playing ball. For the time being I’ve just signed up with Zippyshare although I don’t like the way it looks very much. We’ll see how we get on. To be honest, I’m not an mp3 piracy evangelist and using Soundcloud and/or Youtube hasn’t seemed to affect my ability to post what I want to or the numbers of people reading- but it is nice to have a download sometimes.