1 a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible; "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'" [syn: rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, puke, crumb, lowlife, scum bag, so-and-so, git]
2 a disreputable vagrant; "a homeless tramp"; "he tried to help the really down-and-out bums" [syn: tramp, hobo]
4 the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
2 be lazy or idle; "Her son is just bumming around all day" [syn: bum around, bum about, arse around, arse about, fuck off, loaf, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll, loll around, lounge about] [also: bumming, bummed]bummed See bum
- past of bum
Warner later released a 2CD Collector's Edition on . This release collected the original 1988 album with a second disc of remixes from the era.
Lyrical and Musical Themes
The album's lyrics are characterised by cartoon scenes such as the Chicken licken gang [: "Henny penny, Cocky locky, Goosey loosey, Turkey lurkey" from "Moving In With"), dark character stories, and references to drug use. The dark aspect of the lyrics are frequently matched by the music; this is especially evident in the Joy Division-inspired "Brain Dead," a song which combines gloomy keyboards with the music found elsewhere on the album. The bleak music is complimented by lyrics telling of a "Grass-eyed, Slash-eyed brain dead fucker" who "rips off himself" and "steals from his brother." Also, before the band were forced to change the title, the opening track "Country Song" was called "Some Cunt From Preston", the original title arising from a joke about two deaf people in a bar mishearing that the live act on stage is playing country and western. "Bring A Friend", a song about porn films, includes the notorious line "Well I might be a honky/But I'm hung like a donkey".
However, it should not be misunderstood that the album is a particularly gloomy one. Many of the songs have cheerful melodies and similar lyrics. This is best illustrated by "Lazyitis" (which borrows a melody from the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride") and the energetic "Do It Better" which famously includes the lyrics "Good good good good, Good good good good, Good good good good, Double double good, double double good." These lyrical themes were later explored in the film 24 Hour Party People, which satirizes both the critical acclaim and disdain for the band's lyrics.
The inside sleeve of the record features a naked busty readhead with a shaven haven. Bring a friend.
"Country Song" opens with Shaun Ryder high on marijuana, stereo up, tv on with the sound down, "checking out the late night fight night". "Moving in with" opens the vault on some classic Ryder surrealism, the "two bent pigs in the flat downstairs below/ chewing at the door asking why you're so slow", while the chicken licken gang run away cos the sky is falling in.
The cult 1970 movie Performance is sampled on "Mad Cyril", a song about house raids, and forms the twisted basis for the song "Performance". These songs sandwich some more classic psycho-babble, or is that bullshit, from the twisted Ryder brain: "Fat lady wrestlers/Germans in trenches/teachers who speak to theirself".
The album was recorded in Preston, where soldiers from the army barracks turned from wanting to fight the band to loving them all because of Es. Es were a big influence on the record (see the lyric "do one do one have one"). In the latest Q magazine, Paul Ryder says Bummed was all recorded while under the influence of the drug, although the songs were already written.
Dance anthem "Wrote For Luck" took it's lead from "24 Hour Party People" and advanced the Mondays mastering of the merging of dance and indie music to create the tribal rythmns and words for the jilted generation to rave on to. It was this song that Paul Oakenfold first remixed, that made it onto club dancefloors at the forefront of the dance/indie/rave explosion.
The song was a precursor to "Rave On" and the partnership with Oakenfold led to him porducing the Mondays third album, "Pills, Thrills n' Bellyaches".
The album's sound is noticeably different from any preceding or succeeding albums in the Madchester genre. This can be explained by the producer, Martin Hannett, who was notable for pioneering use of electronics in music. What is most noticeable production-wise on this album is the use of echo and reverb on the drum sound; whilst some may appreciate this production work for being somewhat groundbreaking and unique, others criticise it for the almost claustrophobic effects it renders on the music.
Several of the songs on this album were later remixed. These included "Mad Cyril," "Wrote For Luck," and "Lazyitis." "Mad Cyril" was remixed into "Mad Cyril (Hello Girls Mix)," "Wrote For Luck" was remixed twice, firstly into "WFL" and then "Wrote For Luck (Think About The Future Mix);" Vince Clarke remixed the former, Paul Oakenfold the latter. "Lazyitis" was remixed into "Lazyitis (One-Armed Boxer Remix)" which featured Country legend Karl Denver on guest vocals. Paul Oakenfold would become vastly important to The Happy Mondays when he produced their 1990 opus "Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches." These remixes are significant as they were a sign that The Happy Mondays were beginning to embrace the burgeoning rave scene, then taking place in the UK.
This album arrived at a time when the Madchester genre was only beginning to formulate into what could be termed a "scene," closely connected to acid house. However, on this album The Happy Mondays played mostly pure rock music, with funk rhythms played on the drums and bass guitar and electronic flourishes showcased by the keyboard melodies. The real dance influence shone through when the songs were remixed by people such as Paul Oakenfold, as described above. This was when the band first made a cultural impact on a regional and national level.
Original ReleaseAll tracks written by The Happy Mondays except 10 & 11 (Happy Mondays/Lennon/McCartney)
2007 Collector's Edition
- "Country Song" – 3:24
- "Moving in With" – 3:36
- "Mad Cyril" – 4:36
- "Fat Lady Wrestlers" – 3:25
- "Performance" – 4:09
- "Brain Dead" – 3:10
- "Wrote for Luck" – 6:05
- "Bring a Friend" – 3:45
- "Do It Better" – 2:29
- "Lazyitis" – 2:48
- "Lazyitis" [*/mix] – 2:44
- "W.F.L." [*/mix] – 5:47
- "Wrote For Luck" (7" Version)
- "Hallelujah" (Club Mix)
- "Wrote For Luck" (12" Version)
- "Hallelujah" (MacColl Mix)
- "Lazyitis (One Armed Boxer)" (Feat. Karl Denver)
- "WFL" (Think About The Future)
- "Hallelujah" (12" version)
- "Kilamenjaro" (aka `Rave On')
- "WFL" (Vince Clarke 12" Mix)
- "Hallelujah" (Deadstock Mix)
- August 1988
- At the Slaughterhouse, Great Driffeld, East Yorkshire
- September 1988
- At Strawberry Studio, Stockport, Cheshire
- The Slaughterhouse
- Colin Richardson
- John Spence
- John Pennington.
- Laurence Diana
Special Credits To
- Dave Hassall - Percussion
- Steve Hopkins - Piano
- Horseman - Banjo
- Central Station Design
- Nylon Weatherproof BP Oil