Happy Mondays on a Thursday makes for a great Friday

I’ve been thinking of putting together a guide of some sorts showing how I record vinyl, would that be something any of you might be interested in? I’m trying to figure out what to focus on. Should I talk about hardware, like what cartridge and turntable to get, or is that bit kind of played out? I feel like people with far more technical know-how than I have covered that topic to death.

What about something about how to get the most out of the vinyl you got; a guide to recording beat-up and worn down records? Would anyone care to read that? Turning a scratched, beat-up 12″ single that was in the bottom of some DJ’s crate for a decade into digital gold isn’t easy, I hope you realize that. If you’re reading this post and you are interested in what I have to say about recording vinyl, leave a comment with some suggestions as to what you’re most keen on learning about, it’ll give me a good starting point.

Just don’t ask me for insight about writing a thematically consistent blog post with similar artists. I’m really bad at that.

Music (HQ2 Club Mix)
Music (Groove Armada 12″ Mix)
Music (Calderone Anthem Mix)
Music (Deep Dish Dot Com Remix)
Music (The Young Collective Club Remix)
Searching to see if any of these remixes were commercially available (and hence not eligible to be on this blog) was a royal pain in the ass because when you do a search for “Madonna Music remix” on iTunes or Amazon’s MP3 store I think they just eliminate “music” from the search field. I wonder how many idiots actually do searches on iTunes for “Lady Gaga Music,” as if the “music” part wasn’t implied already?

Searchword unfriendly titles notwithstanding, these are all excellent mixes to a great song. Most of them are freaking long too, those five remixes add up to nearly an hour of music. That’s a lot of “Music.”


Happy Mondays
Step On (Stuff In It Mix)
Step On (One Louder Mix)
Step On (U.S. Dub It In Mix)

Wrote For Luck (Radio Mix)
Wrote For Luck (Dance Mix)
Wrote For Luck (Club Mix)
I was originally going to post these on a Monday, but I thought that would be a bit too literal. Besides, no one actually has a happy Monday.

I own shockingly few Happy Mondays records, and no proper albums by them. What the hell is wrong with me? I’ve fallen in love with nearly everything I’ve ever heard from the group, although I know to avoid …Yes Please! like the Factory Records destroying clusterfuck of heroin that it is.

They just got back together didn’t they? I assume they’re not going to play the states, leaving us few Americans with decent taste out in the cold. They should do a double-headlining tour with The Stone Roses here in the states. I know neither of those bands were as huge in America as they were in the UK and the rest of the world, but I bet that team-up could even sell out arenas here. That, and ecstasy dealers would make a bloody fortune.

If you’re wondering where the “Twistin My Melon” mix is, I didn’t include it because you can buy that one on Amazon and iTunes. And if you’re wondering what “Twistin my melon” means, sorry I can’t help you there either.

12 Responses to “Happy Mondays on a Thursday makes for a great Friday”

  1. Will says:

    Thanks for these – did you know 3 of the Music mixes are only 7 seconds long? Groove Armada mix, Calderone Anthem Mix and HQ2 mix

  2. Lost Turntable says:

    Yikes! They’re fixed now, give them another go.

    Also, thanks for the heads up!

  3. Drain says:

    well what i, myself would like to read is what to do in order to start ripping vinyl and what kind of equipment to get, what the process is and roughly how much it will run about. i would really like to one day rip some of the vinyl i have and i have absolutely no clue where to start.

  4. dubrobots says:

    …Yes Please is actually a pretty good album, nowhere near as bad as it’s made out to be, and Factory was well on the way to destroying itself without help from the Mondays

  5. On the CD I have it’s called the “Twistin My Melon Mix”, or is that different?

  6. Oh, and yes, I would love to read about your process from bringing these gems from vinyl to web!

  7. Lost Turntable says:

    No…I just made a stupid typo that I have now fixed.

  8. Personally I think W.F.L. (Think About The Future) mix is the definitive version.

  9. Tony Kola says:

    Yes, a bit on vinyl digitizing would be worthy- from a layman’s perspective. Thanks.

  10. Stephen says:

    I’d love to know some details about the post-ripping clean-up process.

  11. Nick Arndt says:

    For fans of Happy Mondays & Factory Records I recommend a excellent little biopic called 24 Hour Party People.

  12. Travis says:

    Twistin’ My Melon sounds like what it is – messing with your mind.
    Thanks for these, always have loved the Mondays.

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