Late in 2016, I posted on Facebook about the contents of a mix tape I put together sometime in early 92. It’s the only sixty-minute tape of its kind in my collection. Here’s the last of the modified versions of those sixteen posts.
The “Madchester” sound (originating in Manchester, England) and its evolutions made landfall in the US during my last couple of years of grad school. “Step On” by Happy Mondays and “The Only One I Know” by the Charlatans are probably the two songs that I most distinctly remember, but I also heard stuff by (among others) the Farm, Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, and Soup Dragons. In the end I liked it all well enough but was never an ardent fan.
Northside is another band that usually gets lumped in with that scene. Greg plugged me into this one. Somewhat silly but also pretty infectious and groovy–I dig the “More Than a Feeling” feel to the riff in the background.