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Match of the Day 1991

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On June 1st 1991 the Mondays played one of their biggest gigs at an all day event at Elland Road, Leeds, headlining a bill that included other quality bands such at Northside, The La’s, The Farm, The High etc. Also memorable for the ‘brave raver’ scaling one of the floodlights! The full page press advert… Read more »

Hallelujah, Sweets man!

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Another great promotional item, this time for the Hallelujah remix EP, comes in the form of these ‘sweets’ with the slogan Get On One. as you can see from the image below these ‘sweets’ look suspiciously like little tablets! If I did eat one of these now it probably would send me on a trip actually due… Read more »

Pills N Thrills Tour 90

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Through November and December 1990 the band embarked on a short but much anticipated UK tour to promote the Pills N Thrills and Bellyaches album. For the first time every date of this tour would be at huge capacity venues as can be seen in the press advert below, highlighting just how big and successful the band had… Read more »

European Tour 1990

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Keeping up their busy schedule the band headed round Europe at the start of 1990 for a short tour taking in Germany, France, Spain and Iceland of all places! The flyer above was for the bands gig at the Luxor Club in Germany on March 6th, a venue that has hosted numerous English groups over… Read more »

Pills N Thrills Promo

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A classic promotional item for the Pills N Thrills LP came in the form of a huge pill which could be pulled apart to reveal the contents as can be seen above. In case you were wondering there is 1 x Bayer Aspirin, 1 x Ramses condom, 5 x Johnson & Johnson Band Aids, 2 x… Read more »

Pills LP Unseen and Unheard

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This is the actual tape (below) and inlay (above) of the bands early sessions recording at the world famous Capitol Records Studio over in the USA in 1990. As you can see from the inlay some of the tunes have their early working titles, like Texture and Stove Pipe for example which went on to become… Read more »

Early Irish Outings

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Before either band had a hit the Mondays shared the bill with dance act The Shamen on dates over in Ireland in March of 1988. As you can see from the actual gig poster above they played The Limelight in Belfast on the 16th and then the following night they was at McGonagles in Dublin.  If anyone was… Read more »

Reach For The Skies…

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Factory Records were forced to release the performance at Elland Road in 1991 due to the band releasing their own bootleg vinyl LP of the gig titled Baby Bighead. The advert above shows the promotion for the Japanese release of the official version, and below an advert from German music magazine Spex:  

Manchester in New York 90

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As part of their US Call The Cops Tour in 1990 the Mondays played the famous New York Sound Factory on July 18th along with fellow Mancunians 808 State and Adamski. This was part of the United States of Hacienda event as the flyer above shows. The specially designed poster for the gig has a… Read more »

Brighton Top Rank 1989

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This is a cool but rarely seen two sided flyer for the gig at the Top Rank Suite in Brighton as part of the Rave On Tour, late 89. Set list: Rave On, Do It Better, Tart Tart, Performance, Hallelujah, Clap Your Hands, Kuff Dam, Lazyitis, Mad Cyril, Wrote For Luck