27 years ago today on 27th November 1990 Happy Mondays released their third studio album “Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches”. And what an album that is. I played it until my ears bled. Still one of the best albums from the 90s. #HappyMondays

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Happy Mondays are planning a new album, they have confirmed. 
The Manchester band’s management told NME that they are working on a new record, which will be the first time all the original line-up of the band have recorded new an album of new material since 1992’s ‘Yes Please!’. Manager Warren Askew said: “Yes, we are now planning to record a new album, after the success of the tour and with the band all getting on so well. Shaun has been writing and the band have been getting together in the studio putting ideas down. I’m sure it will be a great Happy Mondays album.”



Rumours began to surface today after Shaun Ryder told the Daily Star: “At first there was no chance of the original line-up doing another album and then it went to maybe and now it’s definitely gonna happen.” Now it transpires that work has already begun. In January, Happy Mondays announced they were reuniting their original line-up for a May tour. In February, Bez announced that he wouldn’t be performing with the band on tour, but would instead act as compere and DJ at the shows. 
The band were originally discovered at a Battle Of The Bands at Manchester’s Hacienda in 1985 and went on to release the seminal albums ‘Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)’, ‘Bummed’, and ‘Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches’ before disbanding after 1992’s ‘Yes Please!’. They have reunited twice before, most recently in 2004, but without founding members Mark Day, Paul Davis and Paul Ryder. Paul had sworn he wanted nothing to do with the band again when they split for a second time in 2000.

The band have released five albums in total, with their most recent effort ‘Uncle Dysfunktional’ coming out in 2007. (via NME)

Bez has revealed that he will not be performing with the Happy Mondays on their comeback tour this May and for their festival dates this summer.

Speaking on the red carpet at tonight’s (February 29) NME Awards, the band’s sidekick said that he will be heading out on the road with the band as a compere and DJ, but not as a dancer, as his “performing days are over”. He explained: I won’t be on the stage because my performing days are over. Basically I’m too old. I’m incapable of doing the job, I’m carrying too many injuries. All good things come to an end. The Madchester legends will be reuniting with their original line-up to play dates in May, including a homecoming show at Manchester Evening News Arena, with support coming from Inspiral Carpets.

The run begins at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on May 3 and will include two shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on May 10 and 11, before coming to an end at with an extra date in London on May 19. They will also play T In The Park and there are rumours surrounding a possible Ibiza Rocks show.

Speaking about the band’s reunion and forthcoming tour last month, frontman Shaun Ryder said: “We all met up last week and some of the lads haven’t seen each other in over 10, 15 years. It’s as if we’ve never been apart – so good to all be in the same room again. We can’t wait now to get on tour and play the songs that made us famous.” (via NME)

Happy Mondays have been added as one of the headliners to this year’s Camp Bestival. The Manchester band, who recently reformed with their original line-up, will play on the final night of the three-day bash on July 29 at Lulworth Castle in Dorset.

Frontman Shaun Ryder said: Me and the band are mega-excited to be playing at Camp Bestival. We have heard the crowd are amazing and we will definitely put on a great show.

They join previously announced headliner Hot Chip, who play on the festival’s opening night (July 27). Dodgy, Little Roy and The 2 Bears, Redlight, Josh Kumra, Ryan Keen and Jenny O have also been added to the bill. For more information head to Campbestival.net Happy Mondays are due to play 11 dates including a homecoming show at Manchester Evening News Arena, with support coming from Inspiral Carpets in May. Rumours of a Happy Mondays reunion first circulated in early December, when a report claimed that they were set to reform for a full tour and documentary in 2012. (via NME)

Happy Mondays have announced their plans to reform with the band’s original line-up, including backing vocalist and former X Factor finalist Rowetta. The Manchester icons, fronted by Shaun Ryder, will be touring the UK this summer as well as playing festival shows. No dates have yet been announced but it is thought that an official statement will be released in the coming weeks.Discovered at a Battle Of The Bands at Manchester’s Hacienda in 1985, the band released the seminal albums ‘Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)’, ‘Bummed’, and ‘Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches’ before disbanding after 1992’s ‘Yes Please!’. Happy Mondays have reunited twice before, most recently in 2004, but without founding members Mark Day, Paul Davis, Rowetta Satchell and Paul Ryder. Paul had sworn he wanted nothing to do with the band again when they split for a second time in 2000.

Late last year Shaun Ryder hinted that the band might reform. In an interview with The Sun, the singer confirmed he had been talking to other members of the band’s original line-up to discuss a comeback, but refused to reveal which specific people he had been sounding out. Rumours of a Happy Mondays reunion first circulated in early December when a report claimed that they were set to reform for a full tour and documentary next year.

However, the band’s representative told NME that the group had no immediate plans to reform with their original line-up and insisted that although Ryder and his brother Paul were on better terms, it was a “bit of a leap” to suggest that the Happy Mondays had anything planned for 2012. (via NME)

Happy Mondays have no immediate plans to reform with their original line-up, a spokesperson for the band has said.
A report in The Sun this morning (December 5) claimed that Manchester band were set to reunite for a full tour and documentary next year. Rumours of the reformation were further fuelled earlier today when singer Shaun Ryder cancelled a gig in Leicester this Wednesday (7).

The band’s representative told NME that although singer Ryder and brother Paul were on better terms as reported, it was a “bit of a leap” to suggest Happy Mondays had anything planned for 2012. However, she refused to completely rule out the possibility of the band doing something together next year, in light of plans to re-release their classic album ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches’.

Happy Mondays have reunited twice before, most recently in 2004, but without founding members Mark Day, Paul Davis, Rowetta Satchell and Paul Ryder. Paul had sworn he wanted nothing to do with the band again when they split for a second time in 2000. The band have released five albums during their career, with their most recent effort ‘Uncle Dysfunktional’ coming out in 2007. (via NME)

My all time favourite Manchester band.