Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches: The Story of Madchester – The Selected Paylist

spotify-logo-6f9f4If you’ve enjoyed Pill ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, the Story of Madchester, here’s the spotify playlist where you can listen to the best tracks featured in the documentary.

The whole documentary series is of course still available for download:
Part 1: From Punk to Dance MusicPart 2: Large Trousers and Little PillsPart 3: The Rise of The Stone Roses and The Happy MondaysPart 4: The Comedown

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Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches: The Story of Madchester – Part 4: The Comedown

This is the fourth and last part of Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, a BBC documentary about the Madchester era. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: From Punk to Dance Music, Part 2: Large Trousers and Little Pills, Part 3: The Rise of the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays.

happymondayspoolAs it offen happens when chemicals are involved, at some point the drugs stopped working. In a few years, Madchester had become a mockery of itself. The Hacienda was plagued by drug-related violence and criminality, the bands were repeatedly pointed at for their excessive laddishness and their follow up albums were often very disappointing. To finish it all off, a new phenomenon from America was quickly becoming the new love of the British music press: Grunge.
Still, Madchester had planted seeds that would flourish a few years later with Britpop.

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Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches – Part 4

Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches: The Story of Madchester – Part 3: The Rush

This is the third part of Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, a BBC documentary about the Madchester era. Listen to the previous parts here: Part 1: From Punk to Dance Music, Part 2: Large Trousers and Little Pills.

stone rosesIn part 3, Stuart Maconie recalls the swift rise of the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses from the dormant indie scene of the late 80s.

The Happy Mondays had their club mixes and extreme lifestyle, the Stone Roses had their Smiths-influenced dreamy pop and their best-band-in-the-world attitude. Both brought the Madchester sound to the mainstream, taking pop back from corporate America to return it to the british youth, inspiring many bands to come.

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Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches – Part 3

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Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches: The Story of Madchester – Part 2: Large Trousers and Little Pills

baggy-styleThis is the second part of Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, a BBC documentary about the Madchester era. Listen to the previous part here: Part 1: From Punk to Dance Music.

Madchester wasn’t only about music: loose trousers, bowl haircuts, anoraks… relaxed and deliberately uncool, the “baggy” style was a fashion statement that was quickly adopted by the music obsessed youth.
But music and clothes weren’t enough to bring together a city notorious for its fights and rough laddish culture. Indeed, summer-of-love type nights at the Hacienda had a magical ingredient that made it all work: ecstasy.

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Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches – Part 2

Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches: The Story of Madchester – Part 1: From Punk to Dance Music

This BBC documentary goes deeper into exploring an era of music that has already been mentioned in The Mancunian Way and The Great Bleep Forward: Madchester, or how in the late 80s, Manchester became the world capital of pop. Who could have predicted that such an industrial city, characterised by massive unemployment and bad weather, would give birth to such a vibrant and hedonistic scene?

In part 1, Stuart Maconie tells the story of how Manchester’s effervescent post punk scene inspired New Order members and head of Factory Records’ Tony Wilson to create the Hacienda, a place that quickly went from being an art space to an eclectic club venue. Its cheap drinks and no door policy allowed bohemian working class Mancunians to escape their hard lives and enjoy Chicago’s and Detroit’s all new techno and acid house rhythms. A mix of two cultures that established Manchester as the coolest place on earth and inspired The Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, and many more.

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Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches – Part 1