This fortnight Dave and I are climbing back onto the Music Tree to pick up where we left off in the 80s. For the next two weeks we will be listening to the Stone Roses’ self-titled debut album, released in 1989. This came to be known as the seminal album of the Madchester movement/genre.
The Madchester scene built on the Manchester sounds of the 70s and 80s, including previous Musical Adventure bands Joy Division and the Smiths. The home of Madchester was Factory Records and its scene-central club, the Haçienda – to get a wonderfully visual-yet-vague idea of this club’s place in the culture of music and Manchester, take a look at this artwork by DJ Elliot Eastwick. And for those wanting to know more about rave culture up North in the 90s, the life and times of the Madchester scene’s key figure, Tony Wilson, is irreverently dramatised in the comedy 24 Hour Party People, which will be my extra-credit Musical Adventure viewing this fortnight.