The fair city of Manchester has produced some pretty good music over the years. I think pretty much since Record Club started people have been suggesting that we have a ‘Manchester night’, so finally, we did it.
Keith chose two classic albums to begin and end the evening and the great unwashed public voted for the middle album.
Keith couldn’t make it down in the end, but supplied all the records from the vote, and some notes about them. Phil, turned up and ended the evening with a bit of a DJ set that ended up in dancing of all things! (I need to go have a lie down…)
The Kirkgate Centre
Allegedly used as a slang phrase by the band, “bummed” is the state of mind they usually achieved before embarking on recording sessions with producer Martin Hannett at all hours of the day or night. Happy Monday’s second album makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the party, and almost as bummed as they are. Not long after this was released, the slogan “Madchester” was coined, and the Haçienda club became the focus of that scene.
Failing to chart on its initial release, Unknown Pleasures really was as dark as the album cover suggested. This Martin-Hannett-produced debut was the only album they released as Joy Division while singer Ian Curtis was alive (committing suicide before their 1980 follow-up appeared). But, if you ignore the hyperbole, this is a fine album brimming full of musical ideas, still sounding original over 30 years later. People forget that half the record is white.