Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder: 'We didn't want to get as skint as the Stone Roses did!'

Singer says he's glad he didn't leave it as long as the Roses to reform

Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder: 'We didn't want to get as skint as the Stone Roses did!'

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Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder has said he's happy his band didn't as wait as long as The Stone Roses to reform.

When asked by The Guardian if he wished he had left it longer to reform the Mondays after finding out the amount of money the Roses were offered to reform, which has been estimated at £26 million, he replied: "What, and got as skint as they did? No thanks! I've got six kids who've all gotta go to private school!"

Speaking about the Roses' return, he added: "Good music always sticks around. That's just how it is. I haven't seen The Stone Roses, though, I've been away."

The singer also revealed that he's recently given up on music in favour of a talking pig: "I don't get involved with the music scene any more. It's just alien to me. For at least the last four years the only artist I've been involved with is Peppa Pig." He added: "We've done Peppa Pig World too, it was really good. It was all good! We went on all the rides. On the teacups and everything."

Earlier this week, the band confirmed that they are planning a new album, which will be the first time all the original line-up have recorded an album of new material since 1992's 'Yes Please!'.

The band's manager Warren Askew told NME: "Yes, we are now planning to record a new album, after the success of the tour and with the band all getting on so well. Shaun has been writing and the band have been getting together in the studio putting ideas down. I'm sure it will be a great Happy Mondays album."

In January, Happy Mondays announced they were reuniting their original line-up for a May tour. In February, Bez announced that he wouldn't be performing with the band on tour, but would instead act as compere and DJ at the shows.

The band were originally discovered at a Battle Of The Bands at Manchester's Hacienda in 1985 and went on to release the seminal albums 'Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)', 'Bummed', and 'Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches' before disbanding after 1992's 'Yes Please!'.

They have reunited twice before, most recently in 2004, but without founding members Mark Day, Paul Davis and Paul Ryder. Paul had sworn he wanted nothing to do with the band again when they split for a second time in 2000.

The band have released five albums in total, with their most recent effort 'Uncle Dysfunktional' coming out in 2007.

Happy Mondays will headline Camp Bestival this weekend.

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