Coming back on to the mighty Hallelujah, the Mondays pulled out its more dancefloor-friendly version, before hitting us with the only song that could end the night, what else but Wrote For Luck
. Its pummelling, oppressive groove was mindblowing.
The Madchester favourites - Shaun Ryder, Bez, Paul Ryder and, er, the other ones - were responsible for some of the best tunes from that exciting period from Wrote For Luck
to Hallelujah but more than that, they forged an unbreakable link between indie and dance music.
Songs like Performance, Do It Better and Mad Cyril were greeted like old friends - with the band clearly as up for it as the crowd - while the pulsating, hypnotic groove of Wrote For Luck
was almost overpowering but in the best possible way.
It's a shame the Mondays' first two albums were completely ignored, and possibly one of the couple of his new songs could have been sacrificed for Wrote For LucK
, the biggest absence, but in the end this was a night for the masses, not the connoisseur, and with Shaun you Know that's exactly how he'd want it.
Opening with Kinky Afro and playing the likes of Step On, Wrote For Luck
, 24 Hour Party People and a few Black Grape numbers, you couldn't help but dance like Bez.
All these ingredients are still present and correct, mixed into a fine new stew by the band and their producer, Sunny Levine (son of Simply Red/Sly And The Family Stone producer Stewart and grandson of Quincy), somewhere between Hallelujah, Wrote For Luck
and Step On of old and the psychedelic disco of Shaun and Bez's post-Mondays band, Black Grape.
But by now the Mondays had added pop to their funk and the LP contained some great songs, such as Mad Cyril, Lazyitis and Wrote for Luck
The set ended with Wrote for Luck
, which just seemed to build and build until Ryder was practically on his knees, preaching the chorus from the bottom of his tarnished lungs.
Wrote For Luck
was devastating, its hypnotic, relentless groove stretched out and sprawling, still sounding as dangerous and irresistible as ever.
They signed off with Wrote for Luck
, Bez back on stage for a dance.