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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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Why Wasn’t I Told?

Dorrie Evans, the scatty and interfering self-appointed concierge at 96 Lindsay Street, Paddington, was the absolute queen of malapropism on the series Number 96. Proving extremely popular with the viewing audience, the wit and wisdom of...

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