Welcome back again to the Bluffers Guide... In 1989 - 1991, music changed in the Northern parts of England, particularly Manchester. I believe this was because of Tony Wilson, who brought us Factory Records. Whether informed by Factory (and Peter Saville's visual style) or just the sheer energy amongst a generation in this part of the world, at this time they needed a change, and change they got...

The Stone Roses - Elephant Stone

What can I say about this band? Seeing them live in the Phoenix Park changed my stone-cold heart; seeing the film Made of Stone by Shane Meadows made me appreciate them all over again. Easily the most Influential and stylish band of their time and generation.

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Ride - Vapour Trail

It was the pairing of the photograph on the sleeve by Warren Bolster of a swell of the ocean and the four-letter word RIDE that instantly drew me in, I'm a big fan of simple design, and this is that. The art for the single for Vapour Trail is a flash of a shark out of the same water.

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The La's - There She Goes

This anthem's introduction is instantaneous and a marker for a time for these records. It is possibly the best one-hit wonder ever recorded, having only four repeats of a chorus and a bridge. Bliss.

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Primal Scream - Don't Fight It, Feel It

Instantly makes me think of Andrew Weatherall; God bless his heart and memory; fail we may, sail we must. Primal Scream's complete look and attitude - helped by Bobby Gillespie's pure lead singer stance smacks of the change in what was and what was to become.

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Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro

More offbeat is the Mondays' 3rd single release from Pills Thrills and Bellyaches - as opposed to the more club-successful Step On, The 'Yippee-ippee-ey-ey-ay-yey-yey' is a lift from Patti LaBelle's Lady Marmalade. The Mondays were all of the irreverence needed in a time when some thought Guns N' Roses were relevant.

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Blur - There's No Other Way

Enjoy Damon Albarn's earliest incarnation in 1991, alongside Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James, only reaching number 8 with the second single from their first album, this encompassed the idea of the Madchester scene, even though they hailed from London. Not that they stayed on this baggy musical route as we now know they've become irreplaceable.

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The Charlatans - Then

By far my favourite track of theirs with its lovely drum intro. It's a more subdued Charlatans release than The Only One I Know, and cued them up for their future sound, growing away from this scene.

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Mock Turtles - Can You Dig It?

Its guitar intro was instantly recognisable and a favourite in any alternative music space, including Ri-Ra's Strictly Handbag, where it lifted everyone.

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James - Come Home

All bands go through troubles; how could a group of egos and creatives not disagree, even drummers? After the fights, James walked away from Rough Trade, who didn't get it and signed with Fontana, who released Come Home and their album Gold Mother.

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The Farm - Groovy Train

More guitar and breakbeats to straddle the two genres that prevailed in this mostly Northern scene, The Happy Mondays changed Groovy Afro to Kinky because The Farm got there first. Peter Hooton on vocals made it a tough choice between this and All Together Now...

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Flowered Up - Weekender

Around the time, this track stood out because its video was more like a kitchen sink short film than your conventional onstage video. Made by the prolific director W.I.Z, it exalted the rave culture... the isolation and hopeless weekends. Andrew Weatherall with his distinctive paced-down rhythms remix went deeper.

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House of Love - Beatles and The Stones

I suppose this wouldn't be considered the same as the anthem-driven choices before this, but I remember wanting to finish a night with this, saying, look, there's intelligent Manchester sounds like Flowered Up and Ride and House of Love, who also did Shine On...

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The High - Take Your Time

Frontman Andy Couzens had been a part of The Stone Roses before they made it, and left to form this lesser-known outfit - they didn't gig much in their early days, yet managed to sign to London Records after one performance.

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