How Shaun Ryder kicked the drugs after sex parties, crack island and biting dog on LSD

How Shaun Ryder kicked the drugs after sex parties, crack island and biting dog on LSD

Shaun Ryder may have calmed his ways nows – but he was taking “every drug going” back in the 90s.

At the height of the Happy Mondays’ fame, Shaun, now 57, was heavily into drugs and was often unable to walk due the effects of the substances.

As the band quickly rose to be one of the most successful in the country, with huge hits in Step On and Kinky Afro, it meant that they could fuel their party lifestyle.

After every gig on their Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches tour, Shaun would dive into a cocktail of booze, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana.

The group led a hedonistic, drug-fuelled life, which was part-documented in the film 24 Hour Party People, but this led to the original break-up of the band.

After being hooked on crack cocaine and heroin, Shaun managed to ditch the drugs around the age of 40 for an emotional reason.

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Shaun was already in the Salford pubs around where he grew up at the age of 12 – and the first drug he ever took was amphetamine.

The singer left school aged 15 and pursued a career as a postman, starting as a post boy messenger, but it was cut short by a surreal experience while on acid.

While on LSD during his first ever proper postman round he was attacked by a dog, so decided to fight back and bit it during a scrap.

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