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Happy Mondays — Step On
Album: Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches
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Released: 1990
Length: 5:02
Plays (last 30 days): 2
You're twistin' my melon man,
You know you talk so hip man,
You're twistin' my melon man (call the cops).

Hey rainmaker, come away from that man,
You know he's gonna take away your promised land,
Hey good lady, he just wants what you got you know,
He'll never stop until he's taken the lot.

He-he-hey, he-he-hey-hey.

Gonna stamp out your fire, he can change your desire,
Don't you know he can make you forget you're a man?
Gonna stamp out your fire, he can change your desire,
Don't you know he can make you forget you're a man, you're a man?
You're twistin' my melon man, you speak so hip.

Hey rainmaker, he got golden plans, I tell you,
You'll make a stranger in your own land,
Hey good lady, he got God on his side,
He got a double tongue you never think he would lie.

(oh he lied, ooh he's twistin' my melon man,
oh he lied, ooh he's twistin' my melon man)

Gonna stamp out your fire, he can change your desire,
Don't you know he can make you forget you're a man?
Gonna stamp out your fire, he can change your desire,
Don't you know he can make you forget you're the man (you're the man)?

He's gonna step on you again,
He's gonna step on you,
He's gonna step on you again,
He's gonna step on youuuuuuu.

Hey rainmaker, come away from that man,
You know he's gonna take away your promised land,
Hey good lady, he got God on his side,
He got a double tongue you never think he would lie.

Gonna stamp out your fire, he can change your desire,
Don't you know he can make you forget you're a man?
Gonna stamp out your fire, he can change your desire,
Don't you know he can make you forget you're the man (you're the man)?

You're twistin' my melon man,
You know you talk so hip man.

He-he-hey, he-he-hey-hey.

*whistles*
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 ShamanManu wrote:
{#Bananasplit}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bounce}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Motor}
 

i knew someone would have this handy. valid!
That's exactly how I whistle. I only whistle when alone.
I like the whistling!
Tight!
All good except the terrible whistling part.
Is it Monday? Happy Groundhogs Day!
 bluematrix wrote:
hearing a bit of love and rockets here, I like it!
 

and I hear T-Rex.
hearing a bit of love and rockets here, I like it!
Cool Man - I lived in Manchester Early - Late 90 s. The Cool Mondays and mostly Stoned  Roses were the staple diet with or without diet supplements.
  
I love the enthusiasm with which he whistles badly at the end. It adds such a note of unselfconscious whimsy to the song.
 LizK wrote:
In general, pretty much OK.  The whistling? Meh.  
 
The whistling is hilariously bad!
E for everyone
just doin it jmkate wrote:
yep-time for some kitchen-dancing....{#Daisy}
 

yep-time for some kitchen-dancing....{#Daisy}
It'd be cool for a DJ to fade in and out from the Kongos version to the Mondays and back again.
Not a patch on the original
 planet_lizard wrote:
WHOOOP WHOOOP I'm a student again!! {#Bananasplit}

 
Ahhhh, life when we were young ... 
{#Bananasplit}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bounce}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Motor}

I remember this song co-written by and performed by John Kongos in 1971 under the title "He's Gonna Step on You Again".

It was very popular with DJ's in discos as a "floor filler" to motivate the reluctant teenagers who could not dance when sober - like me {#Wink}

This cover version is at least as good as the original version and I suppose it had the same effect almost 30 year later.

 


Disc 2 was the best the remixes, love the mondays cant listen to any tracks without bringing back golden memories, Bill did you like Black Grape? they did some great work.
WHOOOP WHOOOP I'm a student again!! {#Bananasplit}
Love this! Always thought it was Robyn Hitchcock till I checked just now. In any case, it's a great triippy get-off-work slam-a-beer song! So cool to see the Japanese CD cover! It says in katakana, "Hap-py Man-days" and makes me feel natsukashii for my 20 years in日本.
In general, pretty much OK.  The whistling? Meh.  
It's about time! I've been waiting to hear this for-ever!
 ziggytrix wrote:

Really? It looks like a pretty straightforward version of "you're blowing my mind".

Melon = head 
Twisting = confounding

 

Really, fred, all you need are some cool shades and a vague hand gesture:
 

gif of Happy Mondays video



Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?


 fredriley wrote:
"You're twisting my melon, man" - wtf? How on earth do you twist a melon? Is this a mondegreen of mine, or some strange stoner slang from the Madchester period?

 
Really? It looks like a pretty straightforward version of "you're blowing my mind".

Melon = head 
Twisting = confounding
There are a few things I would like to STEP ON today!!!!  Is there something in the water out there that is causing chaos?  Groovy Track, however.{#Roflol}
Wow, that's a pretty amazing piece of synchronicity. This album came out in 1990, and in 1991 Primal Scream came out with their "Screamadelica" album, which is almost a carbon-copy of this sound. I never knew about the Happy Mondays. I wonder what the rest of the album is like? I sure played the hell out of that Primal Scream disc...

(Just a quick post-script - the cover art for the "Screamadelica" album was done by the label's in-house artist, Paul Cannell, who was allegedly inspired by a damp water spot he'd seen on the Creation Records offices ceiling after taking LSD - I'm sure it helped many people enjoy the record)

Primal Scream - Screamadelica

ShortSharpShock

You can check them out side by side here:

Happy Mondays - Step On
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M0xdLO_bmo

Primal Scream Movin' On Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWUC2-ypnDQ

Yassss... diggin' this! {#Bananapiano}
Oh thank you! {#Daisy}
Shaun is only commenting on the frickin' horrorshow of the presidential campaign is all. Groovy bass track...Bez doin' his maracas dance thing...step on.
Umm, name that hybrid.
Stone Roses and T Rex.
 
8-9 for the memories....!
{#Laughing}
Melon Man Bearing Gifts.
Definite Jesus Jones vibe.
Same time period.
I am discovering this; I found it irritating...
Then I listened to several versions (Happy Mondays, Def Leppard, Party Boys).

John Kongo's original is exactly that: an unheard of concept, a UFO of a song - in the best sense of the words. Almost experimental.
I'd give the Party Boys kudos for the nice energy of their cover... the others aren't bringing anything new to the table, in my opinion.
First time hearing. My first thought: Stone Roses. 
 
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Is this an INXS song?
 
Nope: John Kongos from South Africa wrote and recorded the original, back in the 70s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdFaNFnODUE
Hey that's pretty skippy! Love the piano riff . . . 
Is this an INXS song?
Poor imitation of the original.
What a mess. 
ハアピー マンデイーズは、(Happy Mondays wa = Regarding Happy Mondays,)
Hey, cool, the cover art of the band name there is in Katakana...
Talkin' so hip, mon, ya breakin' my mind!
They may be complaining about The Way of The World, the brainwashing bullshit and all, but I like the message: slyly protest & abide.
 Jota wrote:
{#Bananajam}etc
Bang on, my friend.  Music just for the sheer hell of it.

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{#Bananasplit}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananasplit}
Reminds me of Love and Rockets. 
{#Dancingbanana_2}— get up and dance — {#Dancingbanana_2}
 Caino wrote:
Yeah.......nah.......that was terrible{#Eek}

 
THAT WAS WORSE then terrible
Yeah.......nah.......that was terrible{#Eek}
 Sloggydog wrote:
Dance Bez dance.

Just curious - is a Hippostar like a Hipster but with a greater love of doughnuts? 

 
...and which hangs around in semi-tropical rivers...
"You're twisting my melon, man" - wtf? How on earth do you twist a melon? Is this a mondegreen of mine, or some strange stoner slang from the Madchester period?
definitely like the Kongos version better. Deeper sound and full of energy. 
 
Nice rendition ... really solid drumming and bass line ....
You're twistin' my melon man{#Dancingbanana}
Unfortunately I just see Steve Coogan whenever I hear the Happy Mondays (24 Hr Party People) - kind of wrecks it for me....
Like this song—but the John Kongos version, please.
Dance Bez dance.

Just curious - is a Hippostar like a Hipster but with a greater love of doughnuts? 


Likes this groove. 
 Cynaera wrote:
Trying like heck to tap my foot to this song, but the beat keeps changing - it's like the musical version of one of those pictures that blurs into a completely different picture if you stare at it long enough.  And these Mondays folks need to employ Andrew Bird to do their whistling for them, except he'd prolly do an impersonation of an eagle and have every raptor within a thousand miles winging in to attack.

I'm sure that with a few more listens, this song will grow on me like a fungus.  {#Roflol} No - I like it. I just haven't mastered the whole figuring-it-out part yet. (Like that line from "A Fish Called Wanda":  "Monkeys can read Shakespeare - they just don't understand it!")

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

this song is marvelous...  love it...

 
Hooman dat sum happy happy mooseek!
 
Haven't heard this before. Thought it was Big Audio Dynamite.
 
at least THAT was enjoyable
Freedom, You've gotta give for what you take...
EMF? Jesus Jones?

(edit) I see I posted the same thing once before....Ooops.
 Byronape wrote:

Fun yes, but it also strips some of the thought and majesty from it.  Music that simply is good without having depth often has a shelf life more like milk than twinkies.  Do you really think that people will be looking back in 20 years at all the classics that came out from Maroon 5 or Justin Beiber?  Nope, for the vast majority of the listening public, those acts will have been long forgotten. 

Pop music is like a cigarette.  It makes you feel good for a short time, but always leaves you a short time later and rarely in a better place than you were before. 

Music with depth is like a great memory.  Every time you hear it, it washes you in the bliss of the moment and transports you to a better place and time.  The best part is that often the first time you hear it, you don't really understand it.  Instead, it takes repeated listens to really appreciate the artistry and magic of the song.  It's like looking for a pretty shell on the beach and instead finding an old friend.  Pop music could never offer that kind of reward for me.

 
I know what you mean and I largely agree, but "depth" is a relative and subjective determination.  Many people are probably transported "to a better place and time" by songs which others may consider shallow or (*gasp*) "pop" songs.  "Shelf life" of music doesn't really matter to me, and it can only be measured long after the work's creation; it's an indulgence in nostalgia, which is fine, but it's not a necessity for me.  A song can just be a "good" song, that one enjoys hearing - every tune does not have to be some spiritual or "majestic" experience.  Throughout human history, music has often been composed and played as something pleasurable, an escape - usually something to dance to.
Wow about time!
 planet3one9 wrote:
Hung out with these guys (the mondays) after their show in San Diego (late 80's?) they were like little kids - having the time of their lives basking on la jolla beaches (and banging the shit outta some of my girlfriends...). Good times were had by all
 
Saw them in 2009. Still like little kids–temper tantrums, pissy, petulant attitudes. No girl would bang these fat, old washed up former musicians.
Hung out with these guys (the mondays) after their show in San Diego (late 80's?) they were like little kids - having the time of their lives basking on la jolla beaches (and banging the shit outta some of my girlfriends...). Good times were had by all
 Byronape wrote:

Fun yes, but it also strips some of the thought and majesty from it.  Music that simply is good without having depth often has a shelf life more like milk than twinkies.  Do you really think that people will be looking back in 20 years at all the classics that came out from Maroon 5 or Justin Beiber?  Nope, for the vast majority of the listening public, those acts will have been long forgotten. 

Pop music is like a cigarette.  It makes you feel good for a short time, but always leaves you a short time later and rarely in a better place than you were before. 

Music with depth is like a great memory.  Every time you hear it, it washes you in the bliss of the moment and transports you to a better place and time.  The best part is that often the first time you hear it, you don't really understand it.  Instead, it takes repeated listens to really appreciate the artistry and magic of the song.  It's like looking for a pretty shell on the beach and instead finding an old friend.  Pop music could never offer that kind of reward for me.

 
I agree with what you say, but this song does have depth.  Not sure if you agree.
 Proclivities wrote:

That's one of the fun things about popular music: you don't have to "figure it out" in order to enjoy it.  It doesn't have to be approached like Shakespeare.

 
Fun yes, but it also strips some of the thought and majesty from it.  Music that simply is good without having depth often has a shelf life more like milk than twinkies.  Do you really think that people will be looking back in 20 years at all the classics that came out from Maroon 5 or Justin Beiber?  Nope, for the vast majority of the listening public, those acts will have been long forgotten. 

Pop music is like a cigarette.  It makes you feel good for a short time, but always leaves you a short time later and rarely in a better place than you were before. 

Music with depth is like a great memory.  Every time you hear it, it washes you in the bliss of the moment and transports you to a better place and time.  The best part is that often the first time you hear it, you don't really understand it.  Instead, it takes repeated listens to really appreciate the artistry and magic of the song.  It's like looking for a pretty shell on the beach and instead finding an old friend.  Pop music could never offer that kind of reward for me.

 Cynaera wrote:
Trying like heck to tap my foot to this song, but the beat keeps changing - it's like the musical version of one of those pictures that blurs into a completely different picture if you stare at it long enough.  And these Mondays folks need to employ Andrew Bird to do their whistling for them, except he'd prolly do an impersonation of an eagle and have every raptor within a thousand miles winging in to attack.

I'm sure that with a few more listens, this song will grow on me like a fungus.  {#Roflol} No - I like it. I just haven't mastered the whole figuring-it-out part yet. (Like that line from "A Fish Called Wanda":  "Monkeys can read Shakespeare - they just don't understand it!")

 
That's one of the fun things about popular music: you don't have to "figure it out" in order to enjoy it.  It doesn't have to be approached like Shakespeare.

Consider my melon well and truly twisted.

Paul Ryder's opening for the Tom Tom Club tomorrow in LA...
I need some orange juice and a glowstick.
Horrible..... please no more....
Trying like heck to tap my foot to this song, but the beat keeps changing - it's like the musical version of one of those pictures that blurs into a completely different picture if you stare at it long enough.  And these Mondays folks need to employ Andrew Bird to do their whistling for them, except he'd prolly do an impersonation of an eagle and have every raptor within a thousand miles winging in to attack.

I'm sure that with a few more listens, this song will grow on me like a fungus.  {#Roflol} No - I like it. I just haven't mastered the whole figuring-it-out part yet. (Like that line from "A Fish Called Wanda":  "Monkeys can read Shakespeare - they just don't understand it!")

 marca17 wrote:
i always enjoy a song with a good whistle.
 
Then there is this one.
the whole album is a big dancable 9

 
bhallmark wrote:
This is the moment when even the white man starts dancing. Welcome to Manchester. 
 


i always enjoy a song with a good whistle.

Jesus Jones? EMF?.... WTF?
 
This is the moment when even the white man starts dancing. Welcome to Manchester. 
Happy Monday....but its Happy Thanksgiving and it's a Thursday? {#Stupid} Bill, you're twisting my melon man! {#Good-vibes}
 peter_james_bond wrote:
YES! {#Dancingbanana} {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}
 
^ WHS ^
nice rhythm
YES! {#Dancingbanana} {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}
Like the Kongos version much better.
 lmic wrote:
Born under a bad sign
With a blue moon in your eyes...

 
...You woke up this morning
The world turned upside down,
Thing's ain't been the same
Since the Blues walked into town...

Shimmer wrote:
nmgridl wrote:
Just amazing that after 30 years this song is recognizable in just the first few bars. I had the Kongos LP.

30 years? I don't think so.

Original (1971): "He's Gonna Step On You Again" by John Kongos
Cover version (1990): "Step On" by the Happy Mondays

(source)


 ilibjorn wrote:
gave this one a 1. 
 
Twistin' my melon man!

Talk so hip.
7.

Bez is soo cool. He's the most famous percussionist imo.


gave this one a 1. 
Born under a bad sign
With a blue moon in your eyes...

 nmgridl wrote:
Just amazing that after 30 years this song is recognizable in just the first few bars.  I had the Kongos LP.
 
30 years? I don't think so.

Just amazing that after 30 years this song is recognizable in just the first few bars.  I had the Kongos LP.

This song is a guilty pleasure for me.

Just don't tell anybody.


WHOA high school
highwindows wrote:
Quatsch!
You rang?
This song reminds me of so many things. :bounce:
Madchester!
Happy Mondays rock! They were one of the masters of the 'Rave' period in the beginning of the 90s. :good-vibes:
That whistling was lame.
Dave_Mack wrote:
Is the guy twisting his melon man, or twisting his melon? I'd be pretty peeved if someone tried to twist my melon man, I can tell you.
Squeeze my melon till the jiuce run down my leg.... (yeah, I know it's lemon)
Jesus Jones??
patreezia wrote:
Tony Wilson music promoter behind Mondays, Madchester, Joy Division, New Order and others, died August 10th 2007. If you are into postpunk check 24 Hour Party People, semi autobiographical film about Factory Records and Hacienda Club Manchester. These guys came through for their friend despite their rank reputation https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/health/s/1011/1011079_stars_buy_cancer_drug_for_tony.html Tony Wilson. RIP.">(click here)
What a great film and what a sad ending to the story. Tony Wilson didn't deserve to go so young.
Tony Wilson music promoter behind Mondays, Madchester, Joy Division, New Order and others, died August 10th 2007. If you are into postpunk check 24 Hour Party People, semi autobiographical film about Factory Records and Hacienda Club Manchester. These guys came through for their friend despite their rank reputation https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/health/s/1011/1011079_stars_buy_cancer_drug_for_tony.html Tony Wilson. RIP.">(click here)
24 hours party people or follow this link to a sad actor self promoting on YouTube. No relevance whats so ever. Shawn Ryder would eat your ass for breakfast. Get some charisma and cut out spaming RP.
Here comes ol' flat top He come groovin' up slowly He's got Joo Joo eyeball He one holy roller He got hair down to his knees Got to be a joker he just do what he please He wear no shoeshine He's got toe jam football He's got monkey finger He shoot Coca-Cola He say "I know you, you know me" One thing I can tell you is you got to be free Come together right now over me He bag production He's got walrus gum-boot He's got Ono sideboard He one spinal cracker He got feet down below his knees Hold you in his armchair You can feel his disease Come together right now over me He roller coaster He's got early warning He's got muddy water He one Mojo filter He say "One and one and one is three" Got to be good looking 'cause he's so hard to see Come together right now over me
Why is someone twisting Freddy Mercury's melon?
gumby wrote:
madchester at it's best... love it :dancingbanana_2:
Great song. Great set Happy Mondays - Step On 10:34 am - Nick Lowe - Big Kick, Plain Scrap -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10:30 am - The Woodsmen - Not Know 10:26 am - Pete Yorn - Undercover 10:22 am - Poe - Beautiful Girl (add Charlie Musselwhite to that)
madchester at it's best... love it :dancingbanana_2:
Like this! Great pick-me-up piece to start the day. :bounce:
Awesome call. For Happy Monday fans check out Black Grape, same lead singer, Shaun Ryder, similar britpop style.
Welly wrote:
:dancingbanana:
dionysius wrote:
:bananajam:
:dancingbanana_2: We have the knowledge...we have the technology...to make them stronger, faster...better. Clone Wars: The Banana Incident.
Welly wrote:
:dancingbanana:
:bananajam:
:dancingbanana:
happy little Friday tune....startin the weekend with a groove, which is good
This should stay in the 90's where it belongs.
Have a little fun...
They were crazy and good.