‘I’m an old c*** now, I don’t want to be embarrassing my kid”: Shaun Ryder on why he never misses drugs

Happy Mondays legend has just released a new book

Happy Mondays and Black Grape legend Shaun Ryder has admitted that he doesn’t miss drugs.

The 56-year-old singer admitted that he is happy to have given up his previous rock star lifestyle because he would never want to ”embarrass” his daughter, Coco.

Asked if he missed drugs by the I Paper, he said: “No! Not any more. I was 40 and living like I was when I was 18. It wasn’t a health reason. I was like: ‘I’m an old c*** now, I don’t want to be embarrassing my kids.’ I just decided to knock it on the head.


”I know people my age still on it, and good luck to them… Bez is what you’d call a garbage head. He’ll take anything going. I get it all the time. I’ll turn up in places and there’ll be a load of charlie and booze and birds and: ‘We’re going off to this club’. I’m like: ‘I’m not in, mate, I’m off to bed, watching the news’.”

”If you’re happy doing that, fair enough. But it’s not me any more. I’m just dead happy being how I am now. Even if I do look like a big toe.’

He recently released his new book under Faber – named ‘Wrote For Luck: Selected Lyrics’ – which contains a collection of his lyrics complete with annotated notes, and he has admitted that when he is penning songs for an album, he likes to keep his lyrics ”comical” and not too serious.

Ryder added: ”I don’t want to write love songs. I’ve always stayed away from that. My love songs are pure porno. I wouldn’t write that now as a grown man. It can be hard to do it live. You’ve got to keep it comic, which is what I try to do with everything. If you keep it comic, you can get away with it.

”I’ve never gone for all that. I don’t like to make a big deal of the songs. The tortured artist thing? When I’m on stage I am fucking tortured. As a writer, my job is to write short stories. My subjects are all wacky, extreme comic-strip bollocks. But I didn’t even want to do it at first. I was shit. Same with the singing. I only did it cos the others tried and they were even shitter.


”I was just writing about what was around me. We had nothing to hide. We were taking drugs and partying. Everything I do, I’d do in front of my mam.’

Ryder recently revealed that he was asked to take part on BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing but producers feared he would swear too much.