Monday, August 1, 2022

K's MADCHESTER SCENE SPECIAL - The 150 Greatest Acid House and Baggy Anthems of the Madchester Scene (Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (10 x CD's)

K  MADCHESTER SCENE SPECIAL   -   The 150 Greatest Acid House and Baggy Anthems of the Madchester Scene (Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (10 x CD's)

Manchester and 'Madchester'.

Madchester was a musical and cultural scene that developed in the English city of Manchester in the late 1980's, closely associated with the indie dance scene. Indie-dance (sometimes referred to as indie-rave) saw artists merging indie music with elements of acid house, psychedelia and 1960's pop.  The term Madchester was coined by Factory Records' Tony Wilson, with the label popularised by the British music press in the early 1990s, and its most famous groups include the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, the Charlatans, James and 808 State. It is widely seen as being heavily influenced by drugs, especially MDMA. At that time, the Haçienda nightclub, co-owned by members of New Order, was a major catalyst for the distinctive musical ethos in the city that was called the Second Summer of Love.

Acid house was also popular in Manchester. The Thunderdome (which was generally advertised as a techno night) in Miles Platting was at the epicenter of the scene and gave rise to acts like A Guy Called Gerald, 808 State, Jam MC's, Steve Williams and Jay Wearden. A Greater Manchester-based producer called Peter Ford teamed up with Richard Salt and recorded a record called "Oochy Koochy", regarded as the first British acid house track. Released by dance indie Rhythm King Records as "Oochy Koochy (F.U. Baby Yeh Yeh)" under the name Baby Ford, the record peaked at number 58 on the UK Singles Chart on 24 September 1988. The genre was extremely popular with the city's football hooligans. According to Manchester United football hooligan Colin Blaney in Hotshot: The Story of a Little Red Devil, the acid house venues were the only place where rival hooligan gangs would mix, without coming to blows with one another.

John Leckie produced the Stone Roses single "Fools Gold" (an indie-dance record which had a prominent 'shufflebeat' which came from a four bar loop based upon Clyde Stubblefield's "Funky Drummer" drum pattern) which was used on countless baggy records and it was mainly fans of the Stone Roses who started to wear the fashions that gave the genre/scene its alternative name.

Baggy was a name given to a British alternative dance genre popular in the late 1980's and early 1990's, with many of the artists referred to as "baggy" being bands from the Madchester scene. The "baggy" sound generally includes a combination of funk, psychedelia, guitar rock, and house music. In the Manchester context, the music can be seen as mainly influenced by the indie music that had dominated the city's music scene during the 1980s, but also absorbing the various influences coming through "the Haçienda" nightclub. Alongside the music, a way of dressing emerged that gave baggy its name. Baggy jeans (often flared, with the pants usually being made by Shami Ahmed's 'Joe Bloggs' brand alongside brightly coloured or tie-dye casual tops and general 1960s style became fashionable first in Manchester and then across the country, frequently topped off with a fishing hat in the style sported by the Stone Roses' drummer Alan "Reni" Wren. The overall look was part rave, part retro or part hippie,

part football casual. Many Madchester bands had football casual fans and a number of bands even wore football shirts.

The Madchester and baggy movements saw acid house influences bleed into the Mancunian rock scene. Here is my own compilation of what I consider to be the best and most important tracks of the Madchester music scene of the late 80's and early 90's. Not only this, but I have selected the very best versions of each song, as many tracks were remixed by prominent producers at the time such as Paul Oakenfold, Steve Osborne, Terry Farley, Marc Angelo, Chad Jackson, Andy Weatherall and others. Contains many rare and extremely hard to find versions and mixes. Compiled as always using the very latest and highest quality digital remasters for superior sound quality and enjoyment.




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Track lists


01 Primal Scream Loaded 7:01

02 The Farm All Together Now 5:40

03 Blur Bang 3:37

04 Bomb the Bass Beat Dis (Original 1987 Beat Dis 12" Extended Dis) 5:57

05 Babble Beautiful 6:18

06 New Order Blue Monday '88 (12" Version) 7:07

07 Happy Mondays Bob's Yer Uncle 5:09

08 James Born of Frustation 4:38

09 The Stone Roses Bye Bye Bad Man 4:06

10 The Mock Turtles Can You Dig It? 4:08

11 The Beloved Celebrate Your Life 5:35

12 Orbital Chime (Original 1989 12" Version) 12:40

13 The Cure Close to Me (Paul Oakenfold & Steve Osborne 1990 Closer Mix) 5:45

14 Frazier Chorus Cloud 8 (Paul Oakenfold Future Mix) 6:49


15 James Come Home 3:55

16 Primal Scream Come Together (Terry Farley Extended 12" Mix) 8:04

17 The Farm Comfort 4:52

18 Inspiral Carpets Commercial Rain 4:43

19 Stereo MC's Connected 5:14

20 The Beloved Deliver Me 3:55

21 The Adventures of Stevie V Dirty Cash (Sold Out 12" Mix) 7:31

22 Primal Scream Don't Fight It, Feel It 6:54

23 The Farm Don't Let Me Down 4:36

24 Inspiral Carpets Dragging Me Down 4:34

25 Hypnotone Dream Beam (Original Mix) 5:13

26 Intastella Dream Some Paradise (7" Single Version) 3:54

27 Beats International feat. Lindy Layton Dub Be Good to Me 3:58

28 The Shamen Ebeneezer Goode (Beat Edit) 3:52


29 The Stone Roses Elephant Stone 3:07

30 Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence (Original 1990 7" Single Version) 4:16

31 Cocteau Twins Fifty-Fifty Clown 3:11

32 New Order Fine Time 4:43

33 The Beloved For Your Love 4:15

34 Electronic Get the Message 5:20

35 Electronic Getting Away with It 5:15

36 Happy Mondays God's Cop 4:57

37 The Farm Golden Vision 5:06

38 The Farm Groovy Train 4:09

39 Happy Mondays Hallelujah (Original 1989 Paul Oakenfold and Andy Weatherall 12" Club Mix) 6:27

40 Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas 4:56

41 The Beloved Hello 4:19

42 The Milltown Brothers Here I Stand 3:37

43 The Farm Higher & Higher 6:10

44 Primal Scream Higher Than the Sun (12" Mix) 6:46


45 Soho Hippychick 4:31

46 James How Was It for You? 2:59

47 The Stone Roses I Am the Resurrection 8:15

48 The Beloved I Love You More 3:54

49 The Stone Roses I Wanna Be Adored (Original 1989 12" Single Version) 4:56

50 The Soup Dragons feat. Junior Reid I'm Free 3:48

51 Cocteau Twins Iceblink Luck 3:17

52 Jesus Jones International Bright Young Thing 3:12

53 Opus III It's a Fine Day 5:28

54 The Beloved It's Alright Now (Rattling Good Time) 8:15

55 Flowered Up It's On 4:39

56 Saint Etienne Join Our Club 3:18

57 The KLF feat. Maxine Harvey Justified & Ancient (All Bound for Mu Mu Land) 7:47

58 Happy Mondays Kinky Afro 3:59

59 Saint Etienne Kiss and Make Up 5:14

60 Siouxsie & the Banshees Kiss Them for Me 4:37


61 The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds (Original 1990 Dance Mk 2 12" Mix) 8:25

62 Happy Mondays Loose Fit 5:05

63 The Farm Love See No Colour (Single Remix) 3:58

64 The Stone Roses Made of Stone 4:16

65 The Farm Mind 4:33

66 The Beloved Missing You 5:06

67 Northside Moody Places (12" Version) 5:51

68 Inspiral Carpets Move 3:26

69 The Shamen Move Any Mountain 3:23

70 Primal Scream Movin' on Up 3:47

71 New Order Mr. Disco 4:21

72 Northside My Rising Star (12" Version) 6:27

73 The Cure Never Enough (Single Mix) 4:28

74 Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) (Original Mix) 5:14

75 Frazier Chorus Nothing (Has Been Proved Mix) (Chad Jackson) 6:18

76 Saint Etienne Nothing Can Stop Us 4:22


77 The Stone Roses One Love (Full Length Version) 7:42

78 Saint Etienne Only Love Can Break Your Heart 4:32

79 The Charlatans The Only One I Know 4:00

80 Baby Ford Oochy Koochy (F.U. Baby Yeh Yeh) (Original 12" Version) 7:46

81 The Real People Open Up Your Mind (Let Me In) 3:34

82 The Beloved Outerspace Girl 4:49

83 808 State Pacific State (Original 1989 'Quadrastate' 12" Single Version) 6:29

84 The Future Sound of London Papua New Guinea (Original 12" Version) 4:59

85 Intastella People (12" Version) 6:10

86 Saint Etienne People Get Real 4:45

87 Paris Angels Perfume (Loved Up) 5:35

88 Flowered Up Phobia (Marc Angelo Paranoid Mix) 4:58

89 The Shamen Phorever People (Beatmasters Heavenly Mix) 6:04


90 Jay Dee Plastic Dreams (Original Long Version) 10:19

91 M|A|R|R|S Pump Up the Volume (Original 1987 UK 12" Single Version) 6:47

92 Electronic Reality 5:39

93 Black Box Ride on Time (Massive Mix) 4:21

94 Jesus Jones Right Here, Right Now 3:10

95 New Order Round & Round 4:31

96 New Order Run 4:31

97 A Certain Ratio Shack Up 3:15

98 Northside Shall We Take a Trip (12" Version) 5:29

99 The Stone Roses She Bangs the Drums (Original 1989 7" Single Mix) 3:42

100 Inspiral Carpets She Comes in the Fall 4:10

101 Blur She's So High 4:46

102 The House of Love Shine On 4:01

103 James Sit Down 4:04

104 Primal Scream Slip Inside This House 5:16

105 Utah Saints Something Good 5:54


106 The Stone Roses (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister 3:26

107 Leftfield Song of Life (Extended Version) 8:44

108 The Bridewell Taxis Spirit (Original 1990 LFO 12" Remix) 4:32

109 The Charlatans Sproston Green 5:13

110 Happy Mondays Step On 5:17

111 The Farm Stepping Stone 6:31

112 World of Twist The Storm (7" Single Edit) 3:27

113 Candy Flip Strawberry Fields Forever 4:09

114 Rhythim Is Rhythim Strings of Life (Original Mix) 7:34

115 The Beloved The Sun Rising 5:04

116 The Beloved Sweet Harmony 5:02

117 World of Twist Sweets 4:50

118 Northside Take 5 (7" Single Version) 3:14

119 Farley Jackmaster Funk The Acid Life 5:44

120 S'Express Theme from S-Express (Original 1988 UK 12" Platform 1 Mix) 6:03


121 The Charlatans Then 4:11

122 The La's There She Goes 2:42

123 Blur There's No Other Way 3:24

124 Inspiral Carpets This Is How It Feels 3:11

125 The Stone Roses This Is the One 5:01

126 The KLF feat. Maxine Harvey 3 a.m. Eternal (Original 1989 12" Version) 5:59

127 The Beloved Time After Time 4:13

128 DNA feat. Suzanne Vega Tom's Diner (12" Version) 5:28

129 EMF Unbelievable 3:30

130 Massive Attack Unfinished Sympathy (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) 5:14

131 The High Up and Down 4:53

132 The Beloved Up, Up and Away 6:02

133 New Order Vanishing Point 5:17

134 The Farm Very Emotional 6:25

135 A Guy Called Gerald Voodoo Ray 4:26

136 The Beloved Wake Up Soon 5:04


137 Kirsty MacColl feat. Johnny Marr and Aniff Cousins Walking Down Madison 6:35

138 Frazier Chorus Walking on Air 3:01

139 The Stone Roses Waterfall (Paul Oakenfold & Steve Osborne 12" Remix) 5:34

140 Flowered Up Weekender (Original 1992 12" Single Version) 12:56

141 The Charlatans Weirdo 3:44

142 The Stone Roses What the World Is Waiting For 3:52

143 The KLF What Time Is Love? (7" Radio Edit) 3:34

144 Alison Limerick Where Love Lives (Original 1990 Classic Mix) 6:56

145 The Charlatans White Shirt 3:25

146 The Real People Window Pane 3:34

147 Happy Mondays Wrote for Luck 6:05

148 The Source feat. Candi Staton You Got the Love (Original Bootleg Mix) 6:53

149 The Beloved Your Love Takes Me Higher 3:39

150 The Stone Roses Fools Gold (Original 1989 12" Single Version) 9:53




  1. Yes...more great stuff


  2. Looking forward to listening through this one as it's one of my favourite musical eras. I wonder if there is enough KLF here but at least there is quite some The Beloved :) Thanks for sharing this one!

  3. Perfect! Thank you K, thank you BB. Would propose to check that great movie called 24 Hour Party People, enjoy.

    1. Thank you, StoneRose.
      I have enjoyed that movie. Good reminder.

  4. I love how some of these compilations take me back to times and places I'd long forgotten about. This one was early days working in record stores. Many great memories reawakened. Thanks so much K & BB. SPx

    1. Hi SleepPete.
      Music is full of memories and memories full of music. Enjoy both.

  5. Thanks K. I've been looking for a comprehensive compilation of this era for ages. Looks like I've finally found it!

    1. Hi Smuj.
      Glad this one appeals. It's a great set to be played loud.

  6. Great compilation, but why isn't there 'Pray' by My Jealous God? Classic tune !