Paul Ryder (Happy Mondays)

Courtesy of Bass Centre Co UK


The late Paul Ryder and Happy Mondays’ hypnotic grooves fueled the “Madchester” explosion in the late 1980s. Fusing Northern soul, dub, psychedelia, house, and funk – Ryder and his mates essentially created a new genre which had tremendous crossover appeal.  The band spilt in 1993, however after several reunions of varying success, they continue on the European festival circuit. 


Paul’s main weapons of choice were the Fender Jazz bass and MESA Boogie amplification: M9 Carbine Rackmount Head, Standard Powerhouse 8×10 and 4×12. In addition to HM, Paul worked as a DJ, television writer and actor, and anchored ensembles including Big Arm and Supafreak.   Upon his passing in 2022, his brother and Happy Mondays bandleader Shaun Ryder cited Paul as “a true pioneer and legend.” 




Paul Ryder Sound & Vision:


Happy Mondays


“Step On”


“Wrote for Luck”


“24 Hour Party People”


Big Arm






Paul Ryder “Flashbacks”