St Etienne, Flowered Up: The Underworld, London
Push, Melody Maker, 5 January 1991
THOSE WHO believed the rumour that Happy Mondays were to be the surprise guests at St Etienne's Christmas trash will probably still be waiting by the chimney for Santa come Easter. Mind you, Mondays' producer Paul Oakenfold is here but, having lost his record collection in a poker game with Tony Wilson, Andy Weatherall and a couple of the chaps from Spice are this evening's DJs. Manic Street Preachers and East Village provide more entertainment, the former pretending to be 999, the latter dressed in turtle-neck sweaters. The secret addition to the bill is, of course, Flowered Up. The numerous representatives of London's football terraces are cockney-a-hoop.
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