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Shaun William George Ryder (born 23 August 1962) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and author who was the lead singer of the Happy Mondays and Black Grape. He was the runner-up of the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.
Ryder performing in April 2007
|Birth name||Shaun William George Ryder|
|Also known as||X|
23 August 1962 |
Little Hulton, Salford, Lancashire, England
|Genres||Alternative rock, Madchester, baggy, alternative dance, electronica, Britpop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician, author|
|Instruments||Vocals, saxophone, guitar, piano, bass|
|Associated acts||Bez, Happy Mondays, Black Grape, Gorillaz|
Ryder was born in Little Hulton, Salford, Lancashire (now Greater Manchester), on 23 August 1962. He left school to work on a building site by the age of 13, later stating, "It was a different world in Manchester back then. Dinner time was watching strippers in the pub. Bernard Manning would come in and tell some jokes." He claims to have seen a UFO for the first time in 1978.
As the singer for Happy Mondays, Ryder was known for "often witty lyrics". Tony Wilson compared Ryder's lyrics to the work of W.B. Yeats. His distinctive vocal style has been described as a form of Sprechgesang. Ryder's struggle with drugs led to the break-up of Happy Mondays in 1992. The film 24 Hour Party People featured the (semi-fictional) story of Shaun Ryder's youth and the life of Happy Mondays whilst signed with Factory Records in the late '80s and early '90s. In the film Ryder is portrayed by Danny Cunningham.
Ryder has taken part in two reformations of Happy Mondays (1999–2000 and 2004–present) and released a solo album, Amateur Night in the Big Top, to a mixed critical reception. He was involved in litigation with former Black Grape management, which he eventually lost.
In 2000, following the Big Day Out Festival in Australia with Happy Mondays, Ryder stayed on in Perth, Western Australia with Pete Carroll who had a label called Offworld Sounds. While in Perth he recorded Amateur Night in the Big Top, an album of punk electronica with Carroll, Shane Norton, Stephen Mallinder from Cabaret Voltaire and Lucky Oceans from American country band Asleep at the Wheel. UnCut called it, "exhilarating stuff. Another wildly implausible Ryder comeback" while Ministry of Sound said it was "A remarkable album. The most vitriolic lyrics this side of Dylan's 'Ballad of a Thin Man' and Sex Pistols 'EMI'". The album was recorded quickly during a few late night sessions in Carroll's garage studio during an extremely hot Perth summer. The album was subsequently released on Offworld Sounds.
In 2004, Happy Mondays reunited to play a comeback gig called "Get Loaded in the Park" on Clapham Common with the only original members being Bez, Shaun Ryder and Gaz Whelan. Two years later they released the single "Playground Superstar", used in the football film Goal, which was released after Bez had won Celebrity Big Brother.
In 2007, Happy Mondays produced another album, Uncle Dysfunktional. In 2009 he made a cameo appearance (Ryder later revealed that it was also a non-speaking role) as himself in Channel 4 drama Shameless.
Ryder returned to the spotlight in 1995 with his new project, Black Grape, an immediate short-term success whose first release, It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah, topped the British album chart for a week. However, the follow-up album, Stupid Stupid Stupid, did not achieve the same critical or commercial success, and the group split in 1998. The group reformed briefly in 2010, and released a single in 2015. On 4 August 2017, the group released Pop Voodoo, their first full album since 1997.
Ryder collaborated with Intastella in 1993.
Ryder appeared on British tenor Russell Watson's 2001 debut album The Voice, lending his vocals to a cover version of the Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé song "Barcelona". Watson claimed on Never Mind the Buzzcocks that he recorded some of Ryder's vocals himself.
Also in 2005, he collaborated with Gorillaz on "DARE", a song on their Demon Days album. In the music video, he is featured as a large disembodied head kept alive through a series of tubes and electronic wires, living in animated band member Noodle's closet. Chris Evans stated at the 2006 Brit Awards that the song was originally called "It's There", but was changed as Ryder's thick Mancunian accent made him pronounce the word "there" as "dare". Ryder is well known by fans of Gorillaz for often performing the song drunk during live performances, Most notably during Demon Days Live.
In November 2011, he played saxophone onstage at the Barbican in York as a special guest in Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra for the Sky television series First Love. He played on "Tuxedo Junction" by Glenn Miller after six weeks' tuition by jazz musician Soweto Kinch.
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Ryder wrote a column for The Daily Sport, in which he commented on current events and celebrities. It was in this column that Ryder announced his intention to reform Happy Mondays before even making any fellow former members aware of this. He would state the height of a famous person, instead of their age, as is standard in the media (i.e. "Jeremy Irons [6'2"]", instead of "Jeremy Irons ").
In 2013, Ryder hosted the television show Shaun Ryder on UFOs on The History Channel UK. Ryder reveals a lifelong interest in UFOs and that he has personally encountered space aliens, stating, "It's not that I want to believe – it's impossible not to."
In February 2018 Ryder starred in ITVs unique experiment '100 years younger in 21 days' along with seven other well-known British celebrities.
Ryder has six children. For some time, he was addicted to heroin, saying he overcame it by taking up cycling: "I'd get on my bike very early in the morning and keep cycling until very late at night, day after day, until it was out of the system. I was pedalling from 8am until 11pm. But once that's done, you still have to deal with the mental stuff."
- 1987 – Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile
- 1988 – Bummed
- 1990 – Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
- 1992 – Yes Please!
- 2007 – Uncle Dysfunktional
- 2003 – Amateur Night in the Big Top
- 2010 – Shaun William Ryder XXX: 30 Years of Bellyaching
- 1986 – Freaky Dancing
- 1986 – Tart Tart
- 1987 – 24 Hour Party People
- 1988 – Performance
- 1989 – Clap Your Hands
- 1989 – Hallelujah (MacColl Mix)
- 1989 – Hallelujah (Club Mix)
- 1989 – Lazyitis
- 1989 – Wrote For Luck (Vince Clark Mix)
- 1989 – Wrote For Luck (Dark Version)
- 1989 – Wrote For Luck (Kids Version)
- 1990 – Kinky Afro
- 1990 – Step on (1st Version)
- 1990 – Step on (2nd Version)
- 1990 – Bob's Yer Uncle
- 1991 – Judge Fudge
- 1991 – Stayin' Alive
- 1991 – Loose Fit
- 1992 – Stinkin' Thinkin'
- 1992 – Sunshine and Love
- 1999 – The Boys Are Back in Town
- 2004 – Playground Superstar
- 2007 – Uncle Dysfunktional
- 2007 – Jellybean
- 2015 – Ooo La La To Panama
- 1995 – In the Name of the Father
- 1995 – Kelly's Heroes (Rob-Job Version)
- 1995 – Kelly's Heroes (Celebrities Version)
- 1995 – Reverend Black Grape
- 1996 – England's Irie
- 1997 – Get Higher
- 1997 – Fat Neck
- 1998 – Marbles
- 2017 - Pop Voodoo
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- Middles, Mick (1997). Shaun Ryder – Happy Mondays, Black Grape & Other Traumas. Independent Music Press. ISBN 1-897783-11-6.
- Verrico, Lisa (1998). High Life 'N' Low Down Dirty – The Thrills and Spills of Shaun Ryder. Ebury Press. ISBN 0-09-185419-9.
- Middles, Mick (1998). Shaun Ryder... In His Own Words. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-6815-2.
- Bez (1998). Freaky Dancin' – Me and the Mondays. Pan. ISBN 0-330-48197-5.
- Haslam, Dave (1999). Manchester, England. 4th Estate. ISBN 1-84115-146-7.
- Wilson, Tony (2002). 24 Hour Party People – What The Sleeve Notes Never Tell You. Channel 4 Books. ISBN 0-7522-2025-X.
- Warburton, John & Ryder, Shaun (2003). Hallelujah!: The Extraordinary Story of Shaun Ryder and "Happy Mondays". Virgin Books. ISBN 1-4053-1031-6.
- Ryder, Shaun (2011). Twisting my Melon- the Autobiography. FSC.
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