Previewed: Space Monkeys at Manchester Academy

Space Monkeys perform at Manchester Academy 3 - Photo by Paul Husband

Exactly 20 years since the release of The Daddy Of Them All, Space Monkeys are set to perform the whole album live at Manchester Academy 3.

The one-off show marks the anniversary of what was the last record ever to be released on Tony Wilson’s legendary Factory Records label.

The Daddy Of Them All, released in 1997, was championed at the time by John Peel, Irvine Welsh, Ian Brown & Liam Gallagher. David La Chappelle, a former apprentice of Andy Warhol chose the single Sugar Cane to make his directorial debut and starred Goodfellas actress Debi Mazar and the Rock Steady Crew. The video helped the song become a worldwide hit, breaking into the US Billboard top 50. The band had mainstream success in America during the Nineties and tracks from the album featured on the movie Sliding Doors and TV show Dawsons Creek.

Speaking of the album and performing it in full at Manchester Academy to celebrate it’s anniversary, the band commented, “Since we reformed the band it’s been great to get so many positive reactions from people who have listened to ‘The Daddy Of Them All’ album for the last 20 years. It seems like yesterday when we were driving down to Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth Wales to start recording the album. The Charlatans had just finished their ‘Tellin’ Stories’ album in Rockfield Studios just up the road from us and then The Verve moved straight in to record ‘Urban Hymns’ and in between was our album, so there must’ve been something in the air back then in that summer of 1996. It took another year for us to finally get it released, the last ever album released on Factory Records. It took off in America first selling quarter of a million copies through Interscope Records which was crazy but the really great thing is that it has stayed in the hearts of so many people over here in the U.K. who tell us how it ranks as their top ten albums and they still listen to the songs all the time. That’s very special to us and that’s why we wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary exactly to the day it was released to maybe give that record one last send off into the world, at a fantastic venue in our hometown of Manchester.”

Space Monkeys are currently writing and recording for a new album due to be released in 2018.

When do Space Monkeys perform in Manchester?

Space Monkeys headline at Manchester Academy 3 on 4 November 2017, performing The Daddy Of Them All in full.  They are joined by special guests Stillia and The Cuttlers.

Image of Space Monkeys courtesy Paul Husband.

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