Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, Amusement Parks on Fire | The Vic | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, Amusement Parks on Fire 

When: Tue., Sept. 8, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $26.50-$28
Sometimes the mythology a band builds around itself grows to dwarf its music, so that the records draw their vitality from the stories in a sort of symbiosis—think of GG Allin or, to pick a current example, Monotonix. The Happy Mondays probably passed that point well before front man Shaun Ryder seized the master tapes of the band’s in-progress fourth album, 1992’s Yes Please!, and held them hostage to extort drug money from their label. But the passing years have helped flesh out the Mondays’ legacy, so it’s not just about their lunatic exploits anymore. These days their contributions to early rave culture—which is finally starting to be taken seriously—and their ever-so-briefly phenomenal music are almost getting equal time. Of course whether they’ll be able to live up to that legacy in their current condition—Ryder is middle-aged and allegedly rehabilitated, and the band’s lineup is vastly different—remains to be seen. The Psychedelic Furs headline; the Happy Mondays and Amusement Parks on Fire open. —Miles Raymer



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