The rave-influenced scene is widely seen as heavily influenced by drugs, especially ecstasy (MDMA). At that time, the Haçienda nightclub, co-owned by members of New Order, was a major catalyst for the distinctive musical ethos in the city that was called the Second Summer of Love.
The Beechwood label's 16-track "Manchester Story '88-'91: Madchester" presents a pretty faithful re-telling of the Factory-led Brit-pop explosion that consumed college radio in the late '80s early '90s.
Usually relegated to late-night appearances on MTV's 120 Minutes, bands like New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Charlatans UK, 808 State, and New Order nevertheless found a way to break out internationally, influencing the myriad of shapes that alternative rock would assume in the coming years.
Though there are many holes in the story (where are Blur, Ride, Primal Scream or the Manic Street Preachers?) presented here, the inclusion of various remixes, original 12" versions, and extended mixes keeps things interesting, and the songs themselves are all top-notch, resulting in a formidable gateway drug for anybody looking to immerse themselves in genre.
Fear won't prevail. We will continue to enjoy our love for life, freedom & joy.
|1||–Happy Mondays||W.F.L. (The Vince Clark Mix)||6:10|
|2||–The Stone Roses||Elephant Stone||4:47|
|3||–The Charlatans||Indian Rope||4:30|
|4||–Northside||Shall We Take A Trip||4:20|
|6||–New Fast Automatic Daffodils||Big||6:04|
|7||–New Order||True Faith (Original 12" Mix)||5:13|
|8||–Paris Angels||Perfume (Loved Up)||4:10|
|9||–MC Tunes Versus 808 State||Tunes Splits The Atom (Original Rap)||3:09|
|10||–Happy Mondays||Step On (Stuff It In Mix)||5:45|
|11||–James||Come Home (Extended Flood Mix)||6:07|
|12||–The Mock Turtles||Can You Dig It?||4:08|
|14||–New Order||Bizarre Love Triangle (Original 12" Mix)||6:42|
|15||–808 State||Pacific State (Origin)||4:27|
|16||–The Stone Roses||Fools Gold||4:15|
VA - Madchester - The Manchester Story '88 - '91
(320 kbps, cover art included)