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Two album cover were used. The original cover consisted of a montage of popular children's sweet wrappers. This was later changed following objections from the U.S. manufacturers.

Annotation last modified on 2016-01-09 11:23 .

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches 12" Vinyl 10 Factory (Records/Communications), London Records 828 223-1 042282822314
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches CD 10 Factory (Records/Communications), London Records 828 223-2 042282822321
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches 12" Vinyl 10 Factory (Records/Communications) FACT 320 5016839303200
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches Cassette 10 Factory (Records/Communications) FAC 320C 5016839403207
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches CD 10 Factory (Records/Communications) FACD 320 5016839503204
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches CD 11 London Records POCD-1035 4988005075246
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches Cassette 10 Festival Records (Australian), Factory (Records/Communications) C 30509, FACT 320c 9399603050941
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches 12" Vinyl 10 Factory (Records/Communications), Festival Records (Australian) FACT 320, L 30509
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches CD 10 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) E2 60986 0208314143226
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches (2nd cover) CD 10 Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01) 60986-2 075596098625
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches CD 10 Factory (Records/Communications), London Records, Popron Music 50 137-2
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches CD 10 Factory (Records/Communications), London Records 3984 28251 2 639842825122
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches CD 15 Rhino (reissue label) 5144-24011-2 5051442401127
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches (yellow vinyl) 12" Vinyl 10 Rhino (reissue label) R1-60986 825646162062
Promotion
Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches CD 10 Rhino (reissue label), The Guardian (UK newspaper) HM 001 [none]

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In the two years since Bummed, the Happy Mondays had embraced dance culture. Every movement needs its high-water mark, and their third album, Pills'n'Thrills And Bellyaches was Madchester's Tewkesbury. Although The Stone Roses debut is more retrospectively adored (astonishing as it still sounds like an album of Freddie and the Dreamers' B-sides), Pills'n'Thrills And Bellyaches at the time felt like nothing you'd ever heard before; except it was absolutely everything you'd heard before; exceptionally undemanding chord structures; grinding beats; shambolic monotony - but the dance nuances of producers Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne and the influence of E as well as Shaun Ryder's witty dystopian lyrics made the album a very serious work indeed.

Pills'n'Thrills And Bellyaches was trailed by two singles, the student disco favourite "Step On" (a cover of the 1972 hit by John Kongos) and "Kinky Afro" - probably their greatest moment - a sort of Sly and the Family Skunk. But these are not the only pleasures: "God's Cop", opens with chaotic, out of tune slide guitar and develops into a rambunctious lyrical attack on the then-Manchester Police Chief James Anderton, over a loping drum loop from "Shack Up" by Banbarra, complete with Paul Davis' synth stabs and full on vocals from Rowetta; "Donovan," Ryder's lyrical appropriation of his future father-in-law's "Sunshine Superman." Again, Oakenfold and Osborne's deftness of touch is highlighted; it is a languid, accordion-driven groove suddenly undermined by the trademark Mondays hobnails two minutes in.

Pills'n'Thrills and Bellyaches all gets a bit much toward the end, but no matter, what a hoot it is on the way there. It was obvious that this simply couldn't be sustained; one album later the group had acrimoniously imploded in a cloud of class As, Factory collapsing and their own extreme "Lazyitis."