Following Louder Than War’s recent pre-tour interview with Gaz, Paul and Mark of The Happy Mondays, and on the eve of the band’s UK tour playing the seminal album ‘Bummed’, here are the lads all time favourite albums … as well as why they are their favourites!
Paul Ryder – Hunky Dory or Pin Ups by Bowie
The good thing about Pin Ups, the second album I ever bought, was that I didn’t realise until years later that all the songs were written by other people! So I was getting all those influences and soaking them up, bands like Led Zeppelin and Small Faces but all done by Bowie. It was only later on that i found out it was by all these other bands and artists … no wonder I had an eclectic taste in music from early on.
Gaz Whelan – Sex Pistols / Nevermind the Bollocks
Go back and look at Top of the Pops in 1977, I was ten and it was a collection of sounds like glam and disco all the way to The Buzzcocks, purely eclectic and it was all we listened to. My favorite album growing up though was ‘Nevermind the Bollocks’, no doubt. It was the first album I ever owned, my Mam and dad got it for me when I came out of hospital. When I was young I was in hospital for ages with a dodgy arm and so when I came out they bought it for me. Favorite song, you know what it’d be ‘Submission’, its a kinda underrated song, but I love it.
…I remember I’d hear them all the time on the radio when I was a kid, they were always on, they were massive. But I was into rock music as well, you know, prog-rock, and then punk came out and I was straight into it. Hearing ‘Nevermind the Bollocks’ for the first time after listening too Pink Floyd, Genesis Led Zeppelin and all that I just thought ‘are they taking the piss or what’, and that was it. Music had gone backwards and for bands like Genesis that was it.
Be aware some of these dates have sold out already sadly:
- Manchester The Ritz (Extra date) (15)
- Canterbury Kings Hall (21)
- London The Forum (22)
- Manchester Ritz (23)
- Norwich UEA (25)
- Leicester O2 Academy (28)
- Newcastle O2 Academy (29)
- Leeds O2 Academy (30)
- Glasgow O2 Academy (1)
- Hertfordshire The Forum (4)
- Bournemouth O2 Academy (5)
- Birmingham O2 Academy (6)
- Liverpool O2 Academy (7)
- Sheffield O2 Academy (12)
- Oxford O2 Academy (13)
All words by Carl Stanley. More writing by Carl on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.