Happy Mondays - Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches
180 Gram Vinyl with Download. 'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches' is the third studio album by Happy Mondays. It was produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne. 'Pills'n'Thrills And Bellyaches' was trailed by two singles, the student disco favourite 'Step On' (a cover of the 1972 hit by John Kongos) and 'Kinky Afro' - probably their greatest moment - a sort of Sly and the Family Skunk. But these are not the only pleasures: 'God's Cop', opens with chaotic, out of tune slide guitar and develops into a rambunctious lyrical attack on the then-Manchester Police Chief James Anderton, over a loping drum loop from 'Shack Up' by Banbarra, complete with Paul Davis' synth stabs and full on vocals from Rowetta; 'Donovan,' Ryder's lyrical appropriation of his future father-in-law's 'Sunshine Superman.' Again, Oakenfold and Osborne's deftness of touch is highlighted; it is a languid, accordion-driven groove suddenly undermined by the trademark Mondays hobnails two minutes in.