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Madchester in the 90s

593 Madchester: The Sound and the Scene

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What is Madchester? A sound? A scene? We talk The Stone Roses, Factory Records, Inspiral Carpets, the Hacienda, and more to figure it out

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The Manchester music scene gained notoriety long before Ian Brown and Shaun Ryder thanks to 1960s artists like The Hollies, The Bee Gees, and Herman's Hermits. Following the rise of punk, Manchester provided their own twist with bands like Joy Division and New Order, The Smiths, and The Fall breaking out at home and abroad. But our focus is on the unique combination of guitar-driven rock and underground rave music that morphed into what became known as Madchester. Combining funky, percussive rhythms with everything from 80s college rock to 60s psychedelic, the brief window of the late 80s and early 90s created a unique blend of danceable rock music paired with DJs and club music that became a small factor in the eventual rise of Britpop.

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  • Intro - Fool's Gold by The Stone Roses
  • 13:27 - Dragging Me Down by Inspiral Carpets
  • 26:08 - I'm Free by The Soup Dragons
  • 33:15 - Pacific State by 808 State
  • 46:02 - Sit Down by James
  • Outro - Step On by Happy Mondays

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