Manchester has produced some of Britain's best and most influential bands, and most of them are back this summer. As the oldies lumber back into action, are they threatening to cast a shadow over the next generation of rock 'n' roll stars?On Saturday night, music fans in Manchester will party like it's 1989, when two of the biggest bands from the "Madchester" music scene, the Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets, play a comeback concert at the city's arena.Next month, 225,000 people will watch the hotly anticipated return of The Stone Roses at three gigs in the city.
Over time we've come to realise what a false dichotomy it is. On one side you have the OLD FARTS OF MANCHESTER MUSIC. You know their names because you own their music. On the other side you have THE I-WISH-I-COULD-BE-AN-OLD-FART-OF-MANCHESTER-MUSIC. 'They're keeping us down', wails band desperate for radio play and slot on late night local radio. Quite literally bald men fighting over a figurative comb.
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Over in Salford, the glittering media palace of C21, Sounds From The Other City is taking place. 100+ bands who could not give a cock about Peter Hook's ham hock head. You don't even have to travel very far to do some basic research any more. No one cares about being as big as The Stone Roses or The Happy Mondays because those people are clowns, they are ur-people, they are grotesque rock charade.
Manchester music moved on from its past when Graham Nash packed his suitcase, Ian Curtis died, Mark Day told Shaun Ryder to fuck off. Some people find their thing and listen to A Guy Called Gerald for a lifetime and watch endless talking head interviews of Clint Boon and that's cool. 99% of people don't.
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