Happy Mondays ‎– Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches

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Happy Mondays's third album. Released 05 November 1990.
Produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne.
Entered the UK album charts at #4 on 17 November 1990.

First editions (LP, MC, CD) featured a collage of US candy wrappers, designed by Central Station Design. All subsequent editions had the artwork altered and without logos, due to copyright reasons. These second editions have a large yellow "Z" as part of the artwork.

Re-released 1999, 2007 as Collector's Edition with a DVD, and 2015 on limited edition vinyl only (again with altered artwork). The UK newspaper The Guardian offered a CD as a free give-away in 2012.

Tracklist

Kinky Afro
God's Cop
Donovan
Grandbag's Funeral
Loose Fit
Dennis And Lois
Bob's Yer Uncle
Step On
Holiday
Harmony

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FACT 320 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album) Factory FACT 320 UK 1990 Sell This Version
POCD-1035 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album) Factory, London Records POCD-1035 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
CD 60986 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album) Elektra CD 60986 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
FACD 320 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, Nim) Factory FACD 320 UK 1990 Sell This Version
FACD 320 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, PDO) Factory FACD 320 UK 1990 Sell This Version
828 223-2, CD 828 223-2 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, PDO) London Records, Factory, London Records 828 223-2, CD 828 223-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
FACD 320 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, RE) Factory FACD 320 UK 1990 Sell This Version
828 223-2, CD 828 223-2 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, RE, Ger) London Records, Factory, London Records 828 223-2, CD 828 223-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
828 223-4 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album) Factory, London Records 828 223-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
828 223-4 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album) Factory, London Records 828 223-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
50 137-4, 828 223-4 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album) Popron, Factory, London Records 50 137-4, 828 223-4 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
FACT 320c Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album) Factory FACT 320c UK 1990 Sell This Version
FACT 320 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album, Promo) Factory FACT 320 UK 1990 Sell This Version
FACT 320c Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album, RE) Factory FACT 320c UK 1990 Sell This Version
828 223-1 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album) Factory, London Records 828 223-1 Portugal 1990 Sell This Version
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828 223-1 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album, W/Lbl) London Records 828 223-1 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
FACD 320, D 30509 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album) Factory, Festival Records FACD 320, D 30509 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
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FACT 320c Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album, RE) Factory FACT 320c UK 1990 Sell This Version
60986 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album) Elektra 60986 US 1990 Sell This Version
50 137-1, 828 223-1 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album) Popron, Factory, London Records 50 137-1, 828 223-1 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
FACT 320, L 30509 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album) Factory, Festival Records FACT 320, L 30509 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
E1-60986 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album, Club) Elektra E1-60986 US 1990 Sell This Version
FACT 320 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album, M/Print, RE, DFI) Factory FACT 320 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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FACT-320 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Factory FACT-320 UK 1990 Sell This Version
828 223-4, 69311 Happy Mondays Pastillas, Emociones y Dolores De Panza = Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album) London Records, London Records 828 223-4, 69311 Argentina 1991 Sell This Version
828 223-4 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(Cass, Album) Mercury 828 223-4 Uruguay 1991 Sell This Version
50 137-2 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album) Popron, London Records, Factory 50 137-2 Czechoslovakia 1991 Sell This Version
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828 223-1 , 29311 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album) London Records, London Records 828 223-1 , 29311 Argentina 1991 Sell This Version
9 60986-2 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, RP, Dis) Elektra 9 60986-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
828 223-2, CD 828 223-2 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, RE, RP, PDO) London Records, Factory 828 223-2, CD 828 223-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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AMCE-6032 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, RE) EastWest Japan, London Records, Factory AMCE-6032 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
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WPCR-75312 Happy Mondays Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, Promo) London Records WPCR-75312 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
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HM 001 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(CD, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2), The Guardian, Content Partners HM 001 UK 2012 Sell This Version
0825646162062, FACT320R Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Warner Music, Factory 0825646162062, FACT320R UK 2015 Sell This Version
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R1 60986 Happy Mondays Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel) Rhino Records (2) R1 60986 US 2015 Sell This Version
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daktaricla

daktaricla

March 13, 2020
referencing Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, LP, Album, FACT 320
Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches was the third album by British band Happy Mondays. It was released in 1990 and was produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne at Eden Studios in London. *Natokowsky note: Featuring the genius guitar work of Mark Day which is seldom mentioned who is up there with Johnny Marr and Graham Coxon in my book. Very pleased to post this as this is my fav album of all time. Sounds as fresh now as the day I bought it on cassette!

A swirling, neo-psychedelic kaleidoscope of hallucinogenic drugs, trippy beats, borrowed hooks, and veiled threats, Pills 'n' Thrills & Bellyaches is Happy Mondays' masterpiece and the peak of the entire Madchester craze. Where the Stone Roses were pop classicists, Happy Mondays pushed pop into the ecstasy age. The Mondays' cut-and-paste rhythms and melodies are clearly influenced by hip-hop and electronic dance music, and their songs have the same sort of twisted internal logic, subverting conventional pop song structures while reinterpreting oldies, occasionally stealing entire songs and claiming them as their own (John Kongos' "He's Gonna Step on You Again" is transformed into "Step On," LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" provides the basis for "Kinky Afro"). Most of the musical collage is the creation of producers Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne, but the vision of Pills 'n' Thrills & Bellyaches belongs to Shaun Ryder, who reveals himself as a surreally gifted lyricist. Lifting melodies at will, Ryder paints a bizarre vision of modern urban life, fueled by sex, drugs, violence, and dead-end jobs — and instead of lamenting the state of affairs, he celebrates them in his hoarse, arrhythmic, tuneless holler. His thuggishly surreal sense of humor and appropriation of hooks became enormously influential on British rock & roll in the '90s, particularly on Oasis' sense of style. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine

: "Shaun Ryder's greatest achievement (along with his second band, Black Grape's It's Great When You're Straight) and one of the cornerstones of early 90's psychedelic music in Manchester. It is kind of surprise to notice how Pills 'n Thrills and Bellyaches reminds Primal Scream's Screamadelica, but Happy Mondays were year ahead of them, yet still Primal Scream got most of the respect and Happy Mondays were left behind. That is the impression I have, 'cos almost everyone knows Screamadelica, but not many knows this album/band so well.

:: "Can any album beat this? From the absolutely superb Kinky Afro, right through to the sample mad Harmony, this album is a must for all indie fans, guitarists and anyone who appreciates good music. Its mad melodies will be etched into your memory for weeks to come. Step On, Loose fit, Kinky Afro and Holiday are the stand-out tracks for me, but this goes down as a classic album"

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southpawgrammar

southpawgrammar

February 12, 2020
edited 8 months ago
referencing Pills 'N Thrills And Bellyaches, CD, Album, Nim, FACD 320
"Pills 'n' Thrills..." expertly encapsulates the hedonism, audacious and profuse energy and attitude of not only the entire Madchester scene, but the band itself. Laden with hooks, samples and breezy beats, pushing the envelope of pop by adopting the ethos of Chicago's house music movement, more or less creating the ecstasy age and sowing the seeds that would grow into the eventual Balearic club and rave culture of the 1990s, the album redefines psychedelic rock of the 1960s for a new era. Oakenfold and Osborne's slinky grooves blend well with Martin Hannett's aggressive production style; an array of conventional yet understated indie rock guitar riffs are punctuated by bongo fills, piano stabs, woodwind and female vocal harmonies, all converging seamlessly to establish a trippy atmosphere elevated by uncouth vagaries courtesy of Shaun Ryder's thuggish-sounding yet poetic spoken word vocals. "Pills 'n' Thrills" is unquestionably one of the most indulgent, off-the-wall and exceptional studio efforts of Factory Records history, but the sex, drugs and Northern culture herein is celebrated rather than despaired of, registering the album's expansive, eclectic sound and narrative as figuratively emblematic of the very label it was created by, and as such, this album should be considered its crowning glory, a true masterpiece worthy of its critical reverence.

*I would recommend the initial CD pressing of the album as it retains all of the dynamics that were lost in the more compressed remaster.
stardust_anomie

stardust_anomie

February 8, 2020
referencing Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, LP, Album, RE, LMS5521288, FACT 320
Any comparison to the yellow RSD version from a few years ago? Same master?
silkyskillz

silkyskillz

February 1, 2020
referencing Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, LP, Album, RE, LMS5521288, FACT 320
cracking reissue. defintely crankable. record itself was filthy and covered in fine scuffs, which don't affect play. I can't imagine this record sounding any better. buy with confidence
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

July 13, 2019
referencing Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel, R1 60986
Quite an amazing release from quite an amazing band that I’ll never forget. This reissue was done right, sounds excellent and hits hard. Beautiful clarity and omnipresent lyrics, quite the house experience. Quality pressing, no flaws. I’m surprised this record doesn’t get more praise. It’s a classic and truly original,
frito1

frito1

December 10, 2017
referencing Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel, R1 60986
This is NOT a dud reissue. You will not be disappointed.
redblooded

redblooded

October 17, 2017
referencing Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel, R1 60986

R1 60986 sounds fantastic and looks great! Better than expected.
Spatzo

Spatzo

September 16, 2017
referencing Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, LP, Album, Club, E1-60986

This pressing BLOWS AWAY the 180g. The reissue is pretty good, but not close to the original 90' pressing - IMHO.
andyman5

andyman5

February 26, 2016
referencing Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, LP, Album, FACT 320

The track 'Holiday' is for all intents and purposes a cover of Change's - Lover's Holiday as the melody is lifted straight from the aforementioned track albeit in the Monday's style.