13 May 2005
Happy Mondays Live in Barcelona 
It's already been out a month but check out 'Happy Mondays Live In Barcelona' the new live dvd. Features the complete gig plus special features including an extensive interview with Shaun Ryder, sound check, photo gallery, biography. Sound options are Dolby Digital 5.1 / 2.0 (stereo).

Tracklisting

Kinky Afro
Loose Fit
Reverend Black Grape
Bob's Yer Uncle
Step On
Donovan
Hallelujah
Mad Cyril
WFL (Wrote For Luck)
Stinkin' Thinkin'
24 Hour Party People

Title: Happy Mondays Live in Barcelona
Release date: 11 April 2005
Catalogue number: SMADVD209X
Label: Snapper

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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