01 October 2014Happy Mondays - Excess All Areas
Biographer Simon Spence (The Stone Roses: War and Peace) tells the story of how Happy Mondays came to provide the soundtrack to Britain's last great youth movement - Madchester. Based on extensive interviews with the band and key associates and including 30 unseen photographs, many from the band's own private collection, he reveals the truth behind the mythic stories that ensured their outlaw reputation, and unravels the chaos that led to the group's ultimate implosion and the tragic collapse of Factory Records.
Excess all areas - a biography is out via Aurum Press on 30 October 2014 in hardback and e-book formats. It's available to pre-order now at Amazon.co.uk.
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Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography