Happy Mondays was born in Manchester, England, in the early 80s. Their first record, an urban punk rock experiment produced by John Cale, was entitled Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out). In 1990, the band reached the UK Top 10 with Step On. Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches, their third album, reached number 1 and established them as a landmark 'rave culture' band.
Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film, 24 Hour Party People ("The legendary story of Tony Wilson, Factory Records, Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, the music, the madness and the mayhem that was Manchester"), takes its title from a cut on Pills 'N' Thrills, an album that Q Magazine ranked #31 in their listing of the "100 Greatest British Albums..."