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Happy Mondays Release 'Tart Tart' EP In Memory Of Paul Ryder

Thursday, 28 July 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Kevin Cummins

Happy Mondays have released a digital EP in memory of Paul Ryder, who passed away on July 15 aged 58.

'Tart Tart' comprises two previously unreleased live versions of Tart Tart, a 1989 John Peel Session and a live rendition from Sheffield University the same year.

The original track featured on Happy Mondays' John Cale-produced 1987 debut album, 'Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)'. A 7" version will also be available.

Check out the EP's artwork above, shot by Kevin Cummins. Paul's brother and Happy Mondays' vocalist Shaun Ryder said:

"This special release of Tart Tart showcases the unique musical talent of our brother Paul Ryder who passed from this world … we will all miss you Horse…he brought the funk and the rock n roll to Happy Mondays … love you long time R kid."

Profits from the release will be donated to Music Cares, a charity picked by Paul’s daughter Amelia, who added:

"Music Cares is a charity that helps people in the music industry who are struggling with addiction issues. 14 years ago, Paul was given help and support from the organization who helped fund extended outpatient care and therapy that enabled him to have 14 subsequent happy and productive years. Just two weeks ago he mentioned them in an interview and often expressed his gratitude and desire to pay their support forward so others could be helped too."

Happy Mondays have cancelled their autumn UK tour. However, they're still set to headline Manchester's Mayfield Depot for The Warehouse Project on November 12.

'Tart Tart' tracklist:

1. Tart Tart
2. Tart Tart (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session 1989)
3. Tart Tart (Live at Sheffield University 1989)


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