The Madchester music scene (from Manchester, England) was one of the dominant threads in British alternative rock and pop in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Practically dripping with acid, the scene was sort of one of the harbingers of rave culture. I played a bunch of bands from this scene during my final years as a DJ, so Happy Mondays found their way onto the turntables at KTUH more than once on my watch.
Now, I did not know this before tonight, but apparently Happy Mondays represented more of the sleazy side of the Madchester scene. They burnt out rather quickly but have cast a pretty long shadow over Brit-pop since their heyday.
I only know them from a pair of tracks on their 1990 album, Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches. I’ve always been sort of “meh” on them and their leader, Shaun Ryder even though I dig their sound. I think I like the idea of the band better than I like the band itself. Indeed, I feel like they paved the way for bands like Cornershop and should at least try to give some more of their records a chance.
The lyrics of “Bob’s Yer Uncle” leave absolutely no doubt as to what this song is about. Despite this, I never really paid much attention to what Ryder was singing before this last month, so when I realized he was singing “Can I take you from behind” it was something of a revelation. “Bob’s your uncle” is a British slang phrase that basically means “and there you have it.”
“I’m going to take you from behind and there you have it,” I suppose.