"…a full-on rock/acid house classic that easily showed the way for Primal Scream and hordes of others in following years." ~allmusic
…Hannett's bright, brittle production amplifies everything, creating a swirling hyper-reality that's almost a sonic black hole sucking everything into its vortex – slide guitars, sound clips from "Performance," maniacally looped drum machines, Beatles melodies, drums that are pushed to the front of the mix so it all is a relentless assault, from the ears down to the loins. As jagged and lacerating as all this is, there's a sense of evil glee, that the Mondays want to drag you down to their level, but there's no sense of seduction here; you're either with them or not, as Bummed is music for after you've already succumbed to the dark side.
2007 digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two disc (CD + PAL/Region 0 DVD) edition of the smash hit album from Shaun Ryder, Bez and Co., originally released in 1990. Features the original album with the addition of extended versions and mixes, while the second disc is a DVD that collects all of their videos into a virtual video "Best Of" the band from 1986's 'Tart Tart' through to 'Judge Fudge' in 1991. The Mondays' 1988 album may have helped chart the future of British Rock/Dance but this album reconstructed the way music was created and helped to bring the Alternative Rock and Dance scenes together as one. Features the hits 'Kinky Afro', 'Step On' and 'Bob's Yer Uncle'.
With the exception of Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, Happy Mondays had difficulty expanding their ideas into full albums, which makes the singles compilation Loads all the more useful.