It’s been hard to avoid the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s landmark grunge album ‘Nevermind’, but rather closer to home is this re-release.
Signed to Factory Records thanks to Shaun Ryder’s dad Derek, the original album sadly coincided with their label’s financial problems (ironically caused in part by the Happy Mondays).
Produced by Lightning Seed Ian Broudie, the 11 tracks capture the era perfectly – the choppy guitar recalls the baggy scene of the time, while there’s a Creation Records jangle to ‘Pulling My Fingers Off’. ’Half Pie’ evokes fellow Factory alumni James while ‘I Feel Lovely’ mixes the Mondays’ sound with a shoegazey feel.
Still sounding fresh today despite its years, this is a ’90s time capsule well worth opening up.
‘Gobbledygook’ is out now. This article originally appeared in the Sunderland Echo .