Paul Ryder Of The Happy Mondays Has Died, Aged 58

Paul Ryder, bassist and founding member of Happy Mondays, has died at the age of 58.

A statement from the band said the Salford-raised musician died on Friday morning.

Along with his frontman brother Shaun, Paul formed Happy Mondays in 1980 and was credited with giving the band their signature rolling groove found on hits like Step On and Kinky Afro.

The group said in a statement released Friday afternoon: “The Ryder family and the Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to announce that Paul Ryder passed away this morning.

“A true pioneer and a legend. He will be missed forever. Thank you for respecting everyone’s privacy at this time. Long live his funk.”

The original line-up also included drummer Gary Whelan and guitarist Mark Day, later joined by maraca-wielding dancer Bez.

Happy Mondays later successfully crossed over into the musical mainstream with hits from albums such as Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Belyaches and also earned a reputation as a Hellraiser.

Synonymous with the “Madchester” music scene, their blend of psychedelia and alternative rock continues to influence other acts.

Paul and Shaun Ryder in 2016
Paul and Shaun Ryder in 2016

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Paul remained an active member as Happy Mondays disbanded and re-formed several times over the past 40 years.

Outside of the band, he has also acted in several films including The Ghosts Of Oxford Street and Losing It, and made a cameo appearance as a gangster in the film 24 Hour Party People, about the Madchester music scene.

Besides Happy Mondays, he also formed the band Big Arm and released an album titled Radiator in 2008 and played DJ sets around the world.

In January 2012, it was announced that the Happy Mondays were reforming with all of the original members including Paul.


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