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Yes, Please [Happy Mondays]

  • 1. Stinkin Thinkin
    2. Monkey in the Family
    3. Sunshine and Love
    4. Dustman
    5. Angel
    6. Cut 'Em Loose Bruce
    7. Theme from Netto - (TRUE instrumental)
    8. Love Child
    9. Total Ringo
    10. Cowboy Dave
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61391

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Frantz; Tina Weymouth
    EngineerMark Roule

    Happy Mondays: Shaun Ryder (vocals); Paul Ryder (guitar, bass); Mark Day (guitar); Paul Davis (keyboards); Gary Whelan (drums).
    Additional personnel: Kermit (vocals); Bruce Martin (percussion); Rowetta (background vocals).
    Recorded at Blue Wave Studio, St. Philip, Barbados and Comfort's Place Studio, Lingfield, Surrey, England.
    Personnel: Simon Machan, Bruce Martin (programming, sampler).
    Audio Mixer: Steven Stanley .
    Recording information: Blue Wave Recording Studios, St. Philip, Barbados; Comfort's Place Studio, Lingfield, Surrey, England.
    Editor: Scott Hull .
    By the time this album was recorded and released in '92, the Happy Mondays had visibly unraveled. Travelling to Barbados to record with Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, the band--Ryder in particular--was spiraling into a pit of drug addiction.
    The first half of this CD is very strong. Featuring rehab favorites "Stinkin Thinkin," "Monkey in the Family," "Sunshine and Love," and "Dustman," the drug theme quickly devolved into a drug-addled mess: Ryder spent less and less time in the studio and more and more time on the streets of Barbados looking for crack rocks. Not long after, Ryder excused himself from the record company meeting where the Mondays were renegotiating their contract to go buy heroin. They were instantly dropped from their label and the Happy Mondays were no more. This album is a lot better than its initial reviews stated. YES, PLEASE has a penetrating honesty about the disintegrating state of its creators, making it a confession album easy to like.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (11/92, p.117) - Recommended - "...a kinder, gentler album...a worthy follow-up to PILLS N' THRILLS AND BELLYACHES...It still tastes great..."
    Q (7/00, p.141) - Included in Q's "The Best Male Angst Albums Of All Time"
    Q (10/92, p.80) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a clutch of cuts that restore your faith in all things grubby, grinning and gleeful...shafts of Hammond, stabs of guitar and exhilarating, chaotic cacophony..."
    NME (Magazine) (10/10/92, p.39) - "...the joyrider's equivalent to Neil Young's TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT--one of those awful black records to turn to when you're feeling at your most morbid..."
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