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The Paul Ryder Tapes - Sex, Drugs, the Mondays and Me

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Legendary founding member and bass player of Happy Mondays, Paul Ryder, who sadly passed away in July 2022, recorded a tell-all podcast series with his ex-wife, journalist Angela Smith, in the months leading up to his death. The resulting series, The Paul Ryder Tapes - Sex, Drugs, the Mondays and Me is his legacy. Hear the whole truth about the band and his life with no stone unturned - addiction, family feuds, mental breakdowns, infidelity and his son's cancer diagnosis are all discussed in depth, along with some hilarious anecdotes about life as an unconventional rock n roll star. Joining him are some of the people he rubbed shoulders with, such as Paul Oakenfold, Mani from The Stone Roses, Peter Hook, fellow band members Bez, Rowetta, Gaz and Mark and even his mum makes an appearance. Poignant, gripping and massively entertaining. Launching July 15th, available weekly. more


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 83 ratings
  • Bittersweet and enlightening

    Having being a fan of the Happy Mondays for 35yrs it’s thrilling to discover new perspectives and stories about the band from Paul, who by his own admission gave very few interviews in the past. He lived in the shadow of Shaun, but I think he preferred it that way! I’m glad he was able to put his story across and set the record straight, especially on issues with his brother. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • Time to call it

    Love the Mondays, and have enjoyed the early episodes, but it’s beginning to feel as though it’s being dragged out a bit and dare I say it, starting to get a bit boring

    Apple Podcasts
    5pecial Ed
    United Kingdom4 months ago
  • Magnificent

    In places, funny and moving, but a podcast that you will not be able to stop listening to. Paul has a compelling story to tell and Angela is a brilliant at getting Paul to retell his life and the events that shaped the extraordinary moments and people that made it happen.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom4 months ago
  • Great but sad

    This is a great podcast, really enjoying it. It’s the only podcast I’ve ever been itching for the next episode to be released. Been a Mondays fan since 89, when as a 14 year old I first heard wrote for luck and then the album bummed. my enjoyment is edged with sadness, because he’s not around to see how much people are interested and enjoying hearing him tell his story. It’s double double sad that he died just days after telling his tale. It’s a must listen. Warts and all. Never heard anything l... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom6 months ago
  • Excellent

    An absolute inspiration listening to Paul, very chilled out guy and gentleman.This really gives a great insight into his life and can’t wait to listen to the future casts.Thanks also to Angela,Paul was one of life’s good guys taken far too soon.God Bless

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom6 months ago

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