Back then there were the highly-influential bands in Madchester scene like The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and Happy Mondays. Shortly after successfully bankrupting Factory Records, Happy Mondays disbanded and the almighty Shaun Ryder formed a new band, Black Grape.
New Order might have only released an album (Republic) in that decade, but their band members had their own side projects: Bernard Sumner formed a supergroup called Electronic, Peter Hook formed Monaco, the other two members Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert formed The Other Two. Around the same time, Marion (whose guitarist Phil Cunningham joined New Order in 2001) also released their only hit “Sleep”.
To get more insights on Madchester, the 2002 film “24 Hour Party People” is a must-watch, with Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson. Wilson was considered as the man behind the successes of Manchester bands and also founded and managed the influential club The Haçienda.
Speaking of The Haçienda, Mike Pickering used to DJ there before forming M People with Paul Heard and Heather Small.
If members of The Stone Roses were known as Manchester United fans, Mike Pickering is a Manchester City fan, just like the Gallagher brothers of Oasis.
And speaking of Oasis, Noel Gallagher’s was the vocal behind The Chemical Brothers’ “Setting Sun”.
Everybody seemed to be connected in Manchester.
ps. I had a three-hour layover on the way to Amsterdam last month and expected a sort of Manchester music vibe at the airport. Nope, it didn’t happen. All I saw were bridesmaids going to bachelorette parties and Europeans flying away from the soon-to-be-the-non-EU part of the continent.
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01 The Soup Dragons – I’m Free
02 Happy Mondays – Step On
03 The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
04 The Stone Roses – Elephant Stone
05 Jesus Jones – International Bright Young Thing
06 Black Grape – In The Name Of The Father
07 Space Monkeys – Sugar Cane
08 Inspiral Carpets – Saturn 5
09 Marion – Sleep
10 New Order – World In Motion
11 M People – One Night In Heaven
12 Lisa Stansfield – What Did I Do To You?
13 Rick Astley – The Ones You Love
14 Simply Red – Fairground
15 Morrissey – Alma Matters
16 Electronic – For You
17 Puressence – All I Want
18 James – Sometimes
19 Oasis – Roll With It
20 Take That – Never Forget
21 The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun