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Monday 21 January 2013

Shaun Of The Almost Dead: Reunited Happy Mondays Are Back In Brighton

The Happy Mondays are as much a part of iconic British music history as the now converted flats of the Hacienda.

Swaggering their way have through the early years of acid house with a series of massive singles and albums, they have become symbolic of the crossover between dance music and indie.

Forming in 1980 the band"s original (and now back together) line up consisted of: Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, his brother Paul on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, Paul Davis on keys and Gary Whelan on drums.

Mark "Bez" Berry later joined the band onstage and added an additional twist of energy and percussion. Rowetta Satchel joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 90"s.

On Sunday 29 January 2012, Shaun Ryder exclusively announced on radio station Xfm that the band would return with the original and definitive line-up.

It"s not long since Ryder had a brush with the grim reaper when as well as the weight gain and hair loss, he suffered memory loss and a fall in his testosterone levels.

"I'd been walking around with no thyroid for a couple of years and that's why I ballooned up and my hair started disappearing."

Along with the medical treatment, his abstinence from drug use and only the occasional beer, Ryder is these days feeling much healthier.

"I feel like Bambi, I feel 20 years younger."

Ryder would rather the band was remembered for their music than being leading purveyors of any musical movement.

"A lot of people get into something at the same time don"t they?

"It was really more about dropping E and having swimming pool parties. I don"t think we "invented" anything really."

But whether hr likes it or not, by the early 90s the Happy Mondays were an important part of the Manchester music scene and personified rave culture.

Numerous world tours meant the band had international success, while maintaining their fanbase in their home country.

And now they are back and heading to the Brighton Centre on Sunday 26th May. For more info visit

by: Mike Cobley

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