Shaun Ryder has insisted that the booze-guzzling, drug-binging character he personified within Happy Mondays was in fact a caricature.
Speaking to The Guardian he said:
The Shaun Ryder in the Happy Mondays isn’t the real Shaun Ryder. It’s a caricature. Always has been. We really wanted to be rock’n’roll, so we became rock’n’roll.
When asked if the ‘character’ was based upon himself he went on to say: “It’s a stretched, warped version of [myself].” The comments come following the release of Twisting My Melon, Ryder’s autobiography.
Released yesterday, the book looks at the band’s eventual split, Ryder’s descent into drug addiction and his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! last year. The book is published by Bantam Press.