Tart Tart

"Tart Tart"
Single by Happy Mondays
from the album Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
B-side "Little Matchstick Owen's Rap"
Released March 1987
Format 12"
Genre Madchester
Length 4:18
Label Factory - FAC 176
Writer(s) Happy Mondays
Producer(s) John Cale
Happy Mondays singles chronology
"Freaky Dancing"
"Tart Tart"
"24 Party People"

"Tart Tart" is a 1987 single by the Madchester band Happy Mondays. It was the first single to be released from their album Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) in March 1987. According to a commentary accompanying the film 24 Hour Party People, the first verse of "Tart Tart" is about Martin Hannett, who later produced the band's second album Bummed. The second verse is taken from Bez's Freaky Dancin' (p. 198–200):

I had a special affinity for the tune because of the references to one of the very first people we had met in the early Haçienda days. Her name was Tart Tart. She was a strange type of woman, an old groupie from the 60s, something she wasn't adverse to admitting. (...) One weekend we'd called by as usual to pick up a bag of goodies, promising to pay up on the following Monday. (...) On returning with the dough a few days later, there was no reply at the door. We went back a few times over the next couple of days but again there was no response. Eventually, another friend of ours went round an forced the door. He found her dead at the bottom of the stairs. She'd died of a brain tumour an was black an blue from throwing herself around, smashing her head on the walls an ultimately down the stair in a desperate attempt to stop the pain an agony. (...)

Her sudden an lonely death was a shock for the band as we'd all come to look upon her as a special an unusual friend.

The B-side, "Little Matchstick Owen's Rap" was voiced by the sound engineer, Mike Bleach.[1]

Track listing


  1. "Tart Tart" – 4:18
  2. "Little Matchstick Owen's Rap" – 4:15


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