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Hippies and Hooligans -- Great Madchester covers of 60s tunes

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 3, 2014 04:57pm | Post a Comment
 
Although our music and our drugs stayed the same, Although our music and our interests are the same

1988 -- the Second Summer of Love. 1989 -- the end of South African apartheid and the cold war. Love was all around and if it wasn't enough to make one euphoric there was ecstasy and Madchester to the rescue. What were baggies but hip-hop-and-house-hip hippies-cum-hooligans-cum-hippies again? In case we needed further proof, the baggies made the connection more obvious with their updated covers of psychedelic and Situationist era tunes which at their worst sounded like karaoke versions spruced up with the funky drummer beat but at occasionally exceeded the popularity of the originals.




1988 - The Inspiral Carpets had formed in Oldham in 1983 and from the beginning were obviously smitten with 1960s garage punk and made no bones about it, releasing a cover of ? & the Mysterians' massive 1966 hit, "96 Tears," in 1988.

In 1989, Scottish band The Soup Dragons released a cover of a 1965 Rolling Stones song, "I'm Free." It was whilst watching the video to this song that one of my uncles (who'd experienced the first Summer of Love firsthand) who remarked "This is just the '60s."


In 1990, Scouse veterans The Farm covered Boyce & Hart's "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (as "Stepping Stone") from 1966. 



That same year Candyflip (a duo from the members of which were from Stoke-on-Trent and Merseyside) covered The Beatles' 1967 hit, "Strawberry Fields Forever" and Manchester's Happy Mondays covered John Kongos's "He's Gonna Step On You Again" (as "Step On").



By 1991, the Madchester buzz was fading and the much-missed World of Twist -- who sort of bridged Madchester and the proto-Britpop Glam Revival and the Crimplene Scene --  covered The Rolling Stones' 1967 tune, "She's a Rainbow."

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Eric Brightwell is an adventurer, essayist, rambler, explorer, cartographer, and guerrilla gardener who is always seeking paid writing, speaking, traveling, and art opportunities. He is not interested in generating advertorials, cranking out clickbait, or laboring away in a listicle mill “for exposure.”
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