Happy Mondays vinyl reissues

Black vinyl pressings • Redrawn artwork • New sleeve notes

The Happy Mondays‘ four albums for Factory records are being reissued on vinyl.

The albums are the John Cale-produced debut Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) (1987), Bummed (1988), Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches (1990) and Yes Please (produced by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz in 1992).

These new records have been cut from Factory Records lacquers and have been pressed on 180 gram vinyl. The artwork from each album has been redrawn by the original designers, Central Station Design, so expect some pin-sharp reproductions rather than blurry scans!

Each album also comes with new sleeve notes, with John Robb handling the debut, Andrew Perry on Bummed, Sylvia Patterson (Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches) and Miranda Sawyer (Yes Please). These also come with  a download code.

All four will be released on 31 January 2020. If you are thinking of buying a complete set then the Happy Mondays online store has a special money saving bundle.

Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) vinyl LP

1. Kuff Dam
2. Tart Tart
3. ‘Enery
4. Russell
5. Olive Oil
6. Weekend S
7. Little Matchstick Owen
8. Oasis
9. 24 Hour Party People
10. Cob 20

Bummed vinyl LP

1. Country Song
2. Moving in With
3. Mad Cyril
4. Fat Lady Wrestlers
5. Performance
6. Brain Dead
7. Wrote for Luck
8. Bring a Friend
9. Do It Better
10. Lazyitis

Pills N’ Thrills and Bellyaches vinyl LP

1. Kinky Afro
2. God’s Cop
3. Donovan
4. Grandbag’s Funeral
5. Loose Fit
6. Dennis and Lois
7. Bob’s Yer Uncle
8. Step On
9. Holiday
10. Harmony

Yes Please vinyl LP

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
8 Lovechild
9 Total Ringo
10 Cowboy Dave

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Excluding the 2015 edition of Bellyaches on yellow vinyl, i own the original pressing of all these masterpieces (including the “Desmond” pressing of Squirrel And G-Man in its pvc bag).

I don’t know if i need these reissues, but the extra liner notes are tempting.

Are they really sourced from original “Factory Records lacquers”?

Iain McCarthy

I’ve already got ‘Bummed’, ‘Pills n Thrills’ & ‘…Yes Please’ on vinyl, however, it is a shame that ‘Squirrel & G-Man’ & ‘…Yes Please!’ aren’t getting the Deluxe CD treatment like ‘Bummed’ & ‘Pills & Thrills’ got some years back.

Terry Duckworth

A shame the original ‘sweets’ cover of Pills ‘N’ Thrills hasn’t been restored.

Dr Volume

I read somewhere that the download includes ‘remixes and rarities’ but not mentioned anywhere on the band’s site so I suppose it’s just a straight vanilla reissue with no bonus ‘thrills’?. Shame 24HPP doesn’t have Desmond restored, or come in the printed plastic sleeve as the original, and of course Thrills & Spills isn’t the original artwork – the first edition was a collage loads of US sweets & bubblegum wrappers which they had to re-do completely with no logos showing.

Tom Walsh

A week after my birthday, I will be dropping some heavy hints for Squirral, Bummed and Yes Please on Vinyl.


Are these cut from the original tapes?

Martyn Alner

Squirrel and G-Man is the later version without ‘Desmond’ on it – wasn’t that a Beatles-lyric problem?

Timm Davison

Yes I believe that was the case. I’m lucky enough to have found an original in the printed PVC sleeve used at a local (US) record shop in like 95 for about 12 USD.

Tom from FUN

Yep, got that same PVC crown jewel for decent price decades ago. It was anyways bit over double price more for me in USD, but the condition of the copy is definitely M- or VG+ minimum.

Easily worth 50-60 GBP now in global market!

Roman Totale

It is indeed the later version, the Desmond version was quickly withdrawn for half-inching the melody from Ob La Di . To prove that they hadn’t learned their lesson (or more likely, didn’t give two hoots), a couple of years later they stole part of the Ticket To Ride melody for Lazyitis. BTW, if anybody desperately needs the original vinyl Squirrel and G-Man including Desmond, I know a certain somebody who will sell his for the right price! ;-)