Haçienda, The

Erecting a Manhattan-style nightclub in Manchester was a daft idea; but it worked. In 1980, New Order were undertaking their first US tour. During their stay in New York the band hung out at all the main clubs, such as Danceteria, Hurrah’s and The Peppermint Lounge. It was the band’s late manager, Rob Gretton, who came up with(…)

Happy Mondays

Manchester (UK) band Happy Mondays took their name from a New Order song but came last in a ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest at New Order’s Haçienda Club. The band released their debut album in May 1987. The album, Squirrel & G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), was produced by John Cale and(…)

Inspiral Carpets

Formed initially as The Furs in Manchester, England, by schoolboy Graham Lambert. He was joined in the mid-80s by Stephen Holt, Tony Welsh and Chris Goodwin. In 1986, now called The Inspiral Carpets, they replaced Goodwin and Welsh with Craig Gill, Dave Swift and Clint Boon. Early in 1987 they recorded a version of Garage for a(…)

Smiths, The

A bedroom-trained recluse with limited experience in local punk bands, Steven Patrick Morrissey (who was also the ex-president of the UK New York Dolls fan club and author of the book James Dean Isn’t Dead) finally seized his moment in the summer of 1982 when he formed The Smiths with guitarist Johnny Marr, born John Maher (he adapted his(…)

Stone Roses, The

Stone Roses, The

It is hard to believe in retrospect, but The Stone Roses’ eponymous debut album – now often cited as “the greatest British debut of all time” – slipped out without too much fanfare. Sure, the hipper kids and the music papers were gearing up for what became known as Madchester, but despite some well-received gigs, nobody(…)