Exploring the ‘Madchester’ music scene of the ’80s and ’90s : World Cafe : NPR

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From the late Eighties via the early ’90s, the «Madchester» music scene was born out of rave membership tradition in Manchester, England. Combining rock, home, dance, digital and psychedelic music, bands like Pleased Mondays, The Stone Roses, New Order, 808 State and others garnered world music and pop cultural significance. The scene spawned The Hacienda, a nightclub that was the main target of the music scene, and Manufacturing unit Data, an impartial report label owned by Tony Wilson that signed many bands, together with Pleased Mondays and James. Whereas most of the Madchester bands have been from Manchester, not all of the bands related to the music of the scene have been (Blur, Primal Scream and The Soup Dragons), and earlier than and after the booming years of the dance music influenced bands, indie and punk bands from Manchester had an equally essential affect on music each within the UK and globally — bands like The Fall, The Buzzcocks and The Smiths, to call a couple of.

World Cafe has put collectively a Manchester/Madchester 101 playlist. Hearken to it under:

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