Song Of The Day: Happy Mondays, “The Egg”

Manchester dance freaks Happy Mondays had an impressive run of singles and albums in the Eighties, but surprisingly, those early records have languished in obscurity. A shame, because the material is really, really good. A new box set entitled The Early EPs is coming soon, which will bring these more obscure early works to light. Whether you think frontman Shaun Ryder is a poet on par with W.B. Yeats or a fucking idiot, what you cannot deny is the power of the band’s sound, even in its infancy. To that end, they’ve just released a video for the remastered version of “The Egg,” taken from 1986 EP Freaky Dancin’. In cartoon form–a format that suits the band quite well, actually!–the video tells the story of the band’s formation, replete with hilarious depictions of the group’s frontman, their hype man and chemist Bez, Factory Records‘  mastermind Tony Wilson, and studio wizard Martin Hannett. Oh, and the best part? “The Egg” is a truly classic Happy Mondays groove, and rediscovering it is indeed a pleasure.


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