Musicians hail Happy Mondays ‘Paul Ryder is a ‘pioneer and inspiration’

Charlatans chief Tim Burgess paid tribute to Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder after he passed away aged 58.

He was a Salford-raised bass player and Happy Mondays founding member who passed away Friday morning, a statement from the band confirmed.

The group said on their official Facebook page: “The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to learn that Paul Ryder passed away this morning.

“A true pioneer and legend. He will be missed forever. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all involved at this time. Long live his joy.”

Burgess shared a video of Happy Mondays singing their song Hallelujah on Twitter.

Much love to the Happy Mondays family – Paul Ryder was a pioneer and an inspiration to all of us going forward, he wrote.

“He played a lot of contemporary music. Listen to Bummed now. Safe trip.”

Stone Roses singer Ian Brown has expressed gratitude to the bassist whom he nicknames Pabs.

“Rest in peace, Ryder. A great friend, a great musician, a great friend, great love for Amelia, Jacob, Sonny, Chico and family and the band. Love you longtime Pabs,” he said on Twitter.

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In another tweet, pioneering electronic band New Order said: “So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family and of course the rest of the band.”

Oasis and Ride guitarist Andy Bell wrote: “Really sad news about Paul Ryder, RIP.”

British post-punk duo Sleaford Mods offered their condolences, writing “RIP mate”.

Glasgow singer Pete MacLeod tweeted: “Paul is a gentleman and we had good talks as I supported and toured with The Happy Mondays.”

With his brother Shaun, Paul founded Happy Mondays in 1980 and is credited with giving the band their signature grooves on hits like Step On and Kinky Afro.

The original lineup also included drummer Gary Whelan and guitarist Mark Day, and they were later joined by maraca dancer Bez.

The band had been scheduled to perform at the Kubix festival in Sunderland on Friday night but festival organizers said: “Following the tragic news of Paul Ryder’s passing this morning, Happy Mondays will no longer be available. tonight’s show too and our thoughts remain with Paul’s band and family at this difficult time.”

Synonymous with the “Madchester” music scene, Happy Mondays’ blend of psychedelic and alternative rock continues to influence other acts.

The band broke into the mainstream with hits from albums like Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches and also established a reputation as hellish singers.


Mark Day, Paul Ryder and Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays (Ian West/PA)

Ryder has remained an active member as Happy Mondays has broken up and reformed several times over the past 40 years.

He has also acted in a number of films including The Ghosts Of Oxford Street and Loss It, and guest-starred as a gangster in the musical 24 Hour Party People, about the Madchester musical scene.

He also founded the band Big Arm and released a 2008 album titled Radiator, and DJs around the world. Musicians hail Happy Mondays ‘Paul Ryder is a ‘pioneer and inspiration’

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