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Happy Mondays: The Rock Garden, London

Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 2 May 1987

HAPPY MONDAYS is where the repetition-repetition-repetition of post-Velvets jangle-drone meets the repetition-repetition-repetition of '70s funk. Imagine a cross between the Blue Orchids and Hamilton Bohannon, the Fall and the Fatback Band, James and JB. The wah-wah on ‘Freaky Dancin'‘ cues memories of both the Stooges' ‘Ann’ and Isaac Hayes' ‘Shaft’ simultaneously. I'd like them to take this hybrid further still, bring in a clavinet and some John Cale viola...

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