Case 014: Pills, Thrills & Laminates (Shaun Ryder Special)

Season 2, Episode 6,  Jul 14, 2020, 02:00 AM

In 1990, the Happy Mondays headlined Glastonbury Festival and decided to bring their own laminator with them to knock up their own AAA passes. Shaun Ryder and their former manager share what really happened with Ricky & Tony.

WARNING: This episode contains strong language and references to drug taking.

It’s a Happy Mondays Special as Ricky & Tony are joined by the one and only Shaun Ryder to help get to the bottom of this legendary pop myth.

At the height of ‘the second summer of love’ in 1990, the Happy Mondays headlined Glastonbury festival, but not content with the number of passes they were given, the 24 hour party people decided to knock up a few of their own by taking their own laminator with them. The chaos they brought to the festival that year is said to have caused Michael Eavis to be mad at the band ever since, and even may have been the reason Glastonbury took a year off in 1991!

To get to the bottom of this one, Ricky & Tony are going straight to the source. Nathan McGough managed of the band throughout their heyday and the legendary Shaun Ryder shares what he remembers (which is more than you’d think).

As the Pop Detectives discover, there’s a lot more to this story than a few fake passes!

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Creative Producer: Will Nichols