A Reader Request! Happy Mondays ‘Tokoloshe Man’

On the rare occasions when I’m allowed to dj to a (small) room of adults, I get a bit fed up when people ask for requests. ‘I’m playing the records’, I think, ‘I’m inflicting my taste on you, do you go to an art gallery and make requests? Or a gig? Oh, OK’. Miserable so-and-so, arn’t I? But on Bagging Area it’s different- it’s feedback, and feedback is good. Apart from when you hit Send before thinking things through and insult people. Further apologies to Trubshaw, who I needlessly and thoughtlessly called something not very nice yesterday. Anyhow, following this morning’s John Kongos post a man called Dirk requested Tokoloshe Man, not the Kongos original but Happy Mondays cover version. So here it is. Maracas at the ready Dirk.

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John Kongos ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’

Bit of a follow up to yesterday’s Manchester theme this. If ever a cult band and a mass audience met as one it was when Happy Mondays released Step On. The indie/dance scene had already had WFL and Hallelujah from them but Step On had crossover hit written all over it, in huge marker pen letters. The video, on top of a hotel, with Shaun and Bez looking like a modern day Mick ‘n’ Keef, climbing all over a giant E. The wolf-whistles at the start, the Twistin’ My Melons and Call The Cops shouts, the funky guitar riff, that drum beat.

So it came as a bit of a surprise when we learnt, probably via the NME, that it was a cover. South African John Kongos wrote and preformed the original (and also another Mondays’ song Tokoloshe Man). In those pre-internet and refusing to buy compact disc days I didn’t hear the original until much later when I found a 7″ copy at a record fair. It’s a cracker as well- fading-in big tribal drumming, that same funky guitar riff, great vocals with half the emphasis different from Shaun’s vocals, which throws you out the first time you hear it. Great record.

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