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

Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) was the first album by British band Happy Mondays. It was released in 1987 on Factory Records and was produced by John Cale. The album features many characteristics that would be further developed on the band's second LP Bummed, such as Shaun Ryder's seemingly nonsensical lyrics combined with funk rhythms.[3]

Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1987
RecordedDecember 1986
GenreMadchester, post-punk, dance-rock, avant-garde pop[1]
Length36:12
LabelFactoryFACT 170
ProducerJohn Cale
Happy Mondays chronology
Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
(1987)
Bummed
(1988)
Singles from Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
  1. "Tart Tart"
    Released: March 1987
  2. "24 Hour Party People"
    Released: October 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]

The title and title track were later adapted for the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, which told the story of Factory Records and the Manchester music community, including the Happy Mondays themselves.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Happy Mondays.

  1. "Kuff Dam" – 3:06
  2. "Tart Tart" – 4:25
  3. "'Enery" – 2:22
  4. "Russell" – 4:53
  5. "Olive Oil" – 2:36
  6. "Weekend S" – 2:23
  7. "Little Matchstick Owen" – 3:42
  8. "Oasis" – 3:45
  9. "24 Hour Party People" – 4:40
  10. "Cob 20" – 4:20

The album was originally released without the track "24 Hour Party People". In its place was a track entitled "Desmond", which borrowed heavily from "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" by The Beatles. A few hundred copies of the album were released with the "Desmond" track, but the usage was not cleared and Michael Jackson, then-owner of The Beatles' back catalogue, forced the removal of the track from future pressings, with "24 Hour Party People" taking its place.

"Little Matchstick Owen's Rap" is listed on the compact disc and cassette editions but does not actually appear on the album itself. This missing track is only available as the B-side of the "Tart Tart" single.[4]

The lyrics to "Russell" are taken from the blurb on the back of the Russell Grant book Your Sun Signs, which Shaun Ryder was reading during recording sessions.

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Clay, Joe (2 March 2016). "Champion Versions: Steve Mason's Favourite Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ "Squirrel & G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile - Happy Mondays | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. ^ Factory Communications UK: Part 4 Archived 17 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine