Although they remain a cult act in the United States, the rough-and-ready northern Brits of the Happy Mondays are hugely influential on today's indie/dance crossover acts. Founded by brothers Paul and Sean Ryder in '80s Manchester, the Mondays formed at the exact moment when postpunk was fading and early dance music was blowing up. Though they hailed from the same rainy climes as gloomy bands such as Joy Division, the Ryders largely scoffed at that sort of existential navel-gazing. They were too busy getting fucked up and making music about getting fucked up. And somehow they landed on the same label as Joy Division and then New Order — Tony Wilson's legendary Factory Records — and became England's unlikely dance-rock saviors. The 2003 fictionalized... More >>>